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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 5

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, catch three fascinating films. First, Saturday at 9:30pm watch the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed. Following this classic film at 11:40pm is the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. Set your DVR or stay up late for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am. Read on for episode descriptions and trailers of these great movies.

The Bad Seed (1956) at 9:30pm
Rhoda is a good, grade-school girl who becomes vicious when she doesn’t get her way. Her mother finds out that Rhoda was responsible for a boy's death but is her mother’s dark past to blame? Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car at 11:40pm
A follow up to Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, this new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am
A rare interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat over 20 years ago chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist who achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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New Doc Martin Season 6 | Documentaries on WETA TV26

Saturday February 1, 2014 tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the premiere of Doc Martin season 6 and two documentaries!

Doc Martin “Sickness and Health” 9:30-10:18pm
There is plenty of amusing excitement brewing in Portwenn! You will not want to miss a second of the new season of Doc Martin! The acclaimed series enters its 6th season, following the misfortunes and mishaps of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician whose defining quality is his ability to alienate nearly anyone in his residing town of Portwenn. In the season 6 premiere, “Sickness and Health,” Portwenn is lively with Doc and his long time lover Louisa’s wedding on the horizon. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Watch a preview!

Doc Martin "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" 10:18pm-11pm
Following the season premiere, stick around and enjoy another episode of your favorite doctor! Witness the fallout from the events of the season’s first episode in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” In this praiseworthy continuation, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, leading to a whirlwind of chaos that finally comes to a screeching halt when the new nanny walks out.

After Doc Martin, stick around for two gripping Independent Lens productions!

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona at 11pm

In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, sparking a national dilemma. Supporters viewed it as a necessary act of law enforcement while opponents argued the law would inevitably lead to racial profiling. Now, Independent Lens: The State of Arizona explores the stories of Arizonans residing on all sides of this conflict-ridden topic and paints a vivid picture of a state and its citizens testing the boundaries of their country’s democratic principles. This enlightening documentary features interviews with activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, and ranchers mixed with footage of impassioned protest rallies and television news broadcasts. Now, Arizona’s enforcement policy is reshaping the conversation surrounding immigration reform in the United States. With a multitude of other states contemplating a similar approach, The State of Arizona asks Americans to reflect on who they are, who they want to be, and in which direction they want to take their country. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at 12:30am

Whitney Young, Jr. does not have a national holiday bearing his name. There are few alive today who know his name, and those who do know of the man, know much less his accomplishments. Now, discover the true story of the inside man who flattened the barriers restricting African Americans and became a key player at the core of the civil rights movement. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights explores the uniqueness of one of the most significant black leaders in history. Through his valuable positions as a successful businessperson, government worker, and advisor to three different presidents, Young opened the doors of opportunity for African Americans from the inside. This powerful documentary follows the unsung hero as he balances his time between Harlem streets and prestigious company boardrooms, working towards historical social change. Experience the critical events of the civil rights era through the eyes of a man working within the institution, but outside the limelight, to ensure a future of equality. Watch a preview!
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies January 4

This Saturday night, January 4, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and relive a groundbreaking historical event, visit a world-class Japanese sushi restaurant, and journey to an alien planet…without leaving your couch!

Aliens (1986) at 9:30pm
Venture into an unknown world in James Cameron's Director's Cut of the sequel to 1979’s Alien! Fifty-seven years after the events of Alien, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from cryogenic sleep and returns to the foreign planet where she first had a deadly encounter with a terrifying alien. During her prolonged sleep, humans colonized the alien planet, but when transmissions from the colony suddenly stop, Ripley earns an opportunity to team up with a group of marines to descend on the planet and investigate the alien presence. As the hazardous mission unfolds, will Ripley have to relive her worst nightmare? Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague at 12am
In 1987, America was six years into the dark days of the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that government officials and health organizations were still ignoring. The battle against the outbreak transformed with the emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York. Largely made up of HIV-positive individuals, ACT UP joined forces with TAG (Treatment Action Group) to raise awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. Through the personal stories of some of ACT UP and TAG’s leading participants and never-before-seen archival footage, How to Survive a Plague explores the joy and horror of the era and the heroic battles that finally made AIDS survival possible. Watch trailer here!

Independent Lens: Jiro Dreams of Sushi at 1:30am
Sushi aficionados around the globe consider 85 year-old Jiro Ono to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. A man who claims to literally dream of sushi, Jiro is the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Sushi lovers make reservations months ahead of time, travel from across the globe, and spend top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. He has dedicated most of his life to mastering the art of sushi creation, but even at his age, Jiro still works from sunrise to beyond sunset tasting every piece of fish, meticulously training his employees, and finessing the presentation of each sushi creation. A chronicle of Jiro’s life as an unparalleled sushi master and a loving yet complicated father, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a graceful meditation on hard work, family, and the art of perfection. Watch the trailer here!
 

