Calendar of Events
American Film Institute Silver Theater
An Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective in three parts which began in February continues in March with The 39 Steps, Secret Agent, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, Jamaica Inn, The Lady Vanishes and the silent version of Blackmail. Parts II and III will come later this year.
A two-part Jean Harlow Centennial Celebration features Platinum Blonde and Libeled Lady.
"Backward and in High Heels: Ginger Rogers Centennial Retrospective" continues through early April. March films include Shall We Dance, Gold Diggers of 1933, 42nd Street, Carefree, Stage Door, Vivacious Lady, Monkey Business, Bachelor Mother, Roxie Hart, The Major and the Minor and Kitty Foyle with a few more in April.
The AFI takes part in the Environmental Film Festival with How I Ended This Summer, Windfall, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, The Pipe, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Submission and Tropical Malady.
Special engagements include a new 35mm print of The Leopard, a new 35mm print for the 40th anniversary of The Conformist, filmmaker Harry Shearerl present for The Big Uneasy and Black Orpheus.
The 2011 New African Films Festival takes place March 10-15 with opening night film The Athlete from Ethiopia, Arguba from Nigeria, Gugu and Andile from South Africa, Beyond the Ocean from Ivory Coast, State of Violence from South Africa, Screaming Man from Chad, "Congo in Four Acts," a quartet of documentaries from Congo/South Africa, Seasons from a Life from Malawi, and a double feature For the Best and for the Onion from Niger shown with Home Is Where You Find It from Mozambique.
Freer Gallery of Art
"Cruel Cinema: New Directions in Tamil Film" is a series of four films including I Am God (Bala, 2009) on March 4 at 7:00pm, Pudhupettai (Selvaraghavan, 2006) on March 6 at 2:00pm, Subramaniampuram (G. Sasikumar, 2008) on March 18 at 7:00pm and Paruthiveeran (Ameer Sultan, 2007) on March 20 at 2:00pm.
On March 11 at 7:00pm director Christina Yao will introduce Empire of Silver, a historical film about merchants who once controlled China's economy.
The Freer takes part in the Environmental Film Festival with two documentaries about current life in China: on March 25 at 7:00pm is Disorder (Huang Weikai) and on March 27 at 2:00pm is Ghost Town (Zhao Dayong).
National Gallery of Art
"Remembering Risorgimento" is a three-part series which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification movement. On March 12 at 2:30pm is Allonsanfan (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 1974); on March 13 at 4:30pm is a new restoration of The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963); and on March 19 at 4:00pm is 1860: I Mille di Garibaldi (Alessandro Blasetti, 1933).
Art films for March include A Woman Like That (2010) about 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi with director Ellen Weissbrod in attendance on March 5 at 1:00pm; For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism with director Gerald Peary present on March 5 at 4:00pm along with three critics to discuss the film; and the Washington premiere of Women Art Revolution-A Secret History (2010) on March 6 at 4:30pm with director Lynn Hershman Leeson in person.
The Gallery takes part in the Environmental Film Festival with three films: on March 20 at 4:30pm is Over Your Cities Grass with Grow (Sophie Fiennes, 2010); on March 26 at 2:00pm is I.M. Pei: Building China Modern (Anne Makepeace and Eugene Shirley, 2010) and on March 26 at 4:00pm is Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzman, 2010).
Two Cine-Concerts in March feature live music: on March 19 at 1:00pm is The Italian (Reginald Barker and Thomas Ince, 1915) with music by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton and "Art in Motion," abstract shorts and animation with music by Andrew Simpson and Barry Dove on March 27 at 5:00pm.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
On March 10 at 8:00pm is Bill Cunningham New York (Richard Press, 2009), a documentary portrait about Bill Cunningham, the photographer whose work is featured in the New York Times' photo essays. On March 31 at 8:00pm DJ Spooky will discuss his picks from the Washington Project for the Arts.
The Hirshhorn's Environmental Film Festival contribution is "Under the Volcano: An Evening with Semiconductor," a work in progress by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt who will discuss their work on March 24 at 8:00pm.
National Museum of African Art
Burning in the Sun (2009), about solar power, on March 19 at 1:00pm is part of the Environmental Film Festival.
National Museum of the American Indian
The Last Trek (Ramona Emerson, 2006) is a short film about a Navajo woman who makes an arduous journey to graze sheep, shown daily in March (except Wednesdays) at 12:30pm. Also daily except Wednesdays at 3+30pm is another short film My Name Is Kahentiiosta (Alanis Obomsawin, 1995) about the Quebec crisis.
On March 25 at 8:30pm is We Still Live Here (Anne Makepeace, 2011) is about a language reclamation project. Note that the location is changed to the Carnegie Institution, 1530 P Street, NW.
For the Environmental Film Festival is Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro, 2010) on March 27 at 2:00pm, a documentary about Inuit environmental expertise, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
National Portrait Gallery
As part of the "Reel Portraits" and in conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival is Henry Wallace: An Uncommon Man (2011), a documentary about agricultural scientist and former Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President of the U.S., Henry Wallace. On March 27 at 1:00pm is a double feature of films about newspaper reporters: His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940) shown with All the President's Men (Alan Pakula, 1976).
