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21st James River Film Festival: Program Guide

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The Filmmaker’s Presence Extends into the Viewing Experience

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Here is a blog by filmmaker Michael Maglaras who will present the Virginia premiere of The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show for JRFF at VMFA Friday evening, April 11, 2014, 6:30 pm.  JRFS endorses the reflectivity Mr. Maglaras has on the whole experience of cinema.  Not just the object itself is important to him but the presentation is something he is most sensitive to.

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21st James River Film Festival Schedule, April 10-13, 2014

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TUESDAY, APRIL 8 

Studio 23 Film Series and James River Film Society present a Pre-festival screening! Surrealistic Silent Shorts

• 1906-23, 105 mins.

• Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 pm, Studio 23, 1617 W Main St, Venue change: Black Iris Gallery, 321 W Broad St Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-620-7321

• Admission FREE

A selection of silent comic shorts 1906-1923.  Kinetic, chaotic, primitive, physical—America’s gift to comedy and the kind of stuff the Surrealists loved!  On 16mm with the sound of humming projectors.

 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

Studio 23 Film Series and James River Film Society present a Pre-festival screening! Orpheus

• Cocteau, ’50, 94 mins., French w/ subtitles

• Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:30 pm, Studio 23, 1617 W Main St, Venue change: Black Iris Gallery, 321 W Broad St Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-620-7321

• Admission FREE

Perhaps playwright/filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s finest film achievement, an updated version of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth set in post-WWII Paris.  When popular poet Orpheus (Jean Marais) suffers writer’s block, he falls under the spell of mysterious radio messages and a seductive agent  from the underworld, and then must enter the Zone to retrieve his beloved Eurydice. The Surrealists cited their debt to Cocteau, and he was further revered by many for his lovely version of Beauty and the Beast (’46). On 16 mm projected film—old school!

 THURSDAY, APRIL 10

OPENING RECEPTION  

• Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:30 pm-7 pm,  Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094

• Admission FREE

Film is a social experience too!  Meet other independent-minded film lovers, volunteers, and guests.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with two free screenings…

Screening: Looking for the Lost Skyscraper (Jones, Jordan, 1999, 27 mins.) 6:00 pm

Middle Neck VA folk artist/collector/dealer “Ringo” Tate built a 60 ft. tower of what his neighbors referred to as “junk”. The tower’s design had evolved from a “conflict of ideas” according to Tate, and its base housed the Tate Art Gallery, where he sold his art and collectibles.  A film by Ken Jordan and Michael Jones.

Screening:  Song of the Cicadas (Robinson, 2013, 24 mins.) 7:00 pm

Filmmaker/photographer Richard Knox Robinson (The Beekeepers, Rothstein’s First Assignment) screens his latest, based on David Rothenberg’s Bug Music (St. Martin’s Press 2013). Song of the Cicadas explores the metaphors evoked by the underground cycle of the Magicicada and the incarceration of American political prisoner Timothy Blunk, a life also hidden from our view.  Using chance, silence, politics and the cicada’s song, Robinson reveals that part of the essential nature of documentary is surveillance.

Tribute to Les Blank: The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins

• ’69, 28 mins.

Burden of Dreams 

• ’82, 95 mins.

• Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8 pm,  Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094

• Admission $5

Two films by the late great American documentarian Les Blank—a James River FilmFestival guest in 2001.Each offers us a glimpse into the lives of two subjects living their art—blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins, and German New Cinema director Werner Herzog.  Blank was one of the great ‘60s documentarians who freed the rhetorical form and he made a practice of filming obscure pockets of culture—garlic, chili and gumbo lovers, polka, jazz and Appalachian fiddle music.  His compassionate camera for all things human will be hard to replace.  Blank’s Bluescaptures guitarist Hopkins with friends in his Texas hometown,  Burdenfinds Herzog in a Peruvian jungle, facing endless problems filming Fitzcarraldo (’83). The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’Hopkins  has been chosen by the Library of Congress as an essential piece of America’s film legacy.  SF Chronicle: Burden of Dreams is an extraordinary portrait of a filmmaker in the grips of an artistic passion that knows no bounds.”

FRIDAY,  APRIL 11

 INDEPENDENT CLASSIC: Salt of the Earth 

• dir: Biberman, ’54, 85 mins.

• Friday, April 11, Noon, Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E Franklin St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-646-4256

• Admission FREE

An independent classic made by blacklisted Hollywooders at the height of the Red scare—once banned,  but now assessed as ahead of its time for its portrayal of labor, racial and women’s issues.  Based on a strike at a zinc mine in New Mexico, the production hired the real-life miners as actors and told their story with a realism Hollywood couldn’t duplicate.  Designated by the Library of Congress as one of America’s great film achievements.

