22nd James River Film Festival: Bad Brains: A Band in D.C.

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• Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:45 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, Va 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission: $7 / JRFS members $5


Bad Brains: A Band in D.C. (dir: Ben Logan & Mandy Stein, 2012, 104 min). No band ever played faster—some songs lasted less than 60 seconds—or had such wide-ranging influences with their hyper-punk energy and reggae rhythms. From Nirvana to the Beastie Boys to No Doubt, countless musicians have cited the Bad Brains as a formative influence. Still together after 30 years, this film tells their on-going, under-appreciated story, with recent and archival tour footage, plus animations by Rita Lux and Grant Nellessen. Starring the Bad Brains, Dave Grohl, Mike D., Adam Horowitz and more! Played loud, large, and late at RVA’s favorite movie palace! (Note: Richmond had a vibrant punk scene in the 1980’s and the Bad Brains were frequent visitors along with Black Flag, Minor Threat, Flipper, Ramones, Circle Jerks, T.S.O.L., Fugazi, and others.)

Sponsored by Deep Groove, Plan 9, Steady Sounds, and Vinyl Conflict—support RVA’s vinyl shops!

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents BAD BRAINS: A Band in D.C.



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

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• 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.



22nd James River Film Festival: Environmental Prototypes: The Plow That Broke the Plains/The River

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• Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:00 pm
• Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Va 23219, 804-646-4774
• Admission: FREE

Environmental Prototypes: The Plow That Broke the Plains/The River (Pare Lorentz, 1936/1938, 75 min approx.). During the Great Depression, the U.S. government produced a series of documentaries on current problems—poverty, housing, drought. Young Pare Lorentz had been chosen by FDR to head the project, and his first two offerings represent the beginnings of the environmental documentary form. His first, The Plow That Broke the Plains, was an acclaimed account of the causes and consequences of the Dust Bowl; his second, The River, is an ecological history of the Mississippi River, from its origins to its mouth at the Gulf. As Carl Sandburg said, “The River is among the greatest of the psalms of America’s greatest river.” Both films feature scores by Virgil Thomson and narrations by Thomas Chalmers. Introduction by Michael Jones of the James River Film Festival.



22nd James River Film Festival: NEOVOXER featuring Michael Pope

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• 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



22nd James River Film Festival: Notes on Marie Menken

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

Notes on Marie Menken (Martina Kudlacek, 2009, 97 min). Director Kudlacek had previously profiled avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker Maya Deren (In the Mirror of Maya Deren), and here tackles another icon of American experimental film—Marie Menken. Menken advocated a “lyrical cinema”—exclusively hand-held and mobile—and talked of film as “eye-music”. She was a founding member of the New American Cinema of the early 1960’s, and a mentor to filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, and Peter Kubelka. Notes… weaves interviews of artist friends with archival finds, including a Bolex camera duel between Andy Warhol and Menken; also featured is a sampling of Menken’s own works, including Glimpse of the Garden (’62).

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Notes on Marie Menken with Director Martina Kudlacek



22nd James River Film Festival: 3 Recent Short Films by Women Filmmakers

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• Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, Dominion Room (upstairs), 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: FREE

3 Recent Short Films by Women Filmmakers, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, Visual Arts Center, Dominion Room (upstairs):

The Emotional Dimensions of the James River (Michelle Marquez, 2014, 3 min). This beautiful short film is a roller-coaster experience of sound and image that coordinates emotion and time perception scientifically. Cine/edit: Patrick Gregory; music: Lincoln Mitchell. Michelle Marquez is a Richmond area high school scholar whose film has screened at numerous festivals.

Big Time (Sonali Gulati, 2014, 14 min). A doodled diary of a teenager growing up in 1980’s India. Sonali Gulati is an award-winning filmmaker who teaches in VCU’s Department of Photography and Film. A Richmond premiere!

Wallpapers (Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully, 2014, 9 min). An infectious dance collaboration that vibrates with music, motion, color, and texture. Cine/prod: Jeff Roll, James River Film Festival co-director. Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully is an Atlanta-based choreographer and director.



22nd James River Film Festival: Opening Reception

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• Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:00 pm
• The Visual Arts Center Commons, 1812 W Main Street, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: FREE

Opening Reception, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm, Visual Arts Center Commons. Meet other independent-minded cinephiles, volunteers and special guests, take in the latest show at the True F. Luck Gallery, sample hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and screenings by regional women filmmakers upstairs in the Dominion Community Room…



22nd James River Film Festival: Citizen Kane

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• Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 pm
• Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Va 23219, 804-646-4774
• Admission: FREE

Citizen Kane (dir: Orson Welles, 1941, 120 min). Considered the greatest film ever, Citizen Kane, Orson Welles’ Hollywood debut, was almost nipped in the bud before release. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was a powerful figure on the American scene, and he objected to the comparison of Charles Foster Kane’s fictional life to his own; in particular, he objected to the significance attached to “Rosebud”, Kane’s dying word. This is one of many anecdotes surrounding this masterpiece of the American cinema. Like a Russian egg, Citizen Kane reveals itself on many levels—as a puzzle, as collaboration between director and director of photography, as a seminal American film noir, as sound design prototype. A film this rich must be screened repeatedly to be fully appreciated. Whether it’s your first time, or tenth, join us for this free screening. Michael Jones, who teaches film studies at VCU and R-MC and is a co-organizer of the JRFF, will introduce.



SALAD DAYS at The Byrd

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One time only screening of the documentary of the DC punk scene . Followed by a Q&A with director Scott Crawford and producer Jim Saah.

