RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – The Richmond International Film Festival is back for its 10th anniversary and a six-day affair of premieres, Q&A, awards, live music and more.
The festival will run from September 7 to 12 and feature more than 150 films from 20 countries, as well as groups, panels and community events.
Opening night will feature three Virginia-centric films:
- “The Good Road”, produced by Craig Martin and Earl Bridges and directed and written by Andrew Duensing
- The first episode of the second documentary series will be previewed with a focus on Richmond as the capital of Confederation.
- “Mending Walls”, directed by Pam Hervey and Tod Hervey.
- The film follows artist Hamilton Glass as he challenges more than 30 artists from different cultural backgrounds to collaborate on 16 different murals across Richmond.
- “Welcome to the Show,” written by actress and VCU professor Dorie Barton and it finished posting during the pandemic.
- Shot in Richmond, an invitation to a play sends four friends down a mind-boggling rabbit hole of mistrust and madness as they try to figure out who the actors are, who the audience is, who does this to them and why.
Other notable films include “One Moment”, “Behind the Strings”, “Petersburg Rising”, “Bloom” and “Georgia”.
The festival will also host its ‘Breaking Bread’ event featuring live murals by Hamilton Glass from the Mending Walls Project and a performance by actor and musician Don Castor.
Other events include a music showcase at Hardywood Brewery, a special edition RIFF + Shockoe Sessions and the annual RIFF Flow Film and Music Panel series, as well as Q&A with guest filmmakers throughout the week. The opening night will be sponsored and organized by the Quirk Hotel.
Individual tickets range from $ 8 to $ 10, and VIP All Access passes and badges range from $ 25 to $ 375.
Bands to play include: Supreem and the New Experience, Four Trips Ahead, The Mike Thomas Band, Bonn E Maiy, Barefoot Modern, Azure Wolf, Bended Light, Touch the Buffalo, and Tyler Meacham. Other numbers and the full lineup will be announced on the festival website in mid-July.
The festival will be crowned with the Red Carpet Awards, where prizes selected by the grand jury and the public will be awarded for all categories of film, music and writing. Held annually at the historic Byrd Theater, the red carpets close the festival and are open to the public.
A full list of queues and additional information is available on the RIFF website.
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