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

• 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



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.