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22nd James River Film Festival: Working with Life: An Evening with Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson

• Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 pm
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-340-1405
• Admission: $8 (VMFA, JRFS members $5)

Working with Life: An Evening with Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson (2012/2013, total running time 104 min). One of the more prolific and original voices today belongs to filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Everson stays busy—with over 90 films to his credit, shorts and features, shot on 16mm, almost all dealing with African-American working class life. As such, they have the feel of documentary but he augments his filmed reality with scripted and spontaneous dialogues, reenactments, montage editing and, recently, shots of longer duration. In The Island of St. Matthews (2013, 64 min), Everson seeks his parents’ roots in Westport, Miss., but finds few threads since almost all local cultural artifacts—photographs, news clippings, family Bibles—were destroyed in the calamitous flood of 1973. Ten Five in the Grass (2012, 32 min) is a unique slice of black rural life—shot in Louisiana and Mississippi, it captures African-American cowboys and cowgirls readying for a rodeo. Rhinoceros (2012, 8 min) is a fictional treatment of Alessandro de Medici in 16th century Italy, shot in Florence, part of a planned feature. JRFF guest Mr. Everson will participate in a Q & A session after the screening.

Go HERE to purchase tickets on VMFA’s website.



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.