Project Resolution: Pizza!

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• Sunday, June 22, 2014, 7 pm

• Gallery 5, 200 W Marshall St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

• Admission: Free

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Project Resolution is BACK! Bring your short films to this monthly event. Free to submit, free to attend, free to critique.


This month’s theme: Pizza!

Bring your short film or impress us all by making one just for Project Resolution. There are no limits on the content or type of film you can show and no one will screen the shorts beforehand. If you show your film, you MUST stay for a critique/Q&A with the audience immediately following your film.

Try to keep films under 15 minutes in length. If your film is over 15 minutes, contact us ahead of time as it can be scheduled as a special presentation at a future event. If there is time available, longer films will sometimes be shown.

Submit your film on DVD or media file at 7:00PM on June 22 at Gallery 5. First come, first serve.

Come with ideas for next month’s theme and vote on the best one at the end of the screening.

This free event is hosted by Gallery5. Donations are welcomed at the door. Drinks are available at the bar.

Sponsored by the new Richmond District of the Virginia Production Alliance

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2014 JAMES RIVER SHORTS—CALL FOR ENTRIES!!

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JAMES RIVER SHORTS – NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 (postmarked)

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

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.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

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.

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 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

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 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.

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.

2014 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.

Southside Cinema : Celluloid Residue

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Southside Cinema presents five local filmmakers and six dark films.

Anxiety Dream by Jeff Roll. An experimental short highly influenced by Silent era German Expressionism, Anxiety Dream depicts a young woman who awakes from a dream to the feeling that she is not alone. Stars Lauren Marie Hafner ( A Streetcar Named Desire ) and Tim Sinclair.

Cody by Helen Stoddard.

CAIN by John Cappello. Winner of Best Cinematography at the 2013 Columbia University National Undergraduate Film Festival. An adaptation of the Cain & Abel story from the Bible. This film is not made for promotion of religious beliefs. It is an interpretation of violence in religious texts and the efforts we go through to hide our doubt in spiritual faith. From one of the Bible’s more morally ambiguous fables that explores themes such as religious morality and idealism idealism; from a respectfully Atheistic perspective. And it features sexy cavemen.

My Jenny Goes to California by Christine Stoddard. Winner of the RVA Magazine Director’s Cut award in 2009. A short, musical film set to a poem about a young Southern woman who moves to Los Angeles to pursue stardom.

Optimist, Pessimist, Solipsist by Freeman Bryan
Animated short. Three characters, Shelly, Russell, and Angelo. In the style of a children’s book, an omniscient narrator tells us how each expects to die. Two of them are lunatics. Is the third one sane?

Unexposed by Freeman Bryan
Sophie is an undergraduate photographer at VCU. When she learns that her peers have been abused by a very dangerous man, she makes it her business to expose him as a predator. But his victims, instead of helping Sophie bring him to justice, prefer to stay silent. Who will believe Sophie? And who will protect her?

VCU Film Class of 2014 – Short Films @ The Byrd (FREE)

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• Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1 pm
• The Byrd Theatre, Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221
• Admission FREE

Come out April 26th at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown for a FREE screening of student short films, animations and trailers by seniors of the VCU Photo/Film department.

Work by: Hunter Brumfield, Connor R. Burke, Graham Ohmer, Troy D Grew, Kimberly McNamee, Gabby Namm, David Reisinger, Nils Westergard

Presented by: Tyler Kirby

Guest Critic: Rick Alverson, Filmmaker

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21st James River Film Festival: Program Guide

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21st James River Film Festival: As the Palaces Burn!

