I love movies. The only thing better than movies is a film festival full of them. In the last few years I’ve become a regular film festival attendee (see my Sundance Festival Guide).
It was with some surprise then to learn that DC has its very own film festival. A major event that is possibly the best of its kind in the world, the Environmental Film Festival.
It runs from March 15-27 and presents 150 films at 60 venues, with an expected attendance of 26,000 filmgoers.
What makes any festival interesting is the sense of discovery where you find yourself watching a movie you would never otherwise see. And, that film will most likely never again be in your local theater or even on Netflix. They are works of art that while good enough to be selected at film festivals, will never make it into the studio circuit of big budgets, posters, and red carpets.
Being in DC is uniquely special as well since the city produces a huge amount of documentaries. I once heard a friend at the DC Film Institute joke that we are not Hollywood but Docu-wood.
The subject of this year’s festival is Energy, but I noticed several other topics just as interesting: the chesapeake bay, architecture, lectures by professors, nuclear waste, short films, and adventures in cold places.
After looking through the list of films I quickly realized that I want to see them all. With over 60 movies making the first cut as “must-sees”. My festival instincts kicked in as I reminded myself that every movie was chosen because it is worth seeing.
The wise option then is to choose my absolute favorites:
- Where Whales Sing
- Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
- I.M. Pei – Building Modern China
- Oil Rocks – City Above The Sea
- A Murder of Crows
- El Muro/La Barda
The next step is to plan out my 12 day schedule. This process helped me a bit to narrow down my schedule to just 21 movies. Leaving room for a day job and food but little else.
Here is the full list (with links). I hope a few of these tickle your fancy and you end up attending one or two. Leave a comment about your experiences or if you need someone to go with (because I sure do!).
The Polar Explorer – 8pm
Mission Blue – 7:30pm
El Muro – 6:30pm
Into Eternity – 1pm
Countdown To Zero – 6:30pm
Where Whales Sing – 10:30am
Planeat – 7:30pm
A Murder of Crows – 1pm