Films

Long Walk Home

The Long Walk Home

Whoopi Goldberg and sissy Spacek star in this 1990 classic about the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, The Long Walk Home.  Rated PG and Running 98 minutes.  Celebrate Black History Month at the Rosedale Neighborhood Library with the entire family.
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Shadow Ball: Ken Burns' Baseball Series 5th Inning

"I don't break bats, I wear them out."  — Josh Gibson Come celebrate the era when Black baseball reigned as we screen Shadow Ball on Wednesday, February 17 at 1 p.m. in Room A-5.
Films with a Purpose

Films with a Purpose: Black Studies Center Documentaries for Black History Month

The DC Public Library Black Studies Center proudly presents the following documentaries that tell the rich story of African American life, culture and history from the 1920s through the mid 2000s.   Films will be screened in the Black Studies Center, Room 316. For more information, please contact Kenneth Despertt, Special Collections Librarian,  at 202-727-1211 or 202-727-1213.     Tues Feb 2 – 6 p.m.
Anton Chekhov's Misery

Screening of Anton Chekhov's Misery: An Animated Movie by Michael J. Evans

Fusing together the areas of visual art, music, literature, and history, composer Michael J.
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27th Annual Black Film Festival

Join us as we celebrate and explore African American history, culture, and issues of the day:February 2 Straight Outta Compton  The emergence of seminal hip-hop performers, NWA, is chronicled in this powerful bio-pic. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Jerry Heller.  Directed by F. Gary Gray. 147 mins. 2015, R  February 9 Chi-Raq
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"Misery" Film Screening and Composer Q&A

Join us for a screening of Misery, a multimedia film project based on Anton Chekhov's short story and featuring an original classical score by composer Michael J. Evans. The film will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session with Mr. Evans.
The March

The March: the Story of the Greatest March in American History

In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., come to a showing of The March, a 2013 movie narrated by Denzel Washington.  The movie features Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Clarence B. Jones, Roger Mudd, and Oprah Winfrey.  This movie is approximately 60 minutes long and is not rated.  All interested persons of all ages are welcome
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DC Music Salon - 'In Search of Blind Joe Death: John Fahey'

A father of American guitar, “Fahey is considered by many to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz.” We’ll screen the feature length documentary and discuss Fahey’s local life and legacy.
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DC Music Salon - Boogie 'Til You Puke: The Forgotten Legend of Root Boy Slim

He was kicked out of Sidwell Friends, thrown out of his Yale fraternity by brother George Bush, climbed over the White House gate on LSD--and that’s all before things got really weird after he was signed by a major record label. The life and music of Root Boy Slim are stranger than fiction. The team behind the Root Boy Slim documentary film will give us a sneak peak of this highly anticipated story.
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DC Music Salon - 'Feast Your Ears: The Story of WHFS 102.3'

“Will take you on a psychedelic trip back to the '60s, '70s and '80s when free form, progressive rock radio was in its heyday… HFS was more than just a local radio station, it was the voice of a generation. Hear from musicians, DJs Weasel, Cerphe, Josh, Adele, Thom & more–and fans as they reflect on a time when the music united a tribe who spoke out via the radiowaves about war, equality, and the times.” Filmmaker Jay Schlossberg and special guests will be on hand to show parts of this film and swap stories on what made this station legendary.

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