Author Archive for Andrew Lapin

A Local Boxing Champ Dreams Big in Out of the Basement

Tucked away in the basement of an apartment building in Columbia Heights is the Lime Lite Boxing Gym, a ragtag operation that’s already produced one bona fide champion boxer and seems likely to turn out more. That champion is teenager Malik Jackson, who boasts two Junior Olympics national titles and has a good shot at competing [...]

Ctrl + Alt + Doc: A Year After Hitting Reset, AFI DOCS Is Still in Transition

The American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival is in transition, as any savvy critic or audience member can tell. But, at least for the folks at AFI, it’s all part of the plan.
Last year, after scrapping the Silverdocs name when longtime sponsor Discovery Communications pulled out, the festival left its Silver Spring nest and moved [...]

Fate of a Salesman, Reviewed

H Street NE shop Men’s Fashion Center, once the choice outfitter for local legends like Chuck Brown, closed its doors in 2012 after six decades in business. With their vérité documentary, Fate of a Salesman, Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran (an occasional Washington City Paper contributor) chronicle the store’s final year with gentle curiosity and wistful imagery. The directors follow [...]