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Last updated on August 24, 2015.




Learning to Drive

Mon, August 31 - 7:30pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
E Street NW betw 10th & 11th

We have admission for 80 members & guests via RSVP. RSVP to the address in your e-mail.

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

Q&A with Patricia Clarkson will begin immediately after the screening.



Inspired by a true story, LEARNING TO DRIVE is a feel-good comedy about an improbable friendship. Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she's never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor and love in starting life anew. Broad Green Pictures (90 min). Opens Sept 4.

CAST: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley



The Visit

Tues, Sept 1 - 7:30pm
AMC Georgetown
3111 K Street NW

We have admission for up to 100 members and guests via E-Pass. To get your pass e-mail to the address given in your e-mail.

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



Life appears normal for two siblings until they discover that Grandma and Grandpa's behavior has suddenly become deeply disturbing after being left to stay at their grandparents' house while their mother is on vacation. They are warned not to come out of their room past 9:30 at night; but, after curiosity gets the better of them, they realize that there is something terribly wrong taking place. After failing to convince their mother to come to their rescue, they are left on their own to face the untold horrors surrounding the two now seemingly evil elders. Universal Pictures (1hr 34min). Opens Sept. 11.

CAST: Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould, Kathryn Hahn

DIR: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable, After Earth, The Happening)


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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