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

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


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.