Film Talkback Series

Watching compelling films and engaging afterwards in lively discussions with subject matter experts offers some of the best of Rappahannock. Film-talkbacks included first-run movies as well as documentaries that shine light on a variety of significant topics. 

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Previous Film—Talkbacks

When Wire Was King
This documentary puts the telecommunications revolution into historical context. When Wire Was King explores three interconnected themes – innovation, competition, and regulation – and the shifting balance among the three that sparked the telecommunications revolution, beginning in the early 1970s. The liberalization of regulations and opening of the telecommunications market covering satellite, cable, wireless, and telephony led to an explosion of innovation that brought us the Internet and wireless. Afterwards we heard from three of the people involved in creating this award winning documentary. For more information on this film go to

Forging Art: Nol Putnam, Artist & Blacksmith
RAAC Theatre welcomed revered blacksmith and artist Nol Putnam, and filmmakers Tracy and Mathieu Mazza, producers of Forging Art: Nol Putnam Artist Blacksmith. A screening of the film,, which ran on Maryland Public Television, was followed by an extended discussion with Putnam, who reflected on creating in iron for nearly a half century. The filmmakers showed excerpts from a film in progress that focuses on works Putnam produced on commission for the Washington National Cathedral.

The Biggest Little Farm 
The documentary follows a couple who buy 200 acres of barren land north of LA and establish a modern-day Eden of organic food, ecological restoration, and environmental diversity. But this didn’t happen without overcoming a series of unwelcome realities from pests and predators, to wildfires and wind, to biblical rainstorms. Post-movie discussion was led by local farmers who examined the implications for Rappahannock county.

The Post
A showing of The Post, the inside story of the Washington Post’s first female publisher and their decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. Co-sponsored by Foothills Forum and RAAC, and followed by a discussion featuring two local luminaries: Jay Ward Brown, an eminent First Amendment lawyer, and Andy Alexander, former ombudsman for The Washington Post.

Farm Tour Edition
A special Farm Tour Edition of RAAC Talk-Back featured a series of farming-related films over two nights. After the showing, we had guest speakers from our partnering organizations: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the American Conservation Film Festival.

The story of the Boston Globe investigation into allegations of abuse in the Catholic church in Boston. Co-hosted by Foothills Forum & RAAC, with discussion following film with former Washington Post ombudsman Andy Alexander, and Martin Baron, the former editor at The Boston Globe responsible for initiating the investigation, now Executive Editor of The Washington Post.


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