Sweet 17: DC Indie Film Festival Returns to Theaters This Weekend

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the D.C. area gives you all types of arts options, and film festivals are no exception. Case in point: the 17th annual DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF), one of the few I haven’t written about on the blog.

From February 25 to March 1, DCIFF will premiere 64 films at venues across the city. These are all Washington, D.C., premieres, and many are U.S. and world premieres. So, if you consider yourself Mr. or Mrs. Indie and love film, you almost have to go to this.

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The press release I received is ridiculously thorough, which sure beats what some events give you – nothing. The website is no less informative, if a little out of date style-wise. Not that it bothers a Luddite like me, but it may give the more cinematic area renter pause, this being a film festival and all.

Naval Heritage Center (Yelp Inc. via Flickr)

Ride the rails: Nearly equidistant from four Metro stations, the Naval Heritage Center on Pennsylvania Avenue will likely be the most accessible screening destination for indie fans coming from outside the city. (Yelp Inc. via Flickr)

This year there are seven film categories. Along with narrative features, documentaries, animation, shorts, experimental and a high school competition, there is the DCIFF spotlight on documentary filmmaker Vikram Jayanti.

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Jayanti seems like an interesting fellow, as he directed “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector” and co-produced the Oscar-winning “When We Were Kings.” DCIFF will be screening three films he directed, including “The Secret Life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy?”, a look into the spoon-bending psychic’s supposed secret career as a CIA spy; “Snowblind,” a tale about legally blind Rachel Scdoris and her quest to best her Iditarod time; and “James Ellroy’s Feast of Death,” a film about the famous crime novelist and his obsession with the macabre.

Among other films of note are “Wildlike” (D.C. premiere), the story of a teenage girl who escapes an abusive uncle by fleeing into the wilds of Alaska; “Omo Child: The River and the Bush” (world premiere), a documentary about one man’s stand against his tribe’s practice of infanticide; and “Blood, Sweat and Beer” (world premiere), “a documentary exploring the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic stories of two start-up breweries.”

The latter will be buttressed beforehand by beer tastings (all for $20).

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There are also seminars, workshops and master classes. Here’s the event schedule, as well as the list of venues; each is near a Metrorail stop. People living in Penn Quarter luck out, as two of the venues are located there.

Ticket information is on the above events page; prices range from $5 to $25 (not sure if this includes those dastardly, er, friendly service charges). A sponsor for this year’s festival is Peet’s Coffee & Tea.

Come out and celebrate “the oldest independent film festival in Washington.”

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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