Calendar of Events
American Film Institute Silver Theater
An Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective in three parts which began in February continues in August with To Catch a Thief, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot with the last one in September.
The popular series "Totally Awesome: Great Films of the 80s" returns for a fifth year. Titles in August are Altered States, Flight of the Navigator, The Last Starfighter, Airplane!, The Naked Gun, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Flash Gordon, Lifeforce, and Highlander; the series concludes in early September.
"Keeping Up With the Coen Brothers," a retrospective of Joel and Ethan Coen's films, continues in August with Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou? Intolerable Cruelty, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Barton Fink. One more in September.
Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier this year, is remembered in a series of films running through early September. August titles include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Taming of the Shrew, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Secret Ceremony, and Raintree Country. The series ends early September with two more titles.
"Dennis Hopper: A Screen Remembrance" presents several films from Hopper's long (60+ years) career: Blue Velvet, Our of the Blue, River's Edge, and Hoosiers. The series concludes in September.
Peter Yates (1929-2011) is remembered in a short series of three films: Bullitt, The Friends of Eddie Coyle and Breaking Away.
The short Blake Edwards series wraps up in August with A Shot in the Dark, The Party and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
The AFI hosts "NIH Science in the Cinema" a popular summertime program of films with a medical or science related theme. Films in August are A Single Man (suicide prevention) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (neurosurgery).
Freer Gallery of Art
The 16th Annual "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival" concludes this month. On August 5 at 7:00pm and August 7 at 2:00pm is La Comedie Humaine (Chan Hing-Kai and Janet Chun, 2010); on August 12 at 7:00pm and August 14 at 2:00pm is Echoes of the Rainbow (Alex Law, 2009); on August 19 at 7:00pm and August 21 at 2:00pm is Drunken Master (Yuen Wo-Ping, 1978) starring Jackie Chan. The series concludes with the "Hip Hop/Kung Fu Connection," a performance by Hop Fu performing a live score to the Hong Kong film Super Ninjas followed by a Q&A with the DJs on August 20 at 2:00pm and a panel discussion about the relationship between martial arts movies and rap music on August 21 at 4:00pm.
National Gallery of Art
This summer, the Gallery's preservation festival looks at films from France in "From Vault to Screen: New Preservation from France." The series, which began in July, concludes in August. On August 6 at 2:00pm is L'Arpete (1929) preceded by Le Chapeau de Madame (1907) with piano accompaniment by Andrew Simpson. On August 7 at 4:30pm
Le Manoir de la Peur (Alfred Machin and Henry Wulschleger, 1927) preceded by the short film La Main (Edouard-Emile Violet, 1920), also with piano accompaniment by Andrew Simpson.
"Recovered Treasure: UCLA's Annual Festival of Preservation" presents a selection of newly preserved films from the festival, including TV programs, documentaries and feature films. On August 5 at 2:30pm is Native Land (Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz, 1942) preceded by The Forgotten People (Herbert Kline, 1941); on August 6 at 4:30pm is The Crusades (Cecil B. DeMille, 1935) starring Loretta Young; on August 13 at 12:30pm is Sleep, My Love (Douglas Sirk, 1948); on August 13 at 2:30pm is Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Robert Altman, 1982); on August 14 at 4:30pm is a program of three episodes from the TV show "This Is Your Life" about three women who survived the Holocaust; on August 20 at 2:00pm is "On the Vitaphone, 1928-1930," a collection of early sound short films; on August 20 at 4:30pm is Rendezvous With Annie (Allan Dwan, 1946) preceded by a selection of "Soundies," short musical films; on August August 21 at 4:30pm is Strangers in the Night (Anthony Mann, 1944) followed by The Great Shakedown (John Francis Dillon, 1934) with Bette Davis; on August 27 at 4:30pm is Waiting for Godot (Alan Schneider, 1961) preceded by Film (Alan Schneider, 1965), Samuel Beckett's only screenplay. On August 28 at 4:30pm is Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970).
"This Other Eden: Ireland and Film" begins in late August on continues into September. On August 27 at 2:00pm is Children of Eire (Klaus Simon, 1961), shown with two short films. More in September.
National Museum of African Art
On August 20 at 1:00pm is The Beautiful Game (2011), a documentary about soccer in modern Africa. Producers Victor Buhler and Julian Cautherley will be present to discuss the film.
National Museum of the American Indian
On August 5 at 7:00pm is the world premiere of Always Becoming (Nora Naranjo-Morse, 2011). The director will be present for Q&A following the screening.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
On August 10 at 6:30pm is They Were Expendable (John Ford, 1945), a WWII film starring John Wayne, shown in conjunction with the exhibit "To Make a World: George Ault's 1940s America."
