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22nd James River Film Festival: Wizards emceed by Eddie Bakshi

• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, Va 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission: $7 advance / $10 door


Wizards (dir: Ralph Bakshi, 1977, 80 min), introduced by James River Film Festival guest Eddie Bakshi. (Bakshi memorabilia sale—posters, cels, etc.—to follow the screening!) According to director Bakshi, Wizards depicts the on-going struggle between technology and magic, and represents his desire to make a non-Disney-like animated feature. The classic good/evil storyline has nevertheless inspired two generations of fantasy fans with its bold artsy style and its reluctant, red-bearded sorcerer hero—the original Avatar! When evil brother Blackwolf threatens his peaceful utopian kingdom, Avatar is forced to embark on a dangerous mission to the bleak lands of Scorth, inhabited by goblins and wraiths and darker forces that test his ultimate powers! Featuring the voice of Mark Hamill (Star Wars, also in ’77), Wizards is a seminal film of the current fantasy cycle, and a stunning celebration of animated art.
Note: Join us at 3:30 pm, before the screening, for a Live Skype Q & A with director/animator JRFF guest Ralph Bakshi, hosted by Eddie Bakshi!

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Wizards with Ralph Bakshi

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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

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22nd James River Film Festival: Ralph Bakshi, R. Crumb and Fritz the Cat

• Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:00 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, Va 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission: $7 / JRFS Members $5


Ralph Bakshi, R. Crumb and Fritz the Cat with Dr. Thomas Inge and Eddie Bakshi (total running time 100 min approx.).

“Very rude and very funny!”
        —New Yorker

When Fritz the Cat was released in 1972, it was more than simply the first X-rated animated feature—it was the product of a collaboration between two of the most controversial artistic talents of the time, underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and avant-garde animator Ralph Bakshi. Both had pushed the boundaries of their respective media in outrageous directions, and the two artists left huge imprints on the counter-culture audiences of the 60’s and 70’s. Before Fritz… was finished, Crumb tried to back out, but Bakshi persisted. Crumb promptly killed off Fritz’s comic character to prevent any sequel. Irreverent, and so not PC, the odyssey of Fritz the Cat remains a cult masterpiece and an effective deconstruction of the psyche/spirit of American culture in the 1970’s. Dr. Thomas Inge, Professor of English and distinguished scholar of pop culture, Randolph-Macon College, and Mr. Eddie Bakshi, son of director Ralph, will introduce.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Ralph Bakshi, R. Crumb and Fritz the Cat

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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.