From a press release:

“Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s Only International LGBTQ Film Festival

Thursday October 13th, 2016 through Sunday October 16th, 2016

Human Rights Campaign Headquarters
GALA Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights

This October the Reel Affirmations film festival returns to Washington with an impressive schedule of over 40 new features, shorts, and documentaries representing diverse experiences and stories from across the LGBTQ community — and the world.

From behind the scenes of Madonna’s most infamous tour (Strike a Pose), to the challenges of being out in India (LOEV), Reel Affirmations offers all Washingtonians the opportunity to see the world’s most adventurous, boundary-pushing cinema. Representing LGBTQ filmmakers from South Africa to Luxembourg, you will not be able to see most of these unique independent films on Netflix or LOGO, let alone in theaters.

“2016 is truly a breakthrough year in filmmaking because we have several films that tell stories about our trans family as well as our queer people of color,” says Kimberley Bush, Reel Affirmations Film Festival Program Director. “We are presenting a truly unique selection of films that may not have been picked up by other festivals, including truly extraordinary films such as LOEV, a gorgeous, romantic exploration of love from India.”

Four days of screenings will include award-winning features and documentaries including: (more…)

Photo courtesy MoKi Media

From a press release:

“Union Market, northeast D.C’s vibrant district, will bring its drive-in movie series to a close for the season on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. with a special showing of Ghostbusters. The classic American drive-in will take place in Union Market’s parking lot and will project the feature presentation onto the market’s three-story wall. The family-friendly showing is $10 per car or free for walk-ups in the picnic area. (more…)

1529 16th Street, NW

From an email:

“From October 5-9, the Washington Jewish Film Festival will be kicking off its first contemporary Israeli film series, Seret DC, as part of our year-round programs. Seret DC will consist of 8 films and 12 screenings showcasing top Israeli cinema from the past year.

Film Lineup:

One Week and a Day
Opening Night

Winner of the Gan Foundation Award at the 2016 Cannes Critics Week, and the Best Israeli Feature prize, Best Israeli debut, and Best Script at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Continues after the jump. (more…)


“Join Mount Pleasant Main Street this Friday for a free screening of Bikes vs Cars in Lamont Park.

Bikes vs Cars is a documentary about the bike and what an amazing tool for change it can be. It highlights a conflict in city planning between bikes, cars and a growing reliance on fossil fuels.

When: Friday, September 16 at 7:30 PM
Where: Lamont Park (3258 Mt Pleasant St NW)

More about the movie


Thanks to a reader for passing on:

Please join Georgia Avenue Thrive’s first ever outdoor movie night!
The family-friendly movie of Zootopia is FREE and so is the popcorn!
Gates open at 7:30pm
Walls of Books (3325 Georgia Ave) hosts a storybook reading at 8pm.
Movie starts at sundown (about 8:30pm).
Bring your blanket, pillows and chairs and join your neighbors for a relaxing night of entertainment on Georgia Avenue!
A special thank you to the Columbia Heights Initiative for subsidizing the equipment rental and Salvation Army on Sherman for loaning extra chairs!

Help us out with a tax deductible donation:—saturday-july-23-800pm/fundraiser/georgia-avenuethrive


From a press release:

“Star Trek Beyond, from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot, will open at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater and at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’s Airbus IMAX Theater on July 22, with early evening shows on July 21. Both museums will also be exhibiting costumes from the film. The National Air and Space Museum will exhibit Capt. James T. Kirk’s Starfleet uniform featuring the iconic Command Gold tunic with black pants and Starfleet pin. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will display Commander Spock’s USS Franklin uniform and Lt. Uhura’s Starfleet uniform. All three costumes were worn by the actors during the filming of Star Trek Beyond and will be on display near the theater box offices during the run of each film.

In addition to the costumes, all visitors can now enjoy the studio model of the Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series at the National Air and Space Museum’s Milestones of Flight Hall. The exhibit is a new addition to the hall after its nearly two-year restoration. (more…)

Photo courtesy Friends of Harrison Recreation Center

From an email:

“Harrison Recreation Center at 1330 V Street NW is hosting a board game evening tonight (Wednesday 7/20). The play will be followed by a couple of fantastic films about chess and checkers in Washington DC – the first movie of the season for the U Street Movie Series. The event is for all ages.

The full program (come anytime):

6:30 – 8:30 Chess, checkers, backgammon play event

8:30 – 8:45: Checkers at 9th and S, the short documentary about the Capital Pool and Checkers Club in Shaw

8:45 – 10:30: Life of a King, the feature film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Eugene Brown, the founder of the Big Chair Chess Club in Anacostia.

NO experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. The Harrison Rec’s chess “regulars” and some members of the Capital Pool and Checkers Club will be there to offer instruction and coaching.

Bring your friends and kids, a blanket or chairs and join us for a fun evening of board games, films, and a little local history. We’ll provide the popcorn.”


A personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation, “City of Trees” captures the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.’s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.

From an email:

“I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that CITY OF TREES will be available to stream for free on the PBS app + website for another few days until July 19.  The film directly handles a lot of thorny issues in DC — race relations, community development, environmental justice, unemployment — with a refreshing honesty, authenticity, focus on real people and the messiness of making change. We’ve continued to find that during this difficult moment for our country, the film has been helping to create spaces to have hard, honest and constructive conversations about how to make lasting change in our communities.”

sunset cinema
courtesy Georgetown BID

From the Georgetown BID:

“Join the Georgetown Business Improvement District on Tuesday nights at sunset for Georgetown’s 2nd Annual Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series! Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park to view films with the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. Running each Tuesday from July 5 through August 2.

Films start at sunset–around 8:30/8:45 p.m. Arrive early to picnic and to get the best seating!

Georgetown Waterfront Park
3000 K St NW

Tonight food vendors will be:

“Baked & Wired
Dean & DeLuca
Jaco Juice & Taco Bar
Muncheez Food Truck
Naked Juice

Union Market 1
1305 5th Street, NE – courtesy Union Market

This is also awesome – from a press release:

“Union Market, northeast D.C’s vibrant district, will kick-off its drive-in movie summer series on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. This classic American treat will take place in Union Market’s parking lot and will project the feature presentation, Top Gun, onto the market’s three-story wall. The family-friendly series is $10 per car or free for walk-ups in the picnic area. The series will be held on the first Friday of every month from July through October.

The series will be held on the first Friday of every month from July through October.

Movie lovers and retro fanatics alike can munch on theater worthy delectables such as fried chicken biscuits from the Mason Dixie food truck and popcorn from Stella’s Popkern. The DC Rollergirls will be on hand delivering snacks and drinks on wheels.

The popular UM Drive In Summer Series has brought in immense crowds since its inception in 2012. The throwback event offers a summer retreat for those looking for communal fun and vintage kitsch.


Friday, July 1, 2016 – Top Gun
Friday, August 5, 2016 – Ratatouille
Friday, September 2, 2016 – Grease
Friday, October 7, 2016 – Ghostbusters

Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Gates close at 8:30 p.m.
Film begins at 8:00 p.m/sunset.
Union Market parking lot
1305 5th Street NE”