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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – November 30th, 2017

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: September 21st, 2018

$2,000 IN PRIZES!



James River Shorts 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.



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 20 min.



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 30th will be notified by October 30th. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 30th, 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, and third places. 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.


THESE ARE MY HOURS Sneak Preview Screening

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Richmond **Sneak Preview** Screening

About the film:
THESE ARE MY HOURS is a full sensory immersion into one woman’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of giving birth. It is the first documentary filmed entirely during the course of one one woman’s labor, told from her perspective.

Emily Graham lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she is about to give birth at home. She trusts herself and her body, and believes she possesses instinctual wisdom for labor.

It’s been said: When a child is born, the mother is born too.

THESE ARE MY HOURS presents the ultimate celebration of womanhood by honoring its oldest ritual.

“Whoever watches These Are My Hours becomes a companion, a godparent in this woman’s labor, a participant in a small yet enormous slice of life. The film contrasts the true glory of the female body and its muscular and existential potential: Emily is not just a pregnant woman; she is the primal life-giving woman who wishes to do, can do and does do. This is, simply and in all its complexity, experiencing a revelation – of a new person, who will grow up to view the female naked body naturally, with respect and curiosity, in its beauty and ugliness, the way it really is.”
– Leda Galanou, Flix Magazine

“These Are My Hours is the most beautiful, raw and honest birth film I’ve seen. As a midwife I’ve seen women give birth so many times. To know there’s footage that captures this experience so well makes me beyond grateful. I cannot wait to share this film with my clients.”
– Marjolein Faber, Dutch Midwife

“While other documentaries on birth have faithfully recorded and narrated a wide range of birth stories, Kirschenbaums brings the viewer close to feeling the sensations of birth… This ability to access the physiology of birth through film on the level of the sensory, as opposed to just the visual, is rare.”
– Anna Hennessey, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

“These Are My Hours represents everything I believe as a woman, mother, midwife, and feminist. I was in tears just a few seconds in, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. We need more tools for the positive birth movement, and this film is the real deal.”
– Margo Blackstone, Co-Director of Indie Birth

Following the film there will be a Q & A with:
Scott Kirschenbaum, Director/Producer
Emily Graham, the subject of the film
Whapio Bartlett, Richmond resident, lead midwifery teacher of The Matrona and member of the Birth Advisory Council for These Are My Hours. http://thematrona.com/

$5 presale or at the door

Doors 6pm
Film 7pm
Q&A 8pm

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Thanks to our Spring 2018 Donors!

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Thanks to our Spring 2018 donors for helping to make the 25th James River Film Festival possible!

Judy & Butch Balenger, Barbara & Joe Brancoli, Caryl Burtner, Tom Campagnoli & Amy Mathieux, Ronald Childs, Robert Cox, Jr., Marcia & Jim Collier, Patrick Gregory, Anne & Mike Jones, Ashley Kistler, Jere Kittle, Amie Oliver & Harry Kollatz, Jeff Roll, Ted Salins, Todd Starkweather, Peyton Whitacre, David Williams, and Anonymous.

Like to be a donor?  Send your tax-deductible check to : James River Film Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23220  or, make a tax-deductible contribution conveniently via PayPal; just go to: admin@jamesriverfilm.org.

Silent/Music Revival with Dave Watkins & Infinite Third April 10th !

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• Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 7-10PM
• Väsen Brewing Company
• 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: Free / donations encouraged !


Silent / Music Revival POP UP EVENT!

Screening : From Morning to Midnight (1920)

Double feature. Live music to silent films

Music by:
Dave Watkins
Infinite Third


25th James River Film Festival March 13-18, 2018 RVA

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The official poster for the 25th Annual James River Film Festival

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Full schedule coming soon !

9th Anniversary of the James River Filmmakers Forum

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• Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5 cash / $5.46 via credit card (PayPal fee)


Join us for a special 9th anniversary edition of the James River Filmmakers Forum . We will screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers plus live music from Charlottesville’s SHIPS IN THE NIGHT.  Chow down on some free pizza from Arianna’s Italian Grill / free popcorn and a cash bar . Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll , his last Forum before he retires in March .

Featured Filmmakers include :
Kahekili and Rick Spears – Rocket Science ( Comedy )
Joseph Yates – The Great Wave ( surreal drama )
Dakotah Coates – Uncoupled (comedy)
Payton Lea – Sunlight (drama)
Ben Rinehardt – Automated Moon , Coma Software ( animation )
Shannon Silva (visiting filmmaker from NC) – Baby Oil ( drama )

**NOTE** Due to unforeseen circumstances the Hunter Brumfield and Anousheh screening of the Bones music video has been canceled. Not to worry . We still have plenty of talent to showcase .


Special thanks to Ships In the Night for being our musical guest . Check out her music at band camp .

Double Feature : Environmental Film : No Blade of Grass(1970) followed by “BEAT NIGHT” !

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• Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 6PM
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE donations encouraged

At 6 pm, the RVA Environmental Film folks will be screening the 1970 cult eco-disaster film,” No Blade of Grass” directed by Cornel Wilde in anticipation of their upcoming annual week-long festival in February! Admission Free (donations always welcome!)

