Arts Desk

DC Independent Film Festival Coverage Starts Today!

The DC Independent Film Festival kicked off yesterday with local filmmaker and radio personality Russ Parr's 35 & Ticking, about a group of–you guessed it–35-year-old friends struggling with various romantic and familial issues. The festival features seminars, workshops, and music, but of course, the films are the big draw. Over 100 short and feature-length films are in the year's lineup; we'll be posting reviews of eight of 'em beginning today and going through the end of next week. First up is Virgin Alexander, billed as Risky Business meets The 40-Year-Old Virgin; early word is that it's not that fabulous. Other films we're set to review include the New Orleans-set documentary The Big Uneasy, the Afghanistan-set documentary The Boy Mir, and the workplace comedy The New 'N' Word. And if you're feeling nostalgic for 1999, the original Sundance cut of Blair Witch Project closes the festival next Sunday.

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