T-Shirts For 2015 James River Film Festival Now Available!

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The James River Film Society Concession Stand, our new e-commerce site, is now live! Head on over to http://shop.jamesriverfilm.org to check it out.

We have T-shirts from this year’s festival in five sizes (Adult XL/Lg/Med/Sm and Child Lg). This year’s festival was one of the most successful ever with Ralph Bakshi as the highlighted director, and T-shirts to commemorate the event will be highly sought after in years to come! So grab yours!

If you have any questions about the e-commerce site’s operation or about your order, please email shop@jamesriverfilm.org.

Joy Division Celebration/Ian Curtis Birthday

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• Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:30 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220
• Admission: $7; $0.20 surcharge for credit/debit cards

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JOY DIVISION (dir: Grant Gee, 2008, 93 min)

A screening of the 2008 documentary film JOY DIVISION from director Grant Gee. Additionally, we will be showing two short films by Michael Jones, A Dead Love (1985, 16mm) and Dead Friends: When Blue Turns Red (1983, 16mm). Plus giveaways, FREE POPCORN, cash bar and more! $7.00 admission.

Benefit for the James River Film Society.

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2015 James River Short Films—Call For Entries!

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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – NOVEMBER 20, 2015, AT THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 (postmarked)

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS?

James River Short Films is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF –Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films – fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental and more. We define short, you define art.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

James River Short Films is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.

SCREENING FORMATS

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

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

Please do not send promotional materials (posters, stills, postcards, etc.) at this time.

ENTRY FEE

Virginia Residents: $15, Non-Virginia Residents: $25

Checks or money orders made payable to James River Film Society should be mailed to James River Film Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221.

To pay with credit card, click on Network for Good located under Give Now on all JRFS pages. Please type “James River Shorts” as the “gift” Designation.

SHIPPING

Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes. International entries must be marked “For Cultural Purposes Only — No Commercial Value.” The festival will not pay for import duty or taxes. All entries should be sent to James River Shorts, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221. If shipping with courier services that will not deliver to post office boxes, send to James River Film Society @ Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Each entry must be accompanied by check or electronic payment ($25 out-of-state; $15 VA residents) payable to: James River Film Society

CATEGORIES

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 film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 20th will be notified by October 30, 2015. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:30 pm James River Short Films Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

AWARDS

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, third places, and the Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

RETURN OF PREVIEW AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

DVD screeners will not be returned.

2015 JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – ENTRY FORM

Film Title
Country of Origin
Running Time
Date Completed
Production Format
Pre-Screening Format
Web Entry URL
Web Entry Access Info
Screening Format
Sound
Color
Name
Full Address
Phone
Email
Entry Fee
Synopsis
Please write a short blurb, to include film title, a brief synopsis, filmmaker’s biography and a screening history of the work. Stills and promotional materials may be requested after programming decisions are made.
Acceptance of Regulations
I hereby certify that I am the rightful owner of the work described below, and own all rights and releases necessary for public screening. By submitting this entry, I agree that James River Shorts Festival may publicly screen my work as well as use stills and descriptive material in the official program and any other publicity efforts. James River Shorts is not responsible for any costs or expenses arising out of any such use by the festival, nor is James River Shorts responsible for loss or damage to entry or screening materials in transit. I agree to provide a finished copy in the format indicated above no later than two weeks prior to the festival.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead – Encore Presentation!

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• Sunday, August 9, 2015, 8:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220
• Admission: $7

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead (dir: Wes Orshoski, 2015, 110 min)

Due to overwhelming interest, we are hosting an encore presentation of The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead! As with the first screening, Punk Rock door prizes and trivia contest are included. FREE POPCORN and CASH BAR.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead

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• Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220
• Admission: $7

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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead (dir: Wes Orshoski, 2015, 110 min)

From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy, and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting. It captures the band as it celebrated its 35th anniversary with a world tour and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while other former members battled cancer. Screening includes Punk Rock door prizes and trivia contest. FREE POPCORN and CASH BAR.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead

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22nd James River Film Festival: Program Guide

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NOTE: Each event has its own individual blog post, in reverse chronological order.

Click the link below for a PDF of the Program Guide:

22nd Annual James River Film Festival Program Guide

22nd James River Film Festival: The Last Limousine

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• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 8:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: $7 / JRFS Members $5


The Last Limousine (dir: Daria Khlestina, 2014, 75 min, Russian with English subtitles) with VGIK puppet animations from Moscow!

