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PVCC 's new 'Films Talk Back' series explores twins separated at birth

The latest screening event in the “Films Talk Back” documentary at Piedmont Virginia Community College will explore a scientific study that focused on what happened when twins were separated at birth. “The Twinning Reaction,” a 2017 documentary by filmmaker, producer and director Lori Shinseki, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC. Then there will be a discussion about the film.

Joining Shinseki will be film illustrator A.I. Miller, who will explain the process of creating illustrations for the film and talk about working with Shinseki. Miller, an associate professor of art at PVCC, is an award-winning illustrator and an internationally published comic artist.

Shinseki has worked in documentary film production for more than two decades. She was a co-producer on the PBS Frontline series “Missile Wars,” which was about the National Missile Defense program. She also was an associate producer on other “Frontline” programs.

She was associate producer on “Trade Secrets,” a PBS documentary on the U.S. chemical industry by Bill Moyers that picked up an Emmy Award for long-form investigative journalism.

The Duke University graduate received her Master of Arts degree in documentary film production from Stanford University. Her other films include “A Force More Powerful” from 1999 and “Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team” from 2020.

Admission is free. Free parking is available in front of the Dickinson Building. Films Talk Back events are scheduled for the third Friday of each month during PVCC’s fine arts and performance season. Learn more online at or (434) 961-5376.


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