July 2019

Posted July 1, 2019. Additions to Calendar on July 5.


  • Coming Attractions Voting Results - Summer 2019
  • The Cinema Lounge
  • We Need to Hear From You
  • Calendar of Events

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    Coming Attractions Voting Results - Summer 2019

    The votes are in! Here are the results of the recent Coming Attractions Trailer Night showcasing upcoming summer films and what attendees are most interested in seeing when released based on the trailer.

    Very Interested (4 out of 5)
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Intrigued (3 out of 5)
    Ad Astra
    The Dead Don’t Die
    The Kitchen
    Last Black Man in San Francisco
    The Lion King
    Men in Black International
    The Nightingale
    Spider-Man: Far From Home
    Toy Story 4
    21 Bridges
    Where’d You Go, Bernadette

    Kinda Interested (2 out of 5)
    Angel Has Fallen
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    The Goldfinch
    Good Boys
    Hobbs & Shaw
    It: Chapter 2

    Barely Interested (1 out of 5)
    Annabelle Comes Home
    Child's Play
    Dora and the Lost City of Gold
    My Spy
    Rambo: Last Blood
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Thanks to all attendees who voted!

    The Cinema Lounge

    The Cinema Lounge meets Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7:00pm. Our topic is Quentin Tarantino.

    Twenty-five years ago Quentin Tarantino changed movies and pop culture with Pulp Fiction. He saved careers, created his own unique style of dialogue, and spawned many imitators. With the upcoming release of his ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, let's examine Tarantino's career and legacy. How has he changed, and how have our expectations of him changed?

    The Cinema Lounge, a film discussion group, meets the third Monday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at 7:00pm at
    Teaism in Penn Quarter, 400 8th St., NW in Washington, DC (closest Metro stop is Archives, also near Metro Center and Gallery Place). NOTE: We will meet in the downstairs area. You do not need to be a member of the Washington DC Film Society to attend. Cinema Lounge is moderated by Adam Spector, author of the DC Film Society's Adam's Rib column.

    We Need to Hear From YOU

    We are always looking for film-related material for the Storyboard. Our enthusiastic and well-traveled members have written about their trips to the Cannes Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Palm Springs Film Festival, the Reykjavik Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, and the Locarno Film Festival. We also heard about what it's like being an extra in the movies. Have you gone to an interesting film festival? Have a favorite place to see movies that we aren't covering in the Calendar of Events? Seen a movie that blew you away? Read a film-related book? Gone to a film seminar? Interviewed a director? Taken notes at a Q&A? Read an article about something that didn't make our local news media? Send your contributions to Storyboard and share your stories with the membership. And we sincerely thank all our contributors for this issue of Storyboard.

    Calendar of Events


    American Film Institute Silver Theater
    "The Fourth Estate Film Series" (May 29-July 31) investigates the world of journalism including early screwball comedy and film noir to more realistic investigating reporting. Titles in July are A Face in the Crowd (1957), Citizen Kane (1941) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) with a pre-show costume contest and drink specials, followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker James L. Brooks and New Yorker writer Jane Mayer.

    "Recent Restorations" (May 3-July 11) continues in July with Mutual Appreciation, Hyenas, Rocco and His Brothers, Brick and Mirror and Underground. Most are 4K restorations.

    "United Artists Centennial" (May 10-July 18) concludes in July with The Sweet Smell of Success, The African Queen, Beat the Devil, High Noon, D.O.A., Gun Crazy, The Night of the Hunter, Kiss Me Deadly, Marty, Red River, The Man With the Golden Arm, Killer's Kiss, The Killing, 12 Angry Men, Witness for the Prosecution and Paths of Glory.

    The AFI co-hosts "The Korean Film Festival DC" with the Freer. One title remains in July: The Fortress (2017).

    "Les Femmes Essentielles" (June 30-July 16) is co-presented with the Embassy of France. This series is dedicated to eight legendary actresses: Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Greco, Isabelle Huppert, Anna Karina, Jeanne Moreau, Emmanuelle Riva and Romy Schneider. Titles in July are Diary of a Chambermaid (1964) with Jeanne Moreau; When You Read This Letter (1953) with Juliette Greco; Contempt (1963) with Brigitte Bardot and Le Sauvage (1975) with Catherine Deneuve.

