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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



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.