Jake Wells’ 2nd Bijou, located on the 800 block of Broad Street, where the Library of Virginia stands today. Photo circa 1905, courtesy of the Valentine Richmond History Center. For more on the history of our namesake, check out Terry Rea’s Short Subject: Jake Wells’ Bijous on Broad St. on Bijou Backlight, our blogzine.
Friends, we’re moving forward to establish the Bijou Film Center. This Tumblr served me well in the early days — kind of a virtual notebook. I won’t say I’ll never post here again, but, for now, keep your eyes focused on Bijou Backlight for illumination and updates on all things Bijou.
The fundraising has officially begun! My son Logan announced to me one day recently that he was collecting money for the Bijou. So, I helped him make it official. This summer look for an event or two — the Bijou’s coming out so to speak — to raise awareness and money. Ultimately, we’re looking for a storefront in Richmond’s arts district. Stay tuned and let me know if you have any ideas. — James
For those of you in Richmond, VA: The 20th James River Film Festival wraps tonight with a strong double bill at the VCU Grace Street Theatre: David Williams’ THIRTEEN at 7 pm (come find out for yourself why Roger Ebert loved it so much) and Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western classic DJANGO at 9 pm. Both shows are $8/$5 JRFS members, VCU students FREE! Help us pack the house. Beforehand get in the mood with some spaghetti and wine at Edo’s!
Once the Bijou Film Center is open you can count on films like this getting some screen time!
A city best known for its beef is now being offered a menu of independent and foreign films.
There’s plenty of hope (and models) for the Bijou Film Center … take Film Streams, for example. — James
Harry Kollatz wrote a great piece after interviewing Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, to help promote the 20th James River Film Festival screening of SAFETY LAST! The best part for me was watching it with my 7-year-old son Logan, who guffawed and snorted and fell laughing into my lap throughout. Magical movie experience for father and son. Thank you Harold Lloyd and Janus Films!