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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 multi media artist Michael Pope best known for his many music video collaborations with Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls and his experimental non-dialogue film NeoVoxer .


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; and 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

Modern Dance Meets Experimental Film at the Next James River Filmmaker’s Forum!

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• Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 pm
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission: $4.00


At the next James River Filmmakers Forum, Atlanta based Dancer/choreographer Jennifer Tarazzi-Scully will be debuting her Dance film Wallpapers.  Its a collaboration with forum host and James River Film Society VP Jeff Roll.  Tarazzi-Scully and Roll met while attending the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1994.  She went on to perform and teach all across the country and starred in Michael Pope’s post apocalyptic experimental feature film Neovoxer. 


Neovoxer (1999) Jennifer Tarazzi-Scully on the far left.

Jeff was speaking to friends about making a modern dance related experimental film.  He had talked to several dancers around the Richmond area but nothing really panned out.  In the back of his head he knew there was only one person he wanted to collaborate with on this project and that was Tarazzi-Scully.  Then two years ago his wishes were answered when the long lost college friend messaged him on Linked In.  She was open for the opportunity.  Plans were set.

Tarrazi-Scully had a few things to comment about about her work with Roll on Wallpapers.

“I have to say that I owe him a mountain of gratitude and can blame him for my most recent renaissance of work and creativity. My background is in dance, choreography and live performance with a bit of experience on the big screen.  Years after we first met we found each other again on FaceBook during a time where I was struggling with a lot of big life stuff.  He single handedly pulled me out of a hole by sending me really thought provoking and beautiful dance films at which point we decided to work together again.  For us, all it took was finding a date to connect and shoot and he was able to give me the freedom to do my part and figure out the logistics of putting dancers and some choreography together.  The project just unfolded from there.”

In addition she said:

“It has been truly refreshing to work with someone where there is a mutual respect for the others medium.  I believe with this collaboration, “Wallpapers” we both end up with a piece of art neither one of us could have fully envisioned at the beginning of the process.”


Dee Dee Chmielewski performing in Wallpapers 

Also screening at the James River Filmmaker’s Forum are Lauren Cronan, Marta Finkelstein, Nils Westergard and the debut of the long awaited documentary Richmond’s Dead and Buried by Christine Stoddard.  Stoddard will also be promoting the book that accompanies the documentary.  Special Musical Guest Nerve Leak (featuring members of Floodwall). $4.00 admission.

The James River Filmmaker’s Forum starts at 8PM, Saturday, November 8th at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond at 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA.




By Leonard Hesson, James River Film Society.

James River Short Films Honorable Mentions Program!

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Join us at the Visual Arts Center Saturday November 8th at 7 pm as we screen a few select entries into the James River Shorts Competition that the judges wanted to highlight as “Honorable Mentions”.

Screening will be the following short films:

Where the Wolves Lie by Andrew Huggins (21 minutes)

Rain Painting by Ann Levy (6 minutes)

Refrigerator Magnet Poetry by Mark Peasley (3 minutes)

After that stay for the Autumn 2014 edition of The James River Filmmakers Forum which starts at 8pm. The entire night for the entry fee of $4.00.

The Visual Arts Center at 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220 (upstairs in the Dominion Room).

Video Fan Forever… Help Raise Money to Save this Richmond Icon!

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Fantastic video shot for the campaign to save Video Fan.  Check it out!

Watch the video here: Video Fan Forever !

James River Short Films Finalist Announced!

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The following are the finalists of the 2014 James River Short Films competition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts screening November 7th at 6:30 pm.
Congratulations to all!
Eyes/Desires – Joshua Thorud (5:36) (VA)
Optimist, Pessimist, Solipsist – Will Bryan (7:46) (VA)
After Creation, After Icebergs – Mary Beth Reed (2:30) (VA)
With Grace – Spencer Neale (29:00) (VA)
What Heavenly Body – John Hager (3:00) (VA)
Victory Remembered: Legacy of the Black Devils – Les Owen (9:38) (MD)
In the Dark – Mike Buchbauer (5:10) (CA)
On the Train to Kutna Hora… and Back – Ann Deborah Levy (8:00) (NY)
The Rubric Timestamped – Luke Szabados (9:00) (OH)
Dangerous – Christina O’Connell (10:00) (VA)

2014 Legacy Media Institute International Film Festival

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• Events are October 17th-19th at various venues. Please see the site (here) for tickets and schedules!

