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VCU's Southern Film Festival looks at sports

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University's fifth annual Southern Film Festival is focusing on sports.

Seven films will be screened at four venues around Richmond Friday and Saturday. The screenings will be followed by panel discussions featuring historians, authors, filmmakers and others.

Most of the films have strong Virginia connections. "Remember the Titans" is about football and racial integration at northern Virginia's T.C. Williams High School. Diane Lane portrays racehorse owner Penny Chenery in "Secretariat." The 1977 Richard Pryor film "Greased Lightning" tells the story of black stock car driver Wendell Scott of Danville. "Mickey: A Family Story" is a Little League baseball story filmed in Virginia.

Also to be screened are the Texas roller derby movie "Whip It!" and two short films about tennis greats Althea Gibson and Richmond native Arthur Ashe.

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