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Saturday at the 2016 Middleburg Film Festival

"Jackie," starring Natalie Portman, was one of the highest profile films Saturday morning at the film festival. Most, if not all, of those who made it into the sold-out screening gave the film stellar reviews.

New York Times film critic Janet Maslin, who is in Middleburg for the festival, said Portman gave an exceptional performance in the drama set to open the first week of December.


Politico David Gergen and NYT critic Janet Maslin at @MiddleburgFilm's "#Politics, Presidents and The Movies."

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CNN political commentator and staffer for multiple White House administrations David Gergen entertained an intimate crowd at the Middleburg Film Festival Saturday morning, providing insights from his decades in politics and weighing in on the "white elephant in the room" -- the 2016 election cycle.

Joined by New York Times film and literary critic Janet Maslin for a conversation called "Politics, Presidents and The Movies."

A crowd of about 100 people packed into Salamander Resort's cozy library to watch and analyze clips from several presidential films, including "Nixon," "Frost/Nixon," "All the President's Men" and "The Butler," the 2013 film produced in part by Middleburg Film Festival Founder Sheila Johnson, who was on hand for the dialogue.


The Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra and Freedom Choir earned a standing ovation after their hour-long tribute concert celebrating the work of composer Henry Jackman, who scored "Birth of a Nation," "Captain America" and "The Interview," among other films. Johnson couldn't hold back tears as she presented Jackman with the Middleburg Film Festival's Distinguished Composer Award after the concert.


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