The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show 

• dir: Maglaras, 2013, 90 mins.

• Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:30 pm, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220, 804-340-1405 

• Admission $8/ VMFA,  JRFS members $5 or www.vmfa.state.va.us

With guest director  Michael Maglaras and guest producer Terri Templeton.  In 1913 thousands of Americans poured through the doors of the unassuming 69th Regiment Armory in search of all the hubbub.  Few realized they’d entered the Modern Era of art.  Exposure to works by Europeans Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and Duchamp (who’d submitted his “Nude Descending a Staircase”) and Americans Marsden Hartley, John Marin and Charles Sheeler would illuminate and baffle, changing the way they saw the world, and how they perceived themselves in it..  A behind-the-scenes look at how this seminal show came about and the footprint it left;  with over 60 artworks. A Virginia premiere!

Midnight Frights presents The Undertaker and His Pals 

• dir: Swicegood, 1966, 75 mins.

• Friday, April 11, 2014, Midnight, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911

• Admission $5

Eric Miller and Will Towles, those ghastly producers from WCVE-TV, screen another campy monster movie! This time it’s in Richmond’s only documented haunted movie theatre…our beloved Byrd. Filmed in blood-curdling color, The Undertaker… is a British-take on Sweeney Todd and stars Ray Dannis and the great Marty Friedman. Production of the public-TV Ch. 23 series dates to 2012, and has employed the local talents of Joey Tran, Shawn Hambright, Dan Nelson and Armistead Spotswood, with shooting at the Byrd and Poe Museum. Special guests TBA!

 SATURDAY,  APRIL 12

 Available  

• dir: Gibrall, 2013, 76 mins.

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 am, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911

• Admission $5

With guest director Michael Gibrall and members of the cast.

Richmonder and Emmy-award winning producer Michael Gibrall screens his new feature—a charming and sometimes goofy romantic comedy which succeeds by virtue of its classic screwy plot premise, some surprising acting in the lead roles, and its story-book ending.  As in all good screwballs, audience expectations are inverted, but love triumphs (or takes its chances!) anyway. Available has been screened at numerous U.S. festivals, garnered awards for best romantic feature and screenplay and stars Alexa Yeames and Gordon Palagi in the lead roles of Anka and Ralph—creating believable on-screen chemistry in this wry little fable.

William Eggleston in the Real World 

• dir: Almereyda, 2005, 84 mins.

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 am, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220, 804-340-1405 

• Admission $8/ VMFA, JRFS members $5 

With guest director Michael Almereyda  (co-sponsored by Department of Photography and Film, VCU)

Festival guest Michael Almereyda screens a strikingly intimate and engaging portrait of American photographer William Eggleston.  Considered one of the most important color photographers, the Memphis-based Eggleston tends to capture the mundane and the non-photogenic—garage interiors, suburban inhabitants, empty landscapes—in his on-going “war with the obvious”.  His 1976 show at MOMA was championed by curator John Szarkowski, but encountered the wrath of photographer icon Ansel Adams. One vengeful critic called it “the most hated show of the year.”  Yet Eggleston not only persevered but has been astoundingly productive—“taking one picture of one picture” at a time.  The NY Times  called the film:  “Fascinating…speaks for itself in roughly the same mysterious way an Eggleston photograph does.”

2 x Davenport: Ashpet & Where Do They All Go? 

• 1990/ 2013, approx. 45 mins. each

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:30 pm, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911

• Admission $5 

With guest filmmaker Tom Davenport

Virginia filmmaker and festival guest Tom Davenport has been making fiction and nonfiction since the ‘70s, and will screen a title of each from his extensive filmography.  First, his award-winning Ashpet, which reposits Cinderella, the world’s most popular folk-tale, in Tennessee during WWII.

Although Ashpet is a servant, she’s beautiful, resourceful and deserving of happiness—which she finds at the local Victory Dance.  Followed by the recent Where Do They All Go? which chronicles the life and work of Upperville, VA native Jerry Payne, who as a teenager asked, “Animals die all the time. Where do they all go?” A high school classmate of the filmmaker,  Payne would later become a world famous entomologist and forensic science pioneer.

Hamlet  

• dir: Almereyda, 2000, 107 mins.

