Arts Digest: GI and environmental film festivals in D.C.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

GI Film Festival fetes armed forces

The GI Film Festival - dedicated to the story of the U.S. armed forces - will be May 9-15 in Washington.

The festival will feature film premieres, and seminars and events, including Wounded Warrior Appreciation Night, Hollywood Patriots night and a congressional reception on May 11 with guest Gary Sinise. The film "Flag of My Father," starring William Devane and John Schneider, will premiere, and both actors are scheduled to appear.

A Filmmaker Boot Camp, hosted by GI Film Festival Chair Stephen K. Bannon, will also be held May 13 at the Canadian Embassy theater.

Filmmakers can submit their work through or mail submissions to GI Film Festival, 2776 S. Arlington Mill Dr., #810, Arlington, VA 22206. Entries must be postmarked by March 10. For more information and an schedule of events, visit

- Erin Williams

Environmentalfilms to screen

The 19th annual Environmental Film Festival will be March 15-27 at 60 locations around the area, featuring 150 films ranging from documentary to experimental.

Forty countries will be represented; 80 of the films will make their Washington and world premiers.

Several screenings will have Q&A sessions and discussions. At 10 a.m. on March 9, there will be a pre-festival screening of "Bag It," about the change a man experiences in his life after he quits his use of plastic bags at the grocery store. There will also be a launch party March 10 at 6:30 p.m. Both events will take place at the Warner Theatre and Warner Building Atrium, respectively.

A schedule can be found at

- Erin Williams

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