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The DMV Indie Film Showcase

In my first blog here I wrote about the exciting but under-the-radar local film scene. So I'm thrilled to do my part in putting some local filmmakers on the radar by announcing The DMV Indie Film Showcase, which will highlight some of the D.C. Area's brightest filmmaking talent. The event will take place Thursday December 2 and Sunday December 5 at 7PM at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.

My production company, Ciscovaras Pictures, is hosting the event and we are very fortunate to have a program of short films selected by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins of Cinema A La Mode. Sydney-Chanele sees hundreds of films every year and she has picked some of the best to screen at the DMV Indie Film Showcase. Here are some of the shorts from the program, which include several Rosebud winners:

LOADING (3 min.) Director - Daniel Supanick

City of Alexandria Announces 2010 Holiday Concert Series

From Jack Browand of the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities:

Enjoy the festive sounds of the season in Alexandria as a break between shopping, on your way to dinner, or just to get into the holiday spirit. Come enjoy local performers with their rich talent as they entertain you during this festive time of year Types of music featured include barbershop, folk, Hanukah favorites, hand bell ringers and good old fashioned caroling.

All the performances are free and held outdoors. Concerts will be cancelled due to inclement weather. For up to date information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

The following concerts are scheduled at Market Square, 301 King St.

Saturday, November 27

  • Potomac Harmony Chorus (Women’s Barbershop) at 1 pm
  • Doris Justis (Acoustic?Folk) at 2 pm

Sunday, November 28

ArtFest 2010: Open House and Holiday Party

From Erica Fortwengler of The Art League:

ArtFest 2010, our lively Open House and Holiday Party will take place Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00pm at 305 Madison Street. This fun FREE event takes place at The Art League's Madison Annex, which is where all of The Art League's 3D classes are taught. Tour the facility while viewing works by Art League instructors, enjoying artist demonstrations, listening to great live music by Rew Smith band, shopping at our popular holiday Ceramic and Jewelry Sale (which will be held throughout the weekend), enjoying food and drinks, and more. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Second Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker

The following was sent to us by Tara Carter:

DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.

Torpedo Factory Art Center Celebrates FotoWeek

46 local and international artists are currently being featured in the "Five by Five Exposed" exhibit in the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria. This week's “FotoWeek” at Torpedo Factory includes "Second Thursday Art Night" tonight from 6-9 p.m. Tonight is FREE and you can browse open studios, interact with artists and enjoy refreshments.

Don't forget - every Friday at 1 p.m. you can meet at the main entrance of the Art Center for a FREE artist led tour of the Torpedo Factory!

 

4th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Alexandria Film Festival November 4 - 7 and includes 38 fantastic films 25 of which are premieres, in six different venues including AMC Hoffman, Old Town Theatre, the Athenaeum, the Lyceum, Convergence and the Durant Arts Center.  We have something for everyone - foreign films, a silent film with live piano accompaniment, an award-winning documentary by a local filmmaker, stars and filmmakers.  For a complete schedule and tickets visit http://www.alexandriafilm.org/.