Arts/Entertainment/Sports: ANDY EDMUNDS
DIRECTOR, VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE, RICHMOND
Edmunds knows which parts of Virginia will shine as a 19th-century stand-in or that can double as a modern Washington, D.C., street. He’s served as director of the Virginia Film Office since 2011 and worked as its locations manager for more than 14 years prior.
Virginia has hosted a plethora of film and TV projects — ranging from Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” to Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” to Barry Levinson’s 2021 Hulu series, “Dopesick” — employing thousands of production industry members.
The film office helps productions negotiate and access Virginia economic incentives and works to ensure that filmmakers have an experience that makes them want to return to the commonwealth. Ethan Hawke, for example, returned with the 2022 Apple TV+ project, “Raymond and Ray” after filming “The Good Lord Bird” in 2019.
A Virginia native, Edmunds was inspired by the film production industry when a music video he produced ran on MTV. He started with the Virginia Film Office in 1997.
Edmunds also serves on boards for the Virginia Film Festival and Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival.