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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – November 30th, 2017

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: September 21st, 2018

$2,000 IN PRIZES!



James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF – Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films: fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental, and more. We define short, you define art.



James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.



Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.



Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 30th will be notified by October 30th. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 30th, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.


Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, and third places. The Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.


THESE ARE MY HOURS Sneak Preview Screening


Richmond **Sneak Preview** Screening

About the film:
THESE ARE MY HOURS is a full sensory immersion into one woman’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of giving birth. It is the first documentary filmed entirely during the course of one one woman’s labor, told from her perspective.

Emily Graham lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she is about to give birth at home. She trusts herself and her body, and believes she possesses instinctual wisdom for labor.

It’s been said: When a child is born, the mother is born too.

THESE ARE MY HOURS presents the ultimate celebration of womanhood by honoring its oldest ritual.

“Whoever watches These Are My Hours becomes a companion, a godparent in this woman’s labor, a participant in a small yet enormous slice of life. The film contrasts the true glory of the female body and its muscular and existential potential: Emily is not just a pregnant woman; she is the primal life-giving woman who wishes to do, can do and does do. This is, simply and in all its complexity, experiencing a revelation – of a new person, who will grow up to view the female naked body naturally, with respect and curiosity, in its beauty and ugliness, the way it really is.”
– Leda Galanou, Flix Magazine

“These Are My Hours is the most beautiful, raw and honest birth film I’ve seen. As a midwife I’ve seen women give birth so many times. To know there’s footage that captures this experience so well makes me beyond grateful. I cannot wait to share this film with my clients.”
– Marjolein Faber, Dutch Midwife

“While other documentaries on birth have faithfully recorded and narrated a wide range of birth stories, Kirschenbaums brings the viewer close to feeling the sensations of birth… This ability to access the physiology of birth through film on the level of the sensory, as opposed to just the visual, is rare.”
– Anna Hennessey, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

“These Are My Hours represents everything I believe as a woman, mother, midwife, and feminist. I was in tears just a few seconds in, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. We need more tools for the positive birth movement, and this film is the real deal.”
– Margo Blackstone, Co-Director of Indie Birth

Following the film there will be a Q & A with:
Scott Kirschenbaum, Director/Producer
Emily Graham, the subject of the film
Whapio Bartlett, Richmond resident, lead midwifery teacher of The Matrona and member of the Birth Advisory Council for These Are My Hours.

$5 presale or at the door

Doors 6pm
Film 7pm
Q&A 8pm

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Thanks to our Spring 2018 Donors!

Thanks to our Spring 2018 donors for helping to make the 25th James River Film Festival possible!

Judy & Butch Balenger, Barbara & Joe Brancoli, Caryl Burtner, Tom Campagnoli & Amy Mathieux, Ronald Childs, Robert Cox, Jr., Marcia & Jim Collier, Patrick Gregory, Anne & Mike Jones, Ashley Kistler, Jere Kittle, Amie Oliver & Harry Kollatz, Jeff Roll, Ted Salins, Todd Starkweather, Peyton Whitacre, David Williams, and Anonymous.

Like to be a donor?  Send your tax-deductible check to : James River Film Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23220  or, make a tax-deductible contribution conveniently via PayPal; just go to:

25th James River Film Festival March 13-18, 2018 RVA

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