Cinema Art Bethesda will present After the Storm at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema on March 11.The Japanese film was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes and was the winner of Film Critics Society Award. It’s the story of a former prize-winning author/detective/gambler who tries to renew contact with his “initially distrusting family.”His focus is on trying to find a place in the life of his young son – “until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.” The film will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. The ticket price includes coffee, bagels & cheese, and a post-film discussion.
The Annual Environmental Film Festival will take place March 15-25. The festival’s mission is to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. More than 100 films are screened at each festival, reaching more than 30,000 viewers. Filmmaker and topical discussions take place at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters throughout DC. There are also year-round screenings and community events. Many of the screenings are free and offer the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national andinternational lawmakers and decision-makers. It’s the largest green film festival in the world and the longest-running in the U.S.
The 14th Annual Showcase of Academy Award–Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects is in progress in the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, thru March 4. The free screenings feature nominees in four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film. The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Archives Foundation.Theater doors open 45 minutes before the start time. Walk-ins without reservations are admitted 15 minutes before the start time, depending on available seats. Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting The Message: New Media Works, thru April 22, 2018. The presentation is “a transformative journey through five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century. It’s also the first chance for D.C. audiences to discover leading international video artists Camille Henrot, C.T. Jasper, Joanna Malinowska, France Stark, Hito Steyerl, and Arthur Jafa, an award-winning cinematographer known for his collaborations with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Solange, and whose seminal Kanye West-backed “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” inspired the exhibition’s title.”
American Film Institute Silver Theatre
PostClassical Ensemble, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will perform Shostakovich’s score for the 1929 Soviet silent film titled The New Babylon as the film is screened at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre on March 30 & 31. The film has been called the “astonishing culminating achievement of the Soviet silent film era.” The film is set duringthe 1871 Paris Commune. It is the first of Shostakovich’s historic collaborations with film-maker Grigori Kozintsev.
Image below: Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The annual Washington, DC International Film Festival - Filmfest DC - will take place April 19-29.Eighty films from 45 countries will be screened in 11 days. Screenings take place at such diverse venues as the University of the District of Columbia, The National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Film Society, Landmark's E Street Cinema, Goethe-Institut Washington, and the Embassy of France. The festival features "some of the best and most intriguing films from around the world."The upcoming event will offer a diverse selection of films plus discussions with guest filmmakers and special events. Highlights will include The Lighter Side (international comedies), Trust No One (intriguing trillers), Global Rhythms ( music-related films,and Justice Matters ( social justice themes).
The annual Bethesda Film Fest will take place at Imagination Stage on April 6 & 7. The event will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. Each screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session with the filmmakers.
The National Gallery of Art’sfilm programfeatures classic and contemporary cinema from around the world. The program encourages viewers to learn more about the history of the cinema and the role of media in society. "Innovative retrospectives, restored works of historical value, silent films with live musical accompaniment, new documentaries, and experimental media by noted video artists are offered on weekends during the entire year. Programs are free of charge, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Films are screened in original formats. Doors open about 30 minutes before each show. Programs are subject to change."
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.