The 26th Annual James River Film Festival Announces Lineup

To be held at various venues March 13-17

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The 26th James River Film Festival has announced its lineup of eclectic and experimental film programming for this year's festival, which will be held March 13 through 17 at VMFA, Byrd Theatre, VCU's Grace St. Theater, Visual Arts Center, Gallery 5 and Richmond's Main Public Library.

It will be bringing special guests Tim Clarke, puppet-maker and designer from "The Dark Crystal" and "Fraggle Rock," as well as avant-garde filmmaker and special effects artist Betzy Bromberg, director of the film and video program at California Institute of the Arts, and former Unrest singer and Teenbeat founder Mark Robinson, who just made his first documentary ("Amateur on Plastic") about cult musician Butch Willis from Maryland.

Other highlights include a screening of Guy Maddin's latest film, "The Green Fog," a highly acclaimed collage film that offers an interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" using old film and TV clips. Also Sara Driver's new documentary on artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Boom for Real" and a tribute to the late, great underground film artist, Jonas Mekas.

There will also be midnight screenings of two cult classics: Harmony Korine's "Gummo" and Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre," and other showings of a recent collection from Rural Route Films, Silent Music Revival, Strange Projections, a puppet-making workshop and more.

For more details visit jamesriverfilm.org. Advance tickets will be made available for select programs. The festival is co-sponsored annually by the VA Film Office and the James River Film Society, a 501(c)(3)organization.

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