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


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! 


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)


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 .


Gimme Danger: The Story of The Stooges directed by Jim Jarmusch at The Byrd Theatre

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• Sunday, November 13th, 2016, 7:00PM
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 in advance / $10.00 at door


The James River Film Society in conjunction with Chop Suey Books, Plan 9 Music, and The Byrd Theatre Foundation present the ONLY Richmond screening of Jim Jarmusch’s critically acclaimed documentary of the punk/metal pioneers The Stooges.

Emerging from Ann Arbor, Michigan, amidst a counterculture revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960’s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds of what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch’s new film GIMME DANGER chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time.  GIMME DANGER presents the context of The Stooges’ emergence musically, culturally, politically, and historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reason behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.



Tickets still available at The Byrd box office  : $10.00 ( cash )  $10.61 ( credit card )


Silent Music Revival’s 10th Anniversary Presents Vampyr (1932)

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• Sunday, October 30th, 2016, 8PM
• Gallery 5
• 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE ( donations encouraged ) 


Silent Music Revival’s 10 Year Anniversary (Part 1)

During a Silent Music Revival event a classic silent short film is projected while local musicians act as the live soundtrack.
As an added twist the band does not see the film prior the event and therefore creates a new spontaneous score.

Silent Music Revival
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s
VAMPYR (1932) 

“Whatever you think of the director Dreyer, there is no denying that he is ‘different.’ He does things that make people talk about him. With scenes that are gripped with brutal directness. You may find his films ridiculous—but you won’t forget them.” 
– New York Times (1932)

with live musical score by:

“The day and the night belonged to Navi. They were possibly the most outrageous band to perform at the festival and they simply owned it. The crowd went crazy in such an unexpected way that it was simply beautiful. Every once in a while, you get to sit back and watch a set from a band that just annihilates all of your senses. For that day at Hardywood, Navi captivated an audience in a way that just left me mesmerized. ” – RVA Mag


The James River Filmmakers Forum Autumn 2016 Edition

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• Saturday, October 1st, 2016, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $4

Master Brush COLOR

Join us for the Autumn 2016 edition of the James River Filmmakers Forum! Join local and visiting filmmakers as they screen their work and take questions from the audience.

Filmmakers include:
Isaac Moses Regelson / Raasa Leela de Montebello – Last
Sam Sheline – When Mickey Came to Town
(visiting filmmaker from DC)
Charli Brissey – Left of Canvas
Allison Apperson – Goodbye Garbers
Ryan Farriss – No One

Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll.

As always FREE POPCORN and CASH Bar.
$4.00 admission Visual Arts Center of Richmond in the Dominion Room.


James River Short Films Call for Submissions!

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James River Short Films 2016 poster

JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – December 2nd, 2016

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE


$2,000 IN PRIZES!



James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF – Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films: fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental, and more. We define short, you define art.


James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.


Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.


Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening December 2nd will be notified by November 15th,  2016. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.


Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, and third places. The Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

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Our friends at Silent Music Revival are back!

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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.


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. 

JRFF FINAL poster 2016


James River Film Festival presents Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay with short documentaries by DJ Mont Sherar

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• Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 9PM
• The Visual Arts Center Dominion Room
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $7.00 / Cash Bar



(dir: Amelie Revelac, Travis Collins, 73 min., 2015)

The first documentary to spotlight the hardcore industrial noise bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s—Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, D.A.F..—and their collaborations with European filmmakers of the era like Derek Jarman, Peter Carre and Eckhart Schmidt.

Industrial music of that time was avant-garde, abrasive and featured a pulsating percussion, rejecting the romantic angst of punk for a grimness of seeming monotony.

The filmmakers prod/shot/edit/distributed the film on their own, and it has a punchlist of impressive interviews and rare performances.


PLUS!   Sex WAX n Rock n Roll (Shorts by DJ Mont Sherar, TRT 55 mins, c. 1980s-90s)

Legendary DJ Mont Sherar was a prime shaker of post-punk dancefloor vinyl at some iconic clubs during the entire decade of the ‘80s, including Miami’s Kitchen Club. The two shorts feature drummer Big Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke, and a Skinny Puppy/ Killing Joke event at Kitchen Club in 1989 . He now resides in Denmark , runs Montster Film Werks and writes books.

Advance tickets available HERE.

The James River Film Festival presents a DOUBLE FEATURE “Film” w/ Buster Keaton and Steven Wright’s “One Soldier”

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• Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 7:30PM
• The Visual Arts Center Dominion Room
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5.00 / Cash Bar



FILM (dir: Alan Schneider, scr: Samuel Beckett, w/Buster Keaton, 22 min., 1964)

A cinematic curio that united author/playwright Samuel Beckett (Endgame, Waiting for Godot) with aging silent comedy star Buster Keaton, a nameless protagonist who spends his time ambling about NY in a reflexive exercise on “seeing and being seen”. The result was mixed, according to director and writer, yet was one of Keaton’s last films, and the reason for Beckett’s sole trip to the U.S.


ONE SOLDIER (dir/scr: Steven Wright, 28 min., 1999)

Comedian Steven Wright has won an Oscar and an Emmy, and his wry humor and dead- pan reflections on life and death follow a soldier (played by Wright) returning North from the Civil War. Beautifully photographed, it’s Wright’s comedy with a touch of Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, and Fellini. D.P. Mark Wuerthner is an ex-VCU student.

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



(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



(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 !