Capital Projections: Shutterbug edition

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Capital Projections is The DC Line’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting arthouse and repertory screenings in the coming week.


As I wrote in my Spectrum Culture review of this documentary, “Street photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was an unusually physical shutterbug; he was known to run across the street, ignoring traffic just to line up a promising shot. He would jockey into position for his angled compositions, almost as if he were dancing with his prey, especially with wide-angle lenses that require one to get closer to a subject. As suits its own subject … Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is more dynamic than your typical study of the still image. If the available film and video footage doesn’t quite show him dancing, his body of work attests to a mobility that was stilled all too soon.” Read my full review here.

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Opens Friday at Landmark E Street Cinema.



Now in its fourth year, the Double Exposure Film Festival offers a program of new films that blend investigative reporting with visual storytelling. Screening on the event’s last day, this documentary uncovers the strange world of live streaming in China, where viewers rich and poor alike latch onto young viral stars — often showering them with gifts — in lieu of forming real relationships. The virtual milieu reaches a fever pitch with an annual competition that the festival’s programmers describe as a cross between The Hunger Games and Black Mirror. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Hao Wu and journalist Mei Fong.

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Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1:45 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. $15.



During the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1990, many prosperous citizens fled to Europe, leaving palatial homes in the care of their Sri Lankan, Filipino and Egyptian servants. Such is  the unlikely backdrop for this 1999 black comedy, heavily edited by Lebanese censors upon its original release. The Freer Gallery of Art is showing the fully restored version of the film as part of its series Films From The Arab World: Part 1, which runs through Oct. 21. Director Randa Chahal Sabbagh said of the film: “It was our war, and we should not play the innocent. Unless we accept responsibility for every bullet, we will never become a nation.”

Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art. Free.

(Universal Pictures)


This year the AFI’s annual Noir City DC festival is all double features, following the once-common theatrical practice of screening a prestigious “A-list” studio feature with a B-movie. This double bill leads with the 1943 classic Shadow of a Doubt, directed by Alfred Hitchcock with a screenplay by Thornton Wilder (Our Town). Joseph Cotten stars as Uncle Charlie. He’s on vacation visiting his niece (Teresa Wright), who suspects her doting uncle may in fact be a killer. Hitchcock’s film is being shown with director William Cameron Menzies’ 1944 drama Address Unknown, a low-budget thriller about a San Francisco art dealer (Paul Lukas) who returns with his family to Germany and becomes involved with Nazis. Film Noir Foundation charter director and treasurer Alan K. Rode will introduce the screenings on Oct. 12 and 14.

Watch the trailer for Shadow of a Doubt.

This double feature will screen Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 14, at 12:45 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. $15.

(Kino Lorber)


The National Gallery of Art is screening a new digital restoration of a 1982 documentary that has become a cult classic. Directors Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty compiled  excerpts from what the gallery describes as “hundreds of mid-century propaganda shorts, newsreels, TV ads, and orphaned instructional films for civilians and the military on how to survive an attack.” Also being shown is the short film The Atomic Soldiers, which features recollections from former military personnel who witnessed American nuclear tests in the 1950s.

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Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art. Free.



As part of Multiflora Productions’ second annual Flash of the Spirit — Worldwide Sound Festival, Suns Cinema screens this 1993 music documentary that follows the travels of the nomadic Romany people as they embark on a yearlong journey through India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France and Spain. Read Steven Kiviat’s roundup for some of the live music highlights of this year’s festival, which continues through Oct. 31.

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Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Suns Cinema. $10.

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