by June 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Photo via Dumbarton HouseJane Austen fans will have something to see at the Dumbarton House (2715 Q St. NW) later this month.

The fifth annual incarnation of the Jane Austen Film Festival will kick off with a screening of “Sense & Sensibility” on June 29, announced event organizers. The museum will also screen “Emma” on July 13 and “Pride & Prejudice” on July 27.

Though the event is free for museum members, all others must pay $6 to attend one screening or $15 to attend all three. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets. Guests with chairs will be asked to sit in the back of the lawn, organizers said.

The full list of this year’s Jane Austen films is below:

  • June 29, Sense & Sensibility (1995)
  • July 13, Emma (1996)
  • July 27, Pride & Prejudice (2005)

The museum will also open its doors for self-guided tours from 7-8:15 p.m. during the screenings.

More information from Dumbarton House:


by March 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm 0

From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT] You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French twist DC.


The festival runs through March 24 at various venues, including Borderstan locations. (Courtesy of festival)

The 2013 Environmental Film Festival will showcase 190 films, at 75 venues across the city — including many venues right here in Borderstan, such as the Embassies of Australia and Argentina, the Carnegie Institution for Science, the new New York University building and the National Geographic Society. Many of the screenings are free and most include a discussion with the filmmaker.

This year, rivers and watersheds have the spotlight, though the films cover a wide variety of eco-friendly topics, in a variety of formats from a “duckmentary” about, you guessed it, ducks, to a short film about a community garden in Soweto, animated stories on constructions sites and invasive species and even feature films with big name Hollywood superstars.

My Favorites

Here are some of the films I am looking forward to seeing during the festival.

  • Meerkats 3D, noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm, March 16, $7 tickets available at National Geographic Society. I mean, it’s meerkats in 3D, what more can I say? The film is 42 minutes long, so it sounds like a great film to bring the kids.
  • The Anacostia River & Riverside Stories, 1:45 to 3 pm, March 17, National Museum of American History, free, no reservations required. This series of six short films (we’re talking 5 to 10 minute long here) focuses on the Anacostia River, as you probably guessed. One of the short introduces audiences to Gabe Horchler, a librarian who boats to work everyday… interesting mode of transportation right?
  • Now, Forager, 7:15 pm, March 17, $11.50 at box office at the AFI Silver Theater. This film de-romanticizes the foodie movement by following a New Jersey husband and wife mushrooms forager team struggling to make ends meet. Ann Yonkers co-executive director of FRESHFARM Markets will introduce the film.
  • Nothing Like Chocolate, 6:30 pm, March 18, Howard University’s Digital Auditorium in Blackburn Student Center, free, no reservations required. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, Nothing Like Chocolate tells the compelling story of Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company Cooperative as he pursue his vision of creating a great tasting, ethical artisanal chocolate. In short, politics meets chocolate.
  • Potomac: The River Runs Through Us, 6:30 pm, March 18, Sidwell Friends School, free, no reservations required. This 27-minute film brings awareness to the Potomac, that seemingly dirty river Washingtonians cross and drink on a regular basis. It is followed by a screening of another film, Chattahoochee: from Water War to Water Vision and a panel discussion with the filmmakers and Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers and Hedrick Belin, president of The Potomac Conservancy.
  • A Thirsty World, 7 pm, March 20, $5 tickets at the Embassy of France. First of all, the screening of this FRENCH film takes place at my favorite embassy… but most importantly, the film was directed by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand of “Earth from Above” fame. Filmed in 20 different countries, it’s about water and promises to be visually stunning.
  • Bottled Life, 6 pm, March 21, University of the District of Columbia, Building 41 room A-03, free, no reservations required. Another film about water, this one just sounds really interesting, documenting the booming business of bottled water by focusing on Swiss brand Nestle. I just found out while looking up the film, that Nestle makes both Perrier and San Pellegrino. Who knew?
  • Harmony, 7:15 pm, March 21. Free with RSVP at theCarnegie Institution for Science. The big star of the film (that would be HRH Prince Charles) is not making the trip to DC, unfortunately, but filmmakers Stuart Sender and Julie Bergman Senders are… they’ll discuss their movie, which provides a new and inspiring perspective on how the world can meet the challenges of climate change globally, locally and personally.
  • Otter 501, 10:30 am, March 23, $7.75, call 202-966-3464 to reserve tickets at the Avalon Theater. Other than Meerkats in 3D, can you think of anything cuter than an otter? The answer is actually yes. Two otters. One is an orphaned baby otter. The other is her “adoptive” otter-mom. Both leading busy life raising the cuteness level at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • To the Wonder, 8:15 pm, March 23, $11.50 at box office at the AFI Silver Theater. Not only does this romantic drama by Terrence Malick feature Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, but it also starts in Paris… bonus points! Why is it showing at the Environmental Film Festival? Ben Affleck plays an environmental inspector. Good enough reason for me.
  • The Fruit Hunters, 6:30 pm, March 24, free, RSVP required, at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Turns out Bill Pullman really, really likes fruits. I do too! Plus, the film also has a Paris connection… having just won the Grand Prix at the 30th edition of the Festival International du Film de l’Environnement last month.

