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Highlights of the 26th annual James River Film Festival 

click to enlarge "The Dark Crystal"

"The Dark Crystal"

March 13 — 17 at various venues

All events cost $5 unless noted. For information, visit jamesriverfilm.org.

Friday, March 15

The Films of Betzy Bromberg: Exhibition I: Early Works with filmmaker Betzy Bromberg: One of the most important filmmakers in avant-garde cinema today screens a selection of 16 mm work from her retrospective at New York Anthology Film Archives at Virginia Commonwealth University's Grace Street Theater at 8 p.m. Also on Saturday, March 16, at the Byrd at 3 p.m.

Midnight screening of Harmony Korine's "Gummo" at the Byrd.

Saturday, March 16

"Boom for Real" a documentary by Sara Driver about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat 10:30 a.m.at the Leslie Cheek Theater at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Guest Tim Clarke, a master puppet builder who worked with Jim Henson in the 1980s on projects such as "The Dark Crystal" and "Fraggle Rock" will be on hand to screen and dissect episodes of "Fraggle Rock" at 1 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre.

A Tribute to Jonas Mekas: excerpts from "Lost, Lost, Lost" from 1977 and "Walden" from 1969 after "The Green Fog" at Grace Street Theater [see story].

Midnight screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky's surreal psychological thriller "Santa Sangre" at the Byrd Theatre.

Sunday, March 17

Puppet builder Tim Clarke shows "The Dark Crystal" at the Byrd Theatre at 1:30 p.m. and gives a puppet-making workshop at Gallery5 at 5 p.m. ($20, $10 observer). Limited to 15 participants.

Silent/Music Revival: The Wimps perform live with Jean Vigo's "Zero de Conduite" from 1933 at Gallery5 at 8 p.m. Donations accepted. Followed by Strange Projections presents "The Leprechaun."

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