Followed by :

• Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 8PM
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond
• 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $6

Followed at 8 pm by “Beat Night” – a celebration of the Beat movement and the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road  a screening of “Pull My Daisy” (1958) directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, Alice Neel, Peter Orlovsky written and narrated by Keroauc himself, as well as other Beat-related shorts, oft-described as plotless, featuring Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shirley Clarke and others!


Silent/Music Revival December, 2017, Edition!

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• Sunday, December 17th, 2017, 8PM
• Gallery 5
• 200 W. Marshall St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE — Donations appreciated!

Silent/Music Revival is a unique event where classic silent films are 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 a new spontaneous score. Never to be repeated again.

Silent/Music Revival
A Collection of Holiday Shorts (1898-1945)

w/ live musical soundtrack by:

8 PM (sharp)
Donations appreciated!


James River Film at VisArts presents A Boy and His Dog / The Crazy Ray DOUBLE FEATURE!

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• Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 7:30PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $6

James River Film Society presents


A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Director: L.Q. Jones
Starring: Don Johnson, Suzanne Benton, Jason Robards

Hugo Award-winning screenplay, based on a novel by Harlan Ellison

“A cross between George Orwell and Mel Brooks!”

—Chicago Tribune

w/ Rene Clair’s avant-garde classic

The Crazy Ray (1923)

w/ cash bar & free popcorn

James River Short Films 2017 Winners Announced!

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The 2017 James River Short Films competition finalists were screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Friday, October 20.

The award winners were:

1st place: The Real ThingBrandon Kelley (NY)  $600.00

2nd place: Nerd CaveMads Reuther (Denmark)  $500.00

3rd place: Lunch TimeAlireza Ghasemi (Iran)  $400.00

Honorable mention: Cute as a Button—Marta Finkelstein (VA)  $250.00

Honorable mention: Panic AttackEileen O’Meara (CA)  $250.00

Kathryn Stephens VA Filmmaker Award—Left UndoneNathan Clarke (VA)

Plan 9 Music People’s Choice Award: The Real ThingBrandon Kelley (NY)  $100.00

The competition is co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Office and the James River Film Society, and hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Since 1994 the competition has awarded over $46,000.00 to young filmmakers in Virginia, the United States, and around the world!

Silent / Music Revival presents Creepy Shorts by Segundo de Chomón!

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• Sunday, October 29th, 2017, 8PM
• Gallery 5
• 200 W. Marshall St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: FREE — Donations appreciated!

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN!                                                                                         Silent / Music Revival and the James River Film Society
Creepy Shorts by Segundo de Chomón (1907-1908)
with live soundtrack by: Angelica Garcia

All ages!  Donations encouraged!

2017 James River Short Films Juried Competition

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• Friday, October 20th, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

Finalist include :

Lunch Time—Alireza Ghasemi (Iran)

Panic Attack—Eileen O’Meara (CA)

Cute as a Button—Marta Finkelstein (VA)

Blows with the Wind—Hazhir As’adi (Iran)

The Real Thing—Brandon Kelley (NY)

Scenes from the Anthropocene—Gregg Biermann (NJ)

Left Undone—Nathan Clarke (VA)

Sourdough Starter—Gail Noonan (Canada)

The Jacket—Sergio Vacarro (CA)

Chlorine—Cameron Robinson (VA)

Nerd Cave—Mads Reuther (Denmark)

James River Filmmakers Forum Autumn 2017 Edition

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• Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 8PM
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $4

Autumn 2017 Edition James River Filmmakers Forum. We will screen the work of local and visiting filmmakers .
Free popcorn and a cash bar . Curated and hosted by Jeff Roll.

featured Filmmakers include :

Brian Boenau – Playthings (Horror) 17 Minutes

Cameron Robinson – Safe on Your Mountaintop ( Music Video ) 3 minutes

Jasmine Deanne Andrews – Be Mine ( Drama ) 7 Minutes

Geoffrey Oliver – I’m So Sorry ( Thriller ) 8 Minutes  ,  I Was Lost : A Short Film In Pictures       ( Narative ) 4 Minutes

Raasa Leela De Montebello – Simon ( Supernatural Narative ) 6 minutes ,                               Truth Is Truth ( Poetic Narative and a Virginia Debut) 7 minutes

$4 admission at door . Visual Arts Center Dominion Room .
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

James River Film @ VisArts presents Turn It Around : The Story of East Bay Punk

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• Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
• Visual Arts Center of Richmond / Dominion Room
• 1812 West Main Street
• Admission:  $8.00 cash at door. $8.55 credit card at door 

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK explores Northern California’s pivotal role in evolution of punk rock – the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global.

As the once-vibrant local scene became wrought with violence, corruption and racism, punks over the bridge in the East Bay responded by creating a fun and inclusive style of punk that also carried on the region’s tradition of radical thought. Banding together around Berkeley’s all- volunteer 924 Gilman Club, this diverse collective of misfits created a do-it-yourself, no-spectators’ petri dish for art & music that changed the Bay Area punk scene… and the world at large.

Today, we know about some of the bands who emerged from this scene, like Green Day and Rancid, but their success is just the tip of the iceberg; the roots of this inspiring story go deep into the underground. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK is told by the people who were there. The story of East Bay punk rock unfolds from its unlikely beginnings, continues through its struggles, and triumphs with its raucous power continuing to be influential today.  Door prizes from Plan 9 Music and Charm School Ice Cream!  Cash Bar .  Free Popcorn  !



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