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Jeff is the head curator of the James River Filmmakers Forum. He currently sits on the board of directors of The James River Film Society.

Silent/Music Revival with Dave Watkins & Infinite Third April 10th !

• Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 7-10PM
• Väsen Brewing Company
• 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: Free / donations encouraged !

 

Silent / Music Revival POP UP EVENT!

Screening : From Morning to Midnight (1920)

Double feature. Live music to silent films

Music by:
Dave Watkins
https://www.davewatkinsmusic.com/
&
Infinite Third
http://music.infinitethird.com/

 

The official poster for the 25th Annual James River Film Festival

Full schedule coming soon !

9th Anniversary of the James River Filmmakers Forum

• Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5 cash / $5.46 via credit card (PayPal fee)

 

Join us for a special 9th anniversary edition of the James River Filmmakers Forum . We will screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers plus live music from Charlottesville’s SHIPS IN THE NIGHT.  Chow down on some free pizza from Arianna’s Italian Grill / free popcorn and a cash bar . Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll , his last Forum before he retires in March .

Featured Filmmakers include :
Kahekili and Rick Spears – Rocket Science ( Comedy )
Joseph Yates – The Great Wave ( surreal drama )
Dakotah Coates – Uncoupled (comedy)
Payton Lea – Sunlight (drama)
Ben Rinehardt – Automated Moon , Coma Software ( animation )
Shannon Silva (visiting filmmaker from NC) – Baby Oil ( drama )

**NOTE** Due to unforeseen circumstances the Hunter Brumfield and Anousheh screening of the Bones music video has been canceled. Not to worry . We still have plenty of talent to showcase .

 

Special thanks to Ships In the Night for being our musical guest . Check out her music at band camp .

Double Feature : Environmental Film : No Blade of Grass(1970) followed by “BEAT NIGHT” !

• Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 6PM
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE donations encouraged

At 6 pm, the RVA Environmental Film folks will be screening the 1970 cult eco-disaster film,” No Blade of Grass” directed by Cornel Wilde in anticipation of their upcoming annual week-long festival in February! Admission Free (donations always welcome!)

Followed by :

• Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 8PM
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $6

Followed at 8 pm by “Beat Night” – a celebration of the Beat movement and the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road  a screening of “Pull My Daisy” (1958) directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, Alice Neel, Peter Orlovsky written and narrated by Keroauc himself, as well as other Beat-related shorts, oft-described as plotless, featuring Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shirley Clarke and others!

FREE POPCORN and CASH Bar !

Silent/Music Revival December, 2017, Edition!

• Sunday, December 17th, 2017, 8PM
• Gallery 5
• 200 W. Marshall St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE — Donations appreciated!

Silent/Music Revival is a unique event where classic silent films are projected while local musicians act as the live soundtrack.
As an added twist the band does not see the film prior the event and therefore creates a new spontaneous score. Never to be repeated again.

Silent/Music Revival
presents:
A Collection of Holiday Shorts (1898-1945)

w/ live musical soundtrack by:
BLUSH FACE

8 PM (sharp)
Donations appreciated!

 

James River Film at VisArts presents A Boy and His Dog / The Crazy Ray DOUBLE FEATURE!

• Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 7:30PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $6

James River Film Society presents

CULT SCI-FI DOUBLE FEATURE!

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Director: L.Q. Jones
Starring: Don Johnson, Suzanne Benton, Jason Robards

Hugo Award-winning screenplay, based on a novel by Harlan Ellison

“A cross between George Orwell and Mel Brooks!”

—Chicago Tribune

w/ Rene Clair’s avant-garde classic

The Crazy Ray (1923)

w/ cash bar & free popcorn

James River Short Films 2017 Winners Announced!

The 2017 James River Short Films competition finalists were screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Friday, October 20.

The award winners were:

1st place: The Real ThingBrandon Kelley (NY)  $600.00

2nd place: Nerd CaveMads Reuther (Denmark)  $500.00

3rd place: Lunch TimeAlireza Ghasemi (Iran)  $400.00

Honorable mention: Cute as a Button—Marta Finkelstein (VA)  $250.00

Honorable mention: Panic AttackEileen O’Meara (CA)  $250.00

Kathryn Stephens VA Filmmaker Award—Left UndoneNathan Clarke (VA)

Plan 9 Music People’s Choice Award: The Real ThingBrandon Kelley (NY)  $100.00

The competition is co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Office and the James River Film Society, and hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Since 1994 the competition has awarded over $46,000.00 to young filmmakers in Virginia, the United States, and around the world!

Silent / Music Revival presents Creepy Shorts by Segundo de Chomón!

• Sunday, October 29th, 2017, 8PM
• Gallery 5
• 200 W. Marshall St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE — Donations appreciated!

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN!                                                                                         Silent / Music Revival and the James River Film Society
presents:
Creepy Shorts by Segundo de Chomón (1907-1908)
with live soundtrack by: Angelica Garcia

All ages!  Donations encouraged!

