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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies June 29

Our distinctive personal identities are what make us different from the people around us. Though we may look the same or sound the same, it is important to look beyond the surface to get to the core of each individual’s identity. This Saturday, we’re bringing you two free movies dealing with discovering true identities. Tune in at 9:30 and again at 11:30 and enjoy a commercial free WETA movie night.

At 9:30pm, Bette Davis and Karl Malden star in the classic thriller Dead Ringer. Davis plays long estranged twin sisters Margaret and Edith who have not spoken since Margaret married Frank Da Lorca who Edith was seeing at the time. Eighteen years later, after the two are reunited at Frank’s funeral, Edith is reminded of Margaret’s cruel and deceptive nature. In a fit of rage, she kills Margaret and assumes her identity, staging the scene to look as if Edith herself has committed suicide. While her plan initially seems foolproof, Edith soon realizes her sister was guilty of more than just petty dishonesty. Now, she faces suspicion from Margaret’s lover Tony and Edith’s own boyfriend Jim (Malden). Will Edith be able to escape her own web of lies or is she in too deep? Watch the trailer here!

Watch Dead Ringer (1964) Saturday June 29 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Cultural identities can bind communities and provide important information on personal histories. How do you maintain a cultural identity when time seems to have erased yours? We Still Live Here-Âs Nutayuneân tells the story of a Massachusetts Native American tribe who did the impossible. It was the Wampanoag tribe who taught the Pilgrims to fish and cultivate when they arrived in New England. As the Pilgrims expanded their territorial and cultural boundaries, the Wampanoag language slowly disappeared with each passing generation. Nearly four hundred years after the first contact between their ancestors and European settlers, the modern day Wampanoag people embarked on a mission to revive their native language. Through community efforts and determination, a new generation of fluent Wampanoag speakers came to life. Tune in at 11:30 to watch this inspirational journey. Watch the trailer here!

Watch Independent Lens: We Still Live Here-Âs Nutayuneân Saturday June 29 at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 23

Determination

Sometimes, you just have to go with what feels right. This week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies on WETA TV26 & WETA HD celebrate people who knew they were right, even when everyone else was telling them they were wrong. We begin at 9:30pm with Top Hat, where Jerry Travers peruses a woman who isn’t interested because she thinks he’s someone else. But Jerry doesn’t give up that easily! Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is at 11:00pm, which takes a look at activists during the civil rights era who knew they were working for good, even when the media tried to misrepresent them.

Click here to watch video previews of these two films!

 

Top Hat (1935)

What would you do if your best friend’s spouse fell in love with you? Run away! Or in this case, dance in the opposite direction. Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) makes her distaste of Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) known after he wakes her one night with loud tap dancing from the room above her. In a case of mistaken identity, she believes him to be her friend’s husband and is put off even more by his romantic advances. After she travels to Italy, only to be perused by Jerry, the confusion escalates with a marriage proposal. Can these two figure out who they really are and become the perfect pair? If you missed it in January, find out this Saturday at 9:30pm.

Watch Top Hat on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm! Also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

After 16mm footage of the civil rights movement was discovered in the cellar of a Swedish broadcasting company, filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson decided to create a documentary about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975. Featuring interviews with prominent African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, as well as input from today's scholars and historians, this film shows a different perspective of the revolution commonly portrayed as a violent protest by United States media of the time. Join us as we continue to celebrate Black History Month through the eyes of Swedish filmmakers, this Saturday at 11:00pm.

Watch Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 11:00pm.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 2

Humans have the remarkable ability to overcome just about anything. This week on the WETA Saturday Night Movies, hear the stories of individuals who have overcome obstacles in their lives and remember the strength of the will to succeed. We kick off the night with two feature length Doc Martin movies beginning at 9:30pm and follow them up with three Independent Lens documentaries back-to-back at 12:30am. With something for everyone, join WETA TV26 and WETA HD this Saturday as we dig deeper into the workings of society.