    "Denzel Washington: AFI Life Achievement Award Retrospective" (July 21-September 3). Titles in July are Inside Man and Malcolm X with more in August and September.

    Special Events in June include War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966) in two parts; Do the Right Thing in a 4K restoration and Before Stonewall (1984).

    Freer Gallery of Art
    A series of Japanese classic films continues at the Freer. On July 3 at 2:00pm is Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, 1951) starring Setsuko Hara.

    The Hong Kong Film Festival (July and August) begins with Still Human (Oliver Siu Kuen Chan, 2019) with actress Crisel Consunji in person to discuss the film on July 19 at 7:00pm. On July 21 at 2:00pm is The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (Yuen Woo-ping, 2017); on July 26 at 7:00pm is Integrity (Alan Mak, 2019); and on July 28 at 2:00pm is Men on the Dragon (Sunny Chan, 2018). More in August.

    National Gallery of Art
    "Animals in Japanese Art" (July 3-28) is a film series shown in conjunction with the exhibit The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. On July 3 at 1:00pm is Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985); on July 5 at 1:00pm is Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954); on July 5 at 3:00pm is Mothra (Ishiro Honda, 1961); on July 6 at 12:30pm is Horse (Kajiro Yamamoto and Akira Kurosawa, 1941); on July 6 at 3:30pm is The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, 1958); on July 7 at 4:00pm is Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954); on July 12 at noon is I Am a Cat (Kon Ichikawaz, 1975); on July 12 at 2:30pm is Black Cat (Kaneto Shindo, 1968); on July 13 at 12:30pm is a program of animation "Animals in Animation Part I" and on July 13 at 2:00pm is "Animals in Animation Part II"; on July 13 at 4:00pm is "Cinema Kabuki: Triple Lion Dance" followed by "Heron Maiden;" on July 14 at 4:00pm is Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa, 1993); on July 19 at 12:30pm is Akanishi Kakita (Mansaku Itami, 1936); on July 19 at 2:30pm is If Cats Disappeared From the World (Akira Nagai, 2016); on July 27 at 12:30pm is Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994); on July 27 at 3:30pm is Princess Raccoon (Seijun Suzuki, 2005); and on July 28 at 4:00pm is Dreams (Akira Kurosawa, 1990).

    "Moons and Celestial Bodies" (July 20-21) is a three-part program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first human to walk on the moon. On July 20 at 11:00am is The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983); on July 20 at 3:00pm is a program of short films "Cycles, Tides and Rhythms: The Moon on Film;" and on July 21 at 4:30pm is The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1974).

    National Museum of the American Indian
    On July 18 at 2:00pm is Sousa on the Rez, about marching bands in Native American communities.

    Museum of American History
    Films starring Keanu Reaves are shown July 12-14. Titles include Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, A Scanner Darkly, Point Break, John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2.

    Renwick Gallery
    On July 11 at 6:00pm is A Not So Still Life (2010), a documentary about glass artist Ginny Ruffner, followed by a Q&A with the artist.

    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    On July 13 at 3:00pm is North Star (François De Menil), a documentary about artist Mark di Suvero.

    On July 24 at 3:00pm is In the Year of the Pig (Emil de Antonio, 1968).

    Goethe Institute
    Landmark's West End Cinema hosts a new film series "Wunderbar Films: German Cinema 101." Films will be shown once a month and are divided into four categories: contemporary German film, films of the German Democratic Republic (DEFA Studio), films of the Weimar Republic (1920s), and New German Cinema (1970s). Sky Sitney introduces the film and a discussion follows. On July 8 at 6:30pm is Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974).

    The Shakespeare Theater
    On July 26 at 8:00pm is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, 2018); on July 27 at 7:00pm is 10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1989); on July 27 at 9:30pm is She's the Man (Andy Fickman, 2006); on July 28 at 11:00am is Moana (Ron Clements, 2016); and on July 28 at 2:00pm is The Little Mermaid (John Musker, 1989).

