By Kenrya Rankin
Looking for something fun to do in the city?
Check out the 13th annual Washington, DC Independent Film Festival, which runs through March 13th. This year’s fest will screen more than 100 full-length features, documentaries, shorts, and animated creations at five venues around the DMV (Gala Theatre in Columbia Heights, Regal Cinema at Gallery Place, Letelier Theatre in Georgetown, Dome/Artisphere Theatre and Spectrum Theatre in Arlington). Each night will feature a different theme, ranging from typical festival fare (horror, comedy, the environment) to the uniquely DC (politics, immigration, presidential history). Highlights include:
- The New “N” Word, a short about navigating “post racial” corporate America directed by DC filmmaker Sowande Tichawonna. (March 4 @ 9:30 pm, Spectrum)
- Sole of a Hustla, a doc that tells the story of Memphis-based entrepreneur Checliss “Big C” Rice as he struggled to start his athletic shoe and apparel company, GameTime Athletics, on his own terms. (March 4 @ 9:30 pm, Spectrum)
- Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, an award-winning documentary that explores the rise and struggle of the band, which combined punk and funk to much success in the ’80s. Features interviews with George Clinton, ?uestlove, Ice-T and Branford Marsalis; narrated by Laurence Fishburne. (March 6 @ 7 pm, Dome)
- Late Rounders, a documentary that follows two college football players (successfully) trying to get drafted into the NFL. Stars current NY Jets Fullback John Conner and Atlanta Falcons Defensive Tackle Corey Peters. (March 13 @ 3:30 pm, Dome)
General admission tickets are $10 for most screenings; passes start at $50 for 10 screenings (which can be shared among multiple attendees). See the schedule and buy tickets at dciff.org.