The James River Film Society is proud to partner with the Modlin Center for the Arts, Firehouse Theatre Project and UR Film Studies Program to host the 2012-13 On Screen | In Person film series. The film touring program is organized by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and is designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Visiting filmmakers work with host sites to develop programming that provides context and greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.
Each film will be shown in the Firehouse Theatre Project (1609 West Broad St.) and includes a Q&A session with the filmmaker, as well as additional community activities. The cost is $3 for students and $5 for all others. Tickets are now available at the Modlin Center Box Office at 804.289.8980 or online at modlin.richmond.edu.
This year’s films include documentary and narrative works that explore both deeply personal important societal issues through the lens of six talented filmmakers. For more information about the series, visit modlin.richmond.edu.
Monday, September 24 2012 • 7:30 p.m.
Gen Silent - Stu Maddux, Director
Gen Silent is a documentary that puts a face on what experts call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers that many go back into the closet, isolating themselves from their community, friends, and life-long partners. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. www.gensilent.com
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 • 7:30 p.m.
Runaway - Amit Ashraf, Director
Shot in Bangladesh, Runaway tells the story of a rickshawalla named Babu who has made it his life’s mission to find runaway husbands/fathers and return them home. But Babu gets more than he bargained for when his big catch turns out to be a corrupt politician. It is a dark story that twists from present to past, city to village, good to evil. vimeo.com/16873071
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 • 7:30 p.m.
Dislecksia: The Movie - Harvey Hubbell V, Director
About one American in seven has some degree of dyslexia. It’s a condition that makes it hard to learn to read the same way other people do. In this comic documentary, dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V presents the latest scientific knowledge about dyslexia and the experiences of dyslexics. The film gives dyslexics and their families hope as well as a crash course in how to keep smiling. www.dislecksiathemovie.com
Monday, February 25, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
Cafeteria Man - Richard Chisholm, Director
The documentary chronicles an ambitious effort to ‘green’ the public school diet serving 83,000 in Baltimore. Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals is New Orleans chef Tony Geraci, whose bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom. www.cafeteriaman.com
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
Abel Raises Cain - Jenny Abel, Director
Abel Raises Cain is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of Alan Abel, the notorious media prankster who has made a name for himself with hoaxes that are just ridiculous enough to be believable, especially to a media that feeds on salacious stories. In this loving portrait of an eccentric father, Alan’s daughter, Jenny, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through many elaborate schemes, all of which were designed to provoke, amuse and make people question everything that they see, hear or read. www.abelraisescain.com
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
What We Need Is The Impossible! - A Program of Shorts by Sam Green
Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) has been making award-winning short documentaries since the late 1990s. What We Need is the Impossible! gathers together for the first time an evening length program of Green’s short films, a celebration of idealism and the search for meaning tied to the often-humorous realities of life. www.samgreen.to
On Screen/In Person is made possible with generous support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The series is presented by Modlin Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Firehouse Theatre Proejct, James River Film Society ,and UR Film Studies Program.
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