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James River Short Films

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23rd James River Film Festival

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22nd James River Festival ~ April 9-12

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Sponsored by the James River Film Society, the 22nd James River Film Festival runs from April 9 through April 12.

For schedule and more information, click HERE!

James River Shorts – November 15th

Posted in Film with tags , on November 13, 2013 by kozmicdogz

On Friday Nov 15th at 6:30 – 9pm you can see the 2013 James River Shorts Juried Competition Finalists at the VMFA where Filmmaker/educator David Ellsworth will judge and award about $2000 in cash prizes.

Leslie Cheek Theater
$8 (VMFA members $5) 804.340.1405 or

Screening order:
Anna Walks In, Patrick Jenkins, 9 mins., 2013, VA
Return to the World of Dance, Dan Boord, Marilyn Marloff, Luis Valdovino, 7 mins., 2012, CO
Nitro, Kate Fowler, 9 mins., 2013, VA
Daybreak (L’aube), George Ungar, 6:45 mins., 2013, CANADA
Steak, Tommy Bell, 5:20 mins., 2013, GA
Take Me Home, P.J. Norton, 11:15 mins., 2013, VA
Dwell Dig Shake, Connor Burke, 29 mins., 2013, VA
Puppy Dreams, Melody Roscher, 8 mins., 2013, NY

And on November 16th,  The James River Film Society presents a David Ellsworth film:

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6:30 pm at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220 – David Ellsworth is a documentary and experimental filmmaker whose work has screened at a variety of festivals nationally (Black Maria, Full Frame,Margaret Mead) and abroad (Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Havana, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo). Dave is currently working on a documentary about vernacular architecture in Louisa County, Virginia and editing an experimental documentary on life in Farmville, Virginia. He teaches at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. – $3 Admission (includes James RiverFilm Forum @ 8pm)

Deadline Approaching

Posted in Film with tags , on September 4, 2013 by kozmicdogz

The Deadline for the 2013 JAMES RIVER SHORTS FESTIVAL is September 15, 2013 (postmarked).

Cash prizes up to $2,000.

The James River Shorts festival will take place November 15, 2013 at 6:30pm. For more information click here.


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 – David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Ray Harryhausen, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, 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.

I Have A Crispin Glover Hangover!

Posted in Film with tags , , , on December 4, 2010 by kozmicdogz

I went to the Church of the Byrd Theatre last night with the Reverend Crispin Hellion Glover presiding.

There was a good crowd. I am not so good at estimating, but there must have been close to 500 people attending last night’s service.

The topic of Glover’s sermon was how corporate financed and distributed media is having adverse effects on society, dumbing down our culture.

Setting the mood  was an eclectic mix of music. I am not sure if Glover brought the music or not but it was a nice intro. The anticipation was rising. The lights finally dimmed, the curtains on the stage raised revealing a small red rectangular box was projected just left to the center of the screen. This is where Glover performed. Glover opened his first book….and began to read “What is it and How is it Done” with slides of the pages of the book projected on the screen behind him.

Glover is a slender man with an angular face in his mid 40s with long straight hair parted in the middle. Dressed in a dark rumpled suit, white shirt, skinny tie and vest.  He had the look of an actor, a serious man, a professional. Glover read from 4 of his books, gesturing and pointing, emphasizing many of the images, while reading.

His process of writing these books reminded me of sampling as many create new music these days. He has been working on his books since he was 19. He starts with books mostly from the turn of the last century, he adds to and subtracts from these books.

Glover draws on the printed pages, erasing words and whole paragraphs, and uses cutouts from other books and found prints to create new stories that were funny, moving, and of course absurd. Some books had most of their content removed others less so.

Glover had wanted to show the second film in his uncompleted trilogy, “It is Fine. Everything is Fine” but due to a mix up he ended up with only the first film, “What is it?” which is the one he showed. After explaining the mix up he showed the trailer of the second film to contrast its’ style and talked about its more emotionally involved story. He usually starts with his second film now, it is easier on the audience.

“What is it?” is not an easy film to watch. Glover shows us taboo images, we hear taboo song lyrics, and we see non-traditional actors. Glover wants us to squirm and question what we are seeing. He believes that too much of our corporate financed media is creating a society of unquestioning and unthinking people. Film and art should do more.

When asked about acting, Glover mentioned two performances he admired: Charles Laughton in “Henry VIII” and Emil Jannings in “The Last Laugh.” Glover likes a heightened sense of reality in his roles that grows organically. He said many of today’s actors act as if they are ordering in a restaurant.

By the time Glover finished up his Q&A, it was after 1:30 in the morning and many patiently stayed waiting in a long line, to chat, have their photo taken with Glover, or have one of his books signed.

Like I said I have a Crispin Glover hangover this morning after another successful James River Film Society (formerly known as The Richmond Moving Image Coop) event.

Last night Glover read from:

“What is it and How is it Done”
“Concrete Inspection”
“Rat Catching”
“Round My House”

Crispin Hellion Glover @ The Byrd Tonight

Posted in Film with tags , , on December 3, 2010 by kozmicdogz

An Evening with Crispin Glover at the Byrd Theatre tonight at 9:30pm. Tickets on sale at Video Fan & Chop Suey Books as well as the Byrd starting at 9pm. Tickets are $20.00.

James Parrish muses
on Glover and the James River Film Society who have brought Glover to Richmond.

Also tonight is the Grand Illumination downtown and the Christmas tree lighting on the grounds of the capitol, and First Fridays Art Walk! Too much going on to stay home!

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