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WETA Movie Nights in October | Free Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, watch fantastic classic musicals from the ‘50s & ‘60s! Continue reading for descriptions and air information for each movie as well as a channel guide so you can find WETA on your television.

Saturday October 4 at 9:30pm An American in Paris (1951)
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony and is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). A love triangle paired with wonderful cinematic themes and of course, singing and dancing, is the perfect Saturday night movie. Also airs Sunday October 5 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 11 at 9:30pm The Music Man (1962)
"Professor" Harold Hill is a fast-talking traveling salesman who in the summer of 1912 schemes a small Iowa town by convincing them that a boys' band will put an end to the moral corruption resulting from the presence of a pool hall in the community. He sells instruments and uniforms to River City parents with the understanding that he will organize a band and teach the children to play; however, he intends to abscond with the money before the arrival of the instruments. Will love change his mischievous ways? Also airs Sunday October 12 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 18 at 9:30pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise own an Oregon ranch. When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled by the brothers and want to spiff them up. A local fight charges up the brothers to find wives of their own. Also airs Sunday October 19 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 25 at 9:30pm That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)
This film is MGM's 1976 sequel to That's Entertainment (1974). This unique film is a retrospective of famous films released by MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s.Unlike the first part, the second contains comedy segments as well. This is the perfect movie for a fun, entertaining trip down memory lane. Also airs Sunday October 26 at 11:30am.
 

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WETA Movie Night: July 26

This Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD, watch two coming-of-age stories. First at 9:30pm, Jamal shares his life story when accused of cheating on a game show in Slumdog Millionaire. Then at 11:30pm, Egor leaves home to pursue a dancing career in the POV independent film Dance for Me. Please join us for these powerful films Saturday, July 26, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, as he’s minutes away from winning 20-million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The show breaks for the night and police arrest Jamal for cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. Stories of their adventures together and those with his lost-love Latika, reveal the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Will the police believe him and let him continue on the show? This film won 8 Academy Awards. Slumdog Millionaire also airs Sunday at 11:30am.


POV: Dance for Me airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future.


 

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WETA Movie Night: July 12-13

This Saturday, WETA TV26 & HD has three wonderful films for WETA Movie Night. Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 action-packed romantic drama kicks off the night at 9:30pm. Then meet fantastic and inspirational athletes in My Way to Olympia at 11:30pm and get a different view of the world with Salt early Sunday at 12:30am.
 
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: My Way to Olympia airs Saturday at 11:30pm
German director Niko von Glasow was born with severely shortened arms and along with his long list of award-winning films, he is the director of My Way to Olympia. Niko discovers  a group of incredibly adaptable, determined, and optimistic people performing athletic feats sometimes more astounding than those of regular Olympic athletes. This film shares the stories of these Paralympic athletes and shows that Paralympic sports are less about disabilities than about being the best at something, which is the same reason every athlete in the world competes.

POV: Salt airs Sunday at 12:30am
Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making five-week-long, annual, solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia and has a plethora of remarkable photos to show for it. This documentary is the film extension of Fredericks’ photographic work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences. The content in t his film will peak viewers’ ideas of time and space.
 

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WETA Movie Night: June 20 & 21

WETA TV26 & HD movie weekend starts on Friday this week! Check out an independent documentary Friday night then two biographical documentaries and two more indie films Saturday! Read on for more information.

Independent Lens: The New Black airs Friday at 10:30pm
Discover how the African American community debates the marriage equality movement and the fight over LGBT rights. In this film, activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — while exploring how this may have been exploited by political conservatives.

Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach airs Saturday at 9:30pm
Learn more about the epic screen star Burt Lancaster who went from street-wise tough to art-collector liberal-activist, from circus-acrobat hunk to Academy Award winner. By age 18, Burt was 6'2" with an athletic physique and dynamic good looks that helped make him famous. A stint in the Army introduced Burt to acting and led him to Hollywood where his first release, The Killers (1946), propelled him to stardom at age 32. He took control of his own career and seldom faltered. Upon his death in 1994, four-time Academy Award-nominated Lancaster was acknowledged as one of the greatest stars in Hollywood. Lancaster's films include Westerns, costume epics and serious contemporary dramas.

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door airs Saturday at 10:30pm
Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television's most enduring stars. Learn more about how MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934 and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, and Marlene Deitrich. However, his true talents were revealed when he went against type and appeared as a murderer opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's film-noir classic Double Indemnity (1944). In this program, see which other roles helped define MacMurray as a major acting talent.

Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In 1987, America had been struggling with the AIDS epidemic for six years. This crisis was still largely being ignored both by government officials and health organizations until the sudden emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York. This group was largely made up of HIV-positive participants who refused to die without a fight. Along with TAG (Treatment Action Group), and emboldened by the power of rebellion, they took on the challenges that public officials had ignored, raising awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. Learn more about their recognition as scientific experts and other efforts in this documentary.

Independent Lens: The Graduates airs Sunday at 1am
Meet six Latino students from across the United States in The Graduates/Los Graduados and hear first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. This two part film features three girls and three boys, each with their own unique obstacles to overcome. “Girls” features Stephanie, a daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, who despite attending a tough public school on the South Side of Chicago, fights through the distractions and worries about violence to become a good student, outspoken activist, and volunteer; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless but uses writing as a means of escape while keeping her eyes on the prize — college; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who dropped out of school after becoming pregnant and has to play catch-up when she dives back into her studies, all while trying to make a good future for her son.


 

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WETA Movie Night: May 10

This week on WETA TV26 & HD, tune into WETA Movie Night Saturday May 10 for two fantastic films. Beginning with the romantic comedy Woman of the Year (1942) where two New York newspaper columnists hash it out in their respective colums, to real life New York Times reporter Jayson Blair's deceptive reporting is revealed in the documentary A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair.

Woman of the Year (1942) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
New York sportswriter Sam Craig becomes infuriated when foreign correspondent Tess Harding suggests that baseball be canceled for the duration of World War II. Sam and Tess use their newspaper columns to argue the matter until they finally meet in person and after Sam takes Tess to her first baseball game, the two fall in love. Will their wildly different lifestyles mesh well or cause trouble? When Tess is voted "Woman of the Year", will Sam congratulate and support her? This romantic comedy stars Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and won the Oscar for best original screenplay that year.

Independent Lens | A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In 2003, former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of different stories published in the Times. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the reputation of the newspaper which just a year earlier won a record seven Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of the September 11 attacks. This documentary includes how the Times dealt with the scandal and features remarks from Blair, former executive editor Howell Raines and reporter Jerry Gray, who acted as Blair's mentor and media reporters Howard Kurtz and Seth Mnookin.


 

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WETA Movie Night: May 3

Begin the night with lots of drama as WETA TV26 & HD airs the musical Cabaret (1972) at 9:30pm. Then ease into non-fiction but keep the drama with Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter at 11:30pm. To finish off the night, go fully into documentary form as P.O.V. Last Train Home airs at 12:30am.

WETA Movie: Cabaret (1972) airs on Saturday at 9:30pm

This film is set in 1931 Berlin as young dancer American Sally Bowles has a whirlwind love triangle with a Brit and wealthy bachelor. Stars Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.

Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Follow the creation of the San Francisco Opera's celebrated production of The Bonesetter's Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by Amy Tan, based on her bestselling book of the same name. .

P.O.V. Last Train Home airs on Sunday at 12:30am
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life.


 

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WETA Movie Night: April 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.

 


 

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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 12

This Saturday at 9:30pm, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1958 classic The Big Country. Following the feature film, catch the documentary Brother's Hypnotic at 12:30am. Keep the movie excitement going on Monday at 10pm with The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Read on for more information on the movies.

WETA Movie: The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday April 12 at 9:30pm
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranch families over a valuable patch of land, each looking for an easy supply of water. Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives.

Independent Lens: Brother’s Hypnotic airs Sunday April 13 at 12:30am

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s sons make transcendent music that ties currents from jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. This film follows the octet as far away as Ireland as they tour and work to carve out their own renown around the world.

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali airs Monday April 14 at 10pm
Explore the extraordinary and complex life of  legendary athlete Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. Some of Ali's life events in this documentary are joining the Nation of Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, protesting racial inequality, and delving into global humanitarian work. Learn more about the legend Ali, an inspiring figure.


 

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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 26

Saturday, October 26 at 9:30pm  join WETA TV26 & HD for movie night as we bring you the James Dean classic film East of Eden.

Make sure to stick around after the film to see the two latest WETA local productions, Pizza in Washington and Burgers in Washington!

This 1955 film was directed by Elia Kazan and loosely based on both the Steinbeck novel East of Eden and the story of Cain and Abel.  Struggling to find himself during the late years of World War I while competing with his brother Aron for their father’s affection, Cal is a sorrowful and desperate young man. Wild attempts to please his father, family secrets, and a love triangle make this film a dynamic drama perfect for a Saturday night at home. Will Cal find his place in the world, and more importantly, in his own family? Find out this Saturday night on WETA TV26 & HD!

For more James Dean films tune in every Saturday to WETA TV26 & HD for Rebel Without a Cause and Giant in the coming weeks!

 

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