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June 29, 2015

Georgetown Goes All-D.C. for Sunset Cinema, Starting With ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Georgetown is practicing the cinematic equivalent of farm-to-table for its new Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series, and it gets things started with maybe the most Georgetowny movie of all time, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary.

D.C. is replete with outdoor screenings, and some of them go with themes, such as NoMa Summer Screen’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” and the Golden Cinema series “All Worked Up.” Georgetown’s addition to the party, which starts on July 7 at Georgetown Waterfront Park at K and Water streets and Cecil Place NW, has a slate of films set in the nation’s capital and filmed in, or at least inspired by, Georgetown. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 1:49 p.m.

June 22, 2015

The Two Gentlemen of AFI Docs: Les Blank and Albert Maysles

"A Poem is a Naked Person" was among the strong lineup of films at AFI Docs. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

“A Poem is a Naked Person” was among the strong lineup of films at AFI Docs. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Dead men tell no tales, the proverb goes. This year’s AFI Docs disproved the old-timey, noirish axiom, though, with documentaries by the late Les Blank and Albert Maysles highlighting a diverse and strong slate of films.

It breaks no ground to praise Blank and Maysles, two masters of the medium. But their two movies at the June 17-21 festival in Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md., stood out, measured even against their own renowned past work, as well as offerings from contemporary colossi such as Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney and Stanley Nelson and up-and-comers such as Matthew Heineman. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:58 p.m.

Screen on the Green 2015, With a Washington Focus

A menacing crop duster. An upside-down cruise liner. A machine threatening a way of life. A time-traveling DeLorean. Sounds like a good mix for the 2015 edition of Screen on the Green, the template and still reigning champ of Washington’s vibrant outdoor movie scene.

The series starts on July 20 in a new location on the National Mall, our collective front lawn, in between Fourth and Seventh streets.

Here’s the schedule: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.

June 17, 2015

‘An Evening With’ Christopher Dodd

Dodd, left, and Lyons discussed the television business at the MPAA. (Photo Courtesy of Joy Asico)

Dodd, left, and Lyons discussed the TV business at the MPAA. (Photo courtesy of Joy Asico)

Former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd wanted to be president. He fell short, but now has what is widely regarded as the best job in Washington as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. And he seems to be having a blast.

At a recent reception at the MPAA feting Stewart Lyons, the producer of “Breaking Bad,” the Connecticut Democrat said he first met Lyons years earlier in New Mexico, where the much-lauded show was filmed. “I was talking, of all things, about financial reform,” the partial namesake of the Dodd-Frank Act said. “In a previous life, I used to be involved in such matters.” Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:30 p.m.

June 16, 2015

AFI Docs Features Multiple Oscar Winners

AFI Docs gets underway Wednesday evening at the Newseum with “Best of Enemies,” a documentary feature by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Neville, who won an Academy Award for best documentary feature for “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” in 2014, is just one of the Oscar winners in the film festival’s schedule.

Barbara Kopple, whose “Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation,” is playing Thursday at the AFI Silver and Friday at the Naval Heritage Center, won an Oscar for best documentary feature in 1977 for “Harlan County, U.S.A.”

More recently, Alex Gibney won best documentary feature for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” in 2008. His “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” screens Saturday at the AFI Silver and Sunday at the Naval Heritage Center.

Also among the directors at AFI Docs is the late Albert Maysles, perhaps the most lauded documentary filmmaker of all time, who never won an Oscar for his work — not even arguably his most famous work, “Grey Gardens.” His last movie, “In Transit,” will screen Friday at the AFI Silver and Sunday at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Maysles died in March.


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By Jason Dick Posted at 5:18 p.m.

June 8, 2015

Among the People at Canal Park Movie Series

Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie "Selma." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie “Selma.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Riverfront’s increasingly busy pace of life is bringing back its summertime complement of outdoor movies at Canal Park on Thursday nights, a cinematic interlude between the baseball game and the Metro, or for nearby residents, another backyard night-time activity option.

So if after the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday you are walking home and you see people crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge around 200 M St. SE, pull up and find a place under the stars to watch “Selma,” the story of civil rights marchers led by, among others, future Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Martin Luther King Jr. Full story

June 3, 2015

Union Market Drive-In Returns With Blasts From Recent Past

The Union Market Drive-In movie series returns for the summer Friday, and it’s aiming squarely at those nostalgic for big studio fare from the 80s and 90s. Full story

May 29, 2015

Viva la Rivoluzione at Movie Nights in Adams Morgan

No, “Bicycle Thief” is not a documentary about the perils of owning a nice two-wheeler in a gentrifying part of Washington.

Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 classic defined Italian neorealism cinema. It also defines Movie Nights in Adams Morgan apart from its cousin outdoor movie series around the District. Full story

May 26, 2015

Nobody Puts NoMa in a Corner

NoMa Summer Screen kicks off its schedule Wednesday at its new location, and with its 2015 theme, “Dance, Dance, Dance.”

First on the screen will be “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 classic about the dance romance of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Food trucks accompanying the flick at NoMa Junction at Storey Park — the 1005 First St. NE location previously known as the Greyhound bus station — will be Popped! Republic, DC Slices, DC Empanadas, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Kaftamania and Captain Cookie & the Milkman.

The series continues on Wednesdays through Aug. 19. Come check out the digs while you can. The old bus station is slated for redevelopment to mixed use commercial and retail space. So the murals and food trucks and all that transitional jazz will only last so long.

Here’s the full dance card for the rest of the summer: Full story

May 22, 2015

‘Idiocracy’ a Fine Film for Friday’s Brand of Fun

Filibusters and FISA got you down, Senate watchers? Look no further than a fine piece of film masterwork for solace as you contemplate yet another busted recess weekend.

Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy” has enough prescient political and congressional satire to make even those who had a beach getaway coming up feel a little better about what’s up in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. As President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho would say, “I got a solution.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 11:30 a.m.

May 20, 2015

AFI Docs Highlights Old School, New School

AFI Docs released its full slate Wednesday for its June 17-21 run, and among its 81 movies are documentaries from one of the field’s most influential directors, as well as some of its most contemporary trailblazers.

Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, who died in March at the age of 88, is one of several co-directors of “In Transit.” The movie, which premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a chronicle of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train line, which stretches from Seattle to Chicago.

Meanwhile, Alex Gibney, the man who took on Scientology with this year’s “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of His Belief” and has taken a deep look at everyone from Ken Lay (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”) to Hunter S. Thompson (“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”) and Julian Assange (“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”) takes a look at the man behind Apple with his latest, “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine.”

Another documentarian pushing boundaries in the field, Joshua Oppenheimer, will have his “The Look of Silence,” a follow-up to his hard-hitting film about the Indonesian genocide, at the festival as well.

The three directors show off an old school/new school dynamic to the festival, with 78 other films in between.

One of the travelers in “In Transit” says, “Maybe I don’t wanna die before having a good look at the world.” That’s a good fit for a thing such as AFI Docs, where such sentiment largely defines the audiences for documentaries.


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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:30 p.m.

May 19, 2015

DC Film Society Trailer Night Parks It at E Street

The Washington DC Film Society is hosting its “Coming Attractions” program Tuesday night at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, its twice-yearly gathering of those looking to watch and gab about the season’s top movie offerings.

From 7 to 9 p.m., host Tim Gordon will take viewers through the trailers for the summer’s big flicks. The admission ticket includes door prizes that include movie promotional items, posters and DVDs.

It’s five bucks to get in. The bar at E Street can make things even more fun. Just think of Drafthouse Film’s “Trailer Wars” and the old “42nd Street Forever” efforts.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:12 p.m.

May 18, 2015

GI Film Festival Comes to Canadian Soil

The 2015 GI Film Festival gets underway Monday, and while the bulk of the films and events surrounding the all-things-military fest are at the Angelika Film Center at Mosaic in Fairfax, Va., the international bloc gets the (maple leaf) red carpet treatment on Tuesday at the Canadian Embassy. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:15 p.m.

May 16, 2015

D.C. Outdoor Movie Season Kicks Off

The D.C. outdoor movie season kicks off in the middle of the city on May 22, when the Golden Cinema series starts up with its inaugural flick, “Empire Records.”

The 1995 classic of the too-slim slacker genre follows the staff of an independent record store as it tries to fend off a chain moving in on its turf. How things come full circle, no? The chain record behemoths such as Tower Records are now dead and gone, while indie vinyl specialty shops (such as D.C.’s own Crooked Beat, Red Onion, Som and Hill & Dale) are enjoying a revival. Full story

May 14, 2015

‘The Birds’ Descends on Congressional Cemetery

If you have orinthophobia, perhaps the only thing more terrifying than the thought of a bird attack is watching birds attack Tippi Hedren among thousands and thousands of dead people. Congressional Cemetery is happy to oblige. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:41 p.m.

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