RSSAuthor Archive for Jeff Roll

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.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse with Screenwriter Angela Faye Martin

• Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 ($8.55 in advance via webstore) 

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse (2015) Directors: Alex Crowton & Bobby Bass
With guest screenwriter/narrator Angela Faye Martin and others

Dancing Hoods’ Mark Linkous spent some  years in Richmond, where he founded Sparklehorse and released the album “Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionlot”. Writing songs of rare beauty and gutsy reverberating guitar, more releases followed and the fame he wasn’t ready for found him. Juggling personal issues and creative juices, he retreated into the Smokies of North Carolina. A haunting portrait of a talented and beautiful soul. Appearances by David Lowery (Cracker), Adrian Utley (Portishead) Gemma Hayes, Angela Faye Martin and more.  Also screening Jem Cohen’s Nice Evening Transmission Down and Hi, How Are You? (animated short by Daniel Johnston). 130 minutes. (co-sponsored by Plan 9 Records)

Advance tickets available HERE. All advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival present The Ralph Stanley Story with Filmmaker Herb E. Smith

• Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 ($8.55 in advance via webstore)

The Ralph Stanley Story (2000) with guest filmmaker Herb E. Smith 

Plenty of that “high lonesome” sound with over 20 songs by the Stanley Brothers and appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, Junior Brown, Ricky Skaggs, the Clinch Mountain Boys and more! Follows the early days and Ralph’s decision to carry on after his brother’s death. Powerful and uplifting! Including bonus footage of songs performed at his funeral.  (an Appalshop production) (co-sponsored by Deep Groove Records).  85 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No ticket will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Suburbia (aka The Wild Side) (1984)

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 12 Midnight
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 ($8.55 in advance via webstore)

Suburbia (aka The Wild Side) (1984) Director: Penelope Spheeris 

From the director of Decline of Western Civilization, a punk version of Rebel Without a Cause. Spheeris hired her actors (musicians and punks) off the LA streets, for a realism that’s hard to replicate. Originally test-marketed in RVA’s Biograph Theatre in ’84! Appearances by TSOL , DI and The Vandals.  (co-sponsored by Vinyl Conflict)  100 minutes

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The 24th Annual JRFF presents Zero for Conduct (1931), Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) & Heart of the World (2000) with Guy Maddin

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
• Grace Street Theater
• 934 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore )

Silent Music Collection: Recluse Raccoon Accompanies Guy Maddin Selections

Guest filmmaker Guy Maddin introduces personal favorite: Jean Vigo’s classic revolt film, Zero for Conduct (1931) screened with live sound courtesy of Recluse Raccoon.  Madden will also screen his Cowards Bend the Knee (aka The Blue Hands) (2003), the first of his “trilogy” and shot on Super 8 for $30,000, comprised of ten short films set between 1930-1960.  It’s adapted from a ten part peephole exhibition and recalls Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse series. Plus, Heart of the World (2000), containing over 500 shots in it’s 5 minute length, and winner of the Genie for “Best Short Film”.  120 minutes

Advance tickets are available HERE. All tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents The Memoirs of the Jewish Marlboro Man with guest filmmaker Stefan Osdene

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
• Grace Street Theater
• 934 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: Free

Memoirs of the Jewish Marlboro Man with Guest Stefan Osdene

Filmmaker and ex-Richmonder Stefen Osdene premieres his work-in-progress about his father, a Philip Morris, chemist who defied federal inquiries into the tobacco industry, while denying his Jewish heritage. “Part Ken Burns, part Ken Anger, part Eraserhead,” says the director of his film.  His father also consorted with a pack of colorful RVA personalities who appear in the film!  Additional credits:  Dan Ollman, Sam Villanueva.  40 minutes

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) with Director Guy Maddin

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore)

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) with Guy Maddin 

This second segment of his trilogy about Maddin’s life in Winnipeg, was originally mounted as a theatrical event.  Young Guy Maddon (played by two actors) returns to a childhood haunt, Black Notch Island, to paint the lighthouse where he once lived and now an orphanage run by his parents. Genre-bending – sci-fi, comedy, melodrama, biography – from one of cinema’s true originals. Shot in Seattle in two weeks for $40,000. Co-scripted with George Toles.  99 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE.  Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents My Winnipeg (2007) with guest filmmaker Guy Maddin!

