The inaugural James River Shorts film festival was a resounding success. A special thanks to guest juror and experimental filmmaker Roger Beebe for making James River Shorts one of the stops on his Fall 2011 ONE to EIGHT REDUX tour.
James River Shorts got underway on Thursday, November 10, with an eclectic program of shorts. Special thanks to Bob Kaputof, Joseph Caldwell, Christopher Harris, Fred Styles & Katherine Barnier, Mark Strandquist and H. Paul Moon for participating in our opening night’s screening. As a bonus, audience members were treated to a special tribute screening of the late George Kuchar‘s classic film, Hold Me While I’m Naked (read his NY Times obituary). We were all dazzled by the brilliant color and condition of the 16mm print provided by Canyon Cinema, one of the principal distribution sources for independent, experimental and avant-garde film today. Thanks to Dominic Angerame and the rest of the Canyon staff!
Our main event was the Friday, Nov. 11 screening of James River Shorts finalists’ films at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. More than 250 people attended a fabulous evening featuring 14 films from around the country.
Congrats to all the filmmakers selected by the James River Shorts jury as finalists. Again, they are:
The TREEzilla!, 6 min., Shawn Hambright & Joey Tran (VA)
A Brief Vacation, 10 min., Ben Rinehardt (VA)
Eyeliner, 4 min., Joanna Priestley, (OR)
Mijo (My Son), 9 min. Chithra Jeyaram (MD)
Phosphena, 4 min., Maya Ederlyi (CA)
The Pervert, 4 min., Adam Rosenberg (VA)
Watercolors, 13 min., Ann Deborah Levy (NY)
Faces, 2 min., Duy Nguyen (VA)
The Good River, 18 min., Shannon Lynch (18 mins.) (CA)
Solo Piano NYC, 5 min., Anthony Sherin (NY)
Another Dress, Another Button, 3 min., Lyn Elliot (MO)
The Leaf Woman and the Centaur, 3 min., Jordan Bruner (NY )
Monarda, 8 min., Walter Ungerer (ME)
Dolls vs. Dictators, 11 min., Martha Colburn (NY)
And the winners were …
1st prize ($600): Solo Piano NYC by Anthony Sherin (NY)
2nd Prize ($400): Mijo (My Son) by Chithra Jeyaram (MD)
3rd Prize (tie, $250 each): Another Dress, Another Button by Lyn Elliot (MO) and Phosphena by Maya Ederlyi (CA)
VA Filmmaker Award (tie, $250 each): The Treezilla! by Shawn Hambright & Joey Tran and Faces by Duy Nguyen
People’s Choice Award (voted on by the audience): Solo Piano NYC by Anthony Sherin (NY)
We closed out James River Shorts with Roger Beebe’s amazing “expanded cinema” performance of FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS and a beautifulÂ music+film event featuring Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird performing live with films by Matt Flowers and Kevin Gallagher.
Thanks again to all the filmmakers, all of you who came out to watch and experience, and to the Virginia Film Office, TVJerry/Jerry Williams, VMFA, Linden Row Inn and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for helping make James River Shorts possible.
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