Any films I didn’t cover that you’re looking forward to seeing?

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by September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1,417 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

"DC Shorts Borderstan"

The 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival runs September 6-16. (Courtesy of DC Shorts)

The ninth annual DC Shorts Film Festival is taking place Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 16 at locations all across the city.

This year’s festival will showcase 140 films from 27 nations throughout the 11-day event that covers a plethora of genres, styles and subjects in less than 20 minutes.

Hungry for more? Well good, because DC Shorts will also pair chefs from across the DC region with food-themed films — attendees at these screenings will enjoy a delicious treat matched to the film and prepared by local chefs from Birch and Barley, Hank’s on the Hill and more!

The films’ writers and actors will also be on-hand at the festival to participate in the annual Screenwriting Competition. And plenty of parties are planned for the week, as well!

For more information on the films being showcased, and for tickets and times, visit the website at

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by December 1, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,799 0

Mabul, Washington Jewish Film Festival, DC Jewish Community Center

The Washington Jewish Film Festival opened Dec. 1 with “Mabul” (“The Flood”). (Photo courtesy of Festival)

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at [email protected].

When it comes to film appreciation, my tastes run the gamut. A long closeted hip-hop dance movie aficionado, I also logged hours helping to manage the Baltimore Museum of Art’s independent film series. I’ve watched every independent film National Geographic has put out over the last few years. I also saw the newest Muppet Movie on opening night last week, only slightly justified by taking my nieces along.

Get the Festival Schedule: 27 films are being shown at the JCC’s Goldman Theater at 16th and Q Streets NW. More films are being show at other venues.

If you are similarly inclined to appreciate everything from art house to kitsch (or even if you prefer one to the other), get yourself out to see at least one of the films in the 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival. The festival opens tomorrow with the Israeli film Mabul (The Flood) about an Israeli boy, about to become a man, and his family in crisis. It’s winning the hearts of critics and moviegoers in festivals; I’m hoping to see it while it’s here.

But the films don’t stop there. With 47 films ranging from documentaries (such as Yoo-hoo Mrs. Goldberg and An Encounter with Simone Weil) to heart-warming and heart-wrenching features (such as Je T’Aime, I Love You TerminalKaddish for a Friend and My Australia), there’s a little something for everyone.

The festival runs December 1 through 11; more information (film information, times and ticket info) can be found on the Washington Jewish Film Festival website. Films are being shown at nine different venues, including the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW.

by December 7, 2008 at 8:48 am 1,353 0

The Washington Jewish Film Festival runs through December 14. Some films are being shown at the JCC, 16th and Q NW.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival runs through December 14. Some films are being shown at the JCC, 16th and Q NW.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival opened on the 4th and runs through Sunday, December 14: “59 films, 10 countries, 7 venues.” Some films are being shown right in Borderstan at the Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q NWYou can purchase tickets online.

by October 13, 2008 at 10:37 am 1,489 0

The 18th Reel Affirmations Film Festival — “the Nation’s LGBT Film Festival — opens Thursday, October 16, with an opening-night party and film at U Street’s Lincoln Theatre. The festival, a production of One in Ten, runs for 10 days through the 25th (closing night party). You can view the festival schedule and purchase tickets online for films and festival parties.

The premier film this year at Reel Affirmations is “Breakfast with Scot,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Lincoln Theater at 1215 U Street NW. Many films are being shown at the Lincoln Theatre, but a number of events are at several other locations–be sure to check the location when you purchase tickets.

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