Published on January 12th, 2014 | by Jeffrey Russel



This “one-of-a-kind” festival honoring some of the most singularly entertaining projects on the international film scene” as well as the rich architectural character of Richmond, Virginia are two great reasons for attending RIFF. The festival takes place from February 27th – March 2, 2014. The 2014 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) has chosen our screenplay, Grace, as a Finalist in this year’s competition. Lynda and I have tremendous faith in the organization of the festival. We have discovered that Heather Waters, RIFF’s founder, is a tireless champion of all things involving film and writers. Heather is also the co-founder of Creative World Awards which has provided invaluable support for our project.

More than 50 films are going to be shown at RIFF. I wish we could attend the four day event because the organizers are promising to bring the Hollywood spirit to Virginia.

The films will be shown at the historic Byrd Theater which opened it’s doors for the first time on December 24, 1928. Even though it’s a 20th century addition to the cityscape, it’s a gem in Richmond’s architectural crown. USA Today referred to the venue as, “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.” That’s quite an accolade for the kind of theater that has unfortunately become a rare entertainment experience.

Richmond is an interesting city to visit. Being a fan of history, I enjoyed the 3 days I spent in Richmond because it’s one of the cities in the U.S. that still has it’s feet firmly rooted in its revolutionary history. I love “old” buildings and thankfully, generations of Richmond’s political custodians have mounted a Herculean effort to protect and preserve the fragile physical structures that still remain from the turbulent 18th and 19th centuries. It’s easy to find excellent examples of preservation and conservation in the city of Richmond and the surrounding area. In my opinion, a walking tour is the best way to capture the city’s history. If you are into battlefields however, you’ll need a car and lots of gas.

I know this may sound like plug for The Virginia Tourism Authority, but if you are planning to be in or near the Richmond, Virginia, during the film festival, February 27th to March 2, 2014, make a point of dropping by, even if it’s only to see the theater.

We wish good luck to all of our fellow nominees. We’ll see you at the pictures.


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