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May 2018 – The Extra Credit Show has awarded $25,000 to Moving Picture Institute (MPI), in conjunction with the Virginia Walden Ford Foundation, to support the production/promotion of the film Miss Virginia, to be released in select theaters and on VOD October 18, 2019. https://www.thempi.org/latest-stories/2019/7/23/miss-virginia-starring-uzo-aduba-in-theaters-and-on-video-on-demand-oct-18

Miss Virginia, inspired by the true story of Virginia Walden Ford, a struggling inner-city single black mother who moved her at-risk son from his dangerous neighborhood school to a safe – but expensive – one and found herself standing up against hypocrisy, bureaucracy and powerful Washington insiders to speak truth.  Virginia, a modern humble hero took on Congress, special interests, and the status quo in order to get her son—and thousands of kids like him—out of failing schools and into good ones and launched a national movement to change the system in the process.

The feature film, written by Moving Picture Institute (MPI) executive vice president, Erin O’Connor who is also producing the project with Rob Pfaltzgraff and Maurice Black, alongside Stacey Parks for Media Sparks Entertainment and M. Elizabeth Hughes (Happy Anniversary, Girlfriend’s Day) is directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna (What Still Remains), scored by Grammy winning composer Laura Karpman and stars two-time Emmy-winning actress, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Golden Globe winner Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), Emmy-nominee Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Niles Fitch (This is Us), Nadji Jeter, Adina Porter, Amirah Vann and Michael Beasl.

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