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• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission $5

As the Palaces Burn! (dir: Argott, 2014, 120 min)  What begins as a 2012 concert tour document of RVA-based metal-men Lamb of God takes a weird turn when singer Randy Blythe is arrested for manslaughter in the Czech Republic. The charge dates from a 2010 gig when a fan fell from the stage, and the outcome of the case can determine the band’s future. Suddenly Argott’s film finds its heart and essential story-line as it follows Blythe’s subsequent legal difficulties and his courageous decision to return to Czech for trial.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - As The Palaces Burn ! at the James River Film Festival 2014

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21st James River Film Festival: INDEPENDENT CLASSIC! Come Back, Africa

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• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6 pm
• Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-353-0094
• Admission $5

Come Back, Africa, (dir: Rogosin, ’59, 95 min), restored by Milestone Film and Video.  “A heroic film…a film of terrible beauty.”—Martin Scorsese.  One of the few films to emerge from sub-Saharan Africa at that time,  American independent director Lionel Rogosin’s (On the Bowery) docufiction is a searing look at life under apartheid. Secretly filmed in Johannesburg and Gauteng, South Africa, it follows the plight of Zachariah, a Zulu who seeks better paying work in the gold mines, but is denied because of the restrictive “pass laws”. As he and his wife sink further, we feel first their anger and finally, their hopelessness.  Jonas Mekas (JRFF guest in 2002) described Rogosin’s film as: “The sound of the beating of the consciousness of a waking Africa”.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - The James River Film Festival presents Come Back , Africa

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21st James River Film Festival: As I Lay Dying w/actor Coby Batty

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• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission $5

Overlooked as one of the finer releases of the year, actor/director James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner employs split-screen and direct address to capture the novel’s multi-perspective,  Mississippi locations and fine acting to capture its voice.  Furious and imperfect,  As I Lay Dying (dir: Franco, 2013, 107 min) exhibits some of the raw stubborness of its characters, and independent cinema in general, in its uncompromising narrative approach.  Actor Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou?) shines as the head of the Bundren clan, on a cursed odyssey to bury his wife in a family plot, but there are fine performances all around—Richmond actor/musician Coby Batty, who plays farmer Gillespie, will be present for a Q & A regarding the film’s production.  NY Times: “Mr. Franco has accomplished something serious and worthwhile, (his film) is certainly ambitious, but it is also admirably modest.”

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents As I Lay Dying with actor Coby Batty

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21st James River Film Festival: Wavemakers (following the Legacy of the Ondes Martenot)

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• Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission $5

Wavemakers (following the Legacy of the Ondes Martenot) (dir: Martel, 2012, 96 min) w/ filmmaker Caroline Martel.  Want to know the Kevin Bacon connection from Edith Piaf to Radiohead?  Two words: the Ondes Martenot. Never heard of it?  If  you’ve seen Lawrence of Arabia you heard it in the musical score.  Guest Caroline Martel screens her documentary on the history of this relatively unkown but incredibly influential electronic musical instrument of the 1920s and beyond.  Travelling between the Old and New Worlds, Martel interviews and investigates martenot connoiseurs—musicians, composers, instrument makers—who are unique in their devotion and love for this sensitive, electronic “missing link” in musical instrument history.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - The James River Film Festival presents Wavemakers : Ondes Martenot

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21st James River Film Festival: Pre-festival screening!

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• Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
• Studio 23, 1617 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220
• Venue change: Black Iris Gallery, 321 W Broad St Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-620-7321
• Admission: FREE

Studio 23 Film Series and James River Film Society present a Pre-festival screening!

Surrealistic Silent Shorts, (1906-23, 105 min) a selection of silent comic shorts 1906-1923.  Kinetic, chaotic, primitive, physical—America’s gift to comedy and the kind of stuff the Surrealists loved!  On 16mm with the sound of humming projectors.

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21st James River Film Festival: Pre-festival screening!

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• Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:30 pm
• Studio 23, 1617 W Main St, Richmond, Va, 23220
• Venue change: Black Iris Gallery, 321 W Broad St Richmond, Va, 23220, 804-620-7321
• Admission: FREE

Studio 23 Film Series and James River Film Society present a Pre-festival screening!

Orpheus, (Cocteau, ’50, 94 min, French w/ subtitles) perhaps playwright/filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s finest film achievement, an updated version of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth set in post-WWII Paris.  When popular poet Orpheus (Jean Marais) suffers writer’s block, he falls under the spell of mysterious radio messages and a seductive agent  from the underworld, and then must enter the Zone to retrieve his beloved Eurydice. The Surrealists cited their debt to Cocteau, and he was further revered by many for his lovely version of Beauty and the Beast (’46). On 16 mm projected film—old school!

