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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Go HERE to purchase tickets on VMFA’s website.

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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.

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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.

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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 (1957).

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

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