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January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival celebrated its seventh year in 2010 and has become one of the area's best events. This weekend, January 28-29, DC Shorts will host a “Best of” program, highlighting some of the outstanding short films from the past seven years.

The average filmgoer doesn't get a chance to see many short films, if any. But short films can offer something that feature films can't. Because of the short format, filmmakers are given the freedom to be daring. They can take risks, try things they never have before, and the results can be unforgettable.

With a two hour program, the audience can be treated to around a dozen films, including narrative, documentary, and experimental. And just like the weather in some places, if you don't like a film... just wait five minutes.

Mayor Gray Explains His Vision For D.C. Arts and Culture

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray explained his vision for what arts and culture should be throughout the city, this morning as he addressed Cultural Tourism D.C. members at their annual meeting, which was held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  

Gray stressed the importance of arts and culture, and how he hopes that the two will begin to mesh more with the D.C. school system.  

"I think we've got to increase the nexus between the arts community and the schools," He said.

The Mayor even suggested programs such as embassy tours for D.C. students, in an attempt to give D.C. youth more of an interaction with the international community.  He also expressed the role that he believes arts and culture can play in the improvement of developing neighborhoods throughout the District.

Gray made it clear that he sees arts and culture as a key building block for the future of the District.

Color Painting's Pedigree

Color Painting's Pedigree

Tonight is the night!  

Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m. will feature a lecture by art critic Paul Richard wrote for The Washington Post for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk, he will recollect a story which he covered for the Post, of Color Field painting's Washington appearance, its precedents, promises, strictures, and disputes. Following the talk, participants are invited to view the Corcoran’s exhibition Washington Color and Light. $15. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/color-painting-s-pedigree

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

Thursday, January 27 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. $12. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/joan-mitchell-portrait-of-an-abstract-painter

Attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Collide

Attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Collide

Collide, the new motion picture from DMV filmmaker Master June Daguiso, will premiere this Sunday at the Burke Theater. Collide is the latest action film from the Virginia resident and martial arts expert, who also stars. The movie tells the story of three criminals from different cultures whose paths inexorably cross in the U.S. Although an indie film, Collide has been three years in the making and was partially shot on location in El Salvador.

Collide will have its red carpet premiere this Sunday December 19 with showings at 11AM and 2PM. As of this writing, the 11AM showing is nearly sold out. Tickets are $15, but contact me for info on how to get in for half price.

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

 

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

A recent preview of the new Marky Mark film The Fighter provoked a discussion among many of my friends that generated the question, "What is the best kind of sports film?" Many people have ranked sports movies over the years, and have done so in various ways: some by the individual sport, some lump all sports together, and some by sports movies starring Kevin Costner. I am a fan of both sports and movies and am therefore, by the transitive property, a fan of sport movies. To paraphrase Crash Davis: