Producer and director Perry Moore died last week

Guest post by Sam Taggart.

Perry Moore, an executive producer of the hugely popular Chronicles of Narnia films who cut his teeth as an intern at the Virginia Film Festival, passed away unexpectedly last week in New York.

Moore grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated from the UVA with a degree in English in 1994, continuing his career in entertainment as an intern for MGM in New York and on the production team at "The Rosie O’Donnell Show." Moore co-wrote and directed the 2008 drama Lake City with his partner Hunter Hill, and presented the film on opening night of the 2008 Virginia Film Festival with its star, Sissy Spacek.

An avid comic book fan who wrote on his website of a "borderline-crazy belief in the power of literature to change the universe," Moore also wrote the young-adult book Hero, about a teenager coming to terms with his super powers as well as his sexuality. The book earned Moore a Lambda Award. Moore was planning a sequel to the novel as well as a possible big-screen adaptation.

The cause of Moore’s death is still unknown. He was 39 years old.

Listen to a recap of the Lake City panel at the ’08 Virginia Film Festival over at the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

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