“Imagine an episode of The Office set in a Russian car factory, and you’re close to the ambience of The Last Limousine!”
            —Hollywood Reporter

The late director Daria Khlestina was editing this film in Amsterdam as she received cancer treatments; later she scrapped the initial edit and started over despite her condition. Khlestina gently and probingly toys with the Soviet ideal of the proletariat, and seems to find in her film the answer she hoped for. Faced with the demise of the car factory where they work, six employees—engineers, bosses and laborers—cling to professional pride and delusions as their world seemingly crumbles around them. Then, miraculously, an order comes in for three of the company’s deluxe hand-built limousines, the same limos that once squired Party dignitaries through parades in Red Square. They throw themselves tirelessly into fulfilling the order on time, but will it save the factory? Also, three animated puppet shorts from the VGIK, the Moscow Film School. (Total running time 105 min approx.)

Special thanks to Kevin McNeer, our James River Film Festival correspondent in Moscow!

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents The Last Limousine

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22nd James River Film Festival: Kawashima’s Curve with director David Williams

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• Sunday, April 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission: $7


Kawashima’s Curve (dir: David Williams, 2007, 90 min), with director David Williams! Richmond director David Williams (Lillian, Thirteen, Long Art) screens his documentary of Japanese bamboo sculptor Shigeo Kawashima. Shot in Spring of 2006 during the artist’s residency at the Visual Arts Center in RVA, Williams’ camera follows the process of selecting and harvesting the bamboo, the working of it by Kawashima and on through to the exhibition later of his first large indoor installation. Kawashima’s Curve is a continuation of Williams’ on-going inquiry into the discipline and craft of the artist. Mr. Williams will join the audience for a Q & A after the screening.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Kawashima’s Curve

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

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• 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

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• 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: Stephen Ulrich and Big Lazy

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• Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 pm
• Gallery 5, 200 W Marshall St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-510-0488
• Admission: $12
• (NOTE: The program booklet has a misprint showing the Big Lazy ticket price as only $10. We regret the error.)


James River Film Festival Guests Stephen Ulrich and Big Lazy. Hear the sounds of NY-based Big Lazy live at RVA’s Gallery 5! Doors open at 9 pm! Mr. Ulrich is a composer and guitarist who scored the film, Art and Craft—his band is Big Lazy, and they’ve just put out their fourth album, Don’t Cross Myrtle, to rave reviews from heavyweights like Robert Christgau. New Yorker described Big Lazy as an “elegantly gritty instrumental trio led by the extraordinary guitarist, Stephen Ulrich, who plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from truckers’ romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Herrmann”. And if you don’t know who Herrmann is, try remembering the music in Vertigo.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

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

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• 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.

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22nd James River Film Festival: Art and Craft featuring Stephen Ulrich

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• Saturday, April 11, 2015, 3:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, Va 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission: $7 / JRFS Members $5
• NOTE: Big Lazy will be making an in-store appearance at Plan 9 Music at 2:00pm!


Art and Craft (dir: Mark Becker, Sam Cullman, 2014, 90 min) with James River Film Festival guest composer/musician Stephen Ulrich. In the tradition of Finding Vivian Maier, The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, and Crumb, Art and Craft focuses on the dialectic between artists’ public and private lives, in this case, notorious art forger Mark Landis. Landis is not only a master reproducer, he’s been extremely productive and over 30 years forged hundreds in all styles and periods. Landis then “donated” his impeccable copies to museums, forcing them to verify their own holdings. Once discovered, Landis went legit and even had a show, but seemingly cannot stop. A diagnosed schizophrenic, whose elaborate and gentle con is a bid for acceptance, Landis’ story is more than another art caper—it’s an exploration of the universal need for acceptance and purpose. JRFF guest Stephen Ulrich, who composed and performed the score for the film, will be available for a Q & A after the film. Later in the evening, Mr. Ulrich and his band, Big Lazy, will play Gallery 5 at 10 pm (doors open 9 pm)—admission $12. (NOTE: The program booklet has a misprint showing the Big Lazy ticket price as only $10. We regret the error.)

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Art and Craft with Stephen Ulrich

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

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• 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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22nd James River Film Festival: Hands-on-Film: New Short Films by Jonathan Hancock

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• Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:30 am
• Studio Two Three, 1617 W Main St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-254-7302
• Admission: FREE


Hands-on-Film: New Short Films by Jonathan Hancock (2014-2015, total running time 80 min approx.) with special James River Film Festival guest, Jonathan Hancock. Guest filmmaker Jonathan Hancock is a self-avowed analog practitioner, and he’s so old school he types his scenarios on a typewriter! Based in Cincinnati where he shoots in the small studio he built, Mr. Hancock participated in the Sept. ’14 edition of the James River Filmmakers’ Forum here. That night he screened films simultaneously on 16mm—we were so impressed we asked him back for the 22nd James River Film Festival. Hancock has produced over twenty films on super 8 and 16mm, and diligently re-works his filmed footage—scratching and drawing, re-shooting it—then may show the film solo or mult-project it. He’s designated three new films for this program: Chiken, MTNdoc, and Skull Rider—“a sequential three-reel experience…animation, hot rods and spooky skeletons”.

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