August 2016

Posted August 1, 2016.


  • The Cinema Lounge
  • Adam's Rib Examines Film's Golden Age: the 70s
  • We Need to Hear From You
  • Calendar of Events

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    The Cinema Lounge

    The Cinema Lounge meets August 15, 2016 at 7:00pm. Our topic is "The Films of Tim Burton." From Beetlejuice, to Batman, to Edward Scissorhands, to Ed Wood, Tim Burton has always presented a unique style and a distinct vision. With the upcoming release of Burton's new film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, what do we expect from Burton, and can he surprise us?

    New location! The Cinema Lounge, a film discussion group, meets the third Monday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at 7:00pm at
    Teaism in Penn Quarter, 400 8th St., NW in Washington, DC (closest Metro stop is Archives, also near Metro Center and Gallery Place). NOTE: We will meet in the downstairs area. You do not need to be a member of the Washington DC Film Society to attend. Cinema Lounge is moderated by Adam Spector, author of the DC Film Society's Adam's Rib column.

    Adam's Rib Examines Film's Golden Age: The 70s

    By Adam Spector, DC Film Society Member

    In 2014, I marked the 75th anniversary of 1939, often described as movies’ greatest year. I explored some of the best from that year and other strong film years covering the height and gradual decline of the classic Hollywood studio system. The next chapter covers what so many, myself included, consider film’s true golden age: the 1970s. It was an era of filmmaking exploration arguably unparalleled before or since. I look at seven of this decade’s greatest film years in
    my new Adam’s Rib column.

    We Need to Hear From YOU

    We are always looking for film-related material for the Storyboard. Our enthusiastic and well-traveled members have written about their trips to the Cannes Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Palm Springs Film Festival, the Reykjavik Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, and the Locarno Film Festival. We also heard about what it's like being an extra in the movies. Have you gone to an interesting film festival? Have a favorite place to see movies that we aren't covering in the Calendar of Events? Seen a movie that blew you away? Read a film-related book? Gone to a film seminar? Interviewed a director? Taken notes at a Q&A? Read an article about something that didn't make our local news media? Send your contributions to Storyboard and share your stories with the membership. And we sincerely thank all our contributors for this issue of Storyboard.

    Calendar of Events


    American Film Institute Silver Theater
    "John Williams: AFI Life Achievement Award" (July 8-September 11) is a series of films featuring scores composed by John Williams. Titles in August are Black Sunday (1977), Superman (1978), Dracula (1979), The Fury (1978), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jurassic Part (1993) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. More in September.

    "Keepin' It Real: 90's Cinema Now" (July 15-September 13) features films from the 1990s. Titles in August include What About Bob, Bound, The Last Boy Scout, Election, Scream, Slacker, The Long Kiss Goodnight, High Heels and Breaking the Waves. More in September.

    "Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road" (July 11-September 14) features a number of 4k restorations. Titles in August include The American Friend, Wrong Move, The State of Things, Paris Texas, Tokyo Ga and Notebook on Cities and Clowns. The series concludes in September.

    "Ken Adam Remembered" (July 9-September 14) is a tribute to the production designer who died recently at the age of 95. Titles in August are Moonraker, The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, Barry Lyndon, Gideon of Scotland Yard, and Night of the Demon. More in September.

    "Glorious Technicolor" (July 9-September 14) presents Technicolor films from the silent era through the 1960s. Titles in August are Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Black Pirate, The Man from Laramie, The Naked Spur, Niagara, Drums Along the Mohawk, African Queen, Northwest Passage, The Mystery of the Eax Museum (1933), Ben Hur (1959) and The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. More in September.

    "Olivia de Havilland Centennial" celebrates Olivia De Havilland's 100th birthday. Titles in August are The Snake Pit and The Dark Mirror (1946).

    "Looney Tunes" is a series of 8 programs of cartoons August 6-28.

