See where Hollywood films around DC

DC pops up in the movies for good reason: if you want to show the halls of power, you go to Washington. And sometimes, when you’re showing the halls of power, your characters have to go for a walk or get a drink. This is how places like Adams Morgan ended up in movies like … Continue reading “See where Hollywood films around DC”

DC pops up in the movies for good reason: if you want to show the halls of power, you go to Washington. And sometimes, when you’re showing the halls of power, your characters have to go for a walk or get a drink. This is how places like Adams Morgan ended up in movies like Dave.

Last semester, our student staff member Sean put together this great map of all the different places in DC that have shown up on film, along with our call numbers for those movies. Most the movies filmed around the Mall, understandably, but you might be surprised to learn about Slam (HU DVD 158), which was filmed near Anacostia. We also liked that Damn Yankees (HU DVD 2706) takes place at Griffith Stadium, at the side of what’s now Howard University Hospital.

The map doesn’t have ever film every set in DC (no Transformers 3?), but it’s a fun way to look around the city and see where movies you might love have stopped by our city. Thanks to Sean for putting this together!

For our Metroless day: public transit videos from our collection

In an unprecedented move, the entire Metro system is closed today. Whether or not this was the right choice, it means that DC is spending the day without its main form of public transit. There isn’t a documentary about the DC Metro (as far as we know) so we’ve gathered together three timely media items … Continue reading “For our Metroless day: public transit videos from our collection”

In an unprecedented move, the entire Metro system is closed today. Whether or not this was the right choice, it means that DC is spending the day without its main form of public transit. There isn’t a documentary about the DC Metro (as far as we know) so we’ve gathered together three timely media items about this unusual transportation problem.

Firstly and perhaps most seriously, you can stream Subway City, a documentary about all the people who pass through New York’s underground rail system. It’s not just about the commuters who use it to get to work but “those who work there, those who live there, and those who commit crimes there.” Infrastructure on the scale of a subway system changes a city, and this film is a neat peek at what that cultural indentation looks like. (And today, you’re seeing what happens when that system disappears.)

Next, for a bit of a laugh, the old newsreel Futuristic Transportation Needs (also streaming) features brief clips of vehicles meant to be the future of transport that missed the mark by a mile. Our favorite is the Aérotrain, the giant Flash Gordon-looking hovertrain pictured above.

And just for good measure, we also have a copy of the How I Met Your Mother episode Subway Wars (HU DVD 11576, Disc 1) in which the main characters try to out-race each other using whatever transportation they can find. The subway-riders don’t win, though mostly because of an emotional forfeit.

The Metro may be increasingly dangerous, but be glad that you don’t have to ride the Aérotrain. Hopefully we’re back to normal tomororw

DC’s most genuinely spooky place becomes a landmark

If you’re an AU student who has made the trek to Georgetown, you’ve probably encountered the Exorcist steps, the legendary staircase famously used in a climactic scene from the bone-chillingly terrifying film The Exorcist. It’s in an unassuming spot – behind a gas station on M Street – but it has for decades served as … Continue reading “DC’s most genuinely spooky place becomes a landmark”

If you’re an AU student who has made the trek to Georgetown, you’ve probably encountered the Exorcist steps, the legendary staircase famously used in a climactic scene from the bone-chillingly terrifying film The Exorcist. It’s in an unassuming spot – behind a gas station on M Street – but it has for decades served as a beacon for local horror and movie fans.

At long last, the DC local government has decided to honor the Exorcist steps by making them an official city landmark. The commemoration ceremony will be held on October 30th at 6pm, right in time for Halloween. Public attendees are welcome and are invited to mingle beforehand with writer William Peter Blatty and author William Friedkin. (Bring something for them to autograph!)

American University and the School of Communications appear to be co-sponsoring this event, though we couldn’t find anything official about that. Either way, it’s still unlikely that you’ll be able to go to the invitation-only screening of The Exorcist that follows the ceremony. But certainly head down to see a piece of DC movie trivia become DC history.

DC Digital Commons opens, offers powerful media resources

We’re very proud of the services and equipment available at the New Media Center; our training sessions and studio spaces had great attendance last year, and users are walking away with finished projects and greater knowledge of multimedia software. We’re always very happy when we see other universities and libraries offering these services too. Color … Continue reading “DC Digital Commons opens, offers powerful media resources”

We’re very proud of the services and equipment available at the New Media Center; our training sessions and studio spaces had great attendance last year, and users are walking away with finished projects and greater knowledge of multimedia software. We’re always very happy when we see other universities and libraries offering these services too.

