Bethesda Film Festival at Imagination Stage Friday, March 21

The small Bethesda Film Festival is to D.C. crowded local film scene what, say, Missouri’s True/False fest is to the national cinema circuit: a well-curated venue for compelling works that might easily be lost amid a sea of larger, higher-profile festivals. Beginning Friday evening, the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District will spotlight local and regional filmmakers by screening five short documentaries over a two-day span at its second annual festival. Entries include Doing It for Me, a sympathetic examination of high-school dropouts; The Bottom Line, which chronicles the precautions a Howard County firefighter takes prior to the birth of his first child; and Line of Sight (pictured), D.C.-based Emmy nominee Stephen Menick’s feature about brilliant blind painter John Bramblitt. The films screen at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. (301) 215-6660. bethesda.org.

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