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore) 

My Winnipeg (2007) with guest director Guy Maddin

Maddin describes this film as a ” docu-fantasia” framed as a goodbye letter, that blends “personal history, civic tragedy and mystical hypothesizing.” An oneiric ode to his hometown, and part of his “Me-Trilogy”. The “finest, funniest, saddest film I’ve seen …” Richard Corlis Time  Dialogue by George Toles, with Ann Savage (star of B-noir Detour), Darey Fehr, Louis Negin.  80 minutes

Advance ticket available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

 

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival Present Slapstick and Donuts with Guy Maddin

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 10:30 a.m. 
• The Bijou Film Center
• 304 E. Broad St., Richmond , VA
• Admission: $5 ($5.46 in advance via webstore )

Slapstick and Donuts

Primitive era slapstick shorts and more presented “old school” on 16mm from the James River Film Society archives. Enjoy free coffee and donuts with special guest filmmaker Guy Maddin!  85 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue.  No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Archangel (1991) with guest Guy Maddin

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 12 Midnight
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.55 in advance via webstore)

Archangel (1991) with director Guy Maddin

One of the director’s early classics, with plenty of mad love, campy drama and a couple of amnesiac pilots, Bolsheviks, White Russians, and German Huns converging in the Arctic village of Archangel sometime after World War I. Imagine Dr. Zhivago in the hands of F. W. Murnau or David Lynch!  90 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE.  Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents The Forbidden Room (2015) with director Guy Maddin

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore )

The Forbidden Room (2015) with guest Guy Maddin

Co-directed with Evan Johnson, this mind-blowing kaleidoscope of a film follows a woodsman who mysteriously appears on a doomed submarine, finding the crew frantically devouring fluffy flapjacks for oxygen, and flows from one scenario to another like psychedelic nesting eggs. A journey film like no other! “A wild, demented cinephiliac feast!” – Variety  Starring Geraldine Chaplin and Charlotte Rampling.  125 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. All advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY.  Check in at venue.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents A Late Style of Fire (2015)

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 7 p.m.
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5 ($5.46 in advance via webstore )

A Late Style of Fire (2015) with guest Michele Poulos

Poulos’ dream inspired her to make her documentary of hard-living poet Larry Levis. Critically acclaimed writer and VCU English faculty, Levis died in 1996,  a victim of talent and self destructive excess. Her film asks, “is self-destruction required for a life in the creative arts?” and traces Levis’ life through marriages, friendships and words. With poets Philip Levine, Charles Wright and others. Producer: Greg Donovan. Score by Iron and Wine. Cash bar available.   92 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No ticket will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Video Fan DVD & Book signing with Guy Maddin!

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 6-7 p.m.
• Video Fan
• 403 Strawberry St , Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

Video Fan DVD & Book signing with Gay Maddin!

Meet festival guest filmmaker Guy Maddin at RVA’s favorite video store and select DVDs and the author’s books available for purchase and autograph. Browse Video Fan’s 20,000 titles and sample light fare from a local eatery. Hosted by Video Fan and Chop Suey Books.

 

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2002)

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 3 p.m.
• Main Library, Richmond Public Library
• 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2002) Director: Charles Burnett

A earlier film on Nat Turner’s slave revolt is this docudrama by famed African-American director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger). Shot on Virginia locations, it explores Turner through multi-perspectives, including jailer Thomas Gray’s recorded Turner confession, black historians and actors, and fictional portraits by Stowe and Styron (from his best selling novel). Narrated by Alfre Woodard. With Carl Lumbly, Tommy Hicks and Ossie Davis.  Frank Christopher and Kenneth Greenberg, producers.  60 minutes

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents More Selections from the Archives

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 1 p.m.
• Main Library, Richmond Public Library
• 101 E Franklin St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

More Selections from the James River Film Society Archives

A bit of a theme here: film as social protest, as witness, as document, and as interrogator: Mexican Jail Footage (1980) Gordon Ball reports on his incarceration in the 1960’s. Confrontation at Kent State (1970) Richard Myers, et al. Faculty and student film made after the Kent State massacre. Buffalo Creek Revisited (1985) Mimi Pickering.  A look back a decade after a failed coal waste dam resulted in over 120 deaths.  Biograph Theatre Handbill Rally (1985) Richmond rally in support of posting handbills addresses 1st amendment issues. (Courtesy of the filmmakers and Appalshop)  100 minutes.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It (2015)

• Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 9 p.m.
• Grace Street Theater
• 934 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 ($8.55 in advance via webstore )

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai ) (2015)  Director: Chris Kirkley

Praised as the “African Purple Rain”, Kirkley’s film features hot “desert blues” guitarist-pop icon Mdou Moctar – in a Prince-like role, following the guitarist’s rise to global stardom via social media and the vinyl explosion. This is the first Tuareg dialect film, which has no word for “purple”, thus the title. Guest musician/ethnomusicologist Jim Thomson, director of Multifloral Productions.  75 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. WILL CALL ONLY: check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.