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From a press release:

“25th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival Line-up Announced
80+ films, 100+ accompanying events, to draw 12,000+ attendees
February 19-March 1
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The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) celebrates its 25th year with 11 days of dynamic film programming – accompanied by cultural and educational events – exploring the best of international cinema through a distinctly Jewish lens. February 19 through March 1, audiences will be treated to more than 100 screenings and related events across the Washington area. Hosted by the Washington DCJCC, this year’s milestone festival features world, East Coast and mid-Atlantic premieres, an exciting roster of filmmaker and cast appearances, and an exquisitely curated line-up of screenings, festivities and other programs including 12 WJFF retrospective film screenings curated by former festival directors in honor of the 25th year.

“For 25 years, this festival has celebrated international cinema in building the single largest Jewish cultural event in Washington,” said Ilya Tovbis, Washington Jewish Film Festival director. “With our most ambitious festival to date, the 25th WJFF will honor a quarter-century of exhibiting the full diversity of the Jewish experience.”

A full festival schedule can be found here.”

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Last week we got tons of good podcast recommendations so I’m gonna be a bit selfish again this week. My netflix queue is completely empty so this week let’s just talk about the last great movie we’ve seen? The last great movie I saw wasn’t actually a movie but was a miniseries on HBO called The Pacific about Three Marines in World War II. It was coincidental that I happened to be watching it over Veterans Day and made it a bit more powerful but I’d definitely recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet. What about you – what’s the last great movie (or miniseries) you’ve most recently seen?

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From an email:

“Start your Halloween Festivities at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 27 with a screening of the original 1925 silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera (starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry and Rupert Julian) with LIVE musical accompaniment on the historic 1939 pipe organ at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church [421 Seward Square, S.E. (Eastern Market Metro)]by nationally known organist Tom Trenney. Admission is free, though donations to directly support the organ music series are appreciated.

More information here.”

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From an email:

“Rhode Island Row, in DC’s Brentwood neighborhood, will be the first venue to screen the digitally remastered “Halloween (1978)” film on a 20-foot outdoor jumbo screen on Saturday, October 26 at 7 pm. This version has never before been available to the public. The event will feature an outdoor beer garden and food by Bergami’s Pizza. This event is 21 and over.” (more…)

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From an email:

“Friends of Harrison Recreation Center and the U Street Neighborhood Association are proud to present the last movie of the Fifth Annual U Street Movie Series – Harrison Field Under the Stars. This FREE summer movie series celebrates the musical and culturally diverse roots of the Greater U Street Corridor. Please join us and our generous sponsors/partners for this family friendly event, which benefits Harrison Recreation Center.

The Bayou: DC’s Joint

A decade since the last lusty notes stroked the irreverent, iconic Georgetown music hall, tales and echoes linger…. From murder to redemption, from jazz to rock and roll, from striptease to Kiss, from Mister T to misadventure … the documentary, like The Bayou itself, will arouse the senses….

Foreigner made its club debut there…. The Bayou encompassed U2′s first American show, Bono and mates opening for the Slickee Boys; Billy Joel’s live cuts that shaped the album “Songs in the Attic”; Bruce Springsteen’s unexpected appearance during a Robbin Thompson concert, and so much more …. Kiss had the amps so juiced that areas of the city lost electricity.

WHO: Admission is free and donations are always welcome and appreciated

WHAT: The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint (2013) – FREE outdoor movie
Gates open at 7 with a DJ playing until film begins.

Timber Pizza food truck from Union Kitchen will donate a % of sales to Friends of Harrison Recreation Center.

WHERE: Harrison Recreation Center – 1330 V St. NW

WHEN: September 17, 2014″

From an email:

“Pay 2 Play (opening in DC Sept 12 and in cities nationwide in October and November) is part political comedy and part expose. Director John Ennis compares American elections and politics to the board gane Monopoly, showing how money in politics usually gets in the way of meaningful change. As he covers the outlandish Coingate scandal in Ohio, Ennis grasps that the primary function of pay-to-play politics is to repay the donor with public money—way, way more money than donors put in.

Pay 2 Play features everyone from Robert Reich to Jack Abramoff talking about greed, corruption, gerrymandering, SuperPacs, Citizens United, and the cattywampus reality of politics in America today. Also featured in the film are John Nichols, Lawrence Lessig, Noam Chomsky, Jerry Springer, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Thom Hartmann, Marge Baker, Bob Edgar, Mark Crispin Miller, Rashad Robinson, Brad Friedman, Lee Fang, and Kathay Feng

In DC, Pay 2 Play opens September 12 at Angelika Popup. Immediately after the Friday night 7:30 screening there’ll be a Q and A with Aliya Rahman from Code For Progress, Lauren Windsor from American Family Voices and The Undercurrent and Producer Holly Mosher..”

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From NoMa BID:

“BANGARANG! The NoMa Business Improvement District will remember the amazing Robin Williams at a special encore NoMa Summer Screen with the classic film Hook on Wednesday, August 27!

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate the life of Robin Williams the terrific work he created,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District. “Friends, neighbors, and residents: please spread the word. Pirate apparel encouraged.”

Hook will be shown on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. The event starts at 7 pm with music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking and fun for all ages. Films start at dark (around 8 pm). All movies are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID or Facebook for weather updates and to hear more about a free guerrilla yoga class before the movie, courtesy of Yoga NoMa, the neighborhood’s newest yoga studio opening this fall.”