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 !

James River Filmmakers Forum 8th Anniversary Edition !

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• Saturday, March 25th, 2017, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5

Join us for a special 8th anniversary edition of the James River Filmmakers Forum . We will screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers plus live music by Alex Norman who was recently featured on PBS’s Virginia Currents .
Chow down on some free pizza from Arianna’s Italian Grill / free popcorn and a cash bar . Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll.

featured Filmmakers include :

Tom Prunier – Trolls and Antechambers ( comedy )

John Amedro  ( visiting filmmaker from NY) – BLACKBIRD: A Dream Resurrected (surreal)

Stephen Gentry / Eli Hall – Loop ( science fiction )

Ying-Fang Shen – The Tale of the Day ( animation )

Danny Caporaletti – Making Movies is Easy ( comedy )

 

 

The Thrillbillys 16th Anniversary on 16mm with Director Jim Stramel

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• Saturday, January 21st, 2017, 7:30PM
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 West Main Street , Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5.00

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Special ” old school” 16mm screening of the 2001 exploitation classic from the director of Reviled and Degenerates Ink , Jim Stramel .

Come take in the action but don’t sit too close to the screen .  You might get some on you !

If that doesn’t get you all stirred up … to round things off … add some other crazy short films by Stramel .

Door prizes with cash bar !

 

James River Short Films Winners December 2nd, 2016

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The winners of the 2016 James River Short Film juried competition are:

1st–Frogman, Tyler Trumbo, VA    $1000

2nd–The Itching, Diane Bellino, NY     $500

3rd–Audible Static, Sai Selvarajan , TX  $250

3rd–Lone Survivor,  Navid Darvishzadeh, IRAN   $250

Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award–Historical Film, Will Bryan, VA

People’s Choice Award–Audible Static, Sai Selvarajan, TX

The finalist screening was hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, December 2.

The Awards Judge was Brent Baldwin, Arts and Culture Editor, Style Weekly.

The James River Short Films juried competition is co-sponsored annually by the Virginia Film Office and the James River Film Society, a non-profit organization for the independent moving image arts. Our thanks to all the participating filmmakers and jurors!

Silent / Music Revival Returns to Gallery 5 December 18th Music by Rattlemouth.

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• Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 8:00PM
• Gallery 5
• 200 W. Marshall St. , Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE / donations encouraged! 

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James River Short Films Juried Competition

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• Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 6:30 PM
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts , Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

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View the best, most current short videos and films (20 minutes or less) during this popular annual, international competition from the James River Film Society. A special guest filmmaker will choose the top entries and award approximately $2000 in cash prizes.  The Audience will have a chance to vote on their favorites, and some filmmakers will be present for comments and Q&A .

For over 20 years the James River Film Society has been a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to the art of film and film as art.

The finalist this year include :

The Streets That Speak – Vida Lercari (New York)

Misgivings – Adrian Mead (United Kingdom)

Historical Film – Will Bryan (Virginia)

Audible Static – Sai Selvarajan (Texas)

Lone Survivor – Navid Darvishzadeh (Iran)

I Choose Openness – Jannatul Nayeem (Virginia)

In the Waves – Ying-Fang Shen (Taiwan)

SHOTGUN – Maverick Moore (Texas)

Song of the Open Road – Maureen McNabb (Virginia)

The Itching – Diane Bellino (New York)

Frogman – Tyler Trumbo (Virginia)

Until the End – Bryan Paulson (Nevada)

Tickets available at the VMFA website HERE .