Marc Ribot : Solo Improv Set + Improv Workshop

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Black Iris Gallery, Sunday December 13th, 12PM

Marc will perform a short solo set followed by an Improv Workshop open to all instrumentalists of music university or professional level.

Limit 25 participants.  Non-participant audience welcome.

$35 Participants / $25 Non-participant audience

Workshop includes the screening of Chaplin’s The Kid with Marc Ribot later that afternoon at 4:30PM at The Byrd Theatre.

 

Marc Ribot Performs to Chaplin’s The Kid

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• Sunday, December 13th, 2015, 4:30PM
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia
• Admission: $15 (adult); $10 (children under 12 years old) (NOTE: Those paying by credit/debit card also pay nominal PayPal service charge of $0.76 and $0.61, respectively.)

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This show features a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid (1921), with a live score provided by Marc Ribot.

Marc Ribot is an American guitarist and composer. His work has touched on many styles, including no wave, free jazz, rock and Cuban music. He has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, John Zorn, David Sylvian, Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, The Lounge Lizards, Arto Lindsay, T-Bone Burnett, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Cibo Matto, Elysian Fields, Sam Phillips, Elvis Costello, Tift Merritt, David Poe, Allen Ginsberg, Foetus, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Susana Baca, The Black Keys, Stan Ridgway, Vinicio Capossela, Alain Bashung, Lyenn, Hector Zazou, McCoy Tyner, Elton John, Madeleine Peyroux, Marianne Faithfull, Leonid Fedorov, Tonio K, Andres Calamaro, Anarchist Republic of Bzzz, Diana Krall, Mike Patton and others.

Buy tickets here: Adults; Children under 12

2015 James River Short Films Finalists

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$8 admission ($5 for VMFA and JRFS members).

Tickets available at VMFA website or night of event.

In order of screening, Friday, November 20th, 6:30PM

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre

Things You Didn’t Know About Tiny Tim, Tamara Federici, 7:38 mins., 2015, CA

O Pastor Animarum, H. Paul Moon, 4:30 mins., 2015, VA

Black Eyes, Rick Spears, 11 mins., 2015, VA

Hill of the Hapersnoks, Rinny Wilson, 11:26 mins., 2014, VA

Playback, Robert Hudson, 16:40 mins., 2015, VA

(Un)Sexy, Paige Snider, 4:31 mins., 2014, VA

I Am the Mountain, You Are the Water’s Edge, Travis Waugh, 10:15 mins., 2010, VA

The Columbarium, Tyler Trumbo, 4 mins., 2014, VA

Kuwabara, Kuwabara, Elizabeth Williams, 11:18 mins., 2015, VA

Awards judge: Christopher Holmes, filmmaker, educator (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and past-juried competition winner. His films include Fence Dogs, Sapsucker, and the recent feature, Lost Colony.

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Winners of  James River Short Films 2015:
1st prize and Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award
Travis Waugh – I Am the Mountain , You Are the Water’s Edge ($600)
2nd Prize
Tyler Trumbo – The Columbarium ($500)
3rd Prize
Robert Hudson – Playback ($400) (Audience Choice Award)
Honorable Mentions:
Tamara Federici – Things You Didn’t Know About Tiny Tim ($250)
Elizabeth Williams – Kuwabara , Kuwabara ($250)

James River Filmmakers Forum Autumn 2015 Edition

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• Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 8 pm
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA, 23220
• Admission: $5

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The James River Film Society welcomes independent film enthusiasts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SPECIAL YEAR END EDITION! Join us as we screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers.                                                                                                                                                                           Each featured panelist will screen their work and take questions from the audience.
Featuring the work of:
Jim Stramel
Carlton Kotalo / Noah Scalin
Michael C. Jones
Jason Cortez
Fabian Rush
Laura McCann
$5 admission, Cash bar, Free popcorn.
** MUSIC GUEST – League of Space Pirates !!! **

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Located upstairs in the Dominion Room at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
Hosted and curated by Jeff Roll

Silent Films and Live Music Outdoors, Under the Night Sky!

