IMPACT hosted a private screening of PATRIOCRACY at West End Cinema on October 12th. Patriocracy: a voice of reason in the age of polarization. The film is a non-partisan examination of Washington dysfunction. Patriocracy drills down and illustrates the forces that drive a wedge into the middle ground of America. Many notable Washington personalities offer their opinion in the film such as: Senator Mark Warner, Senator Kent Conrad, Bob Schieffer and Pat Buchanan.
A Q & A took place after the film with special guests Director Brian Malone, Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, Roll Call’s Mort Kondrake, The Brooking Institution's William Galston, Former Congressman Mickey Edwards and Ruck.us Founder and CEO Nathan Daschle.
IAFF screened the documentary BAG IT in the US Capitol, co-presented by the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Environmental Working Group and the Environmental Film Festival.
Policy-makers and activists turned out for the film showcasing the perils of plastics, as well as remarks by Representatives Jim Moran (D-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Steve Cohen (D-TN). Post screening discussion with director Suz Beraza, EWG's Heather White and PPC's Julia Cohen, moderated by Jody Arlington.
Held on March 9, 2011 at the Capitol Visitor's Center.
A private screening of ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: The Story of the Greatest Basketball Team You Never Heard Of took place on June 6th at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. The film is the story of the Harlem Renaissance Big Five, more commonly known as The Harlem Rens – the greatest basketball team you never heard of. The Harlem Rens were the best of the black teams in 1939 yearning for a chance at a national championship. The players beat tremendous odds – from racism to the Great Depression – but became the first world champions of professional basketball.
A Q & A took place after the film with special guest basketball legend and Executive Producer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Director & Producer Deborah Morales. A private salon dinner was held afterwards at Lincoln.
IMPACT partnered with the Christpher & Dana Reeve Foundation for the screening of SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS at West End Cinema on May 3rd. The film is Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut and stars Chris Thompson, who joined us as a special guest.
The film follows recently paralyzed DJ "Delicious" Dean battles the mean streets of Los Angeles, struggling to survive in his wheelchair. Yearning to walk again, and fighting to spark the ashes that were once his career, Dean turns to the dubious world of faith healing and gets much more than he bargained for. Lured by easy money and the heat of fame, Dean sells out to an unstable rock band, stomping the dreams of so many who see him as their only hope. World-famous DJ "Delicious" must now tackle his own worst demon—himself—if he is ever to conquer his “handicap” and find true healing.
A private screening of THE BANG BANG CLUB was held April 18th at West End Cinema. It is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers - Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek - bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work—two won Pulitzers during the period—but cost them a heavy price.
A Q&A with Greg Marinovich, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and author of the book The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War followed the screening.
IMPACT partnered with Georgetown University's Film and Media Studies Program for the DC Premiere of A BETTER LIFE at AMC Georgetown Theatre on May 2nd. Producer, Jami Gertz held a Q & A session after the film.
The film follows a gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
A private screening of THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED took place on March 14th at Landmark's E Street Cinema. The film, based on the case study "The Last Hippie" by Dr. Oliver Sacks, M.D. ("Awakenings"), chronicles the journey of a father and son adjusting to cerebral trauma and a lifetime of missed opportunities. Through the music that embodied the generation gap of the 1960s, the film weaves the heartwarming progress of Henry and Gabriel's relationship.
A Q & A took place after the film with special guest Mickey Hart, Director Jim Kohlberg, Dr. Oliver Sacks, and moderated by Tipper Gore. A private reception was held at the home of Nancy Bagley and Soroush Shehabi.