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Announcing DCIFF 2022 Finalists: Documentary

FEATURES

Living in Delusionville directed by Constant van Hoeven (USA / 2022 / 70mins.) From humble Midwestern beginnings, legendary art Ron English has pranked and pummeled his way into prominence, influencing generations of artists and laying the groundwork for the explosion of Street Art.

My Childhood, My Country directed by Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi (UK / 2021 / 90mins.)  A real-life epic of boyhood and manhood  in Afghanistan, one of the most embattled corners of the globe , filmed across twenty years. 

The Hit directed by Christopher Jon Halsne ( USA / 2022 / 83 mins.) A team of national-award-winning journalists reinvestigate a fatal crash where NASCAR racing legend Tony Stewart killed a young competitor. New evidence exposes how money, power, and fame may have corrupted a small-town justice system.

SHORT FORMAT

Childfree directed by Sara Bahramjahan (Iran / 2021 / 35mins.) What drives Iranians who decided to have no children and how do they fit in.

Magdalene’s Lies directed by Julie Laurenz  (South Africa / 2021 / 26mins.)To some Magdalene is a “Mother Teresa”, to other’s she is a rotten crook. The real Magdalene is revealed.   

Pineland/Hollywood  directed by Debi Cornwall ( USA / 2021 / 10 mins ) At a traffic stop, distinguishing reality from fantasy becomes the difference between life and death. Using fair-use clips from almost 200 Hollywood films to tell one true story.

The Militiaman directed by David Peter Hansen ( USA / 2021 / 31.22 mins.) In the hills of rural Pennsylvania, the leader of a local militia must prepare his men for the turbulent political landscape of 2020 while at war with his own conscience.

Regreso directed by Wijdane Balbiyar  (USA / 2021 /5 mins.) Achraf, a Moroccan teenager, tried to escape poverty  by swimming his way from Africa to Europe..

Remnants of Memory  directed by Michael Arlen Davis (USA / 2021 /25.20 ).  Fine Art Photographer Charles Johnstone explores the vivid canals and ancient passageways of Venice, Italy in search of a new book project.

Dajla: cinema and oblivion directed by Arturo Dueñas Herrero (Spain / 2020 / 15mins) In Dakhla, a forgotten refugee camp in southern Algeria, there is a film festival, the Fisahara. 

Entrance and Exit of Mascha B. directed by Laura Engelhardt (Germany / 2020 / 14 mins.)  At a big architectural visualization company, delicate operations give rise to a photorealistic rendering to promote a yet-to-be-built office space. 

My Brother is Deaf directed by Peter Hoffman Kimball (USA / 2021 / 10mins.) A  boy learns that his younger brother is deaf and tries to understand.

DCIFF 2021 Program Comes to Life

March 8th, 2020, and with a shout not a whisper, DCIFF completed its twenty-first festival and the full weight of the pandemic descended. In this process this made us, unwittingly, the last film festival on the East Coast.

March 2021 and we are trying to be one of the first hybrid film festivals. DCIFF like so many arts organizations has had a year to think about not just how to pivot to the situation but what to build that is new, relevant and needed from out of the ashes.  We have chosen more education, more conversation, the art of film, the philosophy of the moving image, the social value of documentaries, media literacy, the genius of animation, interaction, synergy and community: a forum built on a festival.

The 22nd edition of DCIFF will run March 30th to April 8th, 2021 as a hybrid experience with the options of a fully online festival of films to watch, in-person screenings and events in the Metro Washington DC region and a combination of the two.  We hope you will join us to continue to celebrate independent filmmaking, learn/discuss/feel/think and support the arts.  See our offerings at our website.

The link to festival passes is here @$25 and up for all 30 films, online taped events, live streamed activities, Q&As, workshops and seminars.  What a deal! And we are keep adding to the line-up as the situation permits. A Last Minute Inc. approach! 

In-person events following local pandemic guidelines are HERE  and we are adding more events as the situation permits. Our workshops will include: legal issues for live streaming, meet the distributors, 10 tricks for making horror movies, filming live music, how to get started in your media career, animation and the ethics of representation in documentary.

Thank you for your support of an independent spirit in DC and  online. The blurry photos below? Those were the days and we plan to recreate the same energy in new ways.  

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, executive director, DCIFF