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James River Short Films/Video Competition
Fri, Nov 7, 6:30 – 9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Cutting-edge, conventional, digital, experimental, animation, fiction, non-fiction — view the best and most current short videos/films (30 minutes or less) in this juried competition from the James River Film Society. Filmmaker/screenwriter Megan Holley will judge and award approximately $2,000 in cash prizes. Finalists are selected from entries from all over North America. Many filmmakers will be present for comments and Q&A.
For 20 years the James River Film Society has been a volunteer-run, nonprofit dedicated to the art of film and film as art.
VMFA Presents Red Sorghum at the Byrd
Sun, Nov 23, 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Byrd Theatre, Carytown
VMFA celebrates Chinese cinema with this rare, English subtitled version of Red Sorghum (1987), screened at the Byrd Theatre. The film catapulted actress Gong Li to international stardom as well as director Zhang Yimou who went on to make Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and the awe-inspiring 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Story: In this sweeping yet intensely personal historical epic, a young woman is sold into marriage with a rural winemaker. After her husband's death, she takes over the business. Her life changes when a man she had an encounter with re-emerges. During World War II, she fights with her community against the invading army. Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear (Best Picture) award. For adults: sexual situations and graphic violence.
Presented in association with Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, at VMFA Oct. 18 – Jan. 11