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• Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 pm
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA, 23220
• Admission: $10

Silent Films and Live Music Outdoors, Under the Night Sky!

Join the James River Film Society for a rare outdoor film projection/live music experience on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 pm, in the courtyard of the Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA. Luis Bunuel’s/Salvador Dali’s silent surrealist classic, L’Age d’Or, accompanied by Jonathan Goldie (Spanish guitar instrumentalist), will screen first. This film was so controversial it caused riots when screened in Paris in 1930. Following L’Age d’Or, the German Expressionist/horror prototype, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, will screen to the ambient electronic sounds of local Richmond artists Predation (featuring Lee Acosta-Lewis, member of Hard Stripes).

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Credit/debit cards are also accepted (with a nominal surcharge). Proceeds go to support the local performers and the James River Film Society, providing Richmond with the annual James River Film Festival, the James River Shorts, the James River Filmmakers Forum, and many other events supporting local filmmakers and film lovers in the area. A cash bar will also be available for beer and wine on premises.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
A landmark of cinematic artistry, this classic silent horror film has vivid expressionistic imagery which brilliantly reflects the nightmarish emotional states of the characters. Francis’ investigation of his friend’s murder leads him to suspect that the killer was a zombie-like sleepwalker under the hypnotic control of the diabolical Dr. Caligari. A live soundtrack will be provided by local Richmond artist Predation.

L’Age d’Or (1930)
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. live soundtrack will be provided by Spanish guitar instrumentalist, Jonathan Goldie.

Link to full-sized event poster (PDF)

Link to Facebook event page

Link to ticket sales

James River Filmmakers’ Forum

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• Saturday, September 19, 8 – 10 pm
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission: $4, Cash Bar, Free Popcorn
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The James River Film Society welcomes independent film enthusiasts.

Join us as we screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers.

Featured panelists will screen their works and take questions from the audience.

Featured works:
Laura Ruschak – Lyra
Torian Ugworji – Aches (My Darling Fury) and Colors of Paranoia
Jessica Royce – Sweet Tooth
Devyn Young – Void
Alvalia Pemberton – … Still
Rick Spears – Black Eyes

Hosted and curated by Jeff Roll

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead – Encore Presentation!

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• Sunday, August 9, 2015, 8:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220
• Admission: $7

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead (dir: Wes Orshoski, 2015, 110 min)

Due to overwhelming interest, we are hosting an encore presentation of The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead! As with the first screening, Punk Rock door prizes and trivia contest are included. FREE POPCORN and CASH BAR.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead

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• Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220
• Admission: $7

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead (dir: Wes Orshoski, 2015, 110 min)

From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy, and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting. It captures the band as it celebrated its 35th anniversary with a world tour and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while other former members battled cancer. Screening includes Punk Rock door prizes and trivia contest. FREE POPCORN and CASH BAR.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

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T-Shirts For 2015 James River Film Festival Now Available!

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The James River Film Society Concession Stand, our new e-commerce site, is now live! Head on over to http://shop.jamesriverfilm.org to check it out.

We have T-shirts from this year’s festival in five sizes (Adult XL/Lg/Med/Sm and Child Lg). This year’s festival was one of the most successful ever with Ralph Bakshi as the highlighted director, and T-shirts to commemorate the event will be highly sought after in years to come! So grab yours!

If you have any questions about the e-commerce site’s operation or about your order, please email shop@jamesriverfilm.org.

Joy Division Celebration/Ian Curtis Birthday

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• Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:30 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220
• Admission: $7; $0.20 surcharge for credit/debit cards

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JOY DIVISION (dir: Grant Gee, 2008, 93 min)

A screening of the 2008 documentary film JOY DIVISION from director Grant Gee. Additionally, we will be showing two short films by Michael Jones, A Dead Love (1985, 16mm) and Dead Friends: When Blue Turns Red (1983, 16mm). Plus giveaways, FREE POPCORN, cash bar and more! $7.00 admission.

Benefit for the James River Film Society.

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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

22nd James River Film Festival: The Last Limousine

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• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 8:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: $7 / JRFS Members $5


The Last Limousine (dir: Daria Khlestina, 2014, 75 min, Russian with English subtitles) with VGIK puppet animations from Moscow!

