10/3 Greg Sestero presents "The Disaster Artist"
10/25 DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD [Død Snø 2]
11/14-11/16 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Two shows only!

Official Selection, 2013 AFI Docs, Hot Docs, True/False, Los Angeles, Vancouver Film Festivals

This adventure film for the 21st century takes an irreverent, philosophical look at humanity and man’s effect on the world around him. On a three-masted schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, a crew sets sail for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of northeast Greenland. It is an epic journey, with the brave explorers on board encountering polar bear nightmares, Stone Age playgrounds and entirely new species. But in their meetings with these new and unknown parts of the world, the crew is also confronted with the existential questions of life.

Curiosity, grand pathos and a liberating dose of humor come together in this superbly styled film, where one breathtaking image after the next seduces the viewer into a world of almost alien beauty. Conceived and brought to life on a grand scale, this film is like a long forgotten childhood dream, brought to life by grown artists, scientists, and philosophers.

DIR/SCR Daniel Dencik; PROD Michael Haslund-Christensen. Denmark, 2013, color, 90 min, DCP. In English and Danish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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Sat, Sep 27, 2:45; Sun, Sep 28, 2:45

Greg Sestero presents "The Disaster Artist"
In person: Greg Sestero

Greg Sestero returns to AFI Silver for the first time since 2011's unforgettable stage production of "The Room: Live" to discuss his memoir, "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made." Plans to turn Sestero's buzzed-about book into a motion picture, directed by and starring James Franco, were recently announced. Sestero will recount his experience working with the enigmatic writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau on THE ROOM, the legendary cult sensation that has won over audiences worldwide. This multimedia event features a new behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of THE ROOM, a book and script reading and an audience Q&A, plus a screening of THE ROOM.

Post-program book sale and signing, followed by a screening of THE ROOM at approx. 10:00.

DIR/SCR Daniel Dencik; PROD Michael Haslund-Christensen. Denmark, 2013, color, 90 min, DCP. In English and Danish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Official website

Tickets $15

No passes accepted.

Fri, Oct 3, 7:30

Washington, DC, area exclusive!
Three shows only!

Official Selection, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE is a concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland that captures the human element of Björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project, "Biophilia." Recorded live at Björk's show at London's Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on "Biophilia" and more using a broad variety of instruments—some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. The film has already been hailed as "a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (Variety) and "an imaginative stand-alone artwork," (Hollywood Reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is "Biophilia."

DIR Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland; PROD Jacqui Edenbrow. US/Romania/UK/France, 2014, color, 97 min, DCP. NOT RATED

Official website

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Thu, Oct 16, 7:20; Fri, Oct 17, 9:25; Sat, Oct 18, 9:25

Zombie Walk night in downtown Silver Spring!
Advance ticket purchases are advised, particularly for slow-moving zombies, as this show is likely to sell out.

Martin, the lone survivor of DEAD SNOW's ski holiday massacre, has lost his friends to a resurrected and rampaging battalion of zombie Nazis. He wakes up in a hospital only to discover that the authorities think he's a mass murderer, mocking his zombie Nazi explanation as ludicrous. Not only that, but they've reattached the wrong arm to his sawed-off stump—the zombie limb of Colonel Herzog himself! Soon Martin finds himself fending off a new zombie attack—the Nazis' plan to sack the town, delayed for some 70 years after they froze to death in the mountains above. This time, Martin has some surprising allies, including a zombie survivalist group from the U.S., a staffer from the local WWII museum and a rival band of zombies—Russian POWs executed by the Nazi soldiers during the war, now returned and looking for payback.

DIR/SCR Tommy Wirkola; SCR Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel; PROD Kjetil Omberg, Terje Strømstad. Norway, 2014, color, 100 min. In English, Norwegian and German with English subtitles. RATED R

Sat, Oct 25, 10:30


A surprise hit in 2004 and an enduring cult item since, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's "rom-zom-com" — a romantic comedy, with zombies — remains one of the best examples of the horror-comedy hybrid genre. Dumped by his girlfriend, slacker appliance salesman Pegg is so down in the dumps that he fails to notice the zombie plague taking over his London neighborhood until one pops up in his backyard. Fortunately, he and his couch-potato flatmate Nick Frost prove to be ace zombie dispatchers, and round up their remaining loved ones to make a final stand at their local pub, the Winchester.

DIR/SCR Edgar Wright; SCR Simon Pegg; PROD Nira Park. UK/France, 2004, color, 99 min, 35mm. RATED R

Fri, Oct 31, 9:00

Q&A with director Mary Fishman

In the wake of the Vatican II reforms of the 1960s, which modernized Catholic practice and called on the religious to serve where there was the greatest need, American nuns took it upon themselves to put word into action, coming out of the cloister and engaging with the world. This film tells the too-little-told, imperfectly understood story of this remarkable transformation. Profiling a range of forward-thinking, hard-working, innovative and inspiring nuns, sisters on the front lines of issues ranging from low-income housing and health care, immigration reform, alternative medicine, environmentalism and organic farming, not to mention a myriad of social justice campaigns and advocating on behalf of women's role in the church, this engaging documentary will enlighten the mind and move the heart.

DIR/PROD Mary Fishman. US, 2012, color/b&w, 88 min, digital presentation. NOT RATED

Sun, Nov 9, 2:00

In 70mm!
#22 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies

Beginning with the dawn of civilization and chronicling the rise from ape to man, the film evolves to the story of astronauts Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, who find themselves at the mercy of supercomputer HAL 9000. Powerful imagery, ground-breaking special effects, the bold classical music score and repeated juxtapositions of man and machinery have made 2001 one of the most significant and relevant films of the 20th century. Nominated for four Academy Awards®.

DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Arthur C. Clarke, from his short story. UK/US, 1967, color, 141 min, 70mm. RATED G

Fri, Nov 14, 9:45; Sat, Nov 15, 10:00;
Sun, Nov 16, 2:00, 9:00;
Wed, Nov 19, 6:30 (Montgomery College Show)

One night only!

Starring Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Richard Hawley, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber

Official Selection, 2014 SXSW, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest

"An earthy, affecting and droll celebration of the unique alignment of influences that forged a great band - and the thrusting live footage rams Pulp's greatness home." –Total Film

"The live performances are electrifying, all jagged elbows and brilliant pop tunes, with the band suitably assisted not by drugs and booze, but by a neatly organised display of treatments for colds, incontinence and light grazes." –Observer

Florian Habricht's witty, innovative documentary follows the legendary titular band (perhaps the smartest and most charismatic in all of Britpop) as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances. Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, more moving and more life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

DIR/SCR Florian Habicht; SCR Jarvis Cocker, Peter O'Donoghue; PROD Alex Boden. UK, 2014, color, 90 min, DCP. NOT RATED

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No passes accepted.

Wed, Nov 19, 7:30