On March 6, DC’s oldest independent film festival will be back in town, celebrating its 15th anniversary showcasing some of the city’s—and the world’s—best features, shorts and documentaries. Sixty-plus films will be screened over the course of five days, interspersed with premiere receptions; filmmaking, animation, acting, and other workshops; panel discussions; and even meetings on the Hill (welcome to Washington!).
“I still consider myself an emerging filmmaker—I don’t think you ever stop learning how to make films,” said Sam Hampton at a media preview on Wednesday night, held at Bistro Bohem near U Street. Mr. Hampton will be showing his documentary short “Mr. Stokes’ Mission,” which tells the story of the student activism that led to the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America’s Schools.
“[The festival directors] see a lot of films, and they don’t have a lot of opportunity to show all of them,” he said. “So it’s a great honor, actually [to be included in the festival]; it makes you feel like you’re on the right track. It’s the reason why I continue to make films… because you need an audience!”