The James River Film Festival with Movie Club/ Video Fan present The Man Who Fell To Earth starring David Bowie

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• Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 4:30PM
• The Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $7.00

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David Bowie in THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

(dir: Nicholas Roeg, 138 min., 1976) on 35 mm film!

One of Bowie’s first acting forays was a kind of Ziggy Stardust role in this moody sci-fi/ psychological parable by director Roeg (Performance, Walkabout). When Bowie’s alien innocent crashes in the desert, he becomes embroiled in the dark machinations of human experience—greed, vice and love. An instant midnight cult favorite on its release, with Rip Torn and Candy Clark. Screened in its original format—widescreen 35 mm!

Advance tickets available HERE !

The James River Film Festival and Movie Club / Video Fan present Heavy Metal Parking Lot

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• Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 3PM
• The Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $7.00

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THE RETURN of HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT

(dir: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik, 17 mins., 1986) 30th Anniversary!!!

w/guest director John Heyn & HMPL subject/author Jalyn Graham Owens

“Basically its rock & roll 101”–Dave Grohl

Who knew a film about a bunch of metal fans waiting for a Judas Priest concert in 1986 at Landover, Maryland’s Cap Center would become a cult phenomenon? HMPL is the genuine article, an American original, a verite time-capsule of the ‘80s, and presented here with Heavy Metal Alumni and other outakes from the Krulik-Heyn archive, inc-luding a preview of the upcoming Led Zeppelin Played Here. Also, guest and HMPL subject, Jalyn Graham Owens (he’s “Gram” in the movie), has a new book, Graham: The First 20, documenting, and coming to grips with, his turbulent first twenty years, and will do a signing in the Byrd lobby. TRT: 70 min.

Advance tickets available HERE !

The James River Film Festival presents Destination Planet Negro w/ director / writer Kevin Willmott

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• Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 1PM
• The Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $7.00

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Director Willmott scripted Spike Lee’s latest, Chi-Raq, and delivers here with a smart satire that sports a wicked sense of humor! Done in the spirit of a 1950’s low budget sci-fi, Destination Planet Negro invokes African-American icons W.E.B. DuBois and George Washington Carver, who, in an attempt to “solve the Negro problem” take a rocket ship to Mars, but because of a time-warp land in a present-day Midwest metropolis. With Kevin Willmott, Daniele Cooper, Tosin Morohunfola. “A truly charming film that makes some real and honest observations about the attitudes of Black Americans today” Indiewire. Q & A with guest director Kevin Willmott after the show.

Advance ticket available HERE !

The James River Film Festival presents Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog

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• Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 9:30PM
• The Grace Street Theatre
934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $7.00

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HEART OF A DOG (dir: Laurie Anderson, 75 min., 2015)

Renowned multi-media artist and performer Laurie Anderson reflects on life, love, art and her relationship with her pet terrier. She palled around with William Burroughs, had a hit record with Home of the Brave, became the darling of the avant-garde and married rocker Lou Reed. In Heart of a Dog, Anderson balances her wry observations and sometimes weighty themes with lyricism and grace. “A celebration of life, and how special it is to be part of it while we’re here.” SF Chronicle .

advance tickets available HERE !

The James River Film Festival presents More Experimental Cinema (1998-2013) w/ guest Filmmaker Jennifer Reeves

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• Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 8PM
• The Grace Street Theatre
934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $7.00

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Jennifer Reeves’ personal films exemplify that thread of cinema deemed experimental– with her direct-on-film techniques, first-person cinematography, complexity of sound and image, and optical printing. But experimental is more than technique, it has become the cinema’s true standard-bearer of film as art, beyond the reaches of commerce and narr-ative. In the spirit of Marie Menken, Maya Deren, and past guests Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Nathaniel Dorsky we’re proud to screen her following titles: TRT: 67 min.

Fear of Blushing (6 min., 2001, 16 mm, optical); We Are Going Home (10 min., 1998, 16mm, optical); Trains Are for Dreaming (7 min., 2009, 16mm, optical); Color Neutral (3 min., 2014, 16mm, optical)

INTERMISSION/ Q & A with guest filmmaker Jennifer Reeves

Strawberries in the Summertime (15 min., 2013, pro-res,stereo)

Light Work Mood Disorder (26 min., 2007,16 mm dual projection)

The James River Film Festival presents SOUTHEAST 67 w/ Director / Producer Betsy Cox

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• Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 3:30PM
• The Grace Street Theatre
934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5.00

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SOUTHEAST 67 (prod/dir: Elizabeth Cox, 71 min., 2015)

In Washington, DC’s Anacostia neighborhood, high school graduation rates in the 1980s-1990s were pretty dismal, and its school district was arguably one of the worst in the country. But in 1994, a group of 67 seventh graders were chosen randomly by the philanthropic organization Dreamers, with the goal of forging a path to college or post-high school education. In Southeast 67, Charlottesville-based director Cox follows the narratives of some of those students twenty years later. Poignant and inspiring, Southeast 67 brings Ms. Cox back after 22 years—she screened Who’s Gonna Sing Our Song? at our first festival in 1994! Q & A with director/producer Betsy Cox after the screening.

James River Film Festival presents JJ McMoon’s RUN (World Premiere)

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• Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 1:30PM
• The Grace Street Theatre
934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5.00

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RUN (dir: J.J. McMoon, scr: McMoon & James Draper II, 84 min., 2015) w/ director J.J. McMoon, cast and crew

A first-feature that hits the ground running, Run is chock full of RVA talent and locales!

