The annual DC Shorts International Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
The annual DC Shorts International Film Festival & Screenplay Competition will take place September 19-28.The festival will focus on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2018, over 1,250 entries from 70 nations were submitted for consideration. Ultimately, 125 films in 18 unique showcases played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,000 people.
Cinema Art Bethesda (CAB) will screen the Israeli film titled Shoelaces at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema on September 22.CAB is an all-volunteer organization that brings the best in foreign and independent film to Bethesda and surrounding Montgomery County. A large number of films are pre-screened and those selected are considered most likely to provide an entertaining experience and a thought-provoking discussion. Shoelaces was released in 2018 and won several awards.The film tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son. Shoelaces will be screened in Hebrew with English subtitles.
The National Theatre will present Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour, October 18 & 19. Creator and original host Joel Hodgson will bring his movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, “on an exhilarating roller coaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made."
The Georgetown Concert Series, led by Samuel Carabetta, Artistic Director, will continue at St. John's Episcopal Church on October 20.Organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos will set the stage for an early Halloween with Silent Film – Nosferatu. She will showcase her bold improvisational skills on St. John’s magnificent pipe organ as the cult classic masterpiece Nosferatu is screened. The audience is invited to “come in costume as your favorite vampire, grab some popcorn, and watch the silver screen’s frightening 1922 German Expressionist masterpiece come alive!” The event is co-sponsored by the American Film Institute.
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.