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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies May 11 - 12

This weekend on WETA, watch three movies right from your Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia home! Watch a blind love unravel into danger and fear with Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Suspicion. Then discover the struggle between love and infatuation in Independent Lens' Seeking Asian Female. And if you're still awake at midnight, watch POV's In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee as a Korean born woman delves into her past to find the person whose name she bears.

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine deliver exuberant performances in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Suspicion.  This film tells the story of Lina McLaidlaw, a wealthy young woman, who falls in love with Johnnie Aysgarth.  Swept off her feet by Johnnie’s charm, Lina disregard’s the disapproval of her father, General McLaidlaw, and soon runs away to get married.  Unaware of troubles that are just around the corner, Lina finds out that her new husband has no money, no job and has a gambling problem. Johnnie insists that this will all change, but as Lina soon finds out, not everyone can keep promises. Following a series of bizarre events, a mysterious murder, and bit of paranoia, Lina becomes convinced that Johnnie might be plotting to kill her and make haste with her inheritance.  Watch the trailer!
 
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm for Alfred Hitchcock’s, Suspicion.
 
 
For those of you who believe opposites attract, you’ll want to check out this documentary from Independent Lens.  Seeking Asian Female follows the lives of two people who fall in love and decide to get married after meeting on the internet.  Steven, a white American man from San Francisco, has always had a fascination with Chinese women.  After divorcing twice, the struggle for Steven to find the Asian woman of his dreams seems to be merely impossible until he meets Sandy.  Sandy, a determined 30 year old woman from China, immediately falls in love with Steven and flies out to San Francisco to marry him.  But marriage isn’t all fun and games as the cross-cultured couple soon find out.  Communicating through a translator, overcoming Steven’s obsession with Chinese women and adapting to life in a foreign country are just a few issues the couple must face in order to make their relationship work.  But are Steven and Sandy willing to take these drastic measures for true love?  Tune in to find out! Watch the trailer!
 
Independent Lens: Seeking Asian Female airs this Saturday at 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.
 
 
In this unusual documentary, POV reveals the story of a Korean orphan who has her identity switched before she is taken in by an American family.  After coming to the United States in 1966 at eight years old, she was told to keep her false identity a secret and never reveal it to anyone.  Now, after more than 40 years, it is time to find the real Cha Jung Hee.  In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem sets out in hopes of helping this mistaken orphan find Cha Jung Hee.  But in a big territory like Korea, finding the woman whose life she has lived will not be an easy task. Watch the trailer!
 
Check out POV: In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee this Sunday at 12:00am on WETA TV26 & HD.
 
 
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 8 - 10

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of Afghani-American music, Valentine crafting with an Asian twist, and Civil War storytelling right in your own backyard.

 
 
 
With so much competition surrounding originality, many of us hope to find that one talent in life that makes us different from others.  For Afghan/Italian American musician and multi-media artist Ariana Delawari, finding her greatest talents came naturally.  
 
After graduating from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, Delawari began working as an actress, musician, director and photographer.  As if that weren’t enough, she soon started work on her feature length documentary, “We Came Home,” a compilation of her family’s life story and the making of her album, “Lion of Panjshir.”  Delawari directed the album with filmmaker David Lynch, who went on to release it on his record label.  In 2012, “We Came Home” won Best International Documentary at the São Paulo International Film Festival.  But don’t think accomplishing these two milestones means Delawari’s taking a break: She recently finished her second album and will be releasing it soon.
 
Want to hear what this multimedia wonder’s produced?  Come to the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center this Friday where the multi-talented Ariana Delawari will be showcasing her original interpretations of Afghani music.
Friday, 6pm
Cost: Free
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC
 
 
 
Love may be universal, but it may look a little different on paper.  This Saturday, the Sackler Gallery hosts the free event “In Every Language Love,” where the whole family can learn about Asian art influenced by love.  You will also have the opportunity to create your own unique Valentine using printing blocks with Asian symbols and characters.  The best Valentines are the ones that say “I love you”—regardless of the language!
Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560
 
 
Join actors from major DC theatres and the award-winning band Dead Men’s Hollow for a unique musical and literary evening of Civil War songs and letters.  Dead Men’s Hollow will perform Civil War songs, both oldies and new interpretations, while actors read letters and diary entries written by nurses, civilians, and soldiers, as well as Generals Lee and Pickett.  You’ll even get to hear what a black soldier had to tell his enslaved daughter during the War.  Finish off the evening with a coffee and dessert reception following the performance.
Saturday, at 7pm
Cost: $10
The Athenaeum 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
 
 
Select films opening today:
 
Directed by Seth Gordon, this comedy follows the meek businessman Sandy (Jason Bateman) as he tracks down the seemingly sweet con artist (Melissa McCarthy) who’s stolen his identity.
 
 
 
In this drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, Emily (Rooney Mara) and Jonathan (Jude Law) are a New York power couple whose lives fall apart when Emily’s new prescription drug curses her with surprising side effects.
 
