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The James River Film Festival Field Guide

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Wednesday

Flicker Filmmaker Forum, a panel discussion about making short films, led by local filmmakers and Flicker founder James Parrish, 8 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre.



Thursday

Blacklist BaAcklash, a screening of "Salt of the Earth," made by artists who were blacklisted during its production by Hollywood during the Red Scare, 2 p.m. at the Hand Workshop.

Rare Treasures From the History of Film Animation, a show of classic animation curated by festival guests Timothy and Stephen Quay, 8 p.m. at Grove Avenue Church



Friday

'Man of Aran,' the first sound feature by "Nanook of the North" documentarian Robert Flaherty, 10 a.m. at the UR Jepson School Auditorium, Room 120.

Ginsberg & Beat Fellows: Festival guest Gordon Ball, author of several books on Allen Ginsberg, will discuss his own work, Ginsberg and the New York arts scene of the latter '60s, with a slide presentation of his photographs of the poet and his friends and colleagues, 2 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library Auditorium.

Virginia Film Office Reception: Meet the guests, volunteers and staff of the festival at this public reception sponsored by the Virginia Film Office, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Museum.

The Brothers Quay Retrospective - Part One features rarely seen works and new films by these leaders in animation and followers of Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. The New York Post called their work "Unlike anything you've ever seen, even in your dreamiest dreams." 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Museum. Tickets, $5 (from the museum ticket desk, phone 340-1405, or night of the screening).



Saturday

The Brothers Quay Retrospective - Part Two, features more dazzling animated films attended by the Brothers Quay, 10:30 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre. Tickets, $5 (day of show only).

An Afternoon With Gordon Ball: The guest filmmaker screens some of his shorts and reads from "66 Frames: A Memoir," an account of Ball's days in New York City hanging out with the likes of Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol and others on the cusp of the New American Cinema, 2 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre. Ball signs copies of his book at Chop Suey Books, 1317 W. Cary Street, 5-6 p.m.

"The Nest," set in the Korean War, was the directing debut of Virginia filmmaker Kevin R. Herschberger. It screens at 4:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre.

"Hitler's Hat," a short presented by "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" director Jeff Krulik, looks at a hat bearing the letters A.H. that was found during World War II in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment. 8 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., 8p.m. Tickets, $5. Meet Jeff Krulik at Video Fan (403 Strawberry St.) at 5 p.m. before the screening.



Sunday

"Futuropolis," an animated film labored over for nine years in the basement of the old Broad Street Station (now the Science Museum) by Steve Segal and Phil Trumbo. Screening, 1 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre. Tickets, $5

"Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," by director Charles Burnett, 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre.

"Brakhage," a documentary on indie filmmaker Stan Brakhage, was directed by Canadian Jim Shedden. Brakhage, a guest of the festival in 1996, died in March after a career that spanned half a century. Screening, 5:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre. Tickets, $5.

It's A Wrap - The First Ten Years!: An informal look at films from the James River Film Festival 1994-2003, with excerpts and shorts from William Wegman, Stan Brakhage, John Dilworth and many more, 8 p.m. at the Firehouse

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