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22nd James River Film Festival: The Misadventures and Moving Pictures of Michael Pope

• Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: $7 / JRFS Members $5


The Misadventures and Moving Pictures of Michael Pope with James River Film Festival guest filmmaker Michael Pope. A retrospective highlighting the work of NY-based independent director, producer, and screenwriter Michael Pope. Clips, lots of rock videos—Pope has worked with Amanda Palmer, Dresden Dolls (he directed their concert film Live: In Paradise in 2005), Ben Folds, Bang Camaro, and Gene Dante—and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of his non-dialogue 2004 feature, NEOVOXER—never before screened in VA. Mr. Pope will also discuss the “art v. commerce” aspect of his career—a career spanning several decades with countless commercial jobs, but one balanced by a love for the potential of art in the medium. NEOVOXER star, dancer/director choreographer Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully will also be in attendance. A must-see program for film students!

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Michael Pope Retrospective

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22nd James River Film Festival: NEOVOXER featuring Michael Pope

• Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: $7 / JRFS members $5


NEOVOXER (Michael Pope, 2001, 93 min) featuring Michael Pope. This feature-length non-dialog experimental film is about three friends—The Artist, The Dancer and The Fool—who go on a metaphysical journey through the minefield of their own flawed natures. Designed to be a “collective creative action”, NEOVOXER harnessed the efforts of artists and artisans from around the world to create an impressionistic mythology culled from dream imagery and supersensory archetypes. Combining various film and video formats, the film was originally shot and screened in its continuing evolution over the course of six years in Boston, New York, Prague, and Plzen as Event Cinema—with a musical ensemble performing the score and sound effects live combined with site-specific installation and living tableau performance. NEOVOXER was acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “An unforgettable sensory experience. A must-see event” and has been referred to as “Surrealistic Lyricism” (Metalopolis), “Groundbreaking… Defying the boundaries of genre…” (South End News), and “Nothing less than cataclysmic” (The Dig). This is its first screening in over 11 years with a score recorded live at Oni Gallery in Boston. Admirers of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle, and E. Elias Merhige’s 1990 cult classic Begotten should take note of this work of art. Writer/Director Michael Pope will be on hand for an introduction and meet and greet.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents NEOVOXER with director Michael Pope

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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.

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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!

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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.

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