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Film Series: DC4Reel


Bring the Beat
Chris McDonald - USA - 60 mins

Bring the Beat is a captivating documentary that celebrates the global reach of D.C.'s homegrown go-go. Witness electrifying performances by go-go icon Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott, Wiley Brown, Elijah Jamal Balbed's The JoGo Project, Malik Dope, Sweet Cherie, Deborah Bond, and the Philippe Lemm Group, a Dutch ensemble playing their own go-go inspired music. ... more

Sunday, April 21
3:00 PM
FREE
Saturday, April 27
8:45 PM
FREE

Freedom Hair
Dianne Houston - USA - 99 mins

From Dianne Houston, a D.C. native and Oscar®-nominated writer and director, Freedom Hair is an inspiring drama based on the true story of Melony Armstrong, who battled state regulations to establish her own natural hair braiding business in Mississippi. Through Armstrong's journey toward financial independence and her confrontation of systemic obstacles, ... more

Saturday, April 27
2:00 PM
FREE

Hope of Escape
Amy Gerber - USA - 91 mins

In Hope of Escape, director Amy Gerber, from Reston, Va., brings to light a gripping true story. Enslaved mother and daughter Diana and Cornelia, must escape before they are sold and separated forever. Their only hope is to connect with their free relatives in the North and convince the most powerful abolitionists of their time to help them. The film takes ... more

Saturday, April 27
1:40 PM
FREE

The Humbler - Danny Gatton
Virginia Quesada - USA - 92 mins

This vibrant and revealing documentary delves into the life and legacy of the D.C. metro-based artist Danny Gatton, known as "The World's Greatest Unknown Guitarist." Gatton, who hailed from D.C.'s Anacostia area, mastered blues, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, and rockabilly. The Humbler offers a captivating glimpse into Gatton's journey, blending candid ... more

Saturday, April 20
8:45 PM
$14.00

The Novelist
Harold Jackson III - USA - 77 mins

After fatally harming a renowned author and seizing his latest manuscript, Alex believes she's slipped under the radar. Her sense of security shatters when the author's fierce illegitimate son emerges, seeking what he believes is rightfully his. Directed and written by Emmy-nominated Harold Jackson III, the film embodies a distinct blend of thriller and dark ... more

Saturday, April 20
2:00 PM
FREE

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