* Film Festival kicks off with free party at Torpedo Factory Art Center on Sept. 24.
* Event includes comedies, foreign films, intriguing documentaries, discussions with filmmakers and a silent film with live organ accompaniment.
The third annual Alexandria Film Festival, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27, features a diverse program of short and feature-length films, including narratives, animation, documentaries, and entries by student filmmakers from the City of Alexandria and the Washington metropolitan region. Films will be shown at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., across the street from the King Street Metro station.
The Festival kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 24 with "Contrasts," a black-and-white extravaganza at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., from 6-9 p.m. "Contrasts" is a free party that includes music, refreshments, open artists’ studios, and an array of "silent" films projected simultaneously throughout the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The public is invited to attend and to dress in black and white.
The Festival continues Friday, Sept. 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. For a complete schedule of film showings, including film narratives, visit www.AlexandriaFilm.org.
Festival passes can be purchased in advance for $25, or are available for $35 at the Festival. One-day passes are also available, and cost $10 in advance or $15 at the Festival.
For more information, to screen film trailers and to purchase tickets, visit www.alexandriafilm.org or call the Durant Center at 703-746-5560.
Festival Schedule at a Glance …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
6 p.m. Opening Night Event "Contrast" at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
7 p.m. Bon Voyage
7:15 p.m. Rumba
8:45 p.m. Le Paradis de l’Imbecile (Fool’s Paradise)
9 p.m. Clean Mic: Laughing Until It Hurts – Special Guests: Director
Will Gorham and Comedians Freddi Vernell and Sam Beamon
10:45 p.m. The Spam Job
11 p.m. Idiots and Angels
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
10 a.m. Game Over and Bahama Frostbite
10:20 a.m. Animated Poems
10:45 a.m. The Art of Giving
10:50 a.m. Eco Dude
11 a.m. Living Legends of Alexandria
11:15 a.m. The Story of Community Bridge
12 p.m. Li Tong
1:30 p.m. Shoot First, Pray You Live
3:15 p.m. Katyn
5:30 p.m. Fresh – Special Guest: Rob Krupicka, City Councilmember
7 p.m. Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg – Special Guest: Director Aviva Kempner
9 p.m. Nosferatu – Special Guest: Organist Andrew Simpson
11 p.m. City of Borders
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
10 a.m. Max
10:15 a.m. Sebastian’s Voodoo
10:20 a.m. The Miracle
11 a.m. Land Gewinnen (Gaining Ground)
11:30 a.m. After the Storm – Special Guest: Director Hilla Medalia
1:45 p.m. Crude – Special Guest: Attorney Steven Donziger
4:15 p.m. Redemption Stone – Special Guests: Director Tom Dziedzic
and Tom Lewis, founder of The Fishing School
5:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony – Reception to Follow