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22nd James River Film Festival: Hands-on-Film: New Short Films by Jonathan Hancock

• Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:30 am
• Studio Two Three, 1617 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-254-7302
• Admission: FREE

Hands-on-Film: New Short Films by Jonathan Hancock (2014-2015, total running time 80 min approx.) with special James River Film Festival guest, Jonathan Hancock. Guest filmmaker Jonathan Hancock is a self-avowed analog practitioner, and he’s so old school he types his scenarios on a typewriter! Based in Cincinnati where he shoots in the small studio he built, Mr. Hancock participated in the Sept. ’14 edition of the James River Filmmakers’ Forum here. That night he screened films simultaneously on 16mm—we were so impressed we asked him back for the 22nd James River Film Festival. Hancock has produced over twenty films on super 8 and 16mm, and diligently re-works his filmed footage—scratching and drawing, re-shooting it—then may show the film solo or mult-project it. He’s designated three new films for this program: Chiken, MTNdoc, and Skull Rider—“a sequential three-reel experience…animation, hot rods and spooky skeletons”.


James River Film Society Announces 22nd James River Film Festival, April 9-12, 2015

The 22nd
James River Film Festival will be screened April 9-12, 2015, at various locations in Richmond, Virginia, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Byrd Theatre, and Richmond Main Public Library.

Featured guests include cult animator-director Ralph Bakshi and son, Eddie Bakshi, for screenings of Fritz the Cat, Wizards, and Lord of the Rings. (NOTE: Eddie Bakshi will co-ordinate a Skype Q & A with father Ralph during the screenings of Wizards and Lord of the Rings at the Byrd; Bakshi memorabilia including posters and animation cells will be available for sale as well).

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Music video director and multimedia artist Michael Pope, is best known for his many music video collaborations with Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls as well as his experimental non-dialogue film NeoVoxer.


We will be featuring the only Richmond-based screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Art and Craft, directed by Mark Becker and Sam Cullman.

Art and Craft was scored by Stephen Ulrich.  Ulrich will bring his band Big Lazy for a live performance at Gallery 5!


Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson (The Golden Age of Fish, The Island of St. Matthew)

… and Cincinnati based multi-projectionist Super 8mm filmmaker and avant-garde jazz musician Jonathan Hancock.


Admission prices vary; some events are free to the public. A complete schedule will be available soon.