Half-thriller spoof and half-travelogue, McMoon’s and Draper’s clever script was shot on the lean in a matter of weeks, spotlighting various Richmond neighborhoods and eateries, as well as local talents Rebecca Turner, Richard Spencer, Dale Heiskill and Jon Baamonde. Making no excuse for its satire or tongue-in-cheek effects, Run is a marathon of suspense that ends with a bang! Q & A with director and cast after the screening.

advance tickets available HERE !

The James River Film Festival Presents Shadows Choose Their Horrors w/ Marc Ribot LIVE and filmmaker Jennifer Reeves

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• Friday, April 8th, 2016, 8:30PM
• The Grace Street Theatre
934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $12.00 in advance , $15.00 at the door.

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Critically-accaimed guitarist Marc Ribot returns to RVA for this rare collaboration with critically-acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Reeves, in a silent film-live music event that has been performed only twice before, in NYC and Detroit. Mr. Ribot’s name has been linked with the likes of John Zorn, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, and Ms. Reeves was recently recognized as one of fifty filmmakers world-wide to take note of. Together,

Ribot’s guitar, which seemingly knows no generic boundaries, explores the nuances of Reeves’ experimental, filmic montage. In addition to Shadows Choose Their Horrors (2005), Landfill 16 (2011) and He Walked Away (2003-06 ) round out the program. Q & A with Mr. Ribot and Ms. Reeves after the screening! (Note: Ms. Reeves will screen a second program of experimental works Sat. April 9, 8 pm, GSTh)

Co-sponsored by VCU Arts Department of Photography and Film

Advance tickets available HERE

James River Film Festival presents Microcosmic Shorts

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• Friday, April 8th, 2016, 7PM
• The Visual Arts Center Dominion Room
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

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Curated by JRFS’ Laura McCann, this program features short, short works, five minutes or less, in any genre or format, by current RVA filmmakers.

James River Film Festival Reception

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• Friday, April 8th, 2016, 5:30PM
• Visual Arts Center Commons
• 1812 W Main St , Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

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Socialize with guests, volunteers, JRFS members and other festivalites, and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar!

The James River Film Festival presents The Stranger

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• Friday, April 8th, 2016, 12:00PM
• Richmond Main Public Library
101 E Franklin St , Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE

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Despite what critics (and even the director) said, The Stranger is as baroque, as noirish and as Wellesian as anything in his canon. According to Welles, huge chunks of his script were cut, but what remains is a taut thriller and classic film noir. Welles, as ex-nazi Franz Kindler, is a professor at a private boys’school about to marry Senator’s daughter Loretta Young, until his past, and detective Edward G. Robinson, catches up. The final clock tower sequence is total over-the-top Welles! Intro by JRFS’ Michael Jones.

The James River Film Festival presents The Very Best of Rural Route Films 2011-2015

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• Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 6:30PM
• The Virginia Museum of Fine Art , Leslie Cheek Theatre
200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 / JRFS members $5

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Advance tickets @ vmfa.museum or by phone

In the tradition of traveling fests like the Black Maria and Ann Arbor, we’re proud to present The Very Best of Rural Route Films—a rising international showcase that takes the road less traveled, boasting short films shot on all seven continents, in narrative, experimental and documentary forms. This best of edition includes: Marcel, King of Tervuren ( Schroeder, Belgium), We’re Leaving (Treitz, U.S.), Home Turf (Whitaker, Ireland), When Elephants Dance, the Ground Gets Beaten (van den Berg, Cambodia), The Bees (Ayoub, Lebanon), Salt (Gardner, Ethiopia), The Hunter (Walsh, Australia), Amma Mundi (Babley, U.S.), Travel Log: Antartica (Webber, Ant.), The Last Ice Merchant ( Patch, Ecuador). TRT: 100 min.

 

7th Anniversary of the James River Filmmakers Forum

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• Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $4

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Join us for a special 7th anniversary edition of the James River Filmmakers Forum . We will screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers plus live music by Lobo Marino .
Chow down on some free pizza and a cash bar . Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll.

Filmmakers include :
Laura Zoellner – Dakota’s Daughter (20 min)
Jamie King – A Will , A Wager, and a Gun (20 min)
Jeff Roll – She Doesn’t Fade (6 min )
Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully – No Games No Fowl (22 min )
Visual Arts Center of Richmond in the Dominion Room.

Lost Colony directed by Christopher Holmes ( Festival Preview )

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• Friday, April 1st, 2016, 7:30PM
• The Visual Arts Center
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: Free

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LOST COLONY (dir/scr: Christopher Holmes, 2014, 84 min.)

w/ guest director Christopher Holmes

7:30 pm, Visual Arts Center, First Friday Freebie

NC-based, Ohio-born filmmaker Chris Holmes’s short films have played at over fifty festivals world-wide, including screenings in James River Film programs Flicker and James River Shorts. He weighs in here with an impressive first feature, a family drama fraught with hard choices, but handles his material with delicacy and respect. Smart writing—Holmes is wary of cliches–some fine acting and lots of Outer Banks locations.

With Joshua Brady, Sam Buchanan, Stephanie Renee Morgan. Q & A with director Chris Holmes after the screening.

 

The 2016 season of programming!

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Happy New Year! We here at the James River Film Society are hard at work planning new programming for you. First of all, Saturday, April 2nd, will bring us the 7th anniversary of the James River Filmmakers Forum. We are closing out the line up and and we hope to add a musical guest. The following week is the 23rd annual James River Film Festival, April 7th – 10th. So stay tuned as we will post all updates right here on this page.  Plus … if you haven’t liked us on Facebook, you can do so here.

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