2017 James River Short Films Juried Competition

• Friday, October 20th, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

Finalist include :

Lunch Time—Alireza Ghasemi (Iran)

Panic Attack—Eileen O’Meara (CA)

Cute as a Button—Marta Finkelstein (VA)

Blows with the Wind—Hazhir As’adi (Iran)

The Real Thing—Brandon Kelley (NY)

Scenes from the Anthropocene—Gregg Biermann (NJ)

Left Undone—Nathan Clarke (VA)

Sourdough Starter—Gail Noonan (Canada)

The Jacket—Sergio Vacarro (CA)

Chlorine—Cameron Robinson (VA)

Nerd Cave—Mads Reuther (Denmark)

James River Filmmakers Forum Autumn 2017 Edition

• Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $4

Autumn 2017 Edition James River Filmmakers Forum. We will screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers .
Free popcorn and a cash bar . Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll.

featured Filmmakers include :

Brian Boenau – Playthings (Horror) 17 Minutes

Cameron Robinson – Safe on Your Mountaintop ( Music Video ) 3 minutes

Jasmine Deanne Andrews – Be Mine ( Drama ) 7 Minutes

Geoffrey Oliver – I’m So Sorry ( Thriller ) 8 Minutes  ,  I Was Lost : A Short Film In Pictures       ( Narative ) 4 Minutes

Raasa Leela De Montebello – Simon ( Supernatural Narative ) 6 minutes ,                               Truth Is Truth ( Poetic Narative and a Virginia Debut) 7 minutes

$4 admission at door . Visual Arts Center Dominion Room .
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

James River Film @ VisArts presents Turn It Around : The Story of East Bay Punk

• Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond / Dominion Room
• 1812 West Main Street
• Admission:  $8.00 cash at door. $8.55 credit card at door 

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK explores Northern California’s pivotal role in evolution of punk rock – the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global.

As the once-vibrant local scene became wrought with violence, corruption and racism, punks over the bridge in the East Bay responded by creating a fun and inclusive style of punk that also carried on the region’s tradition of radical thought. Banding together around Berkeley’s all- volunteer 924 Gilman Club, this diverse collective of misfits created a do-it-yourself, no-spectators’ petri dish for art & music that changed the Bay Area punk scene… and the world at large.

Today, we know about some of the bands who emerged from this scene, like Green Day and Rancid, but their success is just the tip of the iceberg; the roots of this inspiring story go deep into the underground. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK is told by the people who were there. The story of East Bay punk rock unfolds from its unlikely beginnings, continues through its struggles, and triumphs with its raucous power continuing to be influential today.  Door prizes from Plan 9 Music and Charm School Ice Cream!  Cash Bar .  Free Popcorn  !

LIMITED SEATING ONLY 110 TICKETS AVAILABLE.

ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED . BOX OFFICE OPENS 7:15PM EVENING OF SCREENING .

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The James River Short Films 2017 Call for Submissions

JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – October 20th, 2017

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: August 15th 2017

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

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.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

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.

CATEGORIES

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.

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening October 20th will be notified by September 27th 2017. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, October 20th, 2017, 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.

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.

24th Annual James River Film Festival Pass NOW AVAILABLE !

A FULL FESTIVAL pass is now available at our webstore .  For just $46.65 you can attend all of our festival programming April 6th – 9th !

You can purchase yours HERE !  We hope to see you at the festival this year !!

All advance passes are **WILL CALL ** only.  No passes will be mailed out .  You can pick up your pass at any festival event at the admissions table .

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

• Thursday, April 13th, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

 

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Director: Kent Jones 

In 1962, French New Waver Francois Truffaut sat down with director Alfred Hitchcock to record a conversation the would last three years and culminate in a ground-breaking book on the master’s mise-en-scene. At Hitchcock’s death, Truffaut remarked that “almost all of the new American cineastes were Hitchcock’s children,” and probably included himself as well.  Introduction and Q&A with Trent Nicholas and Michael Jones, Film Studies instructors in VCUarts Art History.  100 minutes

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Silent Music Revival: Richmond Avant Improv Collective

• Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
• The Bijou Film Center
• 304 E. Broad St., Richmond , VA
• Admission: $5 ($5.46 in advance via webstore )

 

Silent Music Revival: Richmond Avant Improvisational Collective Accompanies Surreal Classics

Richmond Avant Improvisational Collective (RAIC) will perform live spontaneous soundtracts to surreal and irreverent Dada classics. Ballet Mechanique (1924) Fernand Leger, and Seashell and The Clergyman (1928) Germaine Dulac with scenario by Antonin Artaud. RVA musician Jameson Price (Lobo Marino) has hosted and organized Silent Music Revival film screening events for over 10 years.  Cash bar available !  75 minutes

Due to limited seating at The Bijou Film Center, buy tickets in advance, HERE !   Tickets purchased online are WILL CALL ONLY; no tickets will be mailed.