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

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• 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)

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• 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!

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• 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)

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• 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

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• 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)

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• 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.

 

The James River Film Festival presents The Very Best of Rural Route 2016-2017

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• Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
• Grace Street Theater
• 934 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 ($8.55 in advance via webstore )

The Very Best of Rural Route 2016-2017: “takes the road less traveled over 7 continents ” with Alan Webber, co-founder/curator, Rural Route Tour

Life outside the mainstream is the stuff of this recent, refreshing touring collection. It SOLD OUT the VMFA last year. This year the tour – animation, documentary, experimental and short narrative- includes films from Netherlands, Iceland, Georgia, Hungary and several states of the U.S. For the complete program, visit:  ruralroutefilms.com/tour.  85 minutes

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

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival Reception!

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• Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 West Main St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

Meet the staff, volunteers and guests, enjoy light fare from popular RVA eateries, and listen to contemporary African rhythms spun by guest DJ/musician/musicologist Jim Thomson.

Cash bar available.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Salt of the Earth (1954)

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• Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 3 p.m.
• Main Library, Richmond Public Library
• 101 E Franklin St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

Salt of the Earth (1954) Director Herbert Biberman

Made by “blacklisted” Hollywood producers and actors with actual miners, Salt of the Earth was denounced and banned in many states. It is now a cinematic treasure, selected in 1991 by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry, due to its depiction depiction of labor, race, and gender relations . Ahead of it’s time!  95 minutes.

The 24 Annual James River Film Festival presents Selections of Short Films from the James River Film Society Archives.

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• Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 1 p.m.
• Main Library, Richmond Public Library
• 101 E Franklin St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

Selection of Short Films from the James River Film Society Archives

A program of short animated, experimental, narrative and documentary works from previous festival guests. Sure to satisfy your indie film needs!  95 minutes

24th James River Film Festival , April 6th – 9th in Richmond , VA with Director Guy Maddin .

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Since 1994 the James River Film Festival has presented over 500 programs and 150 guest filmmakers , critics , musicians and artist and the 24th edition is proud to announce the participation of director Guy Maddin ( Tales of Gimli Hospital , Archangel , My Winnipeg , Brand Upon the Brain , Forbidden Room). Mr. Maddin’s style and unique vision have often drawn the “cult director ” tag , but his filmic world is a singular and personal as that of Luis Bunuel , Werner Herzog , or David Lynch.

More special guest include directors Herb E. Smith ( The Ralph Stanley Story) , Michele Poulos ( A Late Style of Fire ), Chris Kirkley ( Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Rain in it), and premiere screenings of The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse , The Very Best of Rural Route , Between Dog and Wolf : The New Model Army Story , live music with silent films presented by Silent /Music Revival , archival selections from past James River Film Festivals and much more.  Additionally, a screening of critic/ director Kent Jones’ Truffaut / Hitchcock will be held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on April 13th .  Other locations include the Byrd Theatre , VCU’s Grace Street Theatre , Richmond Main Public Library , Visual Arts Center of Richmond , the Bijou Film Center , and the Video Fan .

Full schedule available soon here at www.jamesriverfilm.org.

Sponsored by the Virginia Film Office , the James River Film Society , and their generous donors and advertisers ! Promoting the art of cinema since 1994 !

Special Thanks to…

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The James River Film Society would like to thank the following people for their time and contributions to the 23rd Annual James River Film Festival.

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The Official Poster for the 2016 James River Film Festival

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Programming starts April 1st and 2nd, then continues April 7th – 10th.  Scroll down through this website for details on programming and links for advance tickets to select programs. 

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22nd James River Film Festival: Program Guide

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NOTE: Each event has its own individual blog post, in reverse chronological order.

Click the link below for a PDF of the Program Guide:

22nd Annual James River Film Festival Program Guide

James River Film Society Announces 22nd James River Film Festival, April 9-12, 2015

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The 22nd
James River Film Festival will be screened April 9-12, 2015, at various locations in Richmond, Virginia, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Byrd Theatre, and Richmond Main Public Library.

Featured guests include cult animator-director Ralph Bakshi and son, Eddie Bakshi, for screenings of Fritz the Cat, Wizards, and Lord of the Rings. (NOTE: Eddie Bakshi will co-ordinate a Skype Q & A with father Ralph during the screenings of Wizards and Lord of the Rings at the Byrd; Bakshi memorabilia including posters and animation cells will be available for sale as well).

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Music video director and multimedia artist Michael Pope, is best known for his many music video collaborations with Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls as well as his experimental non-dialogue film NeoVoxer.

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We will be featuring the only Richmond-based screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Art and Craft, directed by Mark Becker and Sam Cullman.

Art and Craft was scored by Stephen Ulrich.  Ulrich will bring his band Big Lazy for a live performance at Gallery 5!

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Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson (The Golden Age of Fish, The Island of St. Matthew)

… and Cincinnati based multi-projectionist Super 8mm filmmaker and avant-garde jazz musician Jonathan Hancock.

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Admission prices vary; some events are free to the public. A complete schedule will be available soon.