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Last updated on October 18, 2018.




What They Had

National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW (enter from Constitution Ave side)
Wed, Oct. 17 - 7pm

We have admission for up to 60 members and a guest. To get a pass, RSVP to the address in your e-mail. What for a confirmation before attending.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko



From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget returns home to Chicago at her brother's urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father's reluctance to let go of their life together. Bleecker Street Media (101 mins). Opens Oct. 26.

CAST: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmmiga, Josh Lucas

DIR/WRITER: Elizabeth Chomko



Green Book

Regal Gallery Place
701 7th Street NW
Wed, Oct. 24 - 7pm

We will have admissions for up to 70 members and a guest. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW ABOUT DISTRIBUTING PASSES.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Universal Pictures (2hrs 10mins). Opens Nov. 21.

CAST: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Don Stark, Sebastian Maniscalco

DIR: Peter Farrelly


General Screening Information

WHAT IS A PREVIEW? Before movies open, local ad agencies generate publicity with advance screenings. Washington, DC Film Society members are a popular target audience for previews, since we create good "word of mouth" for a film. Sometimes we have an entire theater to ourselves, but most of the time we share a theater with an audience holding passes that the ad agencies have distributed through radio stations, newspapers, an local establishments. In the past, the Film Society has hosted numerous special events as well.

AM I GUARANTEED A SEAT? No! Seating for previews is always on a first-come, first-served basis. Why? First of all, sometimes more members than we have passes to give out will show up at a particular screening. Also, the ad agencies always give out more passes than there are seats in the theater. The theater is always overbooked because at least 20% of pass holders don't show up. If everyone shows up, the theater could be full before you get in. Even if we have an RSVP screening (see below), arrive early to ensure a seat.

WHAT ABOUT RSVP SCREENINGS? When we have very few passes, we still want to offer the screening to as many members as possible, yet want to avoid turning many people away. When this happens (30 passes for two or less), we will sometimes have an RSVP system set up. Please follow instructions in the e-mail for RSVP screenings.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE THEATER: Each member must bring a valid membership card to the screening and show it to the Film Society staff person at the theater to receive a free pass.


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