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3 pm, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911

• Admission $5

With director Michael Almereyda (co-sponsored by Department of Photography and Film, VCU)

Festival guest Michael Almereyda  screens his adaptation of  Hamlet— contemporarily set and scored, structurally abridged to fit the post-modern expectation—starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Liev Schrieber, Julia Stiles, Sam Shepard.  The director brings an experimental touch to Shakespeare’s tale of madness, mayhem and revenge by transposing Denmark’s spiritual wasteland to the sleek dens of corporate elitism. The cool-toned cinematography is remarkable as are the performances of Stiles, Schrieber and Hawkes.  Especially memorable is Hamlet’s everyman soliloquy delivered as he peruses the shelves of a video store—putting us in the aisles, if not the shoes, of familiarity.  An art-house favorite released by indie studio Miramax;   Rollingstone called it, “A knockout!  You will be dazzled!”

SATURDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE! w/ guests Caroline Martel and Michael Almereyda

Phantom of the Operator  

• 2004, 66 mins.

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30 pm, VCU Grace St Theatre, 934 W Grace St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-828-2020

• Admission  $5

Festival guest & VCU Department of Photography & Film artist-in-residence Caroline Martel screens her social history of the telephone operator—those anonymous voices behind the rise of the telecommunications industry.  Finding no “verite” footage of the era, she re-constructs their story via montage—using industrial, training and promotional clips from a time when Ma Bell worried if there were enough girls out there to (wo)man their switchboards as they expanded operations.

Short Works by Michael Almereyda 

• approx. 90 mins.

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9 pm, VCU Grace St Theatre, 934 W Grace St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-828-2020

• Admission $5

Short, experimental works by guest filmmaker Michael Almereyda including Skinningrove, The Man Who Came Out Only at Night and Another Girl, Another Planet.

Co-sponsored by Department of Photography and Film and Department of Art History,VCU

 SUNDAY,  APRIL 13

Wavemakers (following the Legacy of the Ondes Martenot) 

• dir: Martel, 2012, 96 mins.

• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1:30 pm, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911

• Admission $5

w/ filmmaker Caroline Martel

Want to know the Kevin Bacon connection fromEdith Piaf to Radiohead?  Two words: the Ondes Martenot. Never heard of it?  If  you’ve seen Lawrence of Arabia you heard it in the musical score.  Guest Caroline Martel screens her documentary on the history of this relatively unkown but incredibly influential electronic musical instrument of the 1920s and beyond.  Travelling between the Old and New Worlds, Martel interviews and investigates martenot connoiseurs—musicians, composers, instrument makers—who are unique in their devotion and love for this sensitive, electronic “missing link” in musical instrument history.

As I Lay Dying 

• dir: Franco, 2013, 107 mins.

• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3:30 pm, Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911

• Admission $5

w/actor Coby Batty

Overlooked as one of the finer releases of the year, actor/director James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner employs split-screen and direct address to capture the novel’s multi-perspective,  Mississippi locations and fine acting to capture its voice.  Furious and imperfect,  As I Lay Dying exhibits some of the raw stubborness of its characters, and independent cinema in general, in its uncompromising narrative approach.  Actor Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou?) shines as the head of the Bundren clan, on a cursed odyssey to bury his wife in a family plot, but there are fine performances all around—Richmond actor/musician Coby Batty, who plays farmer Gillespie, will be present for a Q & A regarding the film’s production.  NY Times:  “Mr. Franco has accomplished something serious and worthwhile, (his film) is certainly ambitious, but it is also admirably modest.”

INDEPENDENT CLASSIC! Come Back, Africa  

• dir: Rogosin, ’59, 95 mins.

• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6 pm,  Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094

• Admission $5

(restored by Milestone Film and Video)

“A heroic film…a film of terrible beauty.”—Martin Scorsese.  One of the few films to emerge from sub-Saharan Africa at that time,  American independent director Lionel Rogosin’s (On the Bowery) docufiction is a searing look at life under apartheid. Secretly filmed in Johannesburg and Gauteng, South Africa, it follows the plight of Zachariah, a Zulu who seeks better paying work in the gold mines, but is denied because of the restrictive “pass laws”. As he and his wife sink further, we feel first their anger and finally, their hopelessness.  Jonas Mekas (JRFF guest in 2002) described Rogosin’s film as: “The sound of the beating of the consciousness of a waking Africa”.

As the Palaces Burn! 

• dir: Argott, 2014, 120 mins.

• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8 pm,  Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094

• Admission $5

What begins as a 2012 concert tour document of RVA-based metal-men Lamb of God takes aweird turn when singer Randy Blythe is arrested for manslaughter in the Czech Republic. The charge dates from a 2010 gig when a fan fell from the stage, and the outcome of the case can determine the band’s future. Suddenly Argott’s film finds its heart and essential story-line as it follows Blythe’s subsequent legal difficulties and his courageous decision to return to Czech for trial.

