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DC Independent Film Festival 2013 Announces Premieres and Unique Events

Washington D.C. (February 10, 2013) – The DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) has announced official 2013 selections. The festival, in its 15th year, opens March 6th and runs through March 10th, and will premiere 55 feature-length & short films.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 13, 2013 - Press Contact: Maria Datch - 202-338-1198; 202-244-8663; press@dciff.org

15TH ANNUAL DC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FILLS SCHEDULE WITH "OPEN SPACES"

Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2013) – The DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) has announced its official 2013 selections. The festival, which is in its 15th year, opens on March 6th and runs through March 10th, during which time it will premiere 55 feature-length and short films, mainly shown at its primary venue - the US Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20004).

DCIFF will present the world premiere of  Meth Head - starring Lukas Haas (Inception, Brick), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Party Monster), and Blake Berris (Days of Our Lives) - at a Red Carpet event on Thursday, March 7. The film, which follows a man’s descent into addiction, will be followed the next morning by a panel discussion with director Jane Clark, actors from the film and representatives from regional drug addiction support programs.

The festival will open on Tuesday, March 5 with a screening of the bicycling-related documentaries Los Ginger Ninjas and The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky, held in conjunction with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association on the final day of the National Bike Summit.

DCIFF, together with the Voice of America will commemorate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8 with a free afternoon screening of We Women Warriors, a film about three indigenous women in Colombia who use nonviolent resistance against that nation’s warring factions.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Open Spaces”, drawing attention to the role that the space immediately surrounding us - our local community - plays in both the creation and appreciation of art and ideas. “Local needs are represented in open space,” says DCIFF Executive Director Deirdre Evans-Pritchard. “The space that we can see and hear and feel around us holds our sense of community. Film can capture and reflect that sense.”  Also in keeping with the festival’s theme, we will be hosting an “open mic” event collecting oral histories from festival-goers about their “Going to the Movies” experience.

Throughout its history, DCIFF has prided itself on the fact that many of the key figures from the films - writers, directors, actors, issue experts, and documentary subjects - are able to be present at the festival and to discuss the matters raised by their films in the panel discussions, Q&A sessions, master classes, and seminars that are part of the festival. 2013 is no exception, as many of the directors, actors, and documentary subjects are planning to attend the festival. Evans-Pritchard says: “The festival serves both filmmakers and the general public by not only presenting documentary and issue-based films, but also by bringing the filmmakers and other experts together with the public for a discussion that broadens the understanding of both.”

Alongside its diverse slate of films, DCIFF will continue its tradition of supporting the art of filmmaking by holding workshops on:  Optioning Books; Cinematography; Casting; Crowdfunding; Animation; Law and Film.  

In addition to these seminars and workshops, we are pleased to announce that both Blake Berris (Meth Head, Days of Our Lives) and Q'orianka Kilcher (Shouting Secrets, The New World) will be conducting master classes for actors.

The festival also sponsors a "Summit on the Hill" (Thursday, March 7th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM; Congressional Offices, Room TBD) hosted by the Congressional Entertainment Caucus: a unique opportunity for filmmakers, media, producers, and other industry professionals to share their concerns and their expert perspectives with Congressional policymakers.

DCIFF is about more than just film, featuring a nightly happy hour with live musical entertainment by local bands and a chance to mingle with filmmakers, actors, and fellow festival-goers.

CLOSING NIGHT
Shouting Secrets (DC Premiere)
7:30 PM Sunday, March 4
US Navy Memorial
Director: Korinna Sehringer
Filmmaker and Cast Member Q’orianka Kilcher in Attendance

WORLD PREMIERES
Meth Head
8:15 PM Thursday, March 7
US Navy Memorial
Director: Jane Clark
With director and cast members attending

Normal
5:00 PM Saturday, March 9
US Navy Memorial
Director: Nicholas Richards
With filmmaker and cast members in attendance

The Cold Heart
2:30 PM Saturday, March 9, screens in Amazing Animation Program
US Navy Memorial
Director: Hannes Rall
With filmmaker in attendance

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
We Women Warriors
Noon Friday, March 8          
Voice of America Auditorium, Wilbur J Cohen Building
Director: Nicole Karsin
Followed by a Q&A with the director

SPECIAL NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCREENING
Let There Be Light
Evening: Friday March 7
The National Cathedral
Director: Peter Swanson
With filmmaker and artist Rowan LeCompte in attendance; Garrison Keillor invited

