'The Birds': Tippi to tell all at Virginia Film Festival

A movie that terrified a generation will screen again on its 50th anniversary at the Virginia Film Festival, which is bringing Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and its star, Tippi Hedren, to Charlottesville.

Hedren, 83, made her film debut in The Birds after being spotted by Hitchcock in a commercial for Sego, the SlimFast of its day. Of his six blonde leading ladies, a roster that included Grace Kelly and Kim Novak, Hedren had perhaps the most troubled relationship with the director, and went public about the perils of being the object of his desire.

“Tippi Hedren is a fascinating actress, who will offer audiences unmatched insight into one of the most terrifying films and iconic directors in Hollywood history,” says Jody Kielbasa, film fest director and UVA vice provost for the arts.

The 26th Virginia Film Festival runs November 7-10. The Birds will screen Friday, November 8, and Hedren will discuss the movie— and dish about Hitch— afterward.

Hedren's appearance is the first announcement of this year's line-up from Kielbasa, who spends September scoring new releases for a regional premiere.

In other breaking film festival news, the Family Day program will move from the Downtown Mall to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA.

More to come in October.


That's the big star for this year's fest -- the least famous and successful of Hitch's string of blondes, and one of his least interesting movies? And we're going to be re-subjected to her tell-all, which is already way-old news covered in numerous books and bios? Meh.

It's old news what a panty sniffer that old perv was....

They should invite the enthralling Camille Paglia to discuss her book on The Birds.