Final Weekend of DC’s ‘Environmental Film Festival’ and More

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As one set of free movies ends in the DC-Baltimore area, a few new ones begin!

This is the final weekend of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and while most of the documentaries in that series require paid admission, the films listed below are free.

And while that festival draws to a close, free movies are returning this week to the National Theatre in DC. The playhouse is devoting the next eight Monday nights to the films of Paul Newman.

Plus there’s the usual array of family films, certified classics, crazy B-movies and, for good measure, a new documentary about John Waters’s larger-than-life cross-dressing star, the late Divine.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, March 29th:

Saturday:

  • 11:15am: “The Sandlot” (1993). A new kid in the neighborhood learns to play baseball. Part of the series “Play Ball! Hollywood and the American Pastime” at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 1:30pm: A series of animated shorts from the former Czechoslovakia will play at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Kobol’s Last Gleaming (Part 2),” the season 1 finale. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Boogie Nights” (1997). P. T. Anderson’s epic of 1970s porn culture in Los Angeles. Part of a tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 10:30am: A series of animated shorts under the heading “Nature Unfolds” will play at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: Four films. First, “Char: No Man’s Island” (2013). Then, at 1:45, “Can’t Stop the Water” (2013), followed at 2:30 by “A Village Called Versailles” (2009) and “Living on the Edge of Disaster: Climate’s Human Cost” (2013) at 4:00. Playing at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 1pm: A double-feature. “The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley” (2011) and “Naturopolis: New York, the Green Revolution” (2013). Playing at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Raising Shrimp“(2014). A quest for a better shellfish. Playing at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 4:30pm: “Manakamana” (2013). Tradition and modernity collide in contemporary Nepal. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: “Shooting in the Wild” (2013). A short film about the dangers of making documentaries among wild animals. Then, at 7pm, several short films about farming innovations will play at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7pm: “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101” (2014). A documentary about the Comanche activist. Playing at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC.

Sunday:

  • 12:30pm: “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (2011). Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the story of a search for a body in the Anatolian steppes. Part of the exhibit “In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “P. S. I Love You” (2007). A young widow discovers ten messages from her late husband meant to help her through her grief. An Irish-American Heritage Month film at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: “Gone with the Wind” (1939). The Oscar winning epic that made moviegoers “give a damn” about love and loss in the Civil War. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 2:30pm: “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” (2009). Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., as the real life doctor who overcame an impoverished background to become a world-renowned brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins University. A Women’s History Month film at Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St., NE, Washington, DC.
  • 8pm: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion follow the Yellow Brick Road in this cinematic masterpiece. The final film in “Fantasy Flicks!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

The Environmental Film Festival concludes with:

Monday:

  • 6pm: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969). The original buddy comedy starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as old west outlaws. The first film in the series “Paul Newman: A Life in the Cinema” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: “The Aviator” (2004). Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Howard Hughes, from his early ambitious years to his increasingly eccentric seclusion. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 8pm: “The Merciful Buddha” (1979). Human faced horses, giant chimpanzees and rocks from outer space. What more could you ask for? Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: “Brain Games” (2013). The NatGeo reality series about that thing in your skull. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 5:30pm: “R.I.P.D.” (2013). A recently-murdered cop joins a police force in the afterlife to try to find his killer. Playing at the Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: A pop movie for adults at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 7pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009). A young genius’s machine turns the weather into food. What could possibly go wrong? A First Tuesday family flick at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md.

Wednesday:

  • 4pm: “The Tale of Despereaux” (2008). A bookish mouse, a grumpy rat and an ugly girl bond in a princess castle. An Afterschool Movie Matinee at Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, Md.
  • 6pm: “Erin Brockovich” (2000). Starring Julia Roberts as the real-life single mom who helped build a major environmental case against one of the biggest utilities in the country. Playing at Prince Frederick Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “Hitchcock” (2012). Starring Anthony Hopkins as the master of suspense. Part of the Hitchcock film series at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.

Thursday:

  • 3pm: “The Trip to Bountiful” (1985). An elderly woman trapped in her lowly apartment dreams of returning to her childhood home. Part of Road Movies in April at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5pm: An LOL movie for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: Teen movie night at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Title to be announced at the first of the month.
  • 7:30pm: A screwball comedy double feature: “The Matrimonial Bed” (1930) and “Two Heads on a Pillow” (1934). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “I Am Divine” (2013). A documentary about John Waters’s drag queen muse. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 7th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC.

Friday:

  • 2pm: A Friday matinee at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 724-8707 for details.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 7pm: Doctor Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “Asylum of the Daleks,” the 7th series premiere. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Babette’s Feast” (1987). Two sisters in a remote village take in a French refugee, who makes an elaborate feast on the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
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