    Special engagements during August include Evil Dead 2 and L'Inhumaine (Marcel L'Herbier, 1924) with live music by the Alloy Orchestra on August 13 at 7:15pm.

    Two King Hu 4k restorations are Dragon Inn (1967) and A Touch of Zen (1971).

    Freer Gallery of Art
    The Freer is closed for renovations. Films will be shown at varying locations.

    The 21st "Made in Hong Kong" film series concludes in August with The Blade (Tsui Hark, 1995) at 1:00pm on August 6; Terra Cotta Warrior (Ching Siu-Tung, 1990) on August 6 at 3:30pm. On August 7 at 2:00pm American actor Bobby Samuels will appear in person to talk about his career as a stuntman in Hong Kong films and to introduce his film The Red Wolf (Yuen Wo-Ping, 1995). On August 20 at 2:00pm is Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015) and on August 21 at 2:00pm is A Guy from Fenyang (Walter Salles, 2014), a documentary about director Jia Zangke. All are shown at the Warner Brothers Theater in the National Museum of American History except for A Guy from Fenyang which is at the National Portrait Gallery's Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.

    National Gallery of Art
    "The Grandest Spaces: Picturing Museums" (July 16-August 28) includes recent films on museums in London, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Saint Petersburg. On August 7 at 4:00pm is Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015), preceded by the short film Hubert Robert: A Fortunate Life (Alexander Sokurov, 1996). On August 20 at 2:00pm is The Great Museum (Johannes Holzhausen, 2014); on August 20 at 4:00pm is James Benning's Natural History (James Benning, 2014); and on August 28 at 4:00pm is Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov, 2002).
    "Black Maria at 35" presents selections from the Black Maria Film Festival. Program One is on August 6 at 1:00pm and Program Two is on August 6 at 3:30pm.

    "The Landscapes of Bruce Bailie" is a three-part program of short avant-garde films on August 13 at 2:30pm, August 14 at 4:00pm and August 21 at 4:00pm.

    "Shakespeare as Cinematic Experiment 1908-1921" (August 27-September 24) is a series of silent films, mostly short one-reelers of Shakespeare's work. On August 27 at 3:00pm is a cine-concert of Richard III (1911 and 1912) with Donald Sosin providing music accompaniment. More in September.

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    On August 21 at 3:00pm is the award-winning documentary The Beauty of Questions (Leonard Feinstein, 1997), about artist Robert Irwin.

    Museum of American History
    Films in the "Made in Hong Kong" series are shown here. See the Freer.

    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Two films about artists are shown in August. On August 6 at 3:00pm is A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China (Philip Haas, 1988), a documentary with artist David Hockney tracing the Emperor's 1989 tour through a Chinese scroll. On August 20 at 3:00pm is Running Fence (Albert and David Maysles, 1978), about artist Christo's plan to build a 24-mile fence of white fabric in California.

    Washington Jewish Community Center
    On August 16 at 7:30pm is The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, 2016), winner of 6 German Oscars.

    On August 5 at 8:00pm is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams' score.

    The Japan Information and Culture Center
    On August 17 at 6:30pm is Sue, Mai & Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship (Minorikawa Osamu, 2012).

    On August 5 at 6:30pm is Mobile Suit Gundam II Soldiers of Sorrow (Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1981) and on August 12 at 6:30pm is Mobile Suit Gundam III Encounters in Space (Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1982), both anime films.

    National Archives
    On August 25 at noon is "From the Vaults: The National Park Service on Film," a selection of films to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Some of the films to be shown include The Wapiti of Jackson Hole (1939), Cradle of the Father of Waters (1938), and The Fountain of Life: Rocky Mountain National Park (1984).

    The Avalon
    On August 3 at 8:00pm is Free to Run (Pierre Morath, 2016), a documentary about the rising popularity of running. Part of the "Avalon Docs" series.

    On August 10 at 8:00pm is Home Care (Slavek Horak, 2015) as part of the "Czech Lions" series.

