James River Film Fest Announces 27th Annual Lineup

Special guests include Spike Lee screenwriter Kevin Willmott and Canadian documentarian Ron Mann.

If you’re a lover of independent and art cinema, then you’re probably well aware of the James River Film Fest, the little festival that could.

Organizers have announced the lineup for the 27th iteration of the festival, which runs March 18-22 with events screening at the Byrd Theatre, VMFA, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, Gallery5 and Richmond’s Main Public Library.

Special guests this year include Canadian documentarian Ron Mann, with screenings of his “Comic Book Confidential” (1989) and his latest, “Carmine Street Guitars” (2019). Also, Kevin Willmott, the screenwriter/director/actor who shared an Academy Award with Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” which will be screened along with Willmott’s mockumentary, “Confederate States of America” (2004).

Other special screenings include “Other Music” a look at one of New York’s most beloved former indie record stores (the trailer features Richmonder Nicole Lang Key, who once worked there), “One Man Dies A Million Times,” and “How Andy Invented a Superstar/How Andy Met Lou Reed: The Velvet Underground and Nico.”

There are cult classics on the list too: the bizarre film by rocker Neil Young, “Human Highway,” which features Devo and the hilarious New Wave cult classic orgasm/murder tale, “Liquid Sky,” as well as a Silent/Music Revival screening of Cocteau’s “Blood of a Poet” with the Photosynthesizers.

More details will come at jamesriverfilm.org.


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