The James River Film Festival Turns 25

This week, the James River Film Festival celebrates 25 years of showing independent and experimental cinema in Richmond on a shoestring budget.

In our cover story, we’ve got an abbreviated oral history of the festival from the volunteers and organizers, plus a preview of this year’s highlights including a tribute to the legendary character actor, Harry Dean Stanton, and a recent interview with acclaimed indie director Kelly Reichardt.

For a full listing of this festival’s screenings, which run Tuesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 18, go here. — all stories by Brent Baldwin

Labor of Love
The James River Film Festival celebrates 25 years of raving mania for independent and experimental cinema.

A Tribute to Harry Dean
A highlight of this year’s festival, “Lucky” is a heartfelt swan song for one of Hollywood’s greatest character actors.

Salt of the Earth
Kelly Reichardt, one of the country’s best independent film directors walks a dog.


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