Outdoor Film Fests Ruling The Landscape This Week

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It’s getting to be that time of year.

Just as one free outdoor movie festival wraps up at Union Market in D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood, two more outdoor film series are starting up on this Mother’s Day weekend.

One of them is dubbed Screen on the Green, though this isn’t the one on the National Mall. That will likely begin in summertime proper. This Screen on the Green is at a winery in Fairfax County, and it starts on Saturday.

As for the other outdoor series, the Lake Anna Summer Film Festival begins on Mother’s Day with a movie that’s perfect for Mom, especially if she’s a Dancing Queen: “Mamma Mia!” Lake Anna’s festival continues every second Sunday of the month through September.

Here’s the full list of free movies, indoors and out, for the week starting Saturday, May 10th:

Saturday:

  • 1pm: Two features. First, a collection of short, independent films from countries in the Soviet sphere. Then, at 3:30, “The Magic Flute” (1975), director Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Mozart’s opera. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Monsters University” (2013). The Pixar prequel that shows two inseparable beasts weren’t always best friends. A family movie at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 2pm: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975). The British troupe’s hilariously crude take on King Arthur. A Saturday matinee at Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, Md.
  • 2pm: “Moon” (2009). An astronaut works alone on Earth’s nearest neighbor. Playing at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 3pm: “Finding Nemo” (2003). An overprotective clown fish goes way out of his comfort zone when his only son gets lost in the open ocean. A family movie at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Home (Part 1),” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Elena” (2012). The true story of a young Brazilian woman who travels to New York in search of her sister, who left decades before to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Director Petra Costa will attend the screening at Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. A $10 donation is suggested. RSVP here.
  • 7:30pm: A monsters double-feature. “Black Friday” (1940) and “House of Frankenstein” (1944). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “French Kiss” (1995). A woman flies to Paris to confront her cheating husband, only to be seduced, in more ways than one, by a con man in the next seat over. The debut of Screen on the Green in Paradise at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Communists brainwash a former Korean War POW into becoming an assassin. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Sunday:

  • 1pm: A French nocturnal double feature. “Friday Night” (2002) and “Night and Day” (1991). Playing at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Been Rich All My Life” (2006). A documentary about the 1930s Harlem dance troupe the Silver Belles, some of whose members are still alive and kicking today! Playing at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 4pm: “Austeria” (1982). A roadside motel becomes a refuge for Jews defending against invading Cossacks. Part of the series “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Spies Like Us” (1985). A couple of bumbling government employees think they’re spies, but the joke’s on them. Part of a month of Chevy Chase flicks at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Private Benjamin” (1980). A socialite learns life isn’t so easy when she joins the Army on a lark. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sundown: “Mamma Mia!” (2008). The movie based on the music of ABBA is the first movie in the Lake Anne Summer Film Festival, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.

Monday:

  • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Monday at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Film repeats at 6:30pm. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
  • 3pm: “Gay Pioneers” (2004). A look at the homosexual civil rights movement that sprang up alongside the African-American movement of the 1960s. A panel discussion devoted to Arlington gay rights activist Dr. Lily Vincenz will follow at Arlington’s Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.
  • 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 5pm: “Ender’s Game” (2013). A young boy must put his gaming skills to the test against a very real alien invasion. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6pm: “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” (1990). An elderly couple struggles to face the changes surrounding them in 1930s America. Part of the series “Cool Hand Paul” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Washington Square” (1997). The shy daughter of a wealthy man must decide whether to marry for love or money. A Book on Film at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “In the Bedroom” (2001). A couple struggles with their son’s murder. Based on the short story “Killings” by Andre Dubus. Part of the “Read the Book First! Book Club and Film” series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Oral Histories from the Gold Coast and the Upper 16th Street Communities” (2013). A short documentary on D.C.’s elite African-American enclave. Producer Marvin Jones will attend the screening at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Hitler Dead or Alive” (1942). Ex-con bounty hunters head to Germany to chase the Nazi dictator and a million dollar prize. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “White Heat” (1949). James Cagney plays a psychopath who plans a daring heist after a brazen prison break. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday:

  • 5pm: “Avalon” (1990). A Jewish family from Poland tries to make better lives for themselves in America at the turn of the 20th century. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 5pm: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). For L. Frank Baum’s birthday (May 15th), a screening of the classic film that sent Dorothy over the rainbow, playing at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Premium Rush” (2012). Joseph Gordok-Levitt plays a Manhattan bike messenger who has a parcel with international implications fall into his lap. A Pop Movie for National Bike Month at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 7pm: “Besouro” (2009). A Brazilian slave uses martial arts and mystical powers to lead a resistance movement. Playing at Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. A $10 donation is suggested. RSVP here.
  • 8:30pm: “Spellbound” (1945). A psychiatrist tries to protect an amnesia patient accused of mirdered. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday:

  • 11am: “The Human Scale: Bringing Cities to Life” (2012). A documentary about how planning cities for cars and pedestrians can improve the urban experience. Playing at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 3pm: A Wednesday Night Teen Movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
  • 6pm: Teen Movie Night at Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 698-0183 for details.
  • 7pm: “Spanish Lake” (2014). An unflinching look at economic inequalities and racism in a small Minnesota town. A D.C. premiere at Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. A $10 donation is suggested. RSVP here.
  • 8:30pm: “A Bronx Tale” (1993). A father worries about his son when a gangster takes him under his wing. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Thursday:

  • 1pm: A marathon of Hollywood movies directed by Asian filmmakers. It starts with “The Joy Luck Club” (1993) from director Wayne Wang. Then at 3:30, Ang Lee’s “The Hulk” (2003), followed at at 6:30 by “Monsoon Wedding” (2001) from director Mira Nair. Playing at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-1225 for details.
  • 3pm: “The Philadelphia Story” (1940). Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant star in this screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6:30pm: “Little Women” (1933). The early adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, starring Katharine Hepburn, screening ahead of Mother’s Day at Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “Psycho” (1960). It’s always the shy ones, at this mysterious motel. Classic Cinema Night at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “To Be Takei” (2014). A new documentary about the man who played Sulu on “Star Trek,” who’s found a new audience as a witty online sensation. George Takei himself will attend the screening at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Her” (2013). A love story between a man and the voice on his smartphone. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: “Oral Histories from the Gold Coast and the Upper 16th Street Communities” (2013). The short documentary screens again at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Unknown” (1946). Two investigators check out the strange doings in a spooky mansion. Part of the “We Love a Mystery” movie series at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “King Kong” (1933). A filmmaker brings a prehistoric ape from an uncharted island to the island of Manhattan. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Dark Passage” (1947). A Bogart and Bacall film noir about a wrongfully accused man out to clear his name for his wife’s murder. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 12pm: “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” Episode 1, “The Gift,” enters the Jazz Age through the genius of Louis Arnstrong and Duke Ellington. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 1pm: A French nocturnal double feature. “Naked” (1993). David Thewlis stars as a motor-mouthed madman searching for stimulation on the seedy streets of London. Playing at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Bells of Saint John,” from the 7th series. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” (2013). An ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary about the big-wave surfer who’d come to embody modern Hawaiian culture. Playing at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru is enlisted to defeat an upstart supervillain. Part of the Films in the Park series at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “King Kong Escapes” (1967). The giant ape has to retrieve a radioactive element after a mechanized King Kong fails to do so. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Psycho” (1960). Playing again at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
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