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Doc Martin: The MovieOvercoming Loss

Would you ever move from the DC area to a remote, small town in the blink of an eye? Well when Doctor Martin Bamford discovers his wife is having an affair, he throws caution to the wind and moves from London to the unknown fishing village of Port Isaac. Join him as he tries to adjust to the country life, while resuming his medical career in a tiny town. This movie is different from the Doc Martin television show, but still stars Martin Clunes. Sit back and enjoy this alternate take on the ever hilarious Doc Martin.

 

Watch Doc Martin: The Movie on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm

 

Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie Overcoming Stress

Doc Martin is in need of a holiday from Port Isaac and finds the perfect spot in a small plot of land called Tregruunt Farm. The problem is, another family is also interested in the property. What lengths will Doc Martin go though to ensure he gets it for himself? Let’s just say he takes some legendary measures. 

Watch Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 11:00pm

 

Independent Lens: More Than a Month - Overcoming Boundaries 

February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to paying tribute to the history of African Americans. In this documentary, Shukree Hassan Tilghman feels that black history shouldn't just be remembered in one month, but should be a part of everyday American history. Determined, Tilghman goes on a month long campaign to end the Black History Month observance. Join us as we investigate the dynamics of this practice and why some people think it shouldn’t exist at all.

Watch Independent Lens: More Than a Month on  WETA TV26 & WETA HD  this Sunday at 12:30am

 

Independent Lens: As Goes Janesville - Overcoming Hardships

The economic depression of 2008 affected many industries and workers across America. This is the story of Janesville, Wisconsin, an auto town where 2,000 residents were left unemployed after General Motors closed its local plant. Many were able to find jobs at different factories or relocate, but some hope to bring new businesses into the town with tax benefits. Follow the actions the residents take locally and nationally to promote business and job growth for their town and state.

Watch Independent Lens: As Goes Janesville on WETA TV26 & WETA HD  Sunday at 1:30am

 

Independent Lens: The Woodmans - Overcoming with Art

This documentary unveils the lives of the Woodmans, a family of artists all working in different mediums. Betty and George married after realizing a common dedication to fine art and had two children who would also become artists. Their daughter Francesca discovered a passion for photography and moved to New York to peruse her career. Depression, tragedy, and emotions changed their artistic styles. Follow the highs and lows of this family that were held together by their love of art.

Watch Independent Lens: The Woodmans on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Sunday at 2:30am

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 10

 

Watch free movies without commercials on your TV this Saturday. Get a load of our jam packed Fall Movie Festival November 10, a feature film and FOUR documentaries on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Art of Risk-Taking

Jumping out of an airplane, sampling frog’s legs, or buying a lottery ticket all mean incurring some risk.  A skydiver discovering mid-air that his parachute is defective may be a rare situation, but suffering a minor allergic reaction to an exotic food happens more often. In life, we’re faced with both itty-bitty risks and all-or-nothing risks. This Saturday night, don’t do anything dicey. Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home and live vicariously through risk taker after risk taker in a line-up of movies on WETA TV26 and HD that make you hold your breath—without taking any real risks.

 

Love’s Risk

You never know who you’ll meet on the bus. Fate strikes when two bus riders’ lives coincidentally intertwine, proving that every personal encounter has a purpose. When the recently returned World War II veteran Paul strikes up a conversation with Victoria, he learns that she is pregnant out of wedlock and terrified that her traditionalist Mexican father will kill her upon her homecoming from graduate school. So Paul offers to play the role of Victoria’s husband and Victoria accepts. Victoria’s family believes the couple’s announcement but the new son-in-law’s social standing infuriates Victoria’s father. The initial plan takes an unexpected turn when the family invites Paul to stay on the vineyard and assist with the annual grape harvest. The events that follow will convince you of the magic of fate. With family tradition, love, and hate all conflicting, you have the perfect elements to start off a Saturday night movie festival! 

