Alexandria Film Festival Returns to Screens This Weekend

Cherry Blossom riverboat

Show boat: While most films will be shown at the Beatley Library or Patent Office, “Where the Yellowstone Goes” will be screened Saturday evening aboard the Cherry Blossom riverboat. Tickets are $15. (laszlo-photo via Flickr)

On November 16-18, Alexandria will have its turn in the celluloid spotlight when the 6th annual Alexandria Film Festival comes to town. This year the festival is teaming with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Alexandria Library.

Says their site: “The Festival highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers” while hosting “high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations.”

The festival’s mission is to “promote cinema as an important cultural and educational asset and market Alexandria as a dynamic venue for creating, exhibiting, and experiencing film.”

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There will be more than 40 feature-length and short films in multiple genres. Filmmakers from Alexandria to Australia will be represented here, and many will stick around and answer questions from the audience.

Festivities kick off on Friday the 16th at the Charles E. Beatley Central Library with free screenings of films focusing on environmental awareness. This venue also offers free parking; check the site for specific films shown.

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November 17 sees the festival continue at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which hosted the first Alexandria Film Festival back in 2007. Lucky for you, this site sits about a half-mile between two Metrorail stations: King St-Old Town on the Blue/Yellow Lines and Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line.

Some films to be screened include “Uprising,” an inside look at the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt; “Where the Yellowstone Goes,” a film about friends taking a 30-day sojourn on the Yellowstone River and the sights, sounds and people they discover; and making its Washington, D.C., premiere, “Bathing and the Single Girl,” a short flick about the landmines of dating and waiting for the one you want.

As always, check the site for the most up-to-date, detailed information. Whether you rent an apartment in Alexandria, come on out and support the arts in this fine city. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

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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