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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.

Aidan Design Donates Kitchenette/Art Center During a Day of Service at Martha's Table

Aidan Design Donates Kitchenette/Art Center During a Day of Service at Martha's Table

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Aidan Design Gives Back to the Community on Friday, Dances on Saturday

by Sherry Moeller

With the 10th anniversary of Aidan Design this month, its owners Nadia Subaran and John Schmiedigen wanted to do something special for the community that has supported them the last decade. Aidan Design, a custom kitchen firm in Bethesda, Md., decided to donate a Day of Service by designing and installing a kitchenette, handwashing station and art center at Martha's Table, a Northwest DC charitable organization that provides food and education to the area's homeless.

Alexandria Teacher Named National History Teacher of the Year

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

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 - 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:

Occasionally Cake Welcomes New Cake Decorator

Occasionally Cake Welcomes New Cake Decorator

Nicole Garcia of Crystal City, Va. Joins Alexandria Cake Shop

 This time last year, Nicole Garcia was skiing the slopes in her hometown of Park City, Utah and finishing up her education at Brigham Young University. One year later and settled in the Washington, D.C. area, Garcia is fulfilling her life-long dream of cake decorating.  Although she earned a degree in advertising, Garcia’s creative eye has always been poised for the flair and imagination for cake decorating, which led her to Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. Call 703-780-CAKE or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

Park Authority Honors Resource Management Volunteers

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

 

The Fairfax County Park Authority Resource Management Division recently honored dozens of volunteers who provide significant contributions of time and talent to the interpretation and stewardship of Fairfax County’s natural and cultural resources.  Volunteers from across the park system were honored.

Mike Moran, a resident of Vienna, Va., was the recipient of a Volunteer Excellence Award recognizing his work at Colvin Run Mill.  Moran became a volunteer in 2002 and has worn many hats since.  From tour docent to author of the site’s Natural Resource Management Plan, he has been instrumental in the site’s continued success.