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

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

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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:


The World According to Garp at The Byrd Theatre

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• Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:15 pm
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
• Admission: Donations Are Encouraged


Richmond celebrates the life of Robin Williams with a FREE screening of the 1982 classic The World According to Garp.
Garp’s an aspiring novelist, who’s mother Jenny is an unmarried, unorthodox feminist.  Garp succeeds in publishing his novel at the same time that his mother publishes her first feminist manifesto. Though successful and happily married to his college sweetheart Helen, Garp still envys his fearless mother.  Based on the John Irving novel.  Rated R.

James River Filmmakers Forum, Summer 2014 Edition!

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• Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8 pm
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission: $4, Cash Bar, Free Popcorn

ForumflyerThe James River Film Society comes out of it’s Summertime slumber as we welcome independent film enthusiasts.

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:

Kimberly McNamee
Zach Bowman
Connor Burke
Jeff Roll/Kleo Latham
and visiting filmmaker Jonathan Hancock.

$4 admission, Cash bar, Free popcorn.
Located upstairs in the Dominion Room at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA

Hosted and curated by Jeff Roll





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Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 (postmarked)

$2,000 IN PRIZES!



James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (30 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 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.


James River Shorts 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 30 min.


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.


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


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.


Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes.International entires 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


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.


Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 7 will be notified by October 20, 2014. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30 pm James River Shorts 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.


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.


DVD screeners will not be returned.


Film Title
Country of Origin
Running Time
Date Completed
Production Format
Pre-Screening Format
Web Entry URL
Web Entry Access Info
Screening Format
Full Address
Entry Fee
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.