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The DC Independent Film Festival, March 3-13

The DC Independent Film Festival, March 3-13

The 12th annual DC Independent Film Festival kicks off this Thursday March 3 and runs through Sunday March 13. Since 1999, the DCIFF has featured a wide selection of independent films with an emphasis on filmmakers based in the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

One local film being showcased this year is Late Rounders, a feature length documentary by area filmmaker Evan A. Marshall. The film follows a group of college football players as they prepare for draft day in the hope that they will be selected by an NFL team. Sports fans and non-sports fans alike should identify with these young men as they wait to see whether or not their dreams will become a reality. Late Rounders plays at the Artisphere in Arlington on March 13. 

Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects

Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects

Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Presented in Cooperation with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Professor, architect, art historian, and writer, Vincent Scully is a considerable force in American arts. Premiering in 2010—celebrating Scully’s 70th year of formal affiliation with Yale University—Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects is a sensitive portrait of an educator who has inspired generations. The film follows the arc of his interests from classical art and architecture to American architecture, historic preservation, and urban design in the 20th century. Filmmaker and Checkerboard Film Foundation founder Edgar Howard introduces the film and takes questions following the screening.

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter is a powerful and intimate depiction of one of the most dynamic artists of the 20th century. Directed by the late Marion Cajori, the film eloquently captures Mitchell’s independent spirit and breathtaking artwork. The screening complements the new permanent collection installation, Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945.

For more information and to register, please visit http://programs.corcoran.org/products/joan-mitchell-portrait-of-an-abstract-painter

The Artful Garden

The Artful Garden

Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

An Article for Those with Wanderlust

An Article for Those with Wanderlust

I want to know what people think of when they hear the word “Thailand”. Is it Pad Thai? The sprawling megalopolis of Bangkok? The beautiful women? Amazing cuisine? Cheap beach resorts? Or maybe someone famous like Tiger Woods?

Twenty hours total from JFK airport to get to Bangkok and all I had was a cell number, a street address in Thai, and the instructions, “when you arrive Bro, get a drink for the drive and get to Pattaya”. Doing what I normally do when faced with the dilemma of needing to get somewhere and having no idea how to, I grabbed a beer and went with the flow, looking forward to the adventure. The first lesson I learned was not to ask a cab driver if he likes American music. They will without a doubt take this as a cue to blast something that is barely discernable as music, sounding more like two drunk cats in heat by the name of Ke$ha or Justin Bieber.

Groundbreaking Author Maxine Hong Kingston to Read at The Writer’s Center February 4

Groundbreaking Author Maxine Hong Kingston to Read at The Writer’s Center February 4

Maxine Hong Kingston, the acclaimed author of The Woman Warrior, will visit The Writer’s Center to read from her most recent work, the memoir I Love a Broad Margin to My Life.  A highly distinguished fiction and non-fiction writer, Kingston has been awarded many of literature’s top honors, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Award, the presidentially conferred National Humanities Award, and, most recently, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Diplomatic Art On Display

Diplomatic Art On Display

The Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery recently opened its new exhibit, "Festival des Artistes: Diplomacy through Art." The exhibit consists of paintings, photography, jewelry, and ceramics created by members of the diplomatic community!

"Festival des Artistes" was launched in 2004 by The Hospitality and Information Service for Diplomats (THIS) organization to explore the many ways art can connect people while building international understanding. The Bing Stanford in Washington Art gallery collaborated with THIS to share the work of diplomatic artists from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Djibouti, France, Germany, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Peru, Switzerland, and the Ukraine. 

"Festival des Artistes: Diplomacy through Art," is currently on exhibit and will run through March 22, 2011.