Arts Desk

A Friendly Fest: Rappahannock Independent Film Festival

It's a bit of a hike down to Fredericksburg, but for the cinephile, the drive this weekend might just be worth it. For the third year running, this friendly neighbor to the south is hosting the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival. The fest features docs, shorts, and 'toons from around the region and beyond. Student films from the area screen alongside animated pieces like Death Row Diet by Jonathan Katz (creator of the highly underrated "Dr. Katz") and Comic-Con favorite The Mouse That Soared. Among the more promising shorts, Spanish director Marina Seresesky's El Cortejo features an old gravedigger desperate to ditch his dull routine. In conjunction with the movie selections, Elby Brass will be showcasing its raucous horn section on Thursday night. Stick around until Saturday, and you can catch a morning workshop with DIY expert Kelley Baker, a.k.a. The Angry Filmmaker. If you're looking to leave the district for a few flicks off the beaten path, RIFF might be your best bet. It runs Aug. 26-29 at Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters.

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