HORROR NIGHT SPECIAL
Hard Shoulder
9:30 PM Friday, March 8
Directed by Nicholas David Lean
US Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance

Wednesday March 6, 2013

6:00 - 8:15 PM: The New Woman: Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky and Los Ginger Ninjas ($; Navy Memorial)
8:00 - 9:00 PM Music (Free:Navy Memorial President’s Room) with Cash Bar
9:00 - 11:00 PM The First Winter and Granny Baby ($; Navy Memorial)

Thursday. March 7th

9:00AM - 1:00 PM Independent Filmmakers On The Hill (Free; TBD)
6:30 - 7:45 PM Boys Are Us ($; Navy Memorial Theater)
7:30 - 8:15 PM Reception for Meth Head ($; Navy Memorial President’s Room)
8:15 - 11:00 PM Meth Head ($; US Navy Memorial Theater)
6.30 PM Mr. Stokes Mission and Directing Dissent ($; Goethe Institute, Penn Quarter)
9:00 PM Between Two Rivers ($; Goethe Institute, Penn Quarter)

Friday. March 8th

10:00 AM Panel: Meth Addiction (TBD)
12:00 - 2:30 PM: We Women Warriors (Free; Voice of America (VOA) Building Auditorium. Followed by reception)
5:45 - 6:45 PM: Music (Free) with Cash Bar
7:00 - 9:00 PM Corporate FM ($; Navy Memorial President’s Room)
6:45 PM: Oros (The Coinbearer) & LIFELESS #BeingKindaDeadSortaSucks (Navy Memorial President’s)
9 PM: Music (Free; Navy Memorial President’s Room) with Cash Bar
9.30 PM: Hard Shoulder and Heads Up ($:Navy Memorial)

Saturday, March 9th

12.00 -  2.30 PM Shorts 1 (7 films) ($; Navy Memorial)
2.30  -  5.00 PM Amazing Animation (11 films) ($; Navy Memorial)
5.00 -  7:00 PM Normal  & A Bird In The Hand ($;  Navy Memorial)
6:45 -  7:30 PM Music (Free; Navy Memorial President’s Room) with Cash Bar
7:30 -  9:30 PM Camera Shy ($; Navy Memorial)
7:30 -  9:30 PM: Docs at Night (4 films) ($; Navy Memorial President’s)
9.30 - 11:30 PM Late Night Chills and Thrills: Shorts and Animation (5 films) ($; Navy Memorial r)

Sunday, March 10th

12.00 - 2.15 PM Shorts: On the Lighter Side (6 films) ($; Navy Memorial)
2:15 - 4:30 PM Experimental and Shorts (6 films)  ($; Navy Memorial)
4:30 - 7.00 PM Baromas (Forever)  ($;Navy Memorial)
7:30 PM Shouting Secrets  ($; Navy Memorial)
9 PM Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Party with Music ($; Navy Memorial)

DCIFF Full Official Feature Film Selections List and Descriptions available at http://dciff-indie.org/). Our selected features are:

Boys Are Us Switzerland / 2012 / 73min / directed by Peter Luisi
Camera Shy Canada / 2012 / 91mins / directed by Mark Sawers
Hard Shoulder UK / 2012 / 88min / directed by Nicholas David Lean
Shouting Secrets Switzerland / 2012 / 88min / directed by Korinna Sehringer
The First Winter Canada / 2012 / 72min / directed by Ryan Mc Kenna / East Coast Premiere
Meth Head USA / 2013 / 108min / directed by Jane Clark / World Premiere
Normal USA / 2012 / 75 min / directed by Nicholas Richards / World Premiere
Oros (The Coinbearer) Philippines & USA / 2012 / 81min / directed by Paul Sta Ana / US Premiere
Baromas (Forever) India / 2012 / 124min / directed by Dhiraj Meshram

More about this year's DCIFF:

* The festival has always been 100% volunteer and 100% independent and as one of the few truly independent film festivals left in the US, is even more impressive that it has remained constant during its tenure.  

* DCIFF presents and promotes independent filmmakers as they move into the highly interactive and interconnected world that reflects the reality of independent filmmaking today.  Our selection principles are simple: well-made, brave and conceptually challenging regardless of constraints. The festival has welcomed directors and producers such as John Daly, Keifer Sutherland, Ed Sanchez, Harry Shearer, and Les Blank.

Web site (http://dciff-indie.org/) friend us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dciff), subscribe to our "DCIFF Live" blog (dciff-indie.org/), follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DCIndieFilmFest) or call the DCIFF office at 202-338-1198

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