2014 LMI IFF

Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute, in partnership with the City of Petersburg will present LMI’s 2nd Annual International Film Festival October 17th, 18th and 19th, 2014. This year’s theme is: How film and music influence culture.

In celebration of the art of filmmaking, the Festival will present an international showcase of culturally diverse films, while providing local, national, and international filmmakers a forum for their work to be viewed, appreciated, and discussed. The Festival will serve as a vehicle to initiate open dialogue on issues and ideas that build community and cultural awareness and appreciation.

The three day International Film Festival will feature a diverse array of films, film discussions, spoken word, musical events, and a Festival block party at a variety of venues in the city of Petersburg and at Fort Lee. Screenings will include a complement of over 30 short and feature length films from a select group of directors and producers from over 10 countries. Music performances and music’s relation to filmmaking and “culture-defining” will be presented throughout the Festival.

As the first such collaborative effort for the Legacy Media Institute and the City of Petersburg, the International Film Festival is poised to provide an enriching, entertaining, community event. LMI founder, filmmaker and actor, Tim Reid said, “I am excited by the opportunity to join the City in our mutual mission of promoting excellence and appreciation for filmmakers and the stories that they tell.”

“Everybody loves a good story. Film is a medium that brings multitudes of people together. It engages the mind while inviting creativity. Music and its sounds augment our experiences and oftentimes frame our emotions. This festival is a major coup for the City of Petersburg. It will draw from near and far. We are excited about this new partnership and the opportunities to build a greater platform for this art form in Petersburg. Through the efforts of LMI, Petersburg will become the place for arts and culture.” Says Brian C. Little, Sr., Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Legacy Media International Film Festival is for filmmakers and film lovers alike. Attendees will be entertained, informed and inspired by the passions and unique visions of the filmmakers that represent their perspective of the interconnectedness of cultures.

To learn more about the Legacy Media Institute, visit www.legacymediainstitute.org.

– See more at: http://lmi-iff.org/about/#sthash.9FwWPgZp.SXzwjyKG.dpuf

2014 James River Short Films Poster

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James River Filmmakers Forum Autumn 2014 Edition!

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• Saturday, November 8, 8 – 10 pm
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission: $4, Cash Bar, Free Popcorn

Master Brush COLORThe James River Film Society welcomes independent film enthusiasts.  Join us as we screen the work of local filmmakers.
Each featured panelist will screen their work and take questions from the audience.

Featuring the work of:

Marta Finkelstein – Destruction of Pleasure as a Radical Weapon – 7 minutes

Lauren Cronan – West Point – 14 minutes

Nils Westergard – Wallflower – 4 minutes

Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully / Jeff Roll – Wallpapers – 9 minutes

Christine Stoddard – Richmond’s Dead and Buried – 45 minutes.

** Special musical guest NERVE LEAK **

$4 admission, Cash bar, Free popcorn.  
Located upstairs in the Dominion Room at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  
Hosted and curated by Jeff Roll.

James River Short Films Competition 2014

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• Friday, November 7th, 2014, 6:30 pm
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
• 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission: $8 General Public/$5 VMFA and JRFS Members

The James River Short Film juried competition dates to 1994, as part of the inaugural James River Film Festival, in the spring of 1994, when filmmakers, jurors and audience screened all submissions over two late, late nights.  Since then we’ve refined the jurying process, moved the location and the season.
Now all submissions (30 minutes or less, experimental, narrative fiction, nonfiction and animation) are pre-screened by local jurors and advanced to the finalists stage–a screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Friday, November 7, 6:30 pm  ($8 general public/$5 VMFA and JRFS members).
As usual, $2000 will be awarded at the conclusion of the screening by this year’s special guest, screenwriter, director and Richmonder, Megan Holley, who will screen one of her early short works.  Ms. Holley will also designate the 2nd annual Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award.
So join us on November 7 for a screening of independent and innovative short films, and cast your ballot for the People’s Choice Award!  Since 1994, the art of film and film as art.

Silent Music Revival

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• Sunday, September 7, 2014, 8 pm
• Gallery 5
• 200 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220
• Addmission: Free


During a Silent Music Revival event a classic silent short film is projected while local musicians act as the live soundtrack.
As an added twist the band does not see the film prior the event and therefore creates an improvised score.

Silent Music Revival


“Judged on its own merits, Borderline is a ground-breaking work, dealing as it does with issues of race and sexuality at a time when such subject matter was still largely taboo and had only been previously tackled cinematically through oblique inference”

with live musical score by: