Author Archive for Christopher Heller

GWU Students Win First-Ever Washington Best Film Competition

Released To Life, a short documentary about criminal rehabilitation, laid claim to being Washington's "Best Film" today—or at least, according to the city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and SnagFilms, a Ted Leonsis-owned joint.
Life was made by students at GWU's Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, who were on hand for an on-campus event today to [...]

Heavy Metal Picnic, Coming to a DVD Player Near You

Everybody remembers Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Jeff Krulik's seminal rock documentary about tailgaters outside a Judas Priest concert at the Capital Centre in 1986. But most probably haven't seen Heavy Metal Picnic.
Krulik's other documentary about an outdoor heavy metal concert in suburban Maryland premiered in 2010, years after metalhead Randy Childs initially gave him footage he shot [...]

D.C. Is Getting an Alamo Drafthouse, Too (Eventually)

Remember the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema slated to open way out in Ashburn? It eventually may get some local company.
The group of investors behind the Ashburn theater, operating under the name Cojeaux Cinemas, plans to open two more Alamos in the D.C. area in the next five years. "We bought franchise rights for the entire D.C. metropolitan [...]

Alamo Drafthouse Is Coming to Loudoun County. Will It Be Worth the Drive?

It may be a skip and hop away from D.C., but Loudoun County's "One Loudoun" mixed-used development just announced news sure to delight movie geeks—it's getting a 34,000 square-foot Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
While the Alamo is known for its (really, really great) custom-made movie posters and enforcing strict policies about texting and talking, it's also widely [...]

GALA Hispanic Theatre, Citing Shrinking Grants, Shakes Up Its Season

Earlier today, GALA Hispanic patrons got a worrysome email: Thanks to "the loss of some public funding," the Columbia Heights theater had to postpone its production of i put the fear of Mexico in 'em, an English-language play by Matthew Paul Olmos about immigration. According to GALA co-founder Rebecca Medrano, though, the changes aren't a [...]

West End Cinema Has Roger Corman Fever

It's all about schlock this weekend at the West End Cinema, where Corman's World, a documentary about B-movie king Roger Corman, is set to open tomorrow. Here's what Washington City Paper film critic Tricia Olszewski had to say about the documentary:
Corman’s not all sharktopusses and 60-foot centerfolds, which, along with the parade of commentators recollecting and singing his praises, [...]

Baby, It’s Cold Inside: American City Diner Drops Movie Screenings Until Spring

Bad news for anybody who's hankering for Hollywood classics plus a side of fries—the American City Diner in Chevy Chase won't be screening movies until the springtime.
(For the uninitiated: The diner, in a mission to hem as anachronistically as possible, screens old classics on its outdoor deck while customers eat. And, disclosure: I've gone. Often.)
While [...]

Dead Prez and Head-Roc Perform at Occupy D.C. Today

Last night, Occupy D.C. organizers announced that Dead Prez and D.C.'s own Head-Roc will play a free concert today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in McPherson Square. While the performance is part of an anti-Walmart rally, don't be surprised if the musicians let fly some of their feelings about Occupy D.C. In an op-ed at the Huffington [...]

Sundance Slate Includes Some Local Filmmakers

When film critics, industry flacks, and layabout celebrities descend on Utah for next month's Sundance Film Festival, they'll have the chance to see some work from D.C.-area filmmakers.
Cutter Hodierne, a 24-year-old graduate of Arlington's H-B Woodlawn high school, will screen Fishing Without Nets as a part of the Sundance Shorts Program in January. Nets—which Hodierne [...]

Will New Regulations Hurt Independent Event Promoters?

In the wake of last week's deadly violence during a private party at Heritage India, Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced a bill on Monday that's aiming to shake up how D.C. promoters can book events.
Under the bill, which was co-introduced by councilmembers Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Michael A. Brown (I-At [...]