ATO’s Joshua makes Charlottesville premiere

If you hurry, you could get a ticket to the Charlottesville premiere of Joshua, the film from Dave Matthews/Coran Capshaw's ATO Pictures, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and nabbed a deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures for $4 million.

ATO Pictures is holding a champagne and dessert reception after the premiere at the Music Resource Center on Ridge Street to benefit the Virginia Film Festival, and if you R.S.V.P. by July 3 for the reception you'll get a reserved ticket for the screening at Newcomb Hall on July 6th at 7:00pm. Reception tickets are $15 and you can get one by calling the Virginia Film Festival office at 434-98204543. Tickets to the July 6th screening only are free and available at the Newcomb Hall Theater, but are subject to availability.

Joshua, an original script by novelist David Gilbert and director George Ratliff, tells the story of a brilliant and precocious 9-year old, played by Jacob Kogan, who wreaks psychological havoc on his family, especially his father (Sam Rockwell) and mother (Vera Farmiga), after the the birth of a new sister. As one online reviewer describes it, "its a total horror film in the vein of The Omen, but without the supernatural elements, its all very realistic and plausible."

The film made news in March when the child star's mother wrote a piece for the New Yorker, describing the strange ups and downs of attending Sundance with her son, and how ATO producers convinced her to lend her new-born daughter to the film.

So can we expect any stars at the premiere?

"We're working on getting stars there," says ATO producer Temple Fennell.