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The Cinema Lounge
The Cinema Lounge meets Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm. Our topic is "Preview/Review." It's our annual look back at the best and worst of the summer movies, and what to expect from the upcoming fall/winter season.
Adam's Rib Rediscovers That Superhero Movies Don't Have to Be Dreary
By Adam Spector, DC Film Society Member
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
27th Latin American Film Festival
From September 15 to October 5 films from Latin American countries plus Spain and Portugal will be shown, including winners at other film festivals, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents. Many filmmaker guests will be present to discuss their films. See the website for schedule, tickets and passes. At the AFI Silver Theater.
DC Shorts Film Festival
The 2016 DC Shorts Film Festival, now in its 12th year, showcases one of the largest collection of short films in the USA. 131 films from 33 countries will be shown; workshops, parties and other special events are part of the festival. Locations include Landmark's E Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial and Atlas Performing Arts Center. See the website for schedule, tickets and passes.
REELAbilities Disabilities Film Festival
This festival runs from September 18-24. Films are shown at various locations in Northern Virginia including Angelika Mosaic, community centers, art galleries and others. Titles include Margarita with a Straw, The Case of the Three Sided Dream, That Which is Possible, Imber's Left Hand, In Harmony and The Finishers. See the website for locations, tickets, titles and other information.
The GO Independent Film Festival The GO Independent Film Festival shows films by independent filmmakers, September 9-11 at Angelika Popup. See the website for titles and tickets.
Mujeres de Cine: Traveling Spanish Film Showcase Made by Women
From September 20-27, 4 Spanish film made by women are shown in varying locations. On September 20 at 6:45pm is the Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain is Africa 185 (Pilar Monsell, 2014). On September 22 at 7:30pm at the Spectrum Theater is Family Tour (Liliana Torres, 2013). On September 25 at 3:00pm at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is Traces of Sandalwood (Maria Ripoll, 2014). On September 27 at 6:45pm at the Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain is Marsella (Belen Macias, 2014). Check the website for reservations and other information.
The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention
The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention takes place September 15-17 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Featured are screenings of vintage movies, world premiere documentaries, Hollywood celebrities, vendor tables, and seminars from authors and historians. See the website for more information.
DC Chinese Film Festival
The 3rd Annual DC Chinese Film Festival (September 22-25) shows films at Landmark's E Street Cinema and other locations. Films are TBA. See the website for complete schedule and ticket information. Day passes and festival passes are available.
OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVALS
Every summer, numerous locations around the DC show films outdoors. You can find a comprehensive list here. Below, we list a few locations.
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 September the family movies are Tomorrowland on September 4; Wreck It Ralph on September 11; Zootopia on September 18; and TBA on September 25. The date night movies are Casino Royale on September 1, Men in Black on September 8, Ocean's 11 on September 15; Meet the Parents on September 22; and Ocean's 12 on September 29.
Other locations are Adams Morgan, Chinatown, Columbia Heights, Farragut Park, Georgetown, and more.
Cinema Art Bethesda
A monthly Sunday morning film series "Cinema Art Bethesda" is held at Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema. On September 18 at 10:00am is Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, 2015) from Colombia, one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Breakfast is at 9:30pm, the film is at 10:00am and discussion follows, moderated by Adam Spector, host of the DC Film Society's Cinema Lounge and author of the column "Adam's Rib."
Storytelling on the Screen: The Elements of Cinematic Style is a four-session course taught by Jack Jorgens, professor emeritus at American University. Watching a filmed story is a complex act involving sensations, emotions, and ideas. From its birth, film absorbed photography, painting, theater, drama, fiction, poetry, sculpture, architecture, dance, and music. Add to these a moving camera, instantaneous shifts in space and time, and complex interactions of words, sounds, and images, and film becomes a unique art form.
The first session "The Transforming Art" is on September 7 at noon. Film’s ability to illuminate powerful stories and complex lives is reflected and analyzed in scenes from Milos Forman’s Amadeus and The Imitation Game directed by Morten Tyldum.
The second session "Realism and Expressionism" is on September 21 at noon. Contrast the traditional storytelling, realistic historic settings, and “invisible” camerawork and editing of Downton Abbey—all suited to its subject—with Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, a dictionary of modernist cinema in which flashbacks, shifting points of view, and virtuoso shooting and editing capture the brash contradictions of the central character.
Two more sessions in October. See the website for more information and tickets to individual sessions or the entire course.
The Documentary Center at George Washington University
"What's Up? Docs!" is a crash course in non-fiction film making. Feature-length and short documentaries are hosted by The Documentary Center at George Washington University. Each screening is followed by a Q&A with a noted author, scholar, film critic, or film director. The Fall season theme is "Roots: Films that Defined the Documentary Form." The topic for September is "War and Peace" with a screening of Hearts and Minds (1974) on September 8 at 7:00pm with special guest Linda Dittmar, author of From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War in American Film.
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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