SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS
2/9-2/11 THE LONG GOODBYE
2/27 FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
2/27 THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED aka THE WILDERNESS TRAIL
2/28 BODY AND SOUL
3/5 THE CURATORS VOLUME 1: A STORY OF INDEPENDENCE
3/27-3/28 TOMMY
4/3-4/4 THE BABADOOK
4/13-4/15 A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT


THE LONG GOODBYE

Resetting Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles detective classic from the 1940s to the 1970s may sound like a dubious proposition, but Robert Altman and company create a one-of-a-kind film that gleefully breaks all the rules. Elliott Gould plays Philip Marlowe as a shambles — a mumbling oddball who's nonetheless a lone voice for moral order in a corrupt world. Memorable turns include a Hemingwayesque Sterling Hayden, violent thug Mark Rydell and baseball pitcher/BALL FOUR author Jim Bouton as Marlowe's fugitive friend. With groundbreaking camerawork — constantly gliding, never still — from Vilmos Zsigmond.

DIR Robert Altman; SCR Leigh Brackett, from the novel by Raymond Chandler; PROD Jerry Bick. US, 1973, color, 112 min, 35mm. RATED R


Mon, Feb 9, 9:00; Tue, Feb 10, 7:10; Wed, Feb 11, 9:15


FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
Original soundtrack augmented by live musical accompaniment by Gary Lucas

"It's alive! It's alive!" Colin Clive's Henry Frankenstein determines to create life itself, but proper brain procurement proves the sticking point. James Whale's horror classic deviates wildly from Mary Shelley's source novel — and film history is all the better for it. Boris Karloff poignantly conveys the monster's own terror and humanity beneath Jack Pierce's memorably grotesque makeup.

DIR James Whale; SCR Francis Edward Faragoh, Garett Fort, from John L. Balderston's adaptation of the play by Peggy Webling; PROD Carl Laemmle, Jr. US, 1931, b&w, 71 min, 35mm. NOT RATED

About Gary Lucas
A Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, an international recording artist with more than 20 acclaimed solo albums and a soundtrack composer for film and television, Gary Lucas is on the move in 2014. Dubbed "the thinking man's guitar hero" by The New Yorker, "the world's most popular avant-rock guitarist" by The Independent (UK), "one of the 100 greatest living guitarists" (Classic Rock) by The Guardian (UK), "guitarist of 1000 ideas" by The New York Times, "a true axe God" by Melody Maker and "one of the five best guitarists in the world" by the national Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny, the British world music magazine fRoots recently described Gary Lucas as, "without question, the most innovative and challenging guitarist playing today." Rolling Stone's David Fricke writes, "Gary Lucas is one of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle." Best-selling author/producer Dan Levitin ("This Is Your Brain On Music") recently cited Gary as "the greatest living electric guitarist." Gary was also dubbed "one of the world's greatest guitar players" by HITS Magazine. garylucas.com.


No passes accepted.

Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members

Fri, Feb 27, 9:30

Oscar Micheaux Silent Films

THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED aka THE WILDERNESS TRAIL
95th Anniversary!
Silent film with live musical accompaniment by William Hooker

One of pioneering black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux's earliest surviving films, this potent melodrama follows the intertwined stories of two light-skinned African Americans: Eve Mason, newly arrived in the Northeast from Selma, Alabama, to claim property inherited from her grandfather, and Jefferson Driscoll, self-hating, racist and passing as white. Jefferson turns Eve out of his hotel and later conspires with Klansmen to try to run Eve's neighbor Hugh Van Allen off his property, newly valuable for its oil deposits. But justice — and love — wins out.

DIR/SCR/PROD Oscar Micheaux. US, 1920, b&w, 54 min, digital presentation. NOT RATED

About William Hooker

William Hooker (drummer, composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres. He has released more than 60 CDs as a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center, MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette and Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina, The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival. Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia, New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and others. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky, Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe, David Murray, Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more.



Emceed by James White

James White has been an active member of the Washington media for nearly 40 years, and is currently a news/traffic anchor and reporter with Total Traffic Network and Metro NewsSource, where he's heard on various stations in the greater Washington-Baltimore region. White is also an on-air host for Maryland Public Television (MPT).



No passes accepted.

