The celebratory summer series Light River Junction First Fridays with WRIF kicks off May 7 with a fantastic line-up called “Toons and Tones.” Throughout downtown White River, there will FREE outdoor arts to inspire and amuse, with an emphasis on young local artists: a filmmaking workshop, live music, selected footage from the creative minds of CATV, projected short films (such as Formation of a River, above), and even an audio-visual beat set to get us moving after a long pandemic year of isolation.

In the words of the organizers, “We are celebrating the bright, colorful days ahead with a vibrant showcase of music and movies by local artists. Downtown White River Junction is set to become a canvas for light and sound! Throughout the night, on every corner in WRJ, there will be space for discovery. Local musicians, including Jakob Breitbach and Rob Oxford, will be playing acoustic sidewalk sets. Projections and movie screens of every size will be showing myriad images from CATV’s extensive local archives, curated by Chico Eastridge. In shop windows, on walls, you can revel in the little delights of curated short films, hand-picked to color the sonic canvas of the night. Swap the digital for the physical and get hands-on in a “cameraless filmmaking” workshop with local analog filmmaker Quinn Thomashow. After handling the real substance of film we’ll watch a program of shorts made on 16mm and Super 8 film, with live accompaniment. Plainfield’s Rah Zen will perform a swirling beat set while Lana Real transforms the historic Bell Building into a fantasy of ‘Electric Dreams.’ It will be a journey in sound and color from start to finish.”

As always, be sure to follow the latest COVID-19 protocols!

Light River Junction First Fridays with WRIF aims to revitalize White River Junction’s “First Friday” celebrations, disrupted by COVID, by attracting people of all ages back to the village through film and media arts. On White River Junction First Fridays (May 7, June 4, July 2, and August 6), WRIF will transform downtown parking lots into an attractive forum for safe dining and cinema viewing. Film, including work by local filmmakers, will be projected in novel ways in spaces enhanced by local visual artists. The project is expected to revive social interaction and economic activity through the arts in reimagined and ongoing ways that can offer inspiration to other Vermont communities. The project is made possible by an $18,000 grant from The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and the Better Places partners.

The grant was obtained by a partnership centered on White River Indie Films (WRIF) and including the Town of Hartford, the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, Vital Communities, CATV (Community Access Television), the Briggs Opera House, the Center for Cartoon Studies, and local businesses and film and media artists.

Time Location Activity Descriptions
5-7 pm Behind Revolution 16mm Cameraless Filmmaking Workshop With Quinn Thomashow
5-6 Out on the sidewalks Music Performances Acoustic street performances by local musicians including Jakob Breitbach and Rob Oxford
8-11 pm Town Crier CATV Playlist 8 hours of Local Archives curated by Chico Eastridge
5-9 pm Revolution & Scavenger Window Movies Selected visual music films, Here in the Valley highlights
8-9 pm Lamphouse Micro-cinema Short films Curated short films
8-9 pm Main Stage at Coolidge Parking Lot Short film program

Visual Music Short Films 

Scream Tone – (Joe Dery)

Glistening Thrills  (Jodie Mack)

Films by Rich Fedorchak 

With live accompaniment 

by Amy Garapic et al…

Brief Glimpses on the Way to Joy, Part 1 (Rich Fedorchak, 19 mins, color, sound)

8-9 pm Bell Building Projections

Aged in Wood (Bruce Posner)

Strafford/Tunbridge One Planet Cameraless Film

Formation of a River (JE Crawford)

Vacationland (Matt McWilliams)

9-10 Bell Building Projections Electric Dreams – A projection mapping performance by Lana Real
9-10 Main Stage at Coolidge Parking Lot Performance Audio-visual beat set by Rah Zen