Four Picks From the 2016 James River Film Festival 

click to enlarge David Bowie in "The man Who Fell to Earth."

David Bowie in "The man Who Fell to Earth."

The James River Film Festival programming is always diverse and exciting. Here a few to keep in mind, April 7-10. jamesriverfilm.org.

“Southeast 67”: Documentary tells the story of 1990s Anacostia high-school students, selected for the I Have a Dream program for at-risk youth, through the lens of three participants, interspersing decades-old archival footage with contemporary interviews. Director Betsy Cox, who will be present for questions, says she hopes the documentary achieves what is so often lacking in educational reform, a long and broad view that delves beyond classroom experience into the day-to-day life challenges kids also face.

“Heavy Metal Parking Lot”: The infamous 1986 documentary about heavy-metal fans at a Judas Priest concert parking lot turns 30 this year, a milestone the festival celebrates with a screening and appearance by John Heyn, who made the unique film and many subsequent “parking lot” follow-ups with Jeff Krulik.

“Destination: Planet Negro!”: Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” co-screenwriter, Kevin Willmott, wrote and directed this tongue-in-cheek historical fantasy about a group of black leaders who devise an unusual escape plan from “the man.” Willmott will be on hand for a question session after the screening.

“The Man Who Fell to Earth”: David Bowie as a stranded alien, directed by “Walkabout’s” Nicolas Roeg. In killer 35 mm. Really all you need to know.

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