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Announcing the narrative feature selections for DCIFF 2022

Adam and the Water directed by Matthew Appleby (USA / 2022 / 80mins/ Premiere) Key Cast: Qado, Elisa Alemparte. Adam, riddled by his own inhibitions and fears, is stuck in the mundane existence of a 9-5 life in New York. Nearing the brink of personal collapse, he meets Eva. As she enters Adams’s life, the void starts to dissipate, and a new ethereal world guides him toward self-realization. Will Adam succumb to the crippling reality he has created, or rise to a free and infinite one? .

Americanish directed by Iman Zawahry (USA /2021 /90mins.) Key Cast: Aizzah Fatima, Salena Qureshi, Shenaz Treasure, Lillete Dubey, Mohammed Amer, Godfrey, George Wendt, Kapil Talwalkar.  In Jackson Heights, Queens, two sisters and their fresh-off-the-boat cousin try all the conventional ways to earn the love and respect of the matriarch of their family only to learn that life works out in the most unconventional ways.

Bootyology directed by Joe Eddy ( USA/ 2022/ 96mins/ Premiere) Key Cast Brian Austin Green, Andy Kindler, David Thuene, Patrice Covington, Alysha YoungKey Cast, Rhett George, Megan Duffy, Robert J Steinmiller Jr., Spencer Yaras, Chris Lightbody. When a documentary crew sets out to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and popular music, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they stumble across a mystery involving the disappearance of the infamous rap duo, The Booty Boys. 

Sons of the Sea directed by John Gutierrez (South Africa /2021 /82mins.)  Lead Cast: Roberto Kyle, Marlon Swarts and Brendon Daniels.  In a small fishing community on the outskirts of Cape Town, Gabriel discovers a dead body and two bags of valuable abalone. His brother, Michail, convinces him they must take it for themselves.

We Don’t Dance For Nothing  directed by Stefanos Tai (Hong Kong / 2022 / 100mins/ Premiere)  Lead Cast: Miles Sible, Xyza Cada, Miss Powers, Anson Bean.  In the vibrant Hong Kong community of Filipina domestic workers and during escalating protests, one woman plans her escape. Photo montage and moving image weave a story of entrapment and release when they dance. 

Sound takes center stage at DCIFF 2020

During his Masterclass at DCIFF 2019, director Phillip Noyce stressed the importance of sound and music in transforming films. And we listened. For DCIFF 2020, on March 4-8, we will focus on these key elements that help elevate movies into emotional masterpieces.

The festival will begin on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm at the historic Lincoln Theatre with a film that explores the intricate relationship between city, culture, and music in New Orleans. UP FROM THE STREETS features celebrated musicians and will be bookended by National Heritage Fellow and clarinetist Dr. Michael White, alongside his band.  

After our terrific Opening Night, we offer four sound and music-minded classes throughout the weekend at The Carnegie Institution for Science:

On Saturday, March 7, DC lawyers will host a discussion on navigating legal issues that involve music in film production at ENTERTAINMENT LAW 202 (12:30pm, $20). Afterwards, a panel of composers and musicians will discuss what it means to collaborate with directors at THE MUSIC MAKES THE MOVIE (2:30pm, $15).

Sunday, March 8 will feature a sound design workshop led by Grammy-nominated and film festival-winning filmmakers (12:30-2:30pm, $15). Later that afternoon, the final day of the festival will end with an enlightening Masterclass with composer Elik Álvarez, whose scores can be heard in several of Sir David Attenborough’s films: THE ART AND PROCESS OF FILM SCORING, DECONSTRUCTED (3:00-5:00pm, $18).

Check out the classes here and Opening Night here. If you’re interested in all four classes for yourself or a group, please email dcindiefilmfest@gmail.com for a 40% discount. We hope to see you there!