Films

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James River Short Film Showcase

Fri, Nov 8, 6:30–9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

This longest running juried film competition in Virginia, spotlights the year’s best short videos/films (20 minutes or less). Finalists are selected from international entrants. A special guest judge chooses the top entries at the screening and awards about $2000 in cash prizes. Many filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, and the audience gets to vote for favorites. 

Since 1994, the James River Film Society has been a volunteer-run, nonprofit dedicated to the art of film and film as art.  Visit jamesriverfilm.org to learn more.

$8 ($5 VMFA and JRFS members)


The 3rd Annual Pocahontas Reframed "Storytellers" Film Festival

Fri, Nov 22, 2–5 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

The Searchers (: Dir. John Ford; 1956; 119 min; Technicolor)
With guest speakers Trent Nicholas and Jeffrey Allison

The Searchers is known as one of Hollywood’s biggest, action-packed, epic Westerns. It complicates the Western myth primarily through the hero, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), whose bouts of extreme racism and anger toward American Indians suggest he is psychologically imbalanced and is operating on a different level than society. 

VMFA’s Trent Nicholas and Jeffrey Allison will discuss the Western myth and this movie’s cinematic and revisionist elements.

Co-sponsored by VMFA and the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival being held at the Historic Byrd Theatre on November 21-24. pocahontasreframed.com

$8 ($5 VMFA Members; PRFF passes accepted)