21st JRFF Poster by Michael Clautice

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21st James River Film Festival, Thursday, April 10th – Sunday, 13th, 2014

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The 21st James River Film Festival, Virginia’s film festival for the independent-minded, will unspool April 10-13, 2014 at various Richmond locations including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Byrd Theatre, Visual Arts Center, VCU’s Grace St. Theatre, Richmond’s Main Public Library, and Studio 23, which will host two pre-festival screenings on April 8 and April 9.   Since 1994 the James River Film Festival has sponsored over 125 guest filmmakers, historians and critics, and unveiled over 400 screenings, seminars and workshops, many free to the public.   The festival is presented annually by the James River Film Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the independent moving image media in Central Virginia.  Below are several highlights from this year’s lineup–a complete 2014 schedule will be posted shortly. Thanks for your interest and continued support!

Advance tickets for sale!

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Get ’em early! Advance tickets are available for all 20th James River Film Festival events. Some are free or donation events. Advance tickets for the VMFA programs are available only through the VMFA (link provided). Visit our Tickets page for all the details.

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20th James River Film Festival announces guests!

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The James River Film Society is pleased to announce the guests for the 20th James River Film Festival, April 11-17, 2013:

Author, Educator and Comics Expert Tom De Haven will present a program of Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Experimental Filmmaker and Educator David Gatten will present his Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts (1999-present), a film cycle that takes as its main character Richmond founder William Byrd II, plus a second program of experimental shorts.

Gwar/Slave Pit Productions will present a program of Gwar videos.

Documentary Filmmaker Kevin McNeer (a past JRFF guest and native Richmonder now living in Moscow) will present his doc-in-progress on Stanislav Sokolov’s Hoffmaniada, a stop motion-animated feature film based on the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann from Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm. Concept and art design by Mikhail Shemyakin; directed by Stanislav Sokolov. The 78-minute film has been in the making since 2001; 20 minutes has been completed and will be screened along with McNeer’s doc-in-progress and a selection of Sokolov’s animated shorts.

Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer and Installation Artist Kendall Messick will present his film and book The Projectionist, which documents the life and passion project of a retired movie projectionist, Gordon Brinckle (1915 – 2007). Brinckle’s life work is the Shalamar, a grand mini-movie palace (theater) that he built in fastidious detail in the basement of his home.

Experimental Filmmaker and Emeritus Professor Richard Myers (a past JRFF guest) will present his avant-classics: 37-73, Akran and Deathstyles.

Stop-Motion Animation Director Stanislav Sokolov (from Moscow) will bring his stop-motion animated feature-in-progress Hoffmaniada, plus a selection of his animated shorts and a suitcase full of puppets! (paired with Kevin McNeer’s doc-in-progress on the making of Hoffmaniada).

Filmmaker and Educator David Williams (Richmond’s very own!) will present his Sundance winning film, Lillian (one of Roger Ebert’s favorite films).

Plus, we will round out the festival with classics, including John Huston’s FAT CITY on 35mm and restored DCP (digital cinema package) versions of Harold Lloyd’s SAFETY LAST and Stanley Kubrick’s DR. STRANGELOVE!

Coming soon: a complete program with dates, times, locations, film notes, and bios on the guests.

Stay tuned!

20th James River Film Festival, April 11-17!

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From David Gatten’s “Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts” (1999-present), an experimental film cycle based on Richmond founder William Byrd II, an 18th-century Virginian aristocrat, plantation owner, and author whose library is said to have been the largest and most varied in the colonies.

The 20th James River Film Festival will unspool Thursday, April 11-Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at various locations in Richmond, Virginia. Thanks to a partnership with VCUarts Department of Photography and Film, one of this year’s featured guests is experimental filmmaker and Duke University professor David Gatten, whose Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts (1999-present), a film cycle that takes as its main character Richmond founder William Byrd II, will be screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, April 12. Stay tuned for updates on guests, films, locations and more!

18th James River Film Festival: Personal/Universal-Five Films by Joan Strommer

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April 9, 2:00 pm, VCU Grace Street Theatre,  FREE

Personal/Universal: Five Films by Joan Strommer with taped interview with the filmmaker!