 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night January 5

Struggle

Everyone struggles whether financial, emotional, or just struggling to zip up those skinny jeans. It’s something everyone can relate to on a certain level, but this week on the WETA Saturday Night Movies, discover the struggles of three specific groups of people: soldiers, parking lot attendants, and musicians. Tune in for our Hollywood movie of the week and two PBS documentaries beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday January 5!

 

Platoon – Struggling to Fit In

Experience the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with wildlife, and the powerful presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat" who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. As the conflict between these two reaches a tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values.

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 9:30pm!

 

Independent Lens The Parking Lot Movie – Struggle for Respect

Locally relevant to our viewers, this documentary is about a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows an unconventional brotherhood of parking lot attendants consisting of grad students, overeducated philosophers, surly artists, middle-age slackers, and others. Although they aren’t fond of the people they serve, they hang out at the lot in their spare time just because they like it there. They play a private “war” game against disrespectful and arrogant customers to pass the time. Take a look into this unique way of life.

Take the Bumper Sticker Philosophy Quiz on the Independent Lens website to find out which bumper sticker best suits your own outlook on life. 

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 11:30pm!

 

Independent Lens Copyright Criminals – Struggle for Musical Rights

Can you own a sound? This documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling. Delve into the debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money through many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and Digital Underground, as well as emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. But samplers are only half the battle, see interviews with artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield — James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician. Read this interview with filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod about the making of Copyright Criminals!

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Sunday January 6 at 12:30am!

Want even more on this unique musical topic? Check out this interactive timeline of sampling! 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night December 22

Every Saturday night, WETA presents a movie festival of exciting and commercial-free movies for your enjoyment in the Washington, DC area. These compelling films begin at 9:30pm on Saturday, December 22 so read on and see what's on this week!

Change

Change is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes we seek it, but often we’re reluctant to change. This week, see distinct examples of change in our WETA Movies.

 

Change of Heart

Andy Griffith stars as a naïve but good-intentioned soldier who has managed to avoid the draft for quite some time. When the head of the draft board unexpectedly arrives at his home, Will Stockdale is persuaded to join the ranks of other American men and serve his country. He immediately finds a friend and confidante in Ben Whitledge a man who is passionate about following in the footsteps of his six brothers who have all served as infantrymen. Master Sergeant King is in charge and has an agenda that includes sabotaging Stockdale but as the plan unfolds; he must pay the consequences for his actions. Roles swap, friendships end and rekindle, and Will and Ben find themselves in a precarious situation which leads to a surprise ending.

Watch No Time for Sergeants Saturday, December 22 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

 

Fighting for Change

It seems that today’s society accommodates the disabled with the various handicap accessible options like ramps, elevators, and reserved parking spots. However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for those living with a disability. Americans with disabilities had to fight for the respect, acceptance, and basic rights as the non-disabled.

Independent Lens: Lives Worth Living tells the story of the handicap movement following World War II, when disabled Americans were denied basic human rights and treated as inferior. Fed up, disabled Americans banded together (some literally chaining their wheelchairs together in protest) with a common cause. Seeking to defeat the notion that the disabled had no will or reason to live, they proved that they had the same goals and dreams as the non-disabled and that they could accomplish almost anything if only given the same opportunities and rights. Thanks to their efforts, The Americans with Disabilities Act was created, signed and implemented. However, the battle for inclusion and equality was, and still is, far from over for Americans with disabilities. Be inspired by the resilience and unwavering determination of one of the largest minorities’ fight for equality. 

Watch Independent Lens: Lives Worth Living Saturday, December 22 at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Watch a preview of Lives Worth Living here!

 

Historical Change

Boyz n the Hood and Casablanca have a lot in common, believe it or not. Since the time of their release, both movies have been wildly popular. They've both been nominated for and won countless awards. Most impressively, the films are among a carefully chosen list comprising The National Film Registry. The Library of Congress is employed with the task of choosing those films which exemplify and fulfill being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. No genre is excluded, but making the cut is no easy feat since only 25 films are selected each year.

Independent Lens: These Amazing Shadows sheds light on the little-known world of The National Film Registry. Through interviews and film clips, learn the history of how and why The National Film Registry came to be, and identify with the impact of the notable films which comprise the Registry. The diversity of the films is wide, yet the films all reflect a slice of American culture, ideas and history. Thus, preserving them is integral and allows for future generations of audiences to experience the same emotions, connections and stories.

Watch Independent Lens: These Amazing Shadows Sunday, December 23 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Watch a trailer of These Amazing Shadows here!

 

Change in America

Lawrence, Massachusetts has earned the nickname “Immigrant City”. It was founded by Irish immigrants fleeing the Great Potato Famine followed by waves of immigrants from Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Canada. As one of the poorest municipalities in the United States, it is still a welcoming place for newcomers including new immigrants mostly from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Independent Lens: Scenes From a Parish takes a look at issues of community, tolerance, and immigration from the perspective of a Catholic priest who is trying to hold his disparate congregation together. Meet the people that make up this town and learn that their idea of home and belonging is deeper than a simple matter of ethnicity.

Watch Independent Lens: Scenes From a Parish Sunday, December 23 at 1:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Learn more about the making of Scenes From a Parish from Director/producer James Rutenbeck here!