The James River Film Society (JRFS) is volunteer run nonprofit dedicated to the art of film and film as art.
Since 1994 the James River Film Festival has presented over 500 programs and 150 guest filmmakers, critics, musicians and artists. The 24th edition will feature the participation of director Guy Maddin (Tales of Gimli Hospital, Archangel, My Winnipeg, Brand Upon the Brain, Forbidden Room). Mr. Maddin’s unique vision has often drawn the “cult director” tag, but his work is singular and as personal as that of Luis Bunuel, Werner Herzog or David Lynch.
The JRFS was originally formed as the Richmond Moving Image Co-op (RMIC) in 1999 through a partnership between the James River Film Festival (founded in 1994) and Flicker. RMIC was incorporated on March 1, 1999, and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS on July 21, 1999. In 2010 the RMIC changed its name to the James River Film Society to better communicate its mission through its name. The JRFS is an all-volunteer run organization.