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Free Movies in DC: December 21

Celebrate the first day of winter with a marathon of movies on WETA TV26 & HD! From 9:30pm-3am stay glued to your local DC PBS station as we present East of Eden (1955) and three Independent Lens documentaries.

East of Eden (1955)
Watch December 21 at 9:30pm
(also airs December 22 at 11:30am)
Starring '50s heart throb James Dean as the troubled son of a farmer, his problems grow with a brutal sibling rivalry. Although his brother sends the farm into near bankruptcy, Dean's character will do anything to save his family's farm. A love triangle, medical tradgedy, and classic '50s drama makes this movie a must-watch. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Playwright: From Page to Stage
Watch December 21 at 11:30pm

This cinema vérité documentary delves into the development of two stage plays. Viewers will see how creative teams are assembled and how they collaborate with one another. Experience the intense detail that goes into everything from the rigorous rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals which is the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing
Watch December 22 at 12:30am

Part biography, part live performance, this documentary tells the story of the unique visual artist and raconteur Wayne White. Tracing White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer, and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy awards, this film follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows and music videos through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Watch December 22 at 2am

This documentary explores the United States' long-term fascination with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. The film goes behind the scenes with comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.  Watch a preview here!
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies November 23

On Saturday November 23, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and enjoy a night packed full of entertaining movies. The night begins at 9:30pm with the WETA Movie presentation of the Oscar-winning epic, The Last Emperor. At 12:00am, take an inside look at the world of Native American relay-horse races with Independent Lens: Indian Relay. Then at 1:00am, watch as an extraordinary Girl Scout troop works to unite five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in Independent Lens: Troop 1500.

WETA Movie: The Last Emperor at 9:30pm
Winner of nine Oscars, including Best Picture, The Last Emperor focuses on the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China. Presented in an interesting nonlinear style, the biography chronicles Pu Yi’s ascension to the throne at age 3 and the effects of this sudden rise to power on his subsequent childhood. Through flashbacks and flash-forwards, witness Pu Yi’s reign as the leader of China, his time spent as a prisoner in the Forbidden City, and his final years working as a peasant gardener. Discover the fascinating and tragic riches-to-rags story of the last of the great rulers of China in the critically acclaimed epic, The Last Emperor. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Indian Relay at 12:00am
Indian Relay presents a compelling look at one of the most competitive, dangerous, and exhilarating forms of horse racing in the world today. Set against the broad panoramic landscape of the high plains, the film chronicles a season of Indian relay-horse races; a popular sport in Native American communities across the Rocky Mountain West. The film follows teams from three different tribes from Idaho and Montana as they battle from the dark, cold winter, to the deadly heat of summer. Though rivals on the track, the young racers bond over their love of sport, pride in their Native traditions, and a common cause: Offering hope to their families and communities. See what it takes to survive in this high-speed, daring world of horse racing with Indian Relay! Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Troop 1500 at 1:00am
The documentary Troop 1500 examines a unique Girl Scout troop that is part of a program aimed at encouraging incarcerated parents to maintain close relationships with their children. The film explores the struggles of five daughters growing up without their mothers while trying to balance the responsibilities of every day life. Conversely, the film presents the perspective of the mothers, struggling to repair the broken relationships with their daughters while serving lengthy jail sentences in Gatesville, Texas’ Hilltop Prison. Watch as Troop 1500 unites these five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in this heart wrenching documentary. Watch a preview here!
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 19

Wait Till Dark (1967)

This Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, recently blinded Susy Hendrix, played by the elegant Audrey Hepburn, is terrorized by criminals as they search for a baby doll they used to smuggle heroin into the country with. Susy is also learning to cope with her recent blindness, from a accident and is aided by her unreliable neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod). Led by the violent Roat (Alan Arkin), the tension mounts as he will do anything to regain the doll, including impersonating police officers and friends of her husband to win her confidence and obtain access to her apartment to look for the doll. Wait Until Dark is an entertaining, suspenseful thriller that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as Susy fights for her life against the criminals.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 12

On October 12, WETA TV26 brings you a night of cerebral cinema. At 9:30pm, take a strange journey through the dark depths of the human mind in the suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train. Then at 11:30pm meet the men and women who learned to utilize the human brain to manipulate consumers, impact culture, and redefine the advertising empire in an Independent Lens presentation: Art and Copy.

