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Last updated on April 20, 2017.




Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Landmark E Street Cinema
E Street NW betw 10th & 11th
Thurs, April 20 - 7:30pm

All passes have been distributed.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs' 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. IFC Films (2hrs 7min). Opens March 24.

DIR: Matt Tyranuer



The Circle

Angelika Pop-Up
550 Penn Street NE (by Union Market, use NY Ave/NoMa Metro)
Tues, April 25 - 6:30pm: hors d'oeuvres, 8pm: screening

Variety -- the Children's Charity of the National Capital Region (Variety DC) is hosting an advance screening of THE CIRCLE, a highly-anticipated new film, in order to raise funds for children with mobility issues in the DC, MD, and VA area.

6:30pm: Hors d'oeuvres served/cash bar open
8pm: Screening begins

Members are offered a discount of $5 off $25 tickets. Use the code in your e-mail.



The Circle is a gripping modern thriller. When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity. STX Entertainment (1hr 50min). Opens April 28.

CAST: Emma Watson, John Boyega, Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane

DIR/CO-WRITER: James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour)



Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

AFI SIlver
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Tues, April 25 - 7:15pm

We have been offered admissions for members & a guest. To get a pass, use the code in your e-mail.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



Already a celebrated chef at Chez Panisse, in 1985 Jeremiah Tower left to launch his own legendary Stars restaurant, in San Francisco - considered the revolutionary birthplace of distinctly American 'nouvelle cuisine.' Years later, Tower mysteriously closed Stars and disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City's fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green - launching a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary for the culinary set tells the story of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity chef. The Orchard (102 min). Opens April 28

Directed by Lydia Tenaglia and executive produced by Anthony Bourdain.


General Screening Information

WHAT IS A PREVIEW? Before movies open, local ad agencies generate publicity with advance screenings. Washington, DC Film Society members are a popular target audience for previews, since we create good "word of mouth" for a film. Sometimes we have an entire theater to ourselves, but most of the time we share a theater with an audience holding passes that the ad agencies have distributed through radio stations, newspapers, an local establishments. In the past, the Film Society has hosted numerous special events as well.

AM I GUARANTEED A SEAT? No! Seating for previews is always on a first-come, first-served basis. Why? First of all, sometimes more members than we have passes to give out will show up at a particular screening. Also, the ad agencies always give out more passes than there are seats in the theater. The theater is always overbooked because at least 20% of pass holders don't show up. If everyone shows up, the theater could be full before you get in. Even if we have an RSVP screening (see below), arrive early to ensure a seat.

WHAT ABOUT RSVP SCREENINGS? When we have very few passes, we still want to offer the screening to as many members as possible, yet want to avoid turning many people away. When this happens (30 passes for two or less), we will sometimes have an RSVP system set up. Please follow instructions in the e-mail for RSVP screenings.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE THEATER: Each member must bring a valid membership card to the screening and show it to the Film Society staff person at the theater to receive a free pass.


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