Wednesday, October 11, 6:00pm, 251 FH
Released in 1973, The Exorcist set new standards for horror films. One of its most enduring qualities, however, among fans is the location of movie. Filmed almost exclusively in Georgetown, the film's plot unfolds in the bustling streets of the Southwest Washington DC neighborhood. The possessed home of Regan McNeil stands at 3600 Prospect Street close to the Potomac River in Georgetown, but you won't be able to spot the window of Regan's room, from which the ominous shaft of light floods in the poster image. The infamous flight of steps where Father Karras plummets down to M Street have become a local landmark.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Wednesday, December 6th (DATE CHANGE), 355FH
Released in 1939 just as Germany was invading Poland, this movie established James Stewart as a leading actor with this film. Teamed with his co-star Jean Arthur, Stewart's character represents the powerful forces of American freedom, democracy and morality over oppression and evil in his emotional partrait of a naive, idealist, patriotic young politician who, after being sent to Washington (a symbol of liberty and democracy). The film is enhanced by a travelogue-montage of tourist sites in the nation's capital. Production work included reconstruction a perfect replica of the Senate chamber, and critics and scholars praise the film for its faithful attention to the workings of the legislative process.
Let the Church Say Amen
Wednesday, February 7, 6:00pm, TBD
Presented by executive producer and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this emotional documentary tracks the daily lives and journeys of four World Missions for Christ parishioners as they work towards fulfilling their hopes for a better life. World Missions for Christ Church is representative of an urban phenomenon: the storefront church, a long-time fundamental part of African American and Latino city life. Growing out of a need to reach the most disadvantaged citizens at the street level, these small churches sprang up as life rafts of faith in almost every American city during the Great Depression. Though rarely recognized by the media, these churches have become indispensable fixtures in the American landscape, thransforming city blocks into religious and social service centers.