On March 31 at 6:30pm is "Remembering Lena Horne," a lecture and screening. Lena Horne's daughter Gail Lumet Buckley joins Susan Lacy, Dwight Blocker Blowers and Richard Golden in a discussion and the documentary Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (Susan Lacy, 1996) will be shown at 8:00pm.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
In conjunction with the exhibit "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow," is the classic sci-fi film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) on March 31 at 6:30pm.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Two programs are shown in conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival. On March 23 at 7:00pm is Olmsted and America's Urban Parks (2010), a documentary about Frederick Law Olsted, a visionary urban planner and landscape architect who designed many public parks. A discussion with filmmaker Rebecca Messner follows. On March 24 at 7:00pm is the world premiere of A Community of Gardeners (Cintia Cabib, 2011) about urban community gardens.
Washington Jewish Community Center
On March 3 at 7:30pm is Next Year in Bombay (Jonas Parienté and Mathias Mangin, 2010), a documentary about a 2,000 year old Jewish community in India. Discussion follows the screening.
On March 13 at 3:00pm is Pushing the Elephant presented in conjunction with ITVS Community Cinema Cafe.
On March 29 at 7:30pm is Beaufort, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. The film's director, Joseph Cedar will be present for discussion.
"A Deeper Look" showcases films by directors seen in January's "Film | Neu" festival. On March 7 at 6:30pm is Late Bloomers (Bettina Oberli, 2006), a comedy set in Switzerland and on March 14 at 6:30pm is Under the Sun (Baran bo Odar, 2006).
A new film series "Helke Sander in Focus" focuses on Helke Sander, a feminist filmmaker and writer and the co-founder of the German feminist film journal "Women and Film." On March 21 at 6:30pm is The All-Round Reduced Personality (1977) and on March 28 at 6:30pm is The Trouble with Love (1983) with two more in April.
As part of the Environmental Film Festival is The Toxins Return: How Industrial Poisons Travel the Globe (Inge Altemeier, 2009) and on March 16 at 6:30pm is The Fourth Energy Atonomy (Carl A. Fechner, 2010), about renewable energy.
National Geographic Society
In conjunction with the exhibit "American I Am" are documentary films: on March 6 at 11:00am and 1:00pm is Richard Wright-Black Boy (Madison D. Lacy, 1994) about the best-selling author. On March 12 and 13 at 1:00pm is Billy Strayhorn-Lush Life (2007), about Duke Ellington's co-composer and arranger. On March 12 and March 13 at 11:00am is Brother Outsider-The Life of Bayard Rustin (Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, 2002), about the civil rights worker. One more in April.
The All Roads Project and The Environmental Film Festival present several films in March. On March 18 at 7:00pm is the DC premiere of Summer Pasture (Lynn True, Nelson Walker and Tsering Perlo, 2010), a documentary about a nomadic couple living in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. The three filmmakers will discuss their film after the screening.
Other Environmental Film Festival screenings include Mission Blue on March 16 at 7:30pm, a documentary work in progress about our oceans, with oceanographer Sylvia Earle and filmmaker Robert Nixon present for discussion. On March 23 at 7:30pm Nature's Greatest Defender (Thomas Veltre), about naturalist George Schaller. The filmmaker and executive producer will be present for discussion. On March 22 at 7:30pm is Voyage of the Plastiki, about a ship constructed from recycled plastic which crossed the Pacific. Max Jourdan, the filmmaker, will be present for discussion. On March 26 at 1:00pm is The Eagle Hunter's Son (Renè Bo Hansen, 2009) about a boy who dreams of leaving Mongolia for a big city.
On March 31 at 7:00pm is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), about the 1990 confrontation among Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army about native issues in Quebec. Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will be present for discussion.
On March 8 at 7:00pm is Unleashed (Raymond Vouillamoz, 2010), a Swiss film about a TV intern who discovers a possible relative while looking at archival footage.
The French Embassy shows Black Ocean (Marion Hänsel, 2010) as part of the Environmental Film Festival on March 21 at 7:00pm, about 3 boys who take part in nuclear tests in French Polynesia during the 1970s.
As part of the Francophonie Festival is Where are you going Moshé? (Hassan Benjelloun, 2007) about a Moroccan bar owner whose Jewish customers will be soon leaving for Israel and his plan to keep the bar open in spite of Islamic law against alcohol.
The Japan Information and Culture Center
On March 16 at 6:30pm is The Chef of South Polar (Shuichi Okita, 2009), about a cook working in a Japanese research facility in Antarctica.
Film events this month include "Better Living Through Circuitry" on March 2 at 8:00pm, The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, 2009) on March 5 at 11:00am and 2:00pm, "Art and Copy" on March 9 at 8:00pm and Personal Che (Douglas Duarte and Adriana Marino, 2007), a different look at Che Guevara on March 16 at 8:00pm.
