The Annual DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, which is the largest short film event on the East Coast, will take place throughout DC, September 9-17.Last year, the festival screened 135 films from 25 countries in 18 unique showcases over 11 days to audiences of more than 9,000 people.
The 10-day event will include film screenings, Q&As, filmmaker workshops and parties in locations throughout the DC metropolitan area, as well as online through the DC Shorts Online Film Festival.
Image below: A view of a previous DC Shorts Film Festival
Washington Project for the Arts is exhibiting a video installation by Winter Count titled Hirokawa & Suib Present: We Are In Crisis, thru August 4. The exhibition “follows the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, which was the same day that oil began flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.”
The video “consists of sounds and images collected in North and South Dakota at the time of the Standing Rock protests.”
Winter Count consists of five members, based in New Mexico and elsewhere. They produce film, video, and sound installation works, performance, sculpture, drawing, storytelling and song composition.
The collective is named for “a pictorial calendar on which Native Americans in North America record tribal events. Winter Counts were used most extensively by Plains Indians.”
Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib have been artist-collaborators since 2008.
Outdoor Screenings at Wolf Trap with The National Symphony Orchestra
The NSO, conducted by Kelly Corcoran, will perform The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Filene Center on Saturday, July 22.The orchestra will explore "the innovative music and mesmerizing moments from the legendary games," as the games are projected in HD onto big screens in-house & on the lawn.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, will perform music from the hit film La La Landin the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on August 4.The winner of six Academy Awards including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land tells the story of an aspiring actress, and a dedicated jazz musician in modern-day Los Angeles.
The celebrated film will be projected in HD onto big screens in-house and on the lawn as the NSO performs the score.
The NSO, conducted by Emil de Cou, will perform music from the action film Jurassic Parkat the Filene Center on August 5.Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning classic featuring dinosaurs will be screened in HD onto big screens in-house and on the lawn as John Williams’s iconic music is performed live.
Image below:The logo for Jurassic Park
Screening at The Kennedy Center
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), directed by Ryan McAdams, with Jason Moran at the piano, will perform Moran’s score for Selma, Ava DuVernay’s 2014 Academy Award®–nominated film which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement to secure equal voting rights, on September 22 .The score will be performed as the film is projected on a large screen in the Concert Hall. The event will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture and will be part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
Image below: A still from Ava DuVernay’s film Selma.
Outdoor Film Festival at Dumbarton House
Historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown will have a Jane Austen Film Festivaloutdoors on Wednesday evenings - beginning at dusk - in July. The films are, as the titled suggests, are all based on the classic books by the beloved English novelist.
The upcoming screenings will be on:
July 19 Emma (1996)
July 26 Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Dumbarton House, shown below, is at 2715 Q Street NW.
Bethesda’s annual Outdoor Movie Series will take place July 18-22 at the city’s Woodmont Triangle at the corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues. A limited number of chairs will be provided, and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. The schedule of movies to be screened is:
July 18: The Wizard of Oz July 19: Field of Dreams July 20: Dead Poets Society July 21: Hidden Figures July 22: La La Land
The Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will take place on the lawn near the historic Mansion at Strathmore and Gudelsky Gazebo, August 24-27. There will be live music, visual art displays, and games. Barbecue, and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase from Ridgewells.
Recent blockbusters will be shown “on a nine-story tall, 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen. Guests will enjoy an unrivaled outdoor movie experience with digital cinema projection." The screening schedule is:
Thursday, August 24:Moana – PG Friday, August 25:Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - PG-13
Saturday, August 26 – The Lego Batman Movie – PG Moviegoers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, low beach chairs & small coolers.
The free event is underwritten by Comcast and produced by DTA Global with Strathmore, and benefits NIH Children’s Charities.
In the event of severe weather, the screenings will be cancelled.
Image below: A view of a previous Comcast screening.
The Avalon Theatre on Connecticut Ave. NW continues to offer Senior Cinema Thursdayson the third Thursday of each month. Seniors can see the Avalon’s current feature film on the big screen at 10:30 a.m. as they meet friends and enjoy a morning of entertainment! All movies are shown in the more-easily accessible downstairs theater, Avalon 1. The series is presented by Chevy Chase House, and, at last report, tickets are still $5 each.