Color us excited that now DC Public Library is getting into the game! Today, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is opening the Digital Commons, a state-of-the-art multimedia lab available for all DC residents. The Digital Commons offers a plethora of services, including:

  • Smart room meeting space for small businesses and independent groups
  • Skype stations for videoconferencing
  • Computers loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite
  • A 3D printer and book printer for creative types (seriously!)
  • Tutorial sessions on popular software and services
  • A “Digital Bar” for test-driving the latest devices

We love to see these types of services available throughout the city. If you’re a recent alumnus who wants to continue using cutting-edge multimedia resources, the Digital Commons is a great new resource.

Filmfest DC begins Thursday, April 12 and runs through Sunday, April 22!!

Welcome to Filmfest DC: April 12 – 22 The 26th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival…for people who love movies! Featured this year will be: The Lighter Side – A series of international comedies. Politics isn’t the only funny thing in Washington. Caribbean Journeys – New films from Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, the Dominican … Continue reading “Filmfest DC begins Thursday, April 12 and runs through Sunday, April 22!!”

Welcome to Filmfest DC: April 12 – 22

The 26th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival…for people who love movies! Featured this year will be:

  • The Lighter Side – A series of international comedies. Politics isn’t the only funny thing in Washington.
  • Caribbean Journeys – New films from Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, the Dominican Republic and more.
  • Justice Matters – A series exploring issues of social justice.

Advance Tickets Now On Sale

Opening Night: April 12

Starbuck (Canada), directed by Ken Scott

As seen on the Filmfest DC website. For a list of theaters, showtimes, and more info, check out FilmfestDC.org

Dragon Tattoo Special Screening w/ The Embassy of Sweden – Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm

Wednesday, January 18Screening: 7pmLincoln Theatre1215 U St NWWashington, DCJoin the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Embassy of Sweden for a special screening of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at the Lincoln Theatre. Preceding the film:Swedish Behind the Scenes:An insight on the role that Sweden plays as a backdrop in The … Continue reading “Dragon Tattoo Special Screening w/ The Embassy of Sweden – Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm”

Wednesday, January 18
Screening: 7pm
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC

Join the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Embassy of Sweden for a special screening of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at the Lincoln Theatre.

Preceding the film:
Swedish Behind the Scenes:
An insight on the role that Sweden plays as a backdrop in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Buy tickets here.

Filmfest DC Starts Today!

This year the festival will feature provocative Italian films and cutting edge work from Romania, the hottest spot on the international cinema scene. Fans can also look forward to “The Tango Singer” (Argentina), “Hipsters” (Russia), “Medal of Honor” (Romania), “Heliopolis” (Egypt), “Will You Marry Us” (Switzerland), “25 Carats” (Spain) and scores of other international award … Continue reading “Filmfest DC Starts Today!”


This year the festival will feature provocative Italian films and cutting edge work from Romania, the hottest spot on the international cinema scene. Fans can also look forward to “The Tango Singer” (Argentina), “Hipsters” (Russia), “Medal of Honor” (Romania), “Heliopolis” (Egypt), “Will You Marry Us” (Switzerland), “25 Carats” (Spain) and scores of other international award winning films. Now celebrating its 24th year, Filmfest DC presents over 80 feature premieres, restored classics, shorts and special events in an enjoyable atmosphere for movie lovers. New this year is the Social Justice Award. The festival’s audience is widely diverse, curious and knowledgeable and Filmfest DC has developed into one of the city’s major cultural events. As seen on NPR.org

See dates, showtimes, and film descriptions at FilmfestDC.org

Albert Brooks is on twitter…

Follow his neurotic tweets. And check out some of his films: Broadcast News(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 3504) Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6737) Finding Nemo(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 836) Defending Your Life(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6519) Lost in America(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 4557) Real Life(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6108)

Follow his neurotic tweets. And check out some of his films:

  1. Broadcast News(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 3504)
  2. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6737)
  3. Finding Nemo(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 836)
  4. Defending Your Life(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6519)
  5. Lost in America(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 4557)
  6. Real Life(HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6108)