On March 1 at 7:00pm is The Great Famine, a documentary film about a little-known episode in American-Russian relations. Producer Austin Hoyt and Margaret Hoover, great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover will be present for discussion.
On March 19 at noon is Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner, 1990).
Their Stories, Their Voices: African American WWII Veterans Who Served on Iwo Jima will be screened and discussed on March 10 at noon.
For the Environmental Film Festival are two documentaries Power for the Parkinsons (2008) about rural electrification which will be shown with Power and the Land (Joris Ivens) on March 23 at 7:00pm.
This month's "Greek Panorama" film, on March 2 at 8:00pm, is Four Seasons of the Law (Dimos Avdeliodis, 1999), set in the 1960s on the island of Chios, where an agronomist assigns a new field watchmen, all of whom fail at the job.
On March 9 at 8:00pm is this month's "Czech Lions" film, Changes (Tomás Rehorek, 2009), a drama with four interconnecting stories.
This month's "French Cinematheque" film is Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene, 2004), from Burkina Faso and part of the French Francophonie series.
The newest of the Avalon's Wednesday foreign film series is "Reel Israel DC" shown on the 4th Wednesday of every month starting in January 2011. The film for March is The Matchmaker (Avi Nesher, 2010), which was a popular hit at last December's Washington Jewish Film Festival
The Avalon also takes part in the Environmental Film Festival with White Lion on March 19 at 10:30am and Into Eternity on March 19 at 1:00pm.
On March 10 at 7:00pm is Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter (Marion Cajori, 1993), a documentary about the painter and her art. (This is re-scheduled from January).
As part of the Environmental Film Festival is Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects (Edgar Howard), a documentary about the architect and art historian, shown on March 21 at 7:00pm. The filmmaker will introduce the film and take questions.
Anacostia Community Museum
On March 10 at 7:00pm is From Florida to Coahuila (2002) a documentary about black Seminole ranchers in Mexico and Texas. On March 19 at 11:00am is The Language You Cry In (Angel Serrano and Alvaro Toepke, 1998).
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center's "Maximum India" includes some films and film-related events. On March 14 at 7:30pm is a discussion about the Indian film industry "Bollywood and Beyond" led by Nandita Das, actress and director. On March 15 at 6:00pm are two documentaries: The Story of Gitanjali, and Pather Panchali: A Living Resonance. On March 15 at 7:30pm is a panel discussion "Portrayal of Indian Women in Film" with panelists Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Ketan Mehta, and Dilip Basu, moderated by Nandita Das. On March 16 at 6:00pm is a pair of documentaries, Does Ghandi Matter? and Ismat and Annie. On March 16 at 7:30pm is Four Women (2007) a drama set in Kerala. On March 17 at 7:30pm is Mandi (1983), a satirical comedy on politics and prostitution. On March 19 at 11:00am is Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960). On March 19 at 4:30pm is a literature panel on "Celluloid Lives," a discussion moderated by Lalitha Gopalan with panelists Girish Karnad, Sharmila Tagore, and Sadanand Menon. On March 19 at 8:00pm is Mumbai Diaries (2010) starring Amir Khan. On March 20 at 1:30pm is Fire (Deepa Mehta, 1996). On March 20 at 5:00pm is Mirch Masala (1985). Visit the website for more details.
Embassy of Austria
On March 29 at 7:30pm is In Search of Beethoven, with director Phil Grabsky present for Q&A after the film.
Arabia 3D IMAX is part of the Environmental Film Festival. This 2009 film directed by Greg MacGillivray will be shown March 19 at 7:00pm at the Museum of Natural History's IMAX theater. (See above for a Q&A on this film).
Sixth and I Synagogue
On March 10 at 8:00pm is Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil followed by a Q&A session with Kurzweil and the film's director Barry Ptolemy.
Edward Albee Festival
In conjunction with Arena Stage's Edward Albee festival of theatrical productions, the DC Library SW Branch will show several film adaptations of Albee's plays. On March 7 at 6:30pm is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; on March 14 at 6:30pm is A Delicate Balance; on March 21 at 6:30pm is Tiny Alice; and on March 28 is the documentary The Execution of Wanda Jean. The Library is located at 900 Wesley Place, SW. See the website for more information.
Reel Affirmations XTra
Reel Affirmations Xtra is a once-a-month screening held at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Tickets are $12. On March 11 at 7:00pm and 9:15pm is You Should Meet My Son (Keith Hartman, 2010) a comedy.
The Woodrow Wilson Center
When China Met Africa (Nick Francis and Marc Francis, 2010) is about Chinese investment in Zambia and won the 2010 Margaret Mead award. Discussion with the filmmaker and others will follow the screening on March 16 at 2:00pm.
On March 23 at 12:00 noon is The Fence (Rory Kennedy) about the 700 mile fence along the border of the US and Mexico. Part of the Environmental Film Festival.
The Phillips Collection
For the Environmental Film Festival is David Smith, American Sculptor followed by discussion with Smith's daughter Rebecca and Peter Stevens, executive director of the Estate of David Smith.