Strangers on a Train (1951) at 9:30pm
Bruno, a psychotic socialite, has concocted a flawless plan to eradicate his hated father. When he stumbles across the ideal partner in Guy, a tennis player he meets on a train, Bruno proposes a clear-cut arrangement: Bruno kills Guy’s unwanted wife and Guy rids Bruno of his despised father. Will this extreme plan stay on track, or will it end in a train wreck? Climb aboard the suspense express in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train! Is the suspense killing you? Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: Art & Copy at 11:30pm
Are you fascinated by the advertising entrepreneurs on TV shows like Mad Men? Now you can go back in time, to the genesis of the advertising empire, and explore the inventiveness of the most influential advertising creators of our time. Born out of advertising’s creative revolution of the 1960s, these artists, writers, and visionaries were at the helm of the redefinition of the advertising business. These individuals have deeply influenced culture and society, but are relatively unknown outside of their industry. This fascinating documentary explores the psychological methods implemented by these advertising gurus that greatly impacted the redefining of the advertising kingdom. Watch the trailer here!

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 5

Saturday October 5 watch a comedy and light hearted documentary on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! Laugh with the '80s cult favorite Raising Arizona at 9:30pm then on Independent Lens: The Parking Lot Movie at 11:30pm witness an in-depth look at the strange band of misfits in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Raising Arizona (1987)

The 1980s certainly had its fair share of comedies, Nicolas Cage stars opposite Holly Hunter in this cult comedy. Directed by the Joel and Ethan Coen, with their usual movie flair for unconventional characters and camera work, an ex-con and an ex-cop couple want a baby so stanch one up from a family's quintuplets’. Laugh and cry as the couple’s life gets more complicated than they expected. Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: The Parking Lot Movie

This is a documentary directed by Meghan Eckman about a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia where a group of parking lot attendants are actually grad students, philosophers, artists, and middle-age slackers. Hanging out at the parking lot, they shoot the breeze and conduct their own private "war" against pretentious and obnoxious customers who park their BMWs and Hummers there. Could this tiny slab of asphalt in Virginia be a stop on the road to The American Dream? Watch the trailer here!

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies September 28

Get ready for a movie double header on Saturday September 28 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! First, prepare for an awkward encounter with the in-laws in the WETA Movie The Bird Cage at 9:30pm, followed by an in-depth look at a significant American historical event in Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair at 11:30pm!

The Bird Cage (1996)
In this witty 90s comedy, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as a Miami resort owner and his drag queen partner. When their son gets engaged, they commit to playing the roles of straight man and wife to help their son gain the approval of his fiancée’s conservative parents. Get ready to laugh out loud as these in-laws attempt to coexist under hilarious circumstances. Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair
The Longoria Affair examines the story of Private Felix Longoria, a Mexican-American World War II solider who died during the war. When his home town funeral parlor in Three Rivers, Texas refused Longoria a burial service because of his Hispanic heritage, his family refused to let injustice go unnoticed. The events that ensued helped launch the Mexican-American civil rights movement in the United States. Take a deeper look into an intriguing part of America’s history in this compelling documentary. Watch the trailer here!


 

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WETA Around Town Events: September 27-29

Art, movies, music, dance, and lots of culture infuse this autumn weekend in the DC area! Read on for more ideas of great things to do Around Town September 27-29!

Cyber in Securities
This weekend is your last chance to experience the acclaimed exhibit Cyber in Securities at Pepco Edison Place Gallery! Washington Project for the Arts presents Cyber in Securities, an exhibition featuring 12 artists and art teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe whose work explores the issues of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. Through works that simultaneously present themselves physically and as online data, this passionate group of individuals address concerns that new media may be used against them. Both aesthetically pleasing and socially conscious, the interactive exhibit offers downloadable apps as well as interaction with tablets and systems that the artists programmed and built! Cyber in Securities is part of WPA’s Experimental Media 2013, the eighth installment of WPA’s Experimental Media program.
Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Films in the Park
This weekend Films in the Park presents a free screening of Despicable Me, the animated comedy starring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, and Russell Brand. Come down to the Mosaic District in Merrifield and enjoy the weather and the films in the beautifully landscaped Strawberry Field, across the street from Target and in front of the Angelika Film Center. Bring the kids, grab at bite to eat at one the many great eateries around the Mosaic and enjoy the outdoor experience of cinema viewing in a whole new way.
Friday, 7pm
Cost: Free
Strawberry Park 2910 District Avenue Fairfax, VA 22031

Latin Sizzle Festival
Presented by Dance Place, the Latin Sizzle Festival not only sizzles but pops! It’s a cultural celebration with just the right combination of spirited dance and electrifying music. It's the sounds and movement from the heart of Bahia, Brazil accentuating its vibrant culture and beauty. DC Casineros is one of the many acts present this Saturday. The festival comes to a close Sunday at 4pm so enjoy all you can before it all ends!
Saturday - Sunday
Tickets: $12-30
Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street NE Washington DC 20002

 

 

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