“Imagine an episode of The Office set in a Russian car factory, and you’re close to the ambience of The Last Limousine!”
            —Hollywood Reporter

The late director Daria Khlestina was editing this film in Amsterdam as she received cancer treatments; later she scrapped the initial edit and started over despite her condition. Khlestina gently and probingly toys with the Soviet ideal of the proletariat, and seems to find in her film the answer she hoped for. Faced with the demise of the car factory where they work, six employees—engineers, bosses and laborers—cling to professional pride and delusions as their world seemingly crumbles around them. Then, miraculously, an order comes in for three of the company’s deluxe hand-built limousines, the same limos that once squired Party dignitaries through parades in Red Square. They throw themselves tirelessly into fulfilling the order on time, but will it save the factory? Also, three animated puppet shorts from the VGIK, the Moscow Film School. (Total running time 105 min approx.)

Special thanks to Kevin McNeer, our James River Film Festival correspondent in Moscow!

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

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22nd James River Film Festival: Kawashima’s Curve with director David Williams

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• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: $7


Kawashima’s Curve (dir: David Williams, 2007, 90 min), with director David Williams! Richmond director David Williams (Lillian, Thirteen, Long Art) screens his documentary of Japanese bamboo sculptor Shigeo Kawashima. Shot in Spring of 2006 during the artist’s residency at the Visual Arts Center in RVA, Williams’ camera follows the process of selecting and harvesting the bamboo, the working of it by Kawashima and on through to the exhibition later of his first large indoor installation. Kawashima’s Curve is a continuation of Williams’ on-going inquiry into the discipline and craft of the artist. Mr. Williams will join the audience for a Q & A after the screening.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Kawashima’s Curve

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22nd James River Film Festival: Wizards emceed by Eddie Bakshi

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• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, Va 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission: $7 advance / $10 door


Wizards (dir: Ralph Bakshi, 1977, 80 min), introduced by James River Film Festival guest Eddie Bakshi. (Bakshi memorabilia sale—posters, cels, etc.—to follow the screening!) According to director Bakshi, Wizards depicts the on-going struggle between technology and magic, and represents his desire to make a non-Disney-like animated feature. The classic good/evil storyline has nevertheless inspired two generations of fantasy fans with its bold artsy style and its reluctant, red-bearded sorcerer hero—the original Avatar! When evil brother Blackwolf threatens his peaceful utopian kingdom, Avatar is forced to embark on a dangerous mission to the bleak lands of Scorth, inhabited by goblins and wraiths and darker forces that test his ultimate powers! Featuring the voice of Mark Hamill (Star Wars, also in ’77), Wizards is a seminal film of the current fantasy cycle, and a stunning celebration of animated art.
Note: Join us at 3:30 pm, before the screening, for a Live Skype Q & A with director/animator JRFF guest Ralph Bakshi, hosted by Eddie Bakshi!

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

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22nd James River Film Festival: Lord of the Rings emceed by Eddie Bakshi

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• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, Va 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission: $7 advance / $10 door


Lord of the Rings (dir: Ralph Bakshi, 1978, 132 min), with James River Film Festival guest Ralph Bakshi who will join us after the screening via live Skype! Introduced by JRFF guest Eddie Bakshi. This adaptation was a long time coming—Disney had the rights to Tolkien’s trilogy in the 50’s and reportedly Stanley Kubrick had toyed with a live-action version. Bakshi’s version though could hardly be better—successfully mixing animation with live action tracings, he even mirrored some of Tolkien’s own drawings, and wisely tackled only the first 2/3 of the trilogy. His choice of British actors (among them John Hurt) adds a note of authenticity and Leonard Rosenman’s score seals the deal. Long cherished by Bakshi and Tolkien fans alike, a must-see for the entire family, or just the kid in you.
Note: Join us after the screening for a live Skype Q & A with JRFF guest Ralph Bakshi, emceed by Eddie Bakshi, and a sale of Bakshi memorabilia.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Lord of the Rings with Ralph Bakshi

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