Washington Jewish Community Center
On August 10 at 7:30pm is Maya (Michal Bat Adam, 2009), about an actress who observes patients in a psychiatric ward to research a role.
The film series for August is "Climate Culture Change." On August 8 at 6:30pm is the feature-length film The Age of Stupid (Franny Armstrong, 2009) shown with three short films. On August 15 at 6:30pm is Algol – Tragedy of Power (Hans Wreckmeister, 1920), shown with a short film. On August 22 at 6:30pm is People–Dreams–Actions (Andreas Stiglmayr, 2007) shown with two short films, and on August 29 at 6:30pm is a double feature Before the Flood: Tuvalu (Paul Lindsay, 2004) and Above Water (Udo Maurer, 2007) shown with a short film.
On August 9 at 7:00pm is Hands Up (Romain Goupil, 2009) starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Hippolyte Girardot in a sociopolitical allegory.
The Japan Information and Culture Center
On August 17 at 6:30pm is The Face of Jizo (Kazuo Kuroki, 2004) set in 1948 Hiroshima, and on August 26 at 6:30pm is an anime film Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century (Kenji Kodama).
The National Theatre
"Dial H for Hitchcock" is this summer's theme at the National Theater. Films conclude in August with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) on August 1 at 6:30pm and Dial M for Murder (1954) on August 8 at 6:30pm.
National Institutes of Health
This film festival promotes understanding of science, health, and medicine. Films with a medical science theme are screened, and an expert on the subject provides a commentary and leads an audience question-and-answer period. See AFI above for this month's titles.
Film Festival Benefiting NIH Children's Charities
The 15th Annual Comcast Film Festival is held on the campus of the Universities at Shady Grove. On August 4 is True Grit, on August 5 is Tangled, on August 6 is Up!, on August 7 is Toy Story 3, and on August 8 is Top Gun. All films start at 8:30pm.
Arlington Arts and Artisphere
On August 6 at 8:00pm is Fast and Furious (2001), shown at the Lubber Run Amphitheater.
Screen on the Green
This popular outdoor film series on the Mall concludes in August with 3 films. On August 1 is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; on August 8 is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and on August 15 is Cool Hand Luke. Films start at dusk, between 8:30-9:00pm. Bring a blanket to sit on.
The Archives presents two programs related to the exhibition "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" On August 18 at noon is "From the Vaults: Walt Disney, Food, and the Government Film," a selection of short films including Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line (1942), Water, Friend or Enemy (1943), and The Grain that Built the Hemisphere (1943). On August 20 at noon is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009), an animated film based on the children's book by Judy Barrett.
On August 27 and 28 at noon is The March (James Blue, 1963), a documentary about the August 28, 1963 march on Washington, in celebration of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.
Interamerican Development Bank
On August 11 at 6:30pm is the premiere of Awka Liwen-Rebellion at Dawn (Mariano Aiello), an award-winning documentary from Argentina about European landowners and their effect on the indigenous people.
This month's "Greek Panorama" film, is The Cow's Orgasm (Olga Malea, 1999), on August 3 at 8:00pm. The August "Czech Lions" film is Three Seasons in Hell (Tomas Masin, 2009) on August 10 at 8:00pm, The "French Cinematheque" film for August is An Ordinary Execution (Marc Dugain, 2010), on August 17 at 8:00pm. On August 24 at 8:00pm is this month's "Reel Israel DC" film The Debt (Assaf Bernstein, 2007), winner of 4 Israeli Ophir awards.
Italian Cultural Institute
On August 3 at 6:30pm is Roberto Benigni's version of the classic story Pinocchio (2002).
Anacostia Community Museum
On August 11 at 10:30am is Mr. Dial Has Something to Say (2007), a documentary about the painter Thornton Dial.
Atlas Performing Arts
Several summer film series will be at the Atlas this summer. "Gay 101" includes The Crying Game on August 4, Hedwig and the Angry Inch on August 11, Beautiful Thing on August 18 and Outrage on August 25. All are at 8:00pm. "Musicals" includes West Side Story on August 5, Hairspray on August 12, Michael Jackson's This Is It on August 19, and The Wizard of Oz on August 26. All are at 8:00pm. A "Family Series" includes Shrek on August 13, The Tale of Despereaux on August 20, and Labyrinth on August 27. All are at 5:00pm. The "Spike Lee" series includes Jungle Fever on August 7, Mo' Better Blues on August 14, School Daze on August 21, and Do the Right Thing on August 28. All are at 4:00pm.
Reel Affirmations XTra
Reel Affirmations Xtra is a once-a-month screening held at Landmark's E Street Cinema. Tickets are $12. On August 11 at 7:00pm and 9:15pm is the campy comedy Mangus (Ash Christian, 2011).