Here’s what Dirtwoman Week looked like

Dirtwoman week was loads of fun!

The First Friday opening at Gallery 5 featured lots of Donnie portraits (quite a few sold). The gallery is open every Wednesday evening from 5 to midnite for Community Game Night (with happy hour 5-7). There will be board games to play and the artwork on display. It will also be open during the weekend after the premiere.


Tammy Harris, Debra & Ray Corker

Sunday night, Mamma Zu hosted a special fundraiser dinner for Massey Cancer Center with an enormous meal (so many courses), Dirtwoman necklaces and tickets to RIFF as prizes, and the unveiling of the Dirtwoman Memorial Plaque out front. Thanks to owner Ed Vasaio for his generosity and fabulous food.

The bottle cap necklaces (and carabiner) created by Christine Offutt.



It’s off to Orlando to show the doc at the Florida Film Festival, then back here for the Hometown Premiere, as part of RIFFYou can order your tix in advance here or they will be on sale at the Box Office before the screening on April 25, 7:15pm. I’d suggest you get there early…there will be a line.

The publicity starts with the Mayor

It’s no joke! On April 1, Mayor Stoney issued the proclamation declaring the first week of April as Dirtwoman Week. Not only does this honor Donnie, but it’s a great kickoff for our month of celebration. Click here to read the Proclamation text

Click on any of these logos to read/hear any of the articles that have already surfaced.


Click here for tickets to the Mamma Zu dinner.

Click here for tickets to the April 25 screening.
Click here to read more about the Gallery 5 opening.

Paint me, Bitch! Eat me, Bitch!


Donnie getting “Toasted”

We’re kicking off April with a month-long art show at Gallery 5 (It’s also their 14th Anniversary celebration). This will feature:
– Several portraits of Donnie by local artists.
– Photos by Alice McCabe from her calendar and other life events.
– Matt Lively’s illustrations from the doc (like the one above).

First Friday, April 5

6-7pm Private Opening for our friends (you included)

8-Midnight Public Celebration (“After Hours” PLF dance party til 2am)

Click here to visit the Facebook page



As any Dirtwoman fan knows, Donnie grew up in Oregon Hill, where he was notorious for peeling garlic at Mamma Zu’s (and selling flowers out front during dinner). Restaurant owner Ed Vasaio and Donnie’s friends are hosting a special benefit for Massey Cancer Center.

Sunday, April 7 from 6-8pm.

Mamma Zu’s

EAT ME, BITCH! will feature:
– A buffet of the restaurants fabulous dishes (and cash bar)
– Exclusive clips from the doc
– The unveiling of the Dirtwoman/Donnie Corker memorial plaque, which will be implanted in the sidewalk out front.

Click here to make your reservations. (Tickets are $50)


Two festivals announced

Dirtwoman will be exposed (!) to people in 2 sunny states during the coming months.

SPIDER MITES will have 2 screenings at the FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL in April:
Sunday, 4/14 at 6pm (Regal Winter Park Village)
Wednesday, 4/17 at 9:30 pm (Enzian Theater)
I’ll be there for Q&A after both showings.

In September I’ll be travelling to California for CINEMA DIVERSE: THE PALM SPRINGS LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL. If you have friends in either city, give ’em the heads up!



Happy Birthday Donnie

December 7 would have been Donnie’s 67th birthday. In honor of his memory, here’s the first ever publically-released clip from the finished doc.

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The World Premiere!

My first job out of college was running a record store in Charlottesville in the early 70s. Already a big movie buff, I spent many hours at the Vinegar Hill Theatre.

In 1988, when I was reviewing for CBS-6, I went to Cville to cover the FIRST Virginia Film Festival. It was especially gratifying to have my movie premiere at Vinegar Hill on 11/3/18 for the 31st annual festival.

A healthy crowd enthusiastically enjoyed themselves (and the movie). One of the most gratifying reactions for me was from 3 youngish attendees who knew nothing about Dirtwoman before and were impressed with the film and Donnie’s story.

SPIDER MITES has been entered in a number of additional festivals all over the country with the hometown premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival in April 2019.

Photo by my longtime Cville friend Bill Emory at billemory.com











Q&A with moderator Joe Fab.


With Rita McClenney (President/CEO, Virginia Tourism) & Kirk Schroder (Schroder Brooks PLC and the projects legal advisor).

Producer Virginia Bertholet

Longtime friend Ken Clements, who came down from NYC for the screening.

First interview

I visited my old friend Don Harrison to record an interview about the doc. It’ll be broadcast Friday 10/26 on WRIR’s OpenSourceRVA. If you missed it, click on the site and you can hear a replay. That’s producer Krysti Albus below and yes, I had that Dirtwoman T-shirt made for the premiere!

I’ll be doing another interview Monday morning 11/18, 9am on Boomtown Richmond with Robyn Bentley and Jeff McKee (who’s also interviewed in the doc talking about the Song for Richmond).

BTW, tickets are still available for the Saturday 11/3 premiere at the Virginia Film Festival (click here for tickets). The show’s at 9pm at Vinegar Hill, so you could actually drive up and be home before midnite.