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RIFE 2011 - DC/MD/VA Film Showcase
RIFE 2011 - DC/MD/VA Film Showcase

Today in my continuing preview of this weekend's REEL Independent Film Extravaganza, I'm going to stick close to home with the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) showcase. Of the over thirty films in the festival, nearly half are produced by local filmmakers.

If you missed its AFI premiere, that I wrote about here on WUSA, you can check out Jason Baustin's Gone Forever (trailer). This 23 minute film tells the story of a young widower who struggles to find peace following the death of his wife. Gone Forever screens Saturday in the 4PM block.

For the pro wrestling fans out there, Kenny Johnson's documentary Pro Wrestler chronicles the careers of five independent wrestlers. While dismissed by many as “fake,” Pro Wrestler shows the real life trials and tribulations of men whose chief aspiration is to entertain. Screening at 12PM on Saturday.

Imagine looking into your family's past and discovering that your grandfather was in the service of the Third Reich. That's what happened to Virginia filmmaker Amy Gerber, who documents her experience in My Grandfather was a Nazi Scientist. In this hour long film, Amy uncovers the work her physicist grandfather performed for the Axis Powers. Screening Saturday at 2PM.

Fans of comedies with a female ensemble cast (think Bridesmaids) should check out She's in the Details (trailer) by Maryland filmmaker Robert Hagans at 12PM on Sunday. Four best friends come together to support one of their own at her ex's wedding. But maintaining their civility proves difficult to impossible.

Indie musicals are a bit of a rarity, indie musicals from the D.C. area even more so. But we've got one this weekend for you Sunday at 2PM. Directed by Tom Basham, Bright Lights and Promises (trailer) is an update on the classic A Star Is Born and features the Grammy winning music of Janis Ian as performed by the cast.

On Sunday at 4PM, we'll have the world premiere of End of Occupation (trailer), a dark comedy by director Mike McMullin. Featuring 120 local actors, End of Occupation connects multiple stories as people's lives are interrupted by telemarketers.

In addition to this slate of films, throughout the weekend there will be shorts by DMV filmmakers such as Scott Lunt, Anthony Greene, and Pamela Nash.

RIFE takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23 at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. For more information on the festival and for ticket information, visit the website .