Washingtonian - Things to Do in DC This Weekend (August 17-20): A Chili Cookoff, Chuck Brown Day, and the DC Black Film Festival

The DC Black Film Festival makes the Washingtonian's list of "things to do in DC".  The Washingtonian reports:

FILM The first annual DC Black Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Miracle Theatre in Eastern Market. The festival features blocks of films that analyze the black experience, showcase the filmmakers, and highlight DC through films about or by directors from the city. Post-screening discussions include topics like “What Is Black? Analyzing The Black Experience Through Film” and Saturday’s “Making Black Lives Matter Through Film.” Tickets $15-$75. Through Saturday.

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.