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Districtland Podcast

At DCIFF 2016 we sat down with five DC residents to talk about what DC means to those who are from here and those who have moved here. Stimulated by the screening of the web series pilot, Districtland, the conversation touches on themes of gentrification, belonging, racial divides, and sense of place. We recorded the conversation and bring you this podcast in the hope of starting a discussion around these important topics and how they affect you as a resident, or a visitor, of Washington D.C.

Districtland couples the sense of place established by many web series (Portlandia, The Wire, Sex in the City) with explorations of identity, work, life and love by 5 young professionals housing together in DC. As the podcast shows, everyone experiences the city differently and our panelists are split on whether anyone who isn’t born in DC (and that is a large percentage of the residents) can ever really understand its true soul.

Our moderator for the podcast has made DC his home. Writer and professor Suleiman Osman, adds: “I had a very interesting conversation with three millennials born and raised in District and the director. The three Washingtonians had just watched the pilot and had a range of reactions. The conversation started with a discussion and debate about DC identity. How long does someone have to live in the District before one can claim to truly be “from DC”? Does one need to have spent their childhood in the city? What can someone new to the city do to justly claim a DC identity? The conversation moved into a discussion about gentrification and whether the show captured well the complexity of the topic. We also had a spirited discussion about diversity in television shows, particularly the plethora of shows about young millennials in center cities. All in all, it was a very illuminating conversation”

Are you from DC? Have you watched it change? Are you a newcomer to the city? What does it mean to put down roots in a place? What does it mean to identify with a place? How does one engage with the history of place that was before one’s time? We welcome your comments and hope the podcast serves to keep the conversation going.

Panelists


claire-douglassClaire Douglass is a proud DC native and resident. Professionally, she works in the nonprofit field on climate and energy issues. She also executive produced the documentary short Drill, Spill, Repeatnarrated by Alexandra Cousteau.

johnjohnsonJohn Johnson is a native Washingtonian, playwright and actor. He’s currently working on Anacostia Unmappedwhere he interviews residents East of the River and explores and uncovers the hidden treasures in our great city.

suleimanosmanSuleiman Osman is Associate Professor of American Culture at GWU, where he specializes in U.S. urban history, the built environment, U.S. cultural & social history, race & ethnicity, and how urban spaces both shape and are produced by culture and politics.

rahimariceRahima R. Rice is a writer/director from Washington, D.C. Through her company, The 4208 Group, she has produced several plays, a short film and the upcoming web series Room 513.

russellmaxsimonRussell Max Simon is a filmmaker living just outside DC. Writer and Producer of Districtland, he has written and directed four shorts and one feature, currently in post-production. He also founded 7k Films, a grant for ultra low budget filmmakers.


humanities_logoDCIFF thanks the DC Council on the Humanities for its generous support of the discussion, taping and sharing of this podcast.

2016 DCIFF FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

Best Narrative Short Film
MINISTRY OF GUILT, Directed by Detsky Graffam (UK/2015/10mins)

Best Documentary Short Film
LAST DAY OF FREEDOM, Directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman (USA/2015/31:50mins)

Best Animation
THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PILTS, Directed by Janette Goodey (Australia/2015/8mins)

Best Documentary Film
MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW, Directed by Rick Goldsmith (USA/2015/57mins)

Best International Film
A STRUGGLE FOR HOME: THE CRIMEAN TATARS Directed by Christina Paschyn (Ukraine, Qatar/2015/45mins)

Best Feature Film
HAZE, Directed by David Burkman (USA/2015/106mins)

Best of Metro DC Film
KARA, Directed by Dippen Zinzuvadia (USA/2015/80mins)

Best of Fest
THE EYE OF ISTANBUL, Directed by Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak (Turkey/2015/61mins)

Announcing our High School Film Competition Finalists

COUNTDOWN
(USA/2015/6:51mins/Narrative) Directed by Valeria Hansen
Michael Gemelli sees countdowns above people’s heads that indicate how long they have left to live.

DOMAR: TO TAME
(USA/2015/6:47mins/Documentary) Directed by Benjamin Ades
Portrait of a horse tamer from Uruguay.

INCUBUS
(USA/2015/5:42mins) Directed by Jacob ChangRascle
After a boy finds a mysterious key, the day takes a turn for the worse.

JUVENILE JUSTICE: THE ROAD TO REFORM
(USA/2015/8mins/Documentary) Directed by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media
It was a turbulent spring of 2015 as protesters and rioters took to the streets of Baltimore.

LUCIDITY
(USA/2015/5mins/Narrative) Directed by Ellis Kauffman, Eli Idunate, Meredith Morran, Paxton Tye
The line between dream and reality is often blurred.

MY TIGER AND I
(USA/2015/3:59mins/Narrative) Directed by Josh Leong
A tale of loss and loyalty.

