Modern Dance Meets Experimental Film at the Next James River Filmmaker’s Forum!

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• Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 pm
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission: $4.00


At the next James River Filmmakers Forum, Atlanta based Dancer/choreographer Jennifer Tarazzi-Scully will be debuting her Dance film Wallpapers.  Its a collaboration with forum host and James River Film Society VP Jeff Roll.  Tarazzi-Scully and Roll met while attending the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1994.  She went on to perform and teach all across the country and starred in Michael Pope’s post apocalyptic experimental feature film Neovoxer. 


Neovoxer (1999) Jennifer Tarazzi-Scully on the far left.

Jeff was speaking to friends about making a modern dance related experimental film.  He had talked to several dancers around the Richmond area but nothing really panned out.  In the back of his head he knew there was only one person he wanted to collaborate with on this project and that was Tarazzi-Scully.  Then two years ago his wishes were answered when the long lost college friend messaged him on Linked In.  She was open for the opportunity.  Plans were set.

Tarrazi-Scully had a few things to comment about about her work with Roll on Wallpapers.

“I have to say that I owe him a mountain of gratitude and can blame him for my most recent renaissance of work and creativity. My background is in dance, choreography and live performance with a bit of experience on the big screen.  Years after we first met we found each other again on FaceBook during a time where I was struggling with a lot of big life stuff.  He single handedly pulled me out of a hole by sending me really thought provoking and beautiful dance films at which point we decided to work together again.  For us, all it took was finding a date to connect and shoot and he was able to give me the freedom to do my part and figure out the logistics of putting dancers and some choreography together.  The project just unfolded from there.”

In addition she said:

“It has been truly refreshing to work with someone where there is a mutual respect for the others medium.  I believe with this collaboration, “Wallpapers” we both end up with a piece of art neither one of us could have fully envisioned at the beginning of the process.”


Dee Dee Chmielewski performing in Wallpapers 

Also screening at the James River Filmmaker’s Forum are Lauren Cronan, Marta Finkelstein, Nils Westergard and the debut of the long awaited documentary Richmond’s Dead and Buried by Christine Stoddard.  Stoddard will also be promoting the book that accompanies the documentary.  Special Musical Guest Nerve Leak (featuring members of Floodwall). $4.00 admission.

The James River Filmmaker’s Forum starts at 8PM, Saturday, November 8th at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond at 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA.




By Leonard Hesson, James River Film Society.

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