Thursday, March 31, 2011

James River Film Festival Events

The James River Film Festival has become a much-anticipated event for local indepent film lovers. It attracts internationally recognized filmmakers to Richmond, where they screen and discuss their work in seven different venues across the city. The 18th season of the festival begins next week, and we're hosting two Film for Lunch events in conjuction with JRFF.

On Thursday, April 7 at 12:00 noon, come to the Main Library's basement auditorium to watch the 1913 silent crime film, Juve vs. Fantômas. Afterwards, there will be a screening of Mack Sennett comedy shorts on 8mm.

The next day, get your fill of short order experimental film! Join Richmond filmmakers Mark Strandquist and Walker Allen on Friday, April 8th at 12:00 noon for a screening and discussion of their short films.

During this second Film for Lunch program, we'll watch and talk about the following short films from Mark Strandquist:
- Ben profiles a homeless Christian riding the rails.
- Convention examines a Tea Party conclave.
- Adolf features a retired teacher and his love for the purple martin.

We'll also watch Walker Allen’s Experimental Film: The Musical, a surreal tapestry of free-associated digital vignettes exploring thematic and spatial harmonics.

Both filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their work after the screening, and we're looking forward to hearing about how the films were created.

The two Film for Lunch events are totally free. So, cinephiles, we'll see you in the auditorium at the Main Library next week, and hopefully at several other James River Film Festival events during April 7th through 13th.

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