Watch A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk for Reward

Though the classroom’s filled with women from a colorful assortment of countries, their similarities outweigh their differences. Many stopped attending school at age ten, either because of the taboo of female education or because work took priority. All of the students have families back home, and all are mothers or grandmothers--a class requirement. Most of the students have never before left their village, let alone their country. Many are also illiterate. These 27 disenfranchised women hail from four continents and make up a class of competitively selected candidates whose training at The Barefoot College in India will empower them to become solar engineers. Yes, solar engineers. In six months time, these women will return home with the ability, confidence, and skill to bring solar electricity to their villages. Learn more about the making of Solar Mamas from producer Mette Heide in this Independent Lens online exclusive! 

Solar Mamas follows the journey of one particular Barefoot College class, shedding light (no pun intended) on the natural energy crisis and the challenges rural women face worldwide.

Watch Independent Lens: Solar Mamas Saturday, November 10 at 11:15pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking Life and Limb

The prospect of $20,000 and college tuition assistance in exchange for serving in the Michigan National Guard just one weekend a month seemed too good to pass up for a group of nine long-time friends who were fresh out of high school in rural Michigan. And it was…as most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Soon, they would all be deployed on a tour to Afghanistan, where they would search for roadside bombs with their explosives unit. After nine  fearfull and uncertain months, nothing could prepare the once carefree “boys” for the obstacles they would endure upon returning home.

Where Soldiers Come From follows the lives of three of these men over the course of four years, from their basic training, to their deployment, and ultimately, to their tumultuous return home. The film illustrates the transformation of these happy-go-lucky teenagers into hardened and emotionally-scarred men. The film also paints a poignant portrait of the far-reaching effects of a far-away war, while touching upon politics, class, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Check out this powerful map of Veterans in the United States from POV Where Soldiers Come From

Watch POV: Where Soldiers Come From Saturday, November 10 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk on the Behalf of Others

On-call at all hours of the day and night, they rush to their “office” when the familiar phone call comes. A price could never be put on the free and generous service they provide with their smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement for men and women in uniform. At Bangor International Airport in Maine, a pack of senior citizens has made history by greeting and seeing off nearly one million American troops who are on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Way We Get By tells a moving story about growing old, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. The film looks at three of the senior volunteers, as they deal with the inevitable effects of aging and find their reason to continue living. One volunteer must cope with a cancer diagnosis, while another must cope with the deployments of beloved family members. Meanwhile, one volunteer explains the group’s goal very succinctly: “Make a soldier smile before he goes over.” The parallels between the gray-haired volunteers and soldiers passing through the plane terminal reveal the film’s central message: It is through service to others we find our purpose. Watch or read this POV interview with The Way We Get By filmmaker Aron Gaudet. 

Watch POV: The Way We Get By on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking it all for a Dream

“We miss the shot, we get shot.”

For wildly successful filmmakers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, such a statement was not far from the truth in their native Hungary. Maybe it was luck and their innate talent that led to their success in the film industry, or maybe it was the day-to-day struggle of surviving in Hungary’s hostile environment that taught them to fight. Whatever the case, that success certainly did not mushroom overnight. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos honors the pair, all the while telling their story from struggle to triumph.

László and Vilmos quickly became friends back in film school, but little did they know that their friendship would thrive for decades to come and withstand as much as it did. During the Hungarian Revolution, the two fled for America, camera and film in tow. Remarkably, they managed to avoid ever getting caught and filmed many of the horrific scenes involved in their escape. Finding work was no easy feat, and for ten years they admirably kept their dreams alive by working on low-budget films. Their “big breaks” came in due time, and once Hollywood recognized their talent as Directors of Photography, America swooned. Thanks to their grit and persistence, László and Vilmos have changed Hollywood’s standards for cinematography. Check out this No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos behind the scenes content from Independent Lens and director / producer James Chressanthis!

Watch Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.