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RIFE 2011 - Films with Girl Power

RIFE 2011 - Films with Girl Power

All this week, I have been previewing films for this weekend's REEL Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington D.C. Today I'll be sharing films that center around women.

Saturday's 12PM opening film, Butterfly Crush, comes to RIFE all the way from Australia and New Zealand. Butterfly Crush is an up-and-coming female song and dance duo poised for success. But when one half of the duo gets involved with a cult, everything threatens to come unraveled. Director Alan Clay will be in attendance from New Zealand.

Also at 12PM on Saturday is American University graduate student Lawrence Dortch's One Punch at a Time. This nine minute short documentary follows Asia Stevenson, an 18 year old Washingtonian hoping to qualify for the first ever U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing team and compete in the 2012 Olympics.

RIFE 2011 - Rock n' Roll and Electronic Music Films

RIFE 2011 - Rock n' Roll and Electronic Music Films

This week I'm previewing films from REEL Independent Film Extravaganza taking place this weekend at THEARC in Washington D.C.

On Sunday at 12PM, RIFE will have a two hour block of documentaries on music.

The Silo Effect: The Treehouse Sessions follows four young, Richmond based musicians who comprise the band, The Silo Effect, as they make the transition from the stage to the recording studio. Director Les Owen highlights the differences of playing in front of an adoring crowd and locking oneself in the recording studio, where the truth is laid bare. Anyone who has ever played in a band will relate.

RIFE 2011 - LBGT Films October 22

RIFE 2011 - LBGT Films October 22

 

REEL Independent Film Extravaganza will feature a selection of LGBT films on Saturday October 22 starting at 4PM.

First up are the short narrative film Figure/Ground and the feature length documentary The Sisterhood. Written and directed by Daniel Henry, Figure/Ground is a drama about Jim, a young artist in the South, struggling to make it in tough economic times. Beautifully shot, the film depicts a story of young man representative of what many are now calling “The Lost Generation.”

The 14th Annual Bethesda Arts Festival

The 14th Annual Bethesda Arts Festival

 

The following notice was sent to us by Ashley Mason-Greene:

 

The 14th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival is staging this Saturday and Sunday at Woodmont Ave, Bethesda Ave, Elm St & Bethesda Lane. Since it's inception in 1997, it has become the largest outdoor art gallery in the region and has hosted more than 300,000 attendees. 30,000 art lovers are expected to attend this year and enjoy live music, street performers, food, and a huge collection of art from 185 leading fine artists.

Additonally, the Arts Festival offers an Art Sale benefitting the NIH Children’s Charities, children’s art activities, live acoustic stage performances, street performers, and high-quality outdoor food vendors. Additionally, Bethesda Row features more than 50 fine shops, upscale galleries, and unique restaurants with outdoor seating.

 

If you missed 2010, here's your next chance

If you missed 2010, here's your next chance

Since I’ve been writing this blog on WUSA 9, I’ve told you about several events at THEARC, short for Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus. THEARC acts as a cultural hub in one of D.C.’s underserved areas, providing a venue for the arts east of the Anacostia.

RIFE 2011 - Two World Premieres (and Hercules), October 22

RIFE 2011 - Two World Premieres (and Hercules), October 22

REEL Indpendent Film Extravaganza will host two world premieres on Saturday October 22 starting at 7PM. First up is All in the Game, written and directed by Maryland filmmaker, Gary Ugarek. The film follows an East Baltimore drug kingpin as he vies for control of the entire city's trade. Besides a story that evokes the spirit of The WireAll in the Game also features several cast members from the acclaimed HBO series.

Following All in the Game is Coffin, presented by Skyrocket Productions. Here's the synopsis: