Posts Tagged ‘DC Independent Film Festival’

A Preview of the DC Independent Film Festival

Hits, misses, and the just plain weird

New Documentary Probes the Failings of a Southeast Scholarship Program

In 1988, a local hotel magnate promised scholarships to 67 kids. Most never graduated from college.

ToDo ToDay: Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo, Aggio Opens, and DCIFF Begins

As highly as Spanish artists Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo function as creative beings, they’re equally comfortable as political activists. Their work is at its best when those two fields combine, as it does in Los Encargados, the pair’s film now showing in the Hirshhorn’s Black Box. In August 2012, the duo organized a protest [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Flamenco Dance and Fishbowl Platforms

As far as folk dance forms go, flamenco enjoys a wide following in Washington. Several studios offer classes, a handful of semipro companies perform around town, and every winter, the Flamenco Festival brings the warmth of the Iberian Peninsula to the Lisner Auditorium. This year, the Spanish embassy and cultural ministry have put some extra [...]

DCIFF: The Big Uneasy

Human tragedy is not at the forefront of The Big Uneasy, Harry Shearer's examination of what happened in New Orleans in August 2005. Shearer, the actor, voiceover artist, musician—he has plenty of other jobs too—says at the outset of his film that it is not a hurricane story. The flooding of New Orleans was a [...]

“We Hit the Snooze Button Instead”: Harry Shearer on the Flooding of New Orleans

Harry Shearer is a mockumentarian, not a documentarian. But the constant depiction of Hurricane Katrina of a natural disaster finally set him off last year after half a decade of trying to promote the idea that the 2005 flooding of New Orleans had deeper roots than a weather event. Spinal Tap fans know Shearer best [...]

DCIFF: Food Stamped

Food Stamped is yet another documentary film in a series that attempts to direct attention to some aspect of the American food system. The focus of the film is fresh–the food stamp system, how much is allocated to low income families, and the challenge of eating healthy on small tab. Yet as if finding their [...]

DCIFF: The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan

Eight-year-old Mir and his family live in the mountains of Afghanistan.  It's 2001 and the long-oppressive Taliban regime has been toppled by U.S. and allied forces. Mir and his family have already fled from the Taliban and drought in their village in the North to the caves of Bamiyan. It's here that filmmaker Phil Grabsky [...]

DCIFF: Amber Rose

Domesticity offers little security to the mother and daughter in the middle of Amber Rose, even if they are the last ones to figure that out. What starts as an apparent account of an endlessly curious latchkey kid with a hardworking single mom who speaks in vaguely Southern folkisms develops into one of the more [...]

DCIFF: Virgin Alexander

Editor's note appended.
It may bill itself as The 40-Year-Old-Virgin blended with Risky Business, but while Virgin Alexander stars an unusually old virgin (26, to be exact) and a hooker with a heart of gold, the similarities end there. More is taken from Bachelor Party, the Porky's sequels, and other cleaned-up B-movies that basic cable channels used to show [...]