Fri, Feb 27, 7:15

BODY AND SOUL (1925)
90th Anniversary!
Silent film with live musical accompaniment by the William Hooker Quintet

An escaped convict surfaces in Tatesville, Georgia, where he passes himself off to the local populace as Rev. Isaiah T. Jenkins, and sets about bilking the congregation of their hard-earned money. The screen debut of Paul Robeson, who is magnetic in the dual role of not only the phony preacher but also his long-lost twin brother Sylvester, with whom he vies for the affections of an impressionable young congregant named Isabelle.

DIR/SCR/PROD Oscar Micheaux. US, 1925, b&w, 102 min, digital presentation. NOT RATED

About William Hooker

William Hooker (drummer, composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres. He has released more than 60 CDs as a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center, MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette and Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina, The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival. Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia, New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and others. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky, Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe, David Murray, Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more.



Emceed by James White

James White has been an active member of the Washington media for nearly 40 years, and is currently a news/traffic anchor and reporter with Total Traffic Network and Metro NewsSource, where he's heard on various stations in the greater Washington-Baltimore region. White is also an on-air host for Maryland Public Television (MPT).



No passes accepted.

Sat, Feb 28, 3:00

Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members


MARS: Mid-Atlantic Regional Showcase presents
THE CURATORS VOLUME 1: A STORY OF INDEPENDENCE

Inspired by the motivation to preserve hip-hop culture and its artists, this powerful documentary examines the lives of five dreamers seeking to make their mark on the music industry. Chronicling emcees Ahmad Lewis, Matt Reeves, Prie and Dee-1's unique journeys through the world of hip-hop, the film also captures the infancy-to-stardom trajectory of Maryland native and Def Jam recording artist Logic. Through extensive dialogue with these up-and-coming artists, as well as established emcees and everyday professionals, the film verifies that hip-hop isn't dead, or even close to it.

DIR/ SCR/PROD Jermaine Fletcher; DIR/PROD Jimmie Thomas. US, 2013, color, 67 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Thu, Mar 5, 6:30


TOMMY (1975)
40th Anniversary!

Director Ken Russell, at the peak of his eccentric excess in the mid-1970s, was the perfect choice to bring The Who's rock opera to the screen. The Who's own Roger Daltrey stars as Tommy, the "deaf, dumb and blind kid," who, after witnessing his father's murder as a child, retreats into his own interior world. Desperate for a cure, his mother (Ann-Margret) and stepfather (Oliver Reed) take him to, in turn, The Seeker (Eric Clapton), the Acid Queen (Tina Turner) and an experimental doctor, The Specialist (Jack Nicholson), but it's only when Tommy competes against and bests the Pinball Wizard (Elton John) that he makes progress — too much so, in that he is declared a Messiah and becomes the leader of a religious sect.

DIR/SCR/PROD Ken Russell; SCR from The Who's album, "Tommy"; PROD Robert Stigwood. UK, 1975, color, 111 min, DCP. RATED PG


Fri, Mar 27, 9:15; Sat, Mar 28, 10:00


THE BABADOOK

"I've never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me." –William Friedkin, director of THE EXORCIST

Writer/director Jennifer Kent and lead actress Essie Davis have earned multiple kudos for this uncommonly smart and creepy psychological horror film. The film tells the story of a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son's nighttime fear of a shadowy monster. But she soon discovers that her son's fears are well-founded, and a sinister presence is lurking in her house. "Deeply disturbing and unusually beautiful" –Scott Foundas, Variety. Best First Feature, 2014 New York Film Critics Circle. Official Selection, 2014 Sundance and Spooky Movie film festivals.

DIR/SCR Jennifer Kent; PROD Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere. Australia, 2014, color, 93 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Fri, Apr 3, 9:45; Sat, Apr 4, 10:45


A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

Ana Lily Amirpour's acclaimed, award-winning debut feature, famously called "the first Iranian vampire Western," signals the arrival of a cool and confident new cinematic talent. In the Iranian provincial town of Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome, chador-clad vampire: "The Girl" (Sheila Vand), who prowls the streets at night on her skateboard. Executive-produced by Elijah Wood. Official Selection, 2014 Sundance and Spooky Movie film festivals.

DIR/SCR/PROD Ana Lily Amirpour; PROD Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah. US, 2014, b&w, 99 min, DCP. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Mon, Apr 13, 9:30; Tue, Apr 14, 9:30; Wed, Apr 15, 9:30