Founded in 1991, The Washington, D.C. Film Society is comprised of enthusiastic film lovers who appreciate "quality mainstream, international, and independent films." Its monthly newsletter "Storyboard" informs The Washington, D.C. Film Society members of upcoming events, like sneak previews, movie screenings and fundraising events.
The Washington, D.C. Film Society also solicits and houses film reviews from its members, putting opinion on both current and video releases into the hands of its discerning membership. Essays (really, fierce debates) on film and film making are also posted online by The Washington, D.C. Film Society in a dedicated webpage column entitled "Adam's Rib."
Far From Hollywood but Passionate About FilmThe Washington, D.C. Film Society gives the local Washington, D.C. community the same opportunities to enjoy international and independent films as you would find in New York or Los Angeles. The Washington, D.C. Film Society organizes meaningful discussions that get to the heart of the film or series, a key element of FilmFest D.C. The Washington, D.C. Film Society provides much needed support for local, independent film and film making, so important during periods of economic downturn and budget cuts for the arts.
Diverse Film Screenings Sponsored By The Washington, DC Film Society
The screenings presented by The Washington, DC Film Society are quite diverse and there's really something for everyone in this group. Recent screenings include "Faster" (directed by George Tillman ("Notorious," "Soul Food") and starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Maggie Grace) and "Burlesque" (directed by Steven Antin (screenwriter of "Chasing Papi") and starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, and Peter Gallagher.)
Society Hosts Cool Film Discussion Groups
The Washington, D.C. Film Society hosts "Cinema Lounge," a film discussion group, held at 7:00 p.m. on select evenings at Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St., NW in Washington, D.C. (near the Metro Center Metro stop). The group meets informally on the second floor. Recent discussions touched on a wide variety of topics, like Journalism in Movies, Cult Movies, The Oscars, Blockbuster Movies, Religion in Movies, and more. To participate in "Cinema Lounge," you don't have to be a member of The Washington, D.C. Film Society. But, after you check out this movie-mad group you'll be asking for a membership application, for sure.
Membership in The Washington, DC Film Society has its Benefits
Membership in The Washington, D.C. Film Society is quite reasonable. Basic Membership includes Individual Basic @ $26 (for 6 months of preview screenings notices or 50 in all) and Full Year Basic @ $47 (for 12 months of preview screenings notices or 100 in all.) Gold Membership includes Individual Gold @ $52 (for 6 months of preview screenings notices or 50 in all as well as free tickets to the Oscars Party and other special events) and Full Year Gold @ $73 (for 12 months of preview screening notices or 50 in all as well as free tickets to special events.) Gold Membership is super coveted and limited to 300 members at a time.
Check online for deals and discounts. Special events for members are often held at the E Street Cinema, a wonderful venue devoted to independent film in the Theater District in downtown D.C. Movie memorabilia is often showcased at these special events, surely a treat for the movie loving public.
Benefiting FilmFest DC and Local Film Making Talent
The Washington, D.C. Film Society is a non-profit self-supporting organization whose proceeds from membership fees and fundraising events are donated to its parent organization, FilmFest D.C., the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival. Remarkably, FilmFest is now in its 11th year of operation. Move over Tribeca. Look out Sundance. The Washington, D.C. Film Society is well on its way of making Washington, D.C. a motion picture capital and a place where classic movies and independent films are watched and cherished alongside mainstream films.
RESOURCESThe Washington, D.C. Film Society
P.O. Box 65992, Washington, D.C. 20035-5992
P.O. Box 21396, Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: 202-234-FILM (3456)
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