JxJ - a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing film, music and arts programming - will be presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC over the greater Washington region May 8-26. The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 29th year, will present a lineup of international film premieres. The event will include Q&As, panel discussions and sneak previews. The Washington Jewish Music Festival will return for its 20th edition with international performances spanning jazz, rock, classical, and beyond! JxJ Studio will spotlight hybrid cultural events including comedy, theater, workshops, and more. The venues will include AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Bethesda Row Cinema, City Winery DC, E Street Cinema, George Washington University Black Box Theater, Goethe-Institut, Inter-American Development Bank, Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Pearl Street Warehouse, Penn Social, & Union Stage.
Cinema Art Bethesda will screen the Chilean film titled A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) on May 19. It's the story of a trans woman whose husband is 20 years older than she. When he dies, she is treated with suspicion and distrusted by everyone. "She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman." The film was the Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film of 2018. The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.
Image below: A still from the film. Ticket price includes coffee, bagels & cheese, and a post-film discussion.
The annual AFI DOCS Film Festival will take place June 19-23. The American Film Institute's documentary film festival is known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world. AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the U.S. that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers and intriguing film subjects. The festival features conversations and experiences that don't exist at any other such event. It "harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change." Screenings take place in landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatrein Silver Spring, MD - "the independent film hub of the metropolitan region."
The annual Jane Austen Film Festival will take place at Dumbarton House in Georgetown, D.C. on Wednesdays, July 3-31. Films based on the classic author's timeless love stories can be viewed outdoors - under the stars - in the estate's beautiful and historic garden.Screenings are scheduled on:
July 3rd- Sense and Sensibility July 10th- Emma July 17th- Persuasions July 24th- Love and Friendship July 31st- Pride and Prejudice
EuroAsia Shorts 2019, celebrating short films from Europe, Asia and the U.S., will be presented in D.C. at select times, May 31-June 7.The films are screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C. Every night includes a cultural Q&A and discussion with experts, and several nights include special reception events.
Each year a broad variety of films and styles are presented, connected by a single theme.The theme in 2019 is Youth. The Festival is a collaboration between a small group of Washington, D.C. embassies and cultural center staff.
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
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.