Free Movie Weekend Doesn’t Stop for Holidays

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Art films. Classics. Crime dramas. Horror movies. Musicals.

It’s a jam packed week of free movies in DC, even on this Easter holiday weekend.

Here’s the full list for the week starting March 30th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: Sign Painters (2013), a documentary about the revival of traditional, hand-lettered business signs. At the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2:30pm: Passing Through (1977). A jazz musician seeks out his mentor after he’s released from prison for murdering a white gangster. Part of the series “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Once More, with Feeling”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.

Sunday:

  • 4:30pm: a triple-feature of movies by experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich. The shorts Seeing Red (2005) and The Head of a Pin (2004) will be followed by Gut Renovation (2012), a documentary about the revival, or some might say gentrification, of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Friedrich will hold a question and answer session after the films at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.

Monday:

  • 6pm: The Search (1948) is Montgomery Clift’s film debut. He plays an American soldier who tries to help a mute boy find his mother after they were separated in a concentration camp in World War II. Part of the series “Montgomery Clift: American Enigma” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: Curse of the Doll People (1961). An army of voodoo dolls send some thieves on a trip to Hell. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: “Mystery of a Masterpiece” (2012), a PBS NOVA episode about the process art historians use to verify the authenticity of works like those of Leonardo Da Vinci. Part of the Tuesdays at Noon series at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW.
  • 7pm: The Sugar Curtain (2005), a documentary about the Cuban Revolution as seen by those who were born after it began. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.

Wednesday:

  • 10am: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Stanley Kubrick’s classic satire of Cold War hysteria. Playing at the Alden, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.
  • 7pm: Sanguivorous (2005), a tale about a woman who discovers she’s a vampire as she tries to get to the bottom of her mysterious illness. Screening as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.

Thursday:

  • 7:30pm: Paris Blues (1961), starring Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as jazz musicians enjoying a carefree life in Paris, until an encounter with two American girls forces them to ask themselves whether they should move back to the States in a time of racial turmoil. Part of the “April in Paris” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), a documentary about the German artist as he prepares for a career retrospective. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW.

Friday:

  • 7pm: Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012), a very 80s take on the Korean mob scene. Part of the Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “The Family of Blood”, from season 3. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7:30pm: An American in Paris (1951), starring Gene Kelly as the titular character in this Oscar winning classic filled with Gershwin favorites. Part of the “April in Paris” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
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