The Environmental Film Festival will take place March 14-24.The festival is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally-themed films, as it celebrates Earth and inspires understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. The festival presents 100+ films to audiences throughout the city. Filmmaker and topical discussions take place at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. In addition, there is a year-round screening series.Many of the screenings are free, and they offer the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers.
The Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival
The Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival will take place April 25-May 5 featuring 80 films from 45 countries.The festival welcomes residents and visitors from around the globe and is one of Washington’s signature cultural events. Although it is international in scope, the festival is also local in flavor. The festival is a prominent venue for recognized filmmakers to show their work and for new voices to express themselves. Founder and Director Tony Gittens has commented that “Good movies make the world a better (and much more fun) place.”The majority of Filmfest DC presentations are DC premieres. Film programming consists of fiction, docs, animation and family & kids programs.The festival is a District-wide event, bringing together the city's film community in a spirit of cooperation and celebration. The Filmfest DC community includes the University of the District of Columbia, The National Endowment for the Arts, theDC Commission on the Arts and Humanitiesand the Washington Film Society, Landmark's E Street Cinema, Goethe-Institut Washington, and theEmbassy of France.
The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the annual Bethesda Film Feston April 5 & 6 at Imagination Stage in downtown Bethesda, MD.The Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. Each screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session with the filmmakers. The same five films will be shown at each screening.
Cinema Art Bethesda will present a Greek film titled Amerika Square (Plateia Amerikis)on April 7 at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema. The film was released in 2016 and won 5 awards at international film festivals. Filmmaker Yannis Sakaridis "presents a clever satirical view of the Greek migrant crisis by exploring both xenophobic and sympathetic sentiments of Greeks towards foreigners escaping the war and hardships that engulfed their native lands. Told from three different points of view, the story follows through to an upbeat, yet realistic and plausible ending." The film will be screened in Greek and English with English subtitles. The ticket price includes coffee, bagels & cheese, and a post-film discussion.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly, will perform Gershwin's film score for An American in Paris as the classic film is screened on May 2.The score for the 1951 film featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caronincludes “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm.”
Image below: Jack Everly - Photo by Michael Tammaro
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.