20th James River Film Festival announces guests!

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The James River Film Society is pleased to announce the guests for the 20th James River Film Festival, April 11-17, 2013:

Author, Educator and Comics Expert Tom De Haven will present a program of Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Experimental Filmmaker and Educator David Gatten will present his Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts (1999-present), a film cycle that takes as its main character Richmond founder William Byrd II, plus a second program of experimental shorts.

Gwar/Slave Pit Productions will present a program of Gwar videos.

Documentary Filmmaker Kevin McNeer (a past JRFF guest and native Richmonder now living in Moscow) will present his doc-in-progress on Stanislav Sokolov’s Hoffmaniada, a stop motion-animated feature film based on the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann from Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm. Concept and art design by Mikhail Shemyakin; directed by Stanislav Sokolov. The 78-minute film has been in the making since 2001; 20 minutes has been completed and will be screened along with McNeer’s doc-in-progress and a selection of Sokolov’s animated shorts.

Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer and Installation Artist Kendall Messick will present his film and book The Projectionist, which documents the life and passion project of a retired movie projectionist, Gordon Brinckle (1915 – 2007). Brinckle’s life work is the Shalamar, a grand mini-movie palace (theater) that he built in fastidious detail in the basement of his home.

Experimental Filmmaker and Emeritus Professor Richard Myers (a past JRFF guest) will present his avant-classics: 37-73, Akran and Deathstyles.

Stop-Motion Animation Director Stanislav Sokolov (from Moscow) will bring his stop-motion animated feature-in-progress Hoffmaniada, plus a selection of his animated shorts and a suitcase full of puppets! (paired with Kevin McNeer’s doc-in-progress on the making of Hoffmaniada).

Filmmaker and Educator David Williams (Richmond’s very own!) will present his Sundance winning film, Lillian (one of Roger Ebert’s favorite films).

Plus, we will round out the festival with classics, including John Huston’s FAT CITY on 35mm and restored DCP (digital cinema package) versions of Harold Lloyd’s SAFETY LAST and Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE!

Coming soon: a complete program with dates, times, locations, film notes, and bios on the guests.

Stay tuned!

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