Such is the Way to the Stars

Richmond, Virginia

Image by Chris Visions

Richmond, Virginia: Sic Itur Ad Astra.


Producers: Nick van der Kolk, Steven Jackson, Rich Griset, Phil Dmochowski and Julia DeWitt.

Writer: Andrew Blossom

Narrator: Chioke I’Anson

Voice of William Byrd II: Simon Renshaw

Amazing Grace excerpt is from Transition Home, by Wesley Chavis.

Jack and the Bag of Death by Vixi Jill Glenn, recorded by John Freyer.

Portions of Goad Gatsby and Karen Coopers interviews are excerpted from the series Battle Flag, produced by Logan Jaffe and Zachary Sigelko.

Free Egunfemi, who told the story of Gabriel, is the founder of UntoldRVA, which organizes loads of tours and talks around town here.

Special thanks: Eleanor McDowall, Mark Holmberg, Chris Dovi, Leah Lamb, Jason Tongen, Brent Raper, Cynthia Lotze, and Jerry Williams (his Dirtwoman documentary is Spider Mites of Jesus).




Benjamin Campbell, Richmond’s Unhealed History, 2012.
Virginius Dabney, Richmond: The Story of a City, 1976.
Bob Deans, The River Where America Began: A Journey Along the James, 2009.
Walter S. Griggs, Jr. The Collapse of Richmond’s Church Hill Tunnel, 2012.
James Horn, editor, Captain John Smith: Writings, with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America, 2007.
Nelson Lankford, Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital, 2002.
T. Tyler Potterfield, Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape, 2009.
Selden Richardson, Built by Blacks: African American Architecture and Neighborhoods in Richmond, 2011.


Gabriel Archer, “Discourse,” in Captain John Smith: Writings, with Other Narratives.
William Byrd II, The Diary of William Byrd II, 1709-1712, via the National Humanities Center.
Charles Dickens, American Notes for General Circulation, 1913, via Project Gutenberg.
John Smith, The Complete Works of Captain John Smith (1580-1631), via Virtual Jamestown.
William Wirt, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, via Documenting the American South.


The New York Times, “Unexpected Ride on a Sturgeon. It was Dangerous Until the Man Beached the Fish on a Sandbar.” March 23, 1896.
The Richmond Dispatch, “Rock Battles.” March 28, 1862.
The Richmond Sentinel, “Throwing Stones.” June 24, 1864.
The Richmond Whig, “Rock Battle.” September 10, 1861.


Jamie Brunkow, “Rare find on the James River,” via the James River Association, 2018.
The Jefferson Hotel, “History,” via the Jefferson Hotel, 2018.
Joanne Kimberlin, “Prehistoric sturgeon fish making comeback in Va. Rivers,” The Virginian-Pilot, 2015.
Harry Kollatz, Jr. “W.W. Pool: Richmond’s Reputed Nosferatu,” Richmond Magazine, 2013.
Martha McCartney, “The Starving Time,” Encyclopedia Virginia, 2011.
Hunter Reardon, “Out of the Depths,” Richmond Magazine, 2016.
Tom Robbins, “Foreword,” Richmond Noir, 2010.
John Waldman, “Outdoors: The lofty mystery of why sturgeon leap,” The New York Times, 2001.


Finnegan Begin Again, 1985, directed by Joan Micklin Silver, written by Walter Lockwood.
My Dinner with Andre, 1981, directed by Louis Malle, written by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory.


(in order of appearance)

Lobo Marino – Passing like the Setting Sun – The Mulberry House

Agnarkea – Germanic | Tajuu – Cold Feet, Numb Ankles

Agnarkea – Error – Survival

Labradford – El Lago – A Stable Reference

Pan•American – Het Volk – Quiet City

Pan•American – Remapping – Pan•American

Chino Amobi – Blackout – Paradiso

Agnarkea – Solar – Transhumanism

Stephen Vitiello & Molly Berg – From Here – Between You And The Shapes You Take

Labradford – Wien – Fixed::Context

Patrick Lovelace – High – Awakening Light

Patrick Lovelace – Deviousnesses – Awakening Light

Labradford – And Jonathan Morken. Photo Provided By – E Luxo So

Labradford – Comfort – A Stable Reference

Labradford – Eero – A Stable Reference

Stephen Vitiello & Molly Berg – Voice Loopsze – Between You And The Shapes You Take

Stephen Vitiello & Molly Berg – Five (was 5) – Between You And The Shapes You Take

Agnarkea – Third Eye – Transhumanism

Stephen Vitiello & Molly Berg – Clarinet Assembly – Between You And The Shapes You Take

Agnarkea – Awake (interlude) – Survival

[INTERLUDE] Lobo Marino – The Loon – The Mulberry House

Labradford – David – Fixed::ContextMusicians from Marlboro – String Quintet in C Major – Mozart

Musicians from Marlboro – Clarinet Quintet in A Major – Mozart

Labradford – Recorded And Mixed At Sound Of Music, Richmond, Va – E Luxo So

Agnarkea – Float – Radical/info.vol6

Yui Onodera & Stephen Vitiello – Quiver #7 – Quiver

Labradford – Phantom Channel Crossing – Labradford

Agnarkea – 28 Days No Vaccine – Survival

Pan•American – Inside Elevation – Quiet City

Chino Amobi – The Floating World pt. 1 – Paradiso

Elzbieta Sikora – Rhapsody For The Death Of The Republic (Excerpt) – Polish Radio Experimental Studio (1957-2003)

Agnarkea – Damned – Cold Feet, Numb Ankles

Labradford – Scenic Recovery – Labradford

Agnarkea – War Games – Psychopomp Surprise

Yui Onodera & Stephen Vitiello – Quiver #3 – Quiver

Pan•American – Lake Supplies – Pan•American

Agnarkea – Vast – Psychopomp Surprise

Aix Em Klemm – 3X2 (Exit) – Aix Em Klemm

Agnarkea – Bloodibloogiwoogi – Radical/info.vol6

Agnarkea – Then Gave Chase – Survival

Published on: November 21, 2018

From: Episodes, Season 7

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