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The financially strapped Filmfest D.C.'s 28th and likely last year kicks off tonight with a line-up of more than 80 films over the next 10 days, including the opening-night selection of The Grand Seduction and the closing-night film The Bachelor Weekend. Read our guide of what to see and what to skip.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. is apparently "full of freaks" who like to have a lot of sex in a lot of restaurant bathrooms. Jessica Sidman investigates. [Young & Hungry]
  • Is the expensive and sparsely attended Emancipation Day festivities worth all the taxpayer money, or is it an event that mostly honors its proprietor, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange? [Loose Lips]
  • Can and should the D.C. government put hundreds of more families in rapid rehousing? [Housing Complex]
  • The D.C. Council will sue Mayor Vince Gray and CFO Jeffrey Dewitt to determine whether they are violating a voter-approved budget-autonomy law that would allow the D.C. government to spend billions of dollars without much congressional oversight. [Post]


RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

2014 Best of D.C:.Make sure to read Washington City Paper's Best Of D.C. 2014 issue—192 pages of the best in everything that D.C. has to offer. There are staff picks, reader picks, and everything from Best Metro Driver to Best Restaurant to Bang In.

The Passionate JurorMeet the one guy who likes jury duty more than anyone else.

D.C. Cribs: For $3.5 million, this Cleveland Park home with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and an elevator can be yours.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. Council will sue Vince Gray and CFO Jeff DeWitt over budget autonomy. [Post]
  • Republicans threaten to sue Democrats who switch parties to run for at-large seats. [Times]
  • Light crowds turn out for Emancipation Day. [WUSA9, WAMUPost,
  • It's time to think about who Emancipation Day is really honoring. [LL]
  • Post ed board backs court fight over budget autonomy. [Post]
  • Tony Cheng admits that he picked the worst public official to approach in taxi scheme. [LL]
  • Metro officials resign after ugly audit report. [Post, WAMU]
  • Wilson Building power lawyer A. Scott Bolden and the Post are going to be neighbors. [Housing Complex]
  • Relax, the zoning update won't take until 2015. [Housing Complex]
  • UDC professor really likes jury duty, wants everyone else to as well. [City Desk]
  • Man found death in Northeast. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The NoMa Parks Foundation will turn the neighborhood's underpasses into permanent art installations. [East City Art]
  • Whatever happened to the oddities ousted from the former Palace of Wonders? [BYT]
  • The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 30 D.C. nonprofit
    s with more than $2.5 million in grants. [Arts Desk]
  • P. Diddy, a Howard drop-out, will speak at the university's commencement ceremonies next month. [DCist]
  • Do you know the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller? Prove it. [Post]
  • Before his show at the Howard Theatre, William Fitzsimmons bares his fears that people will think all his albums sound alike. [Express]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Peeps diorama contest is back. Don't miss Le Peeplomate. [Post]
  • How to make Cork Market's drunken Peeps. [Washingtonian]
  • Restaurateur Tony Cheng and his son admit to offering or making payoffs to a public official. [Loose Lips]
  • Four grown-up versions of tater tots [Express]
  • Rumor has it Charles Taylor Steak & Ice on H Street NE will become a pizza place. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Tico buildout on 14th Street NW showing progress. [PoPville]
  • The logo for Ballston's Market Place & Cafe really, really looks like a penis. [ARLnow]
  • Where to eat brunch right now [Eater]
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  • http://filmfestdc.org Linda Blackaby

    April 18, 2014

    Once again, it's disappointing to encounter the Washington City Paper's general lack of appreciation and respect, not only for Filmfest DC, but more importantly, for its offerings, the art of cinema and the work of filmmakers, as evidenced in your April 18, 2014 coverage. I'll never understand why this publication so often promotes negativity, nitpicking and cheap shots as having something to do with the role or purpose of film reviewing or cultural criticism.

    Seems to me the public in the DC area and the art of cinema deserve better, more thoughtful writing that appreciates what might be interesting, provocative, joyous or disturbing about a film and its implications culturally, aesthetically or socially. While there are few perfect films, there are many of value. It is good that you include the films’ trailers so people can take a peek for themselves.

    It is also a shame that the main point of the story is the possible end of FFDC. Why not seriously consider and, yes, celebrate the art and work of the filmmakers and their films (many of which have fared far better with more knowledgeable reviewers in other sophisticated and cosmopolitan locales).

    Regrettably, you're missing the point of this festival, the films therein, and film festivals in general.

    Linda Blackaby
    senior program consultant
    Washington, DC International Film Festival

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