PICKING UP THE PIECES
(USA/2015/27.27mins/Documentary) Directed by Joshua Tebeau
The perspectives of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors as they rebuilt their lives after the Second World War.

SOMETIMES, MAYBE
(USA/2015/5:41mins/Narrative) Directed by Cole Bacani
While packing for college one evening, Anna stumbles upon a mysterious letter.

THE RINGING
(China/2015/5:24mins/Narrative) Directed by Zhe Chen
A short story about domestic violence and its subsequent influence on a child’s growth.

THE CLASSROOM
(Brazil/2015/2:32mins/Animation) Directed by students from NAVE Recife – Cícero Dias Technical School
Just a regular day in the classroom.

THE WORM
(UK/2015/5mins/Narrative & Animation) Directed by Alex Rafael Rose
A boy’s doodle comes to life and wreaks havoc all over his house and body.

WOUND – A FILM DIARY
(USA/2015/3mins/ Experimental) Directed by Lauren Loesberg
A film about the director’s relationship with ambition and pressure.

YOUNG
(UK/2015/12mins/Narrative) Directed by Jack Hochschild
The elder of two orphaned teenage sisters has a child.

Announcing our 2016 Shorts

Announcing the Short Films screening at DCIFF 2016


ANOTHER LOVE
(UK/2015/19:27mins) Directed by Victor Perez
A pregnant married woman struggles to tell a much older man that their affair is over.

ANT EATER
(Iran/2015/10mins) Directed by Majidreza Dehghani Tafti
The cold relationship between a unlikely married couple takes a turn for the better…

BIRTHDAY
(USA/2015/12:30mins) Directed by Chris King
A young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat.

COURTING LEWIS BAKER
(USA/2015/14:23mins) Directed by Richard T. Fields
A young man’s journey to reconnect with his estranged father.

CHASING THE SUN
(USA/2015/12:56mins) Directed by Jeremy Mackie
In the middle of an ill-conceived road trip, two siblings bounce between hope and despair.

CI: A TEDD Talkumentary
(USA/2015/20mins) Directed by Martin Sweeney
Real-life Silicon Valley innovator Michael Fertik plays a start-up superstar in this satirical mockumentary film.

DOG BOWL
(USA/2015/19mins) Directed by Gordy Hoffman
A heartbroken girl spiraling through life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog.

IT HAD WINGS
(USA/2015/10mins) Directed by Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp
A widow, alone at home, sees something heavenly fall into her backyard. A redemptive tale, written and narrated by novelist Allan Gurganus.

THE IDEAL
(Latvia/2015/15:33mins) Directed by Uldis Cipsts
A rich rock star spends to make his good-looking concubine… ideal. When he wants her smarter, the possibility of a brain transfer arises.

IMAGINAPPED (USA/2015/14mins) Directed by Stian Hafstad
When her imaginary friend is kidnapped, Olivia (8) has to team up with the hyperactive boy next door in order to get him back.

MAUVAISES TETES (Bad Heads)
(USA & France/2015/14mins) Directed by Rebekah Fieschi
A dark comedy in the spirit of classic MGM and Universal horror from the 1920s/30s.

MI CASA, SU CASA (France/2015/ 15mins) Directed by Sara Verhagen
When Celine returns from a holiday, a certain Bartleby welcomes her with open arms to… HER home? To HIS home?

MINISTRY OF GUILT
(UK/2015/10mins) United Kingdom) Directed by Detsky Graffam
Sam Smith is woken by the late-night delivery of threatening notes.

MOS
(Canada/2015/18:47mins.) Directed by Scott Brown
The search is on for Enzo Ball, the Miman audio-offender.

ON SECOND THOUGHT
(USA/2015/23:39) Directed by Timothy Voelker
Desperate to end his quarter-life crisis, Leroy Alpenvice attempts to sell his soul to the devil.

STACCATO
(Ireland/2015/22:24mins) Directed by Peter McQuinn
Pianist Thomas Croydon ‘s attention is diverted by the young gardner in the estate’s grounds.

THE GOODBYE
(USA/2015/17mins.) Directed by Mike P. Nelson
A screenwriter struggling to complete a ninja script must confront the death of the love of his life in order to move on with his own.

THE LAST LINE
(USA/2015/6:35mins) Directed by Beverly Tan
A poet relives a love story.

THE VISIT
(USA/2015/11mins) Directed by Shane Andries
Stereotype, victim, or perpetrator? ‘The Visit’ is an upside-down look at present day racial realities.

THE WISH HORSE
(USA/2015/18:44mins) Directed by Lisa Ford
Russell and Kitty are growing up with a mentally ill parent. When a foal is born on a neighboring farm, Kitty believes it is magical.

ZERO
(Spain/2015/29mins) Directed by David Victori
A boy and his father are emotionally and physically separated on the day earth intermittently loses gravity.