Tickets at Plan 9 in Richmond or Charlottesville or online
Tickets bought online or by phone will be held at Plan 9 in Richmond
until 2pm, then at Will-Call at the Byrd Theatre, one block east of
Plan 9 in Carytown.  Off-street parking in the deck behind the theatre,
and in the lot behind the stores across from Plan 9. Doors open 6:30pm.
Plan 9  3017 W. Cary St, Richmond 23221

More info about Salad Days: http://saladdaysdc.com/


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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.

6th Anniversary Edition of the James River Filmmaker’s Forum ! March 7th 7:30 PM

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** 6th Anniversary Edition **

The James River Film Society welcomes independent film enthusiast. 

Join us as we screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers .

Each featured panelist will screen their work and take questions from the audience.

Featuring the work of :
Kahil Dotay – Neco’s Basement
Keith Ten Eyck ( from Cleveland ) – Lock-Out/ Tag-Out
Jennifer Heins – Memory
Ariel Unser – Bill
Will Bryan – Optimist, Pessimist, Solipsist

** Special musical guest These Quiet Colours **
* Special treat FREE PIZZA *

Admission : $5.00

Located upstairs in the Dominion Room at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond .

1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Hosted and curated by Jeff Roll

Richmond-Call for Dance Films, Adjudicated/Cash prize for Dogtown Dance Festival

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All interested parties should submit by using the Richmond Dance Festival Tab on our website:


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The Richmond Dance Festival Committee is now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual Richmond Dance Festival that will take place April 23rd – May 9th, 2015 at Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.

Show Dates: April 23- 25 and May 7- 9, 2015

Richmond Dance Festival Mission

Richmond Dance Festival celebrates the work of local dance artists on the stage of Dogtown Dance Theatre every spring. Through live dance performances, film screenings, and community master classes, RDF gives new and experienced dance artists of all styles the chance to present their work and collaborate with other artists. The festival helps to reveal the thriving creative energy of dance in Richmond, VA.

Dance Submission

The deadline for dance submissions has passed. Thank you for submitting your work! Dogtown Dance Theatre will be in touch soon with the results.

Film Submission Requirements

Deadline for Submissions – April 3rd 2015

Festival Description – The Richmond Dance Festival will consist of performances and film screenings presented by dance artists located in the Richmond, VA area. We are looking for all kinds of styles of dance films to show the diversity of artists that call Richmond their home. Dance Film submissions will be presented on one evening the weekend of April 30th-May 2nd and will be adjudicated by a panel of judges for a monetary prize. All artists involved will be expected to assist with the promotion and production of the performances. Submissions can be entered at http://www.dogtowndancetheatre.com/.


The Richmond Dance Festival was created for the purpose of celebrating the art of dance regardless of category or genre, so all films submitted must have dance as the main part of their content. Because of the nature of the festival and to see as many submissions as possible, submitted work may be NO LONGER THAN 15 minutes.


For pre-screening purposes, send DVDs or URLs for online submissions. Please do not send film prints for pre-screening. During the festival works can be screened on Quicktime, Blu-ray or standard DVD.


Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of dance film regardless of type or category.


Those entrants who become finalists will be notified by April 11th, 2015. The Richmond Dance Festival Planning Committee will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, May 1st, 2015 film screening of the Richmond Dance Festival.


Two cash awards will be given the night of the film screening after having previously been adjudicated by a panel.

A 501(c)(3) organization
Heather Bailey
tel: (804) 615-0309
email: heather.dogtowndancetheatre@gmail.com

Bijou at The Byrd presents “Finding Vivian Maier” February 15th, 2015

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The Bijou Film Center , in conjunction with their partners, The Byrd Theatre, Candela Books + Gallery, the VCUarts Department of Photography and Film, the Bijou Film Center will present the Richmond premiere of “Finding Vivian Maier” on Feb. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Byrd Theatre.  In the wake of its praise from movie critics, “Finding Vivian Maier” has been nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. It’s a documentary that doubles as a mystery movie.

Admission: Tickets at the box office will be $7.00. The proceeds from this one-time-only screening will be split between the Byrd Theatre Foundation’s “Journey to the Seats” and the Bijou Film Center.
Advance tickets are now available online at Eventbrite for $5.00 (plus processing fee). Between Jan. 23 and Feb. 15, advance tickets can be purchased for $5.00 (cash or check) at Bygones Vintage Clothing, Candela Books + Gallery and Ipanema.
For the after-party at the New York Deli, to begin shortly after 9 p.m., the live music will be provided by Chez Roué. There will be no cover charge for this portion of the evening’s entertainment.

For more info visit The Bijou at  www.bijoubacklight.com

InLight Richmond 2014

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• Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 pm – Midnight
• Monroe Park, Richmond, VA
• Admission: Free

Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a FREE, public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond invites artists to respond to a particular neighborhood in our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. InLight Richmond 2014 will be held on Friday, November 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight in Monroe Park, one of Richmond’s most historically significant public spaces. The juror for 2014 is Denise Markonish, Curator at Mass MoCA.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7 p.m. to Midnight



2014 James River Short Film Award Winners

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First place $750:  Optimist, Pessimist, Solisist Will Bryan (VA)
Second place $500:  What Heavenly Body? John Hager (VA)
Third place $350:  The Rubric Timestamped  Luke Szabados (OH)
Honorable mention $200:  In the Dark  Michael Buchbauer (CA)
Honorable mention $200:  Dangerous Christina O’Connell (VA)
Kathryn Stephens VA Filmmaker Award:  Eyes/ Desires Joshua Thorud (VA)
Peoples’ Choice Award (by ballot):  Dangerous Christina O’Connell