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The Virginia Film Office and the James River Film Society, in co-operation with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the 2018 James River Shorts competition, finalists:


Drive        Sara Gama   (VA, 11:38 min.)


XCTRY        Bill Brown  (NC, 6:18 min.)


I Know What I Saw       Gillian Waldo  (MD, 14:46 min.)


Disillusionment of 10 pt. Font       Greg Condon  (NY, 1:12 min.)


A Month        Zgjim Terziqi    (Kosovo, 25:00 min.)


Going to the Mattresses     Mary Beth Reed   (VA, 6:33 min.)




Stuck      Praheme Praphet    (CA, 17:12 min.)


Reverie      Katy Hannah    (VA, 6:33 min.)


Stray Star    Paramjeet Singh Kattu    (India, 7:40 min.)


My Neighborhood    Annette Daniels-Taylor    (NY, 9:58 min.)


May Day     Olivier Magis    (Belgium, 22:00 min.)



$2,000 in prizes, plus the Kathryn Stephens VA Filmmaker Award and the 2018 People’s Choice Award with this year’s awards judge Kate Elizabeth Fowler,  filmmaker, photographer, educator and past James River Shorts winner.


**Thanks to Rick’s Custom Frame & Gallery, Ken Hopson, VFO, and VMFA!


**Content Advisory: the 2018 James River Short Film competition may include films with

strong adult subject matter.



CARYL BURTNER is a conceptual artist and founder of “Art for My Sake”, and has exhibited internationally.  A graduate of Department of Sculpture at VCU she served for thirty years in the VMFA’s curatorial offices. In 1982 she co-starred in a Richmond underground film, In Broad Daylight, as a bereted revolutionary.


SHANE BROWN is a photography and film instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and the recent programmer/director of operations for Bijou Film Center.

A collector of film prints in all genres and gauges,  he’s happiest when projecting films in his backyard for friends and family.


TOM CAMPAGNOLI remembers watching Moby Dick and Hitchcock movies with his father as a youth, and later worked as manager/projectionist at Richmond’s repertory Biograph Theatre.  He starred as Kosmo in Steve Segal and Phil Trumbo’s animated-indie epic, Futuropolis.  He is currently employed at UR’s Media Resource Department.


ASHLEY KISTLER is a graduate of VCU’s School of the Arts, served as Associate Curator in Modern/Contemporary Art at the VMFA, Exhibitions Curator at the Visual Arts Center, and later, Director of VCU’s beloved Anderson Gallery. She recently edited a book on the gallery’s collection and continues to work with the RVA art scene.


RAASA LEELA DE MONTEBELLO is an award-winning filmmaker and actress, and divides her time between Ashland and NYC.  A graduate of NYU, she currently freelance edits and directs, as well as running retreats and classes in foraging.  Her film, Decay, won Best Picture and six additional awards in Richmond’s 2018 48-Hour Film Project.


TODD STARKWEATHER holds a PhD in English from University of Illinois-Chicago, where he studied film theory.  He has taught literature, writing and film studies at various

universities in the past twenty years, and currently teaches English language at Manchester Middle School.  He is supporting member and volunteer of the JRFS.


JENNIFER TARRAZI-SCULLY is a dance filmmaker, curator and video installation artist based in Raleigh NC. Her works have been featured at Fieldwork, EYEDRUM, EnCORE: Dance on Film, Alternate Roots and the James River Film Festival and James River Filmmaker’s Forum


AWARDS JUDGE Kate Elizabeth Fowler is a filmmaker, photographer and educator from Richmond. A graduate of VCU’s Photography and Film program, she has since directed arts education programs at Magnum Foundation’s Photography Expanded Initiative in NYC, recently directed the Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  Currently she is exploring the founding of a Richmond Documentary Center.  A past winner of the James River Shorts Competition, Ms. Fowler will designate $2,000 in prizes, courtesy of the Virginia Film Office and the James River Film Society.



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