Charlottesville lawyer Kevin Ryan does his best Humphrey Bogart imitation in a video he and three staff members at MichieHamlett produced as part of the Big Read program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The program encourages everyone in an area to read a particular book, and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library selected Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” for March and April.
The library also hosted a contest for a two-minute video explaining the Big Read program and encouraging people to participate.
Patty May, the firm’s communications director, wrote the script and refined it with the help of Ryan; Sophie Schorling, a nurse who works with Ryan on this personal injury cases; and Al Lisi, a paralegal at the firm who also is a videographer.
Schorling appears as Sophie Fatalle, and, yes, she does sit on the detective’s desk, cross her legs and suggest that there might be something extra in it for him if he finds her sister.
The video captures the film noir ambience of the novel and the era and received a viewer’s choice award and a $100 gift certificate.