    National Air and Space Museum
    On July 17 at 5:00pm is PBS's "Ready Jet Go!" for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

    French Embassy
    A new four-part series "Les Femmes Essentielles" looks at some of the most legendary actresses of French Cinema. On July 9 at 7:00pm is Entre Nous (Diane Kurys, 1983) starring Isabelle Huppert and Miou-Miou. On July 23 at 7:00pm is Pierre Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) starring Anna Karina. Four more at the AFI Silver.

    The Japan Information and Culture Center
    On July 17 at 6:30pm is Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 2018). On July 24 at 6:30pm is an anime film TBA.

    The Environmental Film Festival On July 18 at 7:00pm is the documentary Ay Mariposa (Krista Schlyer, 2019), about three characters in the Lowr Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are changed by plans to build a border wall. A discussion follows the screening. Location: Landmark's E Street Cinema.

    National Archives
    On July 18 at 7:00pm is Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller, 2019), a documentary made from newly discovered footage and audio recordings. Followed by a discussion with the film's director, NASA chief historian Bill Barry, and National Archives archivist Daniel Rooney.

    On July 19 at 3:00pm is Moonwalk One (1970), a documentary about the July 1969 moon launch.

    On July 20 at 2:00pm is First Man (Damien Chazelle, 2018), with Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in the story behind the historic Apollo 11 flight.

    The Avalon
    On July 3 at 8:00pm is Van Gogh and Japan (David Bickerstaff, 2019), part of the "Exhibition on Screen" series.

    On July 10 at 8:00pm is an encore screening of the documentary The Spy Behind Home Plate with director Aviva Kempner present for Q&A. Part of the "Films in Focus" series.

    On July 17 at 8:00pm is Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (Pamela Green, 2018) for the "French Cinematheque" series. A short film The Thief (1914) will precede the documentary.

    On July 24 at 8:00pm is Redemption (Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov, 2018), part of the "Reel Israel" series.

    On July 31 at 8:00pm is Warsaw 44 (Jan Komasa, 2014) for the "cinePolska" series.

    Library of Congress
    The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress continues its series of films showcasing the Library's collection and including newly preserved films. On July 18 at 7:00pm is The Jokers (Michael Winner, 1967), a comedy set in swinging London starring Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford.

    On July 13 at 2:00pm is Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017), shown in the Coolidge Auditorium, shown in conjunction with the exhibit "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote."

    Wolf Trap
    On July 5 and 6 at 8:30pm is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mike Newell, 2005) with the National Symphony performing performing Patrick Doyle’s score.

    On July 27 at 8:30pm is the animated film Coco (Lee Unkrich, 2017) with the National Symphony performing Michael Giacchino's score.

    "Capital Classics" at Landmark's West End Cinema
    Classic films are shown at the West End Cinema on Wednesdays at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm. On July 3 is The Never Ending Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984); on July 10 is Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen, 1952) starring Gene Kelly; on July 17 is Cool Hang Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967); and on July 24 is That's Entertainment (Jack Haley, 1974).

    Dumbarton House
    The Eighth Annual Jane Austen Outdoor Film Festival takes place on Wednesdays in July. On July 3 is Sense and Sensibility (1995); on July 10 is Emma (1996); on July 17 is Mansfield Park (2000); on July 24 is Love and Friendship (2016); and on July 31 is Pride and Prejudice (2005). Films are shown outdoors at sundown, around 8:30pm. A pass for all five films is available.

    Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
    "Dinnertime Documentaries" is a series of films about photojournalists, shown in conjunction with the exhibit "Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt." On July 10 at 7:30pm is Bill Cunningham New York (Richard Press, 2010) and on July 31 at 7:30pm is Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008).

    Angelika Film Center Mosaic
    Anime films from Studio Ghibli are shown in July. Titles include Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle.

    Busboys and Poets
    On July 29 at 6:00pm is the documentary Whistleblowers (2018), followed by a panel discussion including seven New York state whistleblowers. At the 14th and V location.

    The Jerusalem Fund
    On July 15 at 6:30pm is the documentary Naila and the Uprising (Julia Bacha, 2017).


    Every summer, numerous locations around the DC show films outdoors. You can find a comprehensive list here.

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