DC Shorts Film Festival
Short films do not get their due; often they’re just another random guess on your Oscars party ballot. The annual DC Shorts Film Festival shines a light on these bite-sized movies. Around 170 films from more than 30 countries will screen during this year’s event, which will also deliver free lunchtime showings by local filmmakers (reservations required), a free outdoor showcase of international films Sept. 14 at Farragut Square, parties, workshops and Q&A sessions. A centerpiece of the event is always the screenplay competition, where six screenplays get table reads, the audience votes on the best, and the winner gets $2,000 and a spot for his or her completed film in an upcoming festival.
Various locations; Thu. through Sept. 17, various times and prices, $150 for all-access pass.
“From Vault to Screen”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t just focused on Oscar season. Its archive holds 85,000 movies that represent every historical era and genre of film, including every best picture Oscar winner and the personal collections of directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Sam Peckinpah. A new series at the National Gallery of Art, “From Vault to Screen,” showcases recent Academy Film Archive restorations that are nearly impossible to see elsewhere. A sampler of films from documentarian Les Blank kicks things off Saturday at 2 p.m.; upcoming highlights include “Cock of the Air,” a 1932 comedy produced by Howard Hughes, and a collection of experimental shorts.
National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Sat. through Sept. 30, various times, free.
Boom [water glass shakes]. Boom [water glass shakes]. Boom [water glass shakes]. Oh, you know what movie we’re talking about: “Jurassic Park,” the film that brought Jeff Goldblum’s glorious chest to the screen. Take it all in again during midnight screenings this weekend at the E Street Cinema. Enjoy the (still) jaw-dropping dinos, that lawyer getting eaten while in a port-a-potty, and the T. Rex ex machina ending. If you’re too scared of raptors, you can also catch midnight screenings of cult standbys “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “The Room” this weekend.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Fri. & Sat., 11:59 p.m., $10.