Joan Strommer earned her MFA at the University of Minnesota, taught filmmaking from 1979-2003 in VCU’s Department of Photography and Film, co-founded the James River Festival of the Moving Image (now JRFF) in 1994 and influenced hundreds of students with her support and insight, many of whom have become film teachers as well. The festival is very happy to screen five of her films, which have been under exhibited for too long: Make-up (1973, super-8 blowup), Twins (1978), Mother (1980), Father (1982, 16mm, b&w), and Utterances (1987, 16mm, color). Her films are personal, spiritual, universal, centered around the threads of human relationships, and built on stasis and duration. The long takes of incredible beauty and sublime power render the screen into a still, not unlike Alfred Stieglitz’s nature “equivalents” or Edward Weston’s ideas of “capturing the essence” of his subjects or the films of Robert Bresson and Nathaniel Dorsky. Strommer’s films have been screened at the Walker Art Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Appalshop and at numerous film festivals including Ann Arbor, Sinking Creek and Athens International. A taped interview with the filmmaker in her Minnesota home will be shown as a prologue, and a discussion will be held after the screening.

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18th James River Film Festival: “New Jerusalem”

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Will Oldham in R. Alverson's latest film, "New Jerusalem."

APRIL 13, 7:30 p.m., VCU Grace Street Theatre, Admission $7/$5 JRFS Members and Students

New Jerusalem (dir: R. Alverson, 2010, 92 min, color) Virginia Premiere! with writer/director Rick Alverson!

Sean (Colm O’Leary) is an Irish immigrant and a weary Afghan vet, back from Kandahar, and caught in the grip of an existential malaise. A co-worker, Ike (Will Oldham), an Evangelical Christian, offers salvation through the words and deeds of Jesus Christ, and an unlikely and often clumsy friendship emerges. New Jerusalem is at once a stirring portrait of community—large and small—and a brilliant examination of the collision between faith and intellect. Director R. Alverson will be on hand to introduce his film.

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New Jerusalem trailer from r. alverson on Vimeo. For more, visit the New Jerusalem website.

18th James River Film Festival: Hold Still, Keep Moving-VCUarts Student Filmmakers

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APRIL 12, 7:30 p.m., Gallery 5, FREE

Hold Still, Keep Moving: VCUarts Student Filmmakers

A program featuring short works from students from the VCU School of the Arts Departments of Kinetic Imaging, Photography and Film, and Cinema.

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18th James River Film Festival: A Richmond Noir Detour

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Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Gallery 5, Admission $7/5 JRFS Members

A Richmond Noir Detour featuring Edgar Ulmer’s Detour (dir: Edgar Ulmer, 1945, 68 mins., b&w)

plus readings from Richmond Noir with Dennis Danvers and Tom De Haven

This baroque noir protoype from B-director Edgar Ulmer was often overshadowed by bigger productions from MGM (Postman Always Rings Twice) and Paramount (Double Indemnity) released about the same time. But Detour accelerates the noir cycle to its bitter end and resembles (in structuring and characterizations) latter day noirs like Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (’58) and Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly (’55), with an over-the-top Ann Savage as the femmes noire from Hell, and Tom Neal as the romantic, ill-fated pianist who picks her up hitchhiking. All the noir conventions are intact: Fate, confessional voice-over, a love triangle, flashback and a Los Angeles end-game setting.  Ann Savage makes Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity look like a school marm! Editors Andrew Blossom and Brian Castleberry, writer Dennis Danvers, and writer/editor Tom De Haven will be on hand to read from and sign copies of Richmond Noir, on sale before and after Detour, courtesy of Chop Suey Books.

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18th James River Film Festival: “The Night of the Hunter”

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Sunday, April 10, 9:00 p.m., VCU Grace Street Theatre, Admission $7/$5 JRFS Members

The Night of the Hunter (dir: Charles Laughton, 1955, 93 min., b&w, 35mm) with reading and introduction by film critic and author Peter Schilling!

Though not truly film noir, Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter uses the moody lighting and expressionistic camerawork of noir perfectly. Based on Davis Grubb’s gothic fable about a pair of children chased across the South by the maniacal Preacher (Robert Mitchum, who was never better), Night of the Hunter is a tense classic, a devastating portrayal of spiritual, as well as physical, murder. Minneapolis film critic and author Peter Schilling Jr. will read from Davis’ underappreciated novel and offer some insight into this strange masterpiece.

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18th James River Film Festival: Baseball, Hot Dogs and Movies with Peter Schilling, Jr.

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Sunday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., Gallery 5, FREE (Beer, books and hotdogs available for purchase)

Baseball, Hot dogs and Movies with Peter Schilling, Jr.

Minnesota author and film critic Peter Schilling reads from his recent novel, The End of Baseball. Throw in “Ashes and Diamonds,” a 1913 silent comedy starring John Bunny, “Big League Baseball,” a circa 1944 portrait gallery of major leaguers, and gourmet hot dogs (veggie options too!) courtesy of Captain Slappy’s Hot Dog Emporium and you have the makings of a feast for the senses, not to mention the perfect dinner break! Mr. Schilling will sell and sign copies of his book after the show.

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