    On August 17 at 8:00pm is Down By Love (Pierre Godeau, 2016) part of the "French Cinematheque" series.

    The "Reel Israel" film for August is Fire Birds (Amir Wolf, 2015) on August 24 at 8:00pm.

    "cinePolska" is the newest in the Avalon's Wednesday film series. On August 31 at 8:00pm is Gods (Lukasz Palkowski, 2014).

    Italian Cultural Institute
    On August 3 at 7:00pm is Detective Montalbano, The Mud Pyramid (Alberto Sironi, 2015).

    On August 24 at 7:00pm is Leopardi, il giovane favoloso (Mario Martone, 2014), a biopic of the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.

    Library of Congress
    The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress will start a new series of films showcasing the Library's collection and including newly preserved films. On August 18 at 7:00pm is a B Western double feature: Saddles and Sagebrush (William Berke, 1943) starring Russell Hayden and The Bandit Trail (Edward Killy, 1941) starring Tim Holt.

    Anacostia Community Museum
    On August 10 at 1:00pm is The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson, 2015), a documentary about the Black Panther Party.

    On August 27 at 2:00pm is Risers (Andy Fernandez, 2012), a documentary about young immigrant artists. Filmmaker Andy Fernandez will participate in a Q&A after the film.

    International Spy Museum
    On August 24 at 6:30pm is The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe (Yves Robert, 1972).

    Sixth and I Synagogue
    On August 2 at 6:30pm is an outdoor screening of Back to the Future, shown at the Carnegie Libary 801 K Street, NW.

    Hill Center
    On August 10 at 7:00pm is Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary about education in the U.S. A discussion follows the film.

    Reel Affirmations XTra
    On August 19 at 7:00pm is Front Cover (Ray Yeung, 2015).



    Every summer, numerous locations around the DC show films outdoors. You can find a comprehensive list here. Below, we list a few locations.

    NoMa Summer Screen
    This 13-week outdoor film series takes place every Wednesday from June 1 to August 24. Movies begin at sunset and are screened with subtitles. Location: NoMa Junction at Storey Park (1005 First Street, NE. Bring your own chair. Films in August are Apollo 13 on August 3; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on August 10; and Jurassic Part on August 17.

    Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival
    This outdoor film festival is held at Gateway Park near Key Bridge at 1300 Lee Highway. All films begin at dusk (between 8:30pm and 9:00pm); bring a blanket. This year's theme is "Incredible Journeys." On August 5 is Up; on August 12 is Roman Holiday; on August 19 is Casino Royale (2006); and on August 26 is The Notebook.

    Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies
    Movies with captions are shown at Canal Park, 200 M SE at sundown. On August 4 is Pitch Perfect 2.

    National Harbor Movies on the Potomac
    Movies are shown at 165 Waterfront Street. "Date Night" movies are on Thursdays at 7:00pm and "Family Movies" are on Sundays at 6:00pm. In August the family movies are Cars on August 7; The Karate Kid on August 14; Hook on August 21; and Cool Runnings on August 28. The date night movies are Remember the Titans on August 4, The Longest Yard on August 11, Zoolander on August 18; and TBA on August 25. More in September.

    Ourdoor movies atart at 8:30pm on the lawn. On August 20 is Jurassic World; on August 21 is Minions; and on August 22 is The Wizard of Oz.

    Other locations are Adams Morgan, Chinatown, Columbia Heights, Farragut Park, Georgetown, and more.


    Smithsonian Associates
    On August 23 at 6:45pm is a talk "Harry Potter and the Wizarding Gene: Scientific Fact and Fantasy Fiction." Eric Spana, an assistant professor of biology at Duke University uses science to explain the legacy of wizarding.


    National Portrait Gallery
    "Hollywood and Time" is an exhibit of Time Magazine covers featuring Hollywood celebrities from the 1920s to the present. The exhibit ends September 11.

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