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21st James River Film Festival: SATURDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE! w/ guests Caroline Martel and Michael Almereyda

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Phantom of the Operator

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30 pm
• VCU Grace St Theatre, 934 W Grace St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-828-2020
• Admission $5

Festival guest & VCU Department of Photography & Film artist-in-residence Caroline Martel screens Phantom of the Operator (2004, 66 min), her social history of the telephone operator—those anonymous voices behind the rise of the telecommunications industry. Finding no “verite” footage of the era, she re-constructs their story via montage—using industrial, training and promotional clips from a time when Ma Bell worried if there were enough girls out there to (wo)man their switchboards as they expanded operations.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - Caroline Martel : The Phantom of the Operator

Short Works by Michael Almereyda

• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9 pm
• VCU Grace St Theatre, 934 W Grace St, Richmond, Va 23220, 804-828-2020
• Admission $5

Short, experimental works by guest filmmaker Michael Almereyda including Skinningrove, The Man Who Came Out Only at Night and Another Girl, Another Planet.

Co-sponsored by Department of Photography and Film and Department of Art History, VCU

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - The Short Works of Michael Almereyda at The James River Film Festival

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21st James River Film Festival: Hamlet

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• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission $5

Hamlet  (dir: Almereyda, 2000, 107 min) with director Michael Almereyda (co-sponsored by Department of Photography and Film, VCU)

Festival guest Michael Almereyda screens his adaptation of Hamlet— contemporarily set and scored, structurally abridged to fit the post-modern expectation—starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Liev Schrieber, Julia Stiles, Sam Shepard. The director brings an experimental touch to Shakespeare’s tale of madness, mayhem and revenge by transposing Denmark’s spiritual wasteland to the sleek dens of corporate elitism. The cool-toned cinematography is remarkable as are the performances of Stiles, Schrieber and Hawkes. Especially memorable is Hamlet’s everyman soliloquy delivered as he peruses the shelves of a video store—putting us in the aisles, if not the shoes, of familiarity. An art-house favorite released by indie studio Miramax; RollingStone called it, “A knockout! You will be dazzled!”

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - James River Film Festival presents Hamlet with Director Michael Almereyda

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21st James River Film Festival: 2 x Davenport: Ashpet & Where Do They All Go?

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• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:30 pm
• Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, 23221, 804-353-9911
• Admission $5

With guest filmmaker Tom Davenport

Virginia filmmaker and festival guest Tom Davenport has been making fiction and nonfiction since the ‘70s, and will screen a title of each from his extensive filmography.  First, his award-winning Ashpet (1990/ 2013, approx. 45 min), which reposits Cinderella, the world’s most popular folk-tale, in Tennessee during WWII.

Although Ashpet is a servant, she’s beautiful, resourceful and deserving of happiness—which she finds at the local Victory Dance.  Followed by the recent Where Do They All Go? (1990/ 2013, approx. 45 min) which chronicles the life and work of Upperville, VA native Jerry Payne, who as a teenager asked, “Animals die all the time. Where do they all go?” A high school classmate of the filmmaker,  Payne would later become a world famous entomologist and forensic science pioneer.

Tickets available at the door or the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - 2 X Davenport at The James River Film Festival

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21st James River Film Festival: William Eggleston in the Real World

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• Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 am
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
• Admission $8/ VMFA, JRFS members $5 or vmfa.museum

With guest director Michael Almereyda  (co-sponsored by Department of Photography and Film, VCU)

Festival guest Michael Almereyda screens William Eggleston in the Real World (dir: Almereyda, 2005, 84 min), a strikingly intimate and engaging portrait of American photographer William Eggleston.  Considered one of the most important color photographers, the Memphis-based Eggleston tends to capture the mundane and the non-photogenic—garage interiors, suburban inhabitants, empty landscapes—in his on-going “war with the obvious”.  His 1976 show at MOMA was championed by curator John Szarkowski, but encountered the wrath of photographer icon Ansel Adams. One vengeful critic called it “the most hated show of the year.”  Yet Eggleston not only persevered but has been astoundingly productive—“taking one picture of one picture” at a time.  The NY Times  called the film:  “Fascinating…speaks for itself in roughly the same mysterious way an Eggleston photograph does.”

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