Films

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The 6th Annual VCU Southern Film Festival

Fri, Sep 11,  6:30 9 pm | Cheek Theater
Screening Southern Music: Heart o’ the Hills (1919; 87 min.)
This year, the theme of the VCU Southern Film Festival is "Exploring Musical Traditions & Stereotypes in Popular Film." The film screened at VMFA, Heart o' the Hills, is a silent film exploring family tensions and the exploitation of coal resources in the highlands of Kentucky, and starring the most renowned actress of early Hollywood cinema, Mary Pickford.

Virginia band The Hot Seats accompanies the film with their particular blend of Appalachian, old-time bluegrass ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. A panel discussion will follow.

Founded in 2010 to explore how the distinctiveness of the South has been portrayed onscreen, the Southern Film Festival brings together films and those involved in their making with constructive commentary. Learn more.

 
$8 (VMFA members and Art Deco Society members $5), Free for VCU faculty, students, and staff with valid VCU ID
Co-sponsored by the VCU Department of History, Art Deco Society of Virginia, and VMFA


Tattoo Arts and Film Festival

Fri, Sep 4, 3 – 9:30 pm; Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 5 pm; Reception: 5 – 7 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
To complement our special exhibition Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, VMFA will present the first-ever major Tattoo Arts and Film Festival in Central Virginia. Honoring the rich history and tradition of tattooing and its enduring and evolving impact on contemporary visual culture, the two-day festival will include feature films plus a session exploring Japanese anime, talks by world-renowned experts, gallery tours, and more.

$25 for a two-day festival pass (VMFA members $18)

Click here for a schedule of events. Individual films: $8 (VMFA members $5).



Tattoo Arts and Film Festival - Festival Pass

Fri, Sep 4, 3 pm – 9:30 pm; Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 5 pm; Reception: 5 – 7 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
To complement our special exhibition, Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, VMFA will present the first-ever major Tattoo Arts and Film Festival in Virginia. Honoring the rich history and tradition of tattooing and its enduring and evolving impact on contemporary visual culture, the two-day festival will include feature films plus a session exploring Japanese anime, talks by world-renowned experts, gallery tours, and more.

$25 for a two-day festival pass (VMFA members $18)

Click here for a schedule of events. Individual films: $8 (VMFA members $5).



Eastern Promises

Fri, Sep 4, 3 – 5 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
2007, 100 min, rated R
Viggo Mortensen was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Nikolai, a shrewd criminal trying to rise in London’s Vory v Zakone Russian Mafia, where tattoos are earned for status and respect.  A nurse (Naomi Watts) becomes tenuously intertwined in this sinister underworld.  Veteran director David Cronenberg, noted for his edgy, visceral images, delivers.
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Tattoo Nation: The True Story of the Ink Revolution

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival | Fri, Sep 4, 7:30 – 9:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
2013, 86 min. Not  rated; content may not be suitable for children.
How did tattoos go from being something that someone puts on you to something that comes from within you?  This groundbreaking documentary, screening for the first time in Central Virginia, tells the story of how three artists from one L.A. tattoo shop revolutionized the art of tattooing.  With Don “Ed” Hardy, Freddy Negrete, Travis Barker, and Danny Trejo.  
Special guest speakers: Takahiro Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka) Kitamura, exhibition artist, tattooer, and curator; and Timothy Hoyer, exhibition artist and tattooer
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Utamaro and His Five Women

Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
1946, 91 min, B&W. Not rated; mature content
This Japanese classic is a fictionalized portrait of the famed 18th-century Ukiyo-e artist Utamaro and his relationship with five courtesans who inspire his work. Artists of all types will connect to director Kenji Mizoguchi’s study of passion and determination. In a highly evocative scene, Utamaro sketches a picture on the back of his beautiful model who is honored to have it tattooed into her skin. 
Special guest speaker: Takahiro Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka) Kitamura, exhibition artist, tattooer, and curator
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Japanese Anime Tattoo Traditions

Sat, Sep 5, 2:30 – 4:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Some content may not be suitable for children.
Learn about Japanese anime technique and style along with connections to manga and tattoos. Excerpts of several anime series will be shown.
Special guest speaker: Anh Do, VMFA and VSU faculty animation specialist
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Film: Enough to Live On - The Arts of the WPA with

Fri, Oct 30, 6:30 – 9:00 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

This documentary focuses on the 1935 Federal Art Project that put thousands of creative people to work.  
$8 (VMFA members $5)


James River Short Films

Fri, Nov 20, 6:30 – 9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
This juried competition features very current short videos/films with cash prizes for winning entries from the James River Film Society.

$8 (VMFA members and JRFS members $5)