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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 25

Call Northside 777 (1948)

Saturday, tune in to WETA and uncover the truth with Henry Hathaway’s 1948 classic film, Call Northside 777. Based on a true story, this film stars the always likeable Jimmy Stewart as skeptical reporter P.J. McNeal. A woman places an ad in the newspaper with a large reward looking for the truth about the closed murder of a police officer. McNeal investigates the 11 year old crime, and as he delves deeper and deeper into the case, he finds loose ends, a potentially innocent convict, and a system unwilling to admit error. Driven to exonerate a man who has been behind bars for over a decade, McNeal will stop at nothing. 

Watch the trailer!

Watch Call Northside 777 on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm!



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WETA Around Town Events: May 24 - 26

This Memorial Day weekend there’s plenty to do in the Washington, DC area besides going to the National Mall. Check out some of these DMV events this weekend.

Sometimes the best way to unwind after a long week is to discover or revisit a good movie.

 On Friday, The Alden Theatre of McLean Community Center is presenting E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial during their free Family Movie Night. This 1982 sci-fi film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is about a young boy named Elliott who finds a stranded extraterrestrial. Through trials and tribulations, he must find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet. Watch the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial trailer!

Friday, 7:30pm
Cost: Free
The Alden Theatre McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
The school year is coming to an end and that means white sandy beaches and palm trees are on everyone’s mind. Just in time for summer vacation and in honor of Asian Pacific 

Heritage Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will be holding Eia Hawai’i: Celebrating Native Hawaiian Culture this Saturday and Sunday. This year, visitors can celebrate wayfinding, or navigation, and the Polynesian seafarers who discovered the Hawaiian Islands by watching and learning about hula, taking in a cooking demonstration, watching films and presentations, and meeting and greeting Hawaiian guests. There will also be a concert at 5pm on Saturday in the Welcome Plaza, featuring Amy Hanaiali’I Gilliom with opening act The Aloha BoysWatch a preview of Amy Hanaiali'l Gilliom perform!

Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am to 5pm
Cost: Free
National Museum of the American Indian 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20013

Led by its iconic host and founder Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion has influenced popular culture since its first live radio broadcast in 1974. The program, listened to by millions each week, is performing live this weekend from Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia. Special guests include harmonica player Howard Levy, singer Aoife O’Donovan, and folk music group The Milk Carton Kids. Discover the program’s signature brand of humor and storytelling through iconic segments like “The News from Lake Wobegon,” read by Keillor himself.
Friday, 8:00pm and Saturday, 5:45pm
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Rd. Vienna, VA 22182
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The Ghost Army & Jake Shimabukuro

This week, WETA presents inspiring documentaries about creative forces. Tonight we learn about the soldiers who created fake war props in The Ghost Army and on Friday we join ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro on a nine month tour across the US.

The Ghost Army

Whenever we go to the movies, we know that much of what we see on the scr

een isn’t real. We imagine talented prop makers on film sets in Hollywood, working to create the imagined world of the next big blockbuster. But what if those props were used to alter history? The documentary The Ghost Army tells the true tale of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects, and carefully crafted illusions during the Second World War. The soldiers, many of whom were artists, carried out top-secret missions in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, working to save lives and alter the outcome of the War. Watch the trailer!

The Ghost Army airs Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.


Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

In an era of talented social media users rising to fame, Jake Shimabukuro is the perfect poster child. After playing the ukulele since age four, Jake uploaded a video of himself performing George Garrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube, which became a viral hit with over 11 million views. The documentary Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings follows Jake on a nine month tour throughout the US and Japan, featuring performances and intimate conversations with the artist. Join us Friday and get to know the big talent behind this small instruments. Watch the trailer!

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings airs Friday, May 24 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.



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This Week on WETA UK: May 20 – 26

Monday at 8:00pm watch the next episode of season six, Foyle’s War: Broken Souls. Someone murders a psychiatrist, and his colleague, an emigré Jew from Poland who is also Foyle's chess tutor, attempts suicide. But they're not the only ones on Foyle’s mind; a missing telegraph boy becomes a suspect when a German POW is found dead on a local farm.

Tuesday at 11:00pm tune in for Benny Hill, the classic, slap-stick, skit-based, comedy show. This show airs late at night during the week, and Tuesday’s episode is sure to be a laugh!

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins a new season with The Way Through the Woods. A serial killer is murdered in prison and his deathbed confession disavows one of his previous murder confessions. Morse wants to reopen the case, but was the man lying? Or will he find the true killer?

Thursday beginning at 8:00pm get your mystery fix with Sherlock Holmes at 8:00pm followed by Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9:00pm.

Friday at 10:00pm the crew begins new adventures and laughs with Coupling season 4. New additions, new relationships, and new jokes all begin this Friday evening.

Saturday from 10:00am – 8:00pm catch up on the previous week’s prime-time (8:00pm-11:00pm) programming. Missed new episodes of your favorite evening shows? Watch them all back-to-back on Saturdays from 10:00am – 8:00pm. Shows include: Yes, Prime Minister, May to December, Fresh Fields, Last of the Summer Wine, New Tricks, Prime Suspect, Sherlock Holmes, BallyKissAngel, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Inspector Morse, Death in Paradise, and Dalziel & Pasco.

Sunday at 8:00pm watch Yes, Minister from the very beginning! Episode one of this classic series will get you hooked in no time. Tune in and don’t miss out!



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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 18 -19

Inspiring tales of "the underdog" and film have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly andeven though those PB&Js might not taste as great as they did when you were 6, underdog films never get old. This Saturday, WETA presents two free movies about people at a disadvantage working hard to make a difference. First, we follow the big win of a small town basketball team in Hoosiers (1986) at 9:30pm. Next, learn about rape cover up of the U.S. military and its survivors in Independent Lens: The Invisible War.


Hoosiers (1986)

The small town of Hickory, Indiana loves basketball, so the pressure is on when a new coach arrives to train the high school team. After failing to impress the community with his unusual 

style of coaching, Norman Dale hires Shooter, the alcoholic father of one of his players, as his assistant. With the addition of a star player, the team begins a winning streak that leads to the State Championship game. But can this band of misfits win against their rivals of South Bend? Find out Saturday at 9:30pm! Watch a preview!

Hoosiers (1986) airs Saturday, May 18th at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.


Independent Lens: The Invisible War

Washington D.C. is often seen as military central for the United States, where training, planning and honors take place on a daily basis. But has a cover up also been developing at

 our nation’s capital? In the new investigative documentary by Independent Lens, the veil is lifted from one of the biggest scandals within the U.S. military where, according to the Department of Defense, there were an estimated 22,800 violent sex crimes in 2011. The Invisible War presents personal accounts of survivors, like Kori Cioca, who was beaten and raped by her supervisor in the U.S. Coast Guard.  For the few who do report abuse, a flawed judicial system awaits, leading to only 8 percent of military sexual assault cases prosecuted. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Invisible War airs Sunday, May 19th at 1:30am on WETA TV26 & HD.