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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!

How news does travel – Les Blank in DC

Seems that Washington DC is just awakening to the fact that the great documentary filmmaker is in the nation’s capital this week. Les Blank: Living in Film on Thursday night was followed by a screening of his film Sworn to the Drum at the Smithsonian today. Tonight’s rarely seen documentary by Les Blank – on a major rock star of the 70s, described by the Washington Post “The best film ever made on rock.” (1974/90 mins./USA) sold out quickly following yesterday’s Washington Post article.  The DC Independent Film Festival has responded by adding an extra screening of the film at noon, Saturday March 3rd. Same venue. Tickets at the festival website or directly at brownpapertickets.com.