WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Go to a museum on any given weekend in Washington, and chances are you’ll find a free movie to barge in on.
This weekend, though, there are a lot more cinematic offerings with no ticket required, and many of them aren’t even decades old.
The 6th annual Alexandria Film Festival kicked off Friday at the Beatley Library in the city’s west end.
Dozens of movies are being screened there and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Old Town, but the films at the library are free.
“This year we’ve got a lot of DC premieres. We’ve even got a world premiere,” says Patti North, chair of the festival’s volunteer organizing committee.
These Alexandria Film Festival movies are free at the Beatley Library:
- 11am: The Eleventh Hour (2007 environmental documentary narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio)
- 1pm: Bat City. Filmmaker Laura Brooks will attend this screening of her 2012 documentary about a huge bat colony in Austin, Texas.
- 3pm: The Last Prank (short) and The Cove (2009 Best Documentary Oscar winner, revealing dolphin abuse in Japan)
- 1pm: Hoot (2006 film based on the Carl Hiassen young adult novel about a teen’s fight to save endangered owls)
- 3pm: Return to the Forest. Director Patricia Sims will attend her short documentary about elephant conservation, narrated by William Shatner.
- 4pm: Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay. Director Sarah Gulick will attend her short documentary about the Chesapeake Bay.
As for the rest of this week’s free movie schedule, it is as follows:
- 1pm: Gone with the Wind (1939), American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium.
- 2pm: Leaving (2011), written by Czech playwright Vaclav Havel. National Gallery of Art East Building Concourse, Auditorium
- 2pm: Cloak and Dagger (1984), Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.
- 4pm: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2011), National Gallery of Art East Building Concourse, Auditorium
- 7:30pm: a silent double feature: Almost a Lady (1926) and You Never Know Women (1926), Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: Letters to an Angel (2009), includes a sampling of traditional cuisine from Kazakhstan. Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.
- 4:30pm: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2011). A documentary about the modern artist. National Gallery of Art East Building Concourse, Auditorium
- 6pm: In the Good Old Summertime (1949), starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson and Buster Keaton. The National Theater