The 2017 March on Washington Film Festival

Festival Guide & Ticket Information

The March on Washington Film Festival is back in the nation’s capital for the 5th year this July. With 21 events spanning 10 days, there is something for everyone. See what’s happening around the District and get your tickets today!

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Festival Passes & Tickets

We are pleased to offer an assortment of ticketing packages to suit the needs of the most dedicated festival goers or those who just want to catch one screening. Please find more information below!

All Festival Pass – $240

This pass gives you reserved seating at all festival events, admittance to all receptions, and the opportunity to meet guest panelists.*

Special Events A La Carte

Opening Night – Let Freedom Sing! – Free with Reservation
Ed Sullivan in Black & White – $20
Awards Night featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates – $20

All other events are $12 each or free with reservation.

Important Information

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each event.

Pass holders must arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the event starts to be guaranteed seating. Seats will then be made available for general ticket holders and standby guests.

Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to the show for best seating. 

If tickets are still available on the day of any screening, they may be purchased onsite at that screening venue.

If the event of your choice is sold out, you are welcome to join the stand-by line and admission will be granted on availability.

Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.

Special Events

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Let Freedom Sing

Opening Night Special Event

A community concert featuring choirs from Mount Ennon Baptist Church, Reid Temple AME Church, and special guest vocalist Karen Clark Sheard, narrated by Jamal Simmons,  The Raben Group & The Beat. Music produced by Nolan Williams Jr., NEWorks Productions. Master of Ceremonies: Leon Harris, News Anchor, NBC4

Opening Night is sponsored by Nationwide.

Details
Thursday, July 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave. NE
Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Ed Sullivan in Black & White

A look at the ground-breaking African-American artists on the Ed Sullivan Show, with a preview clip from the upcoming documentary on his life.  Panelists include actress/singer Diahann Carroll; filmmakers Margo Speciale and Suzanne Kay; and Smithsonian curator, Dr. Dwandalyn Reece.  Moderated by radio producer/host Jacquie Gales Webb. 

[Photo courtesy of Sofa Entertainment]

Details
Saturday, July 15 | 3:00 p.m.
Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Tickets: $20

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Awards Night

The Vivian Malone Courage Award, is bestowed on award-winning author, Ta-Nehisi Coates by Dr. Sharon Malone and the Hon. Eric Holder. An interview will be conducted by Michele Norris-Johnson.  The Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition winners will also receive awards.

Details
Saturday, July 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Tickets: $20

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Regular Programming

Civil Rights, Crops, Culture & Cuisine, Part 1

Join us as a volunteer at one of the Joyful Food Markets bringing fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, healthy pantry staples and cooking demos for FREE to communities east of the Anacostia River.

This event is now closed! Thanks to all of our volunteers!

In partnership with Martha’s Table

Details
Friday, July 14 | 2:00 p.m.
Martha’s Table Volunteers at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Civil Rights & Sports | OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE

In 1936 when 18 African-American athletes participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Meredith Pollard Russell, the granddaughter of Fritz Pollard, Jr.; Deborah Riley Draper, Filmmaker; Sonja Robinson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, NCAA; and Amy Tiemann, Executive Producer. The conversation will be moderated by Kevin Merida, Editor-in-Chief, ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Sponsored by NCAA and NFL

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Friday, July 14 | 6:30 p.m.
Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition

Join us for a screening of the 12 short films in the final round of the 2017 Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition.

Sponsored by PepsiCo and The Ford Foundation

Details
Saturday, July 15 | 10:00 a.m.
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11St. NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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The Gathering Place - Creating a Shared Religious Activism

This event brings together people of different faiths to galvanize meaningful exchanges and direct action on issues of racial justice. Join us for a conversation moderated by March on Washington’s own Robert Raben with Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Washington National Cathedral,  Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Dr. Dennis Wiley, The Black Church Center and Pastor of Covenant Baptist UCC and Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

In partnership with the Washington National Cathedral, Black Church Center, and the Religious Action Center

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Sunday, July 16 | 1:00 p.m
Washington National Cathedral- the Nave
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Civil Rights & Rust College Activism

They were called “oddballs and homo outside agitators” by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, weaponized homophobia designed to stop voter registration drives in 1964 on the Rust College campus.  Instead, it galvanized the lifelong racial and LGBT activism of many of its students.

Panelists include Mayor Bill Luckett, Clarksdale MS; Larry Rubin, SNCC Field Organizer; and Frank Smith, former DC City Council member and Founder/Executive Director of the African American Civil War Museum. The conversation will be moderated by Charles Francis, President, Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.

Opening remarks by Mary Beth Maxwell, Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Training and Leslie Hall HBCU Project Manager, both from the Human Rights Campaign.

In partnership with the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Human Rights Campaign Foundation and The DCI Group

Details
Monday, July 17 | 3:00 p.m.
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave, NW

Tickets: $12

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Civil Rights, Resistance, & the Power of the Purse | SIGNPOST TO FREEDOM

A production of Louisiana Public Broadcasting

An evening to remember the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott of 1953. SIGNPOST TO FREEDOM tells the little-known story of the eight-day boycott of the bus system by the African-American citizens of Baton Rouge. The lessons learned during the boycott were later used by the organizers of the better-known Montgomery Bus Boycott as a guide for their activities. The program was named Best Historical Documentary by the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and received an honorable mention from the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Awards.

Following the film, we will have a conversation moderated by Vanita Gupta, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights with panelists including Anika Collier Navaroli, Color of Change; Debo Adegbile, WilmerHale; Christopher Tyson, Louisiana State University Law Center.

Reception precedes the event.

Details
Monday, July 17 | Reception: 5:30 p.m.; Event: 6:30 p.m.
Google
25 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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The Orangeburg Massacre | SCARRED JUSTICE

An evening to remember The Orangeburg Massacre, the deadly shooting of student protestors by Highway Patrol officers at South Carolina State University in 1968. SCARRED JUSTICE: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 tells the story of South Carolina’s 1968 ‘Orangeburg Massacre,’ an incident often termed ‘the Kent State of the South.’ The film presents a chilling story about abuse of power during a period of tumultuous social upheaval, and the veil of secrecy that shrouds the event to this day.

The film will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker/activist Judy Richardson; journalist and political commentator Eugene Robinson; author Jack Bass; photographer Cecil Williams, educator and veteran civil rights activist, Dr. Cleveland Sellers.

This conversation will be moderated by Mignon Clyburn, CommissionerFCC.

Details
Monday, July 17 | 6:30 p.m.
Public Welfare Foundation
1200 U St. NW

Tickets: $12

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Readers, Writers & Books

1:30 p.m. Reading – Bestselling author, Kitty Kelley, will read from her latest book, Martin’s Dream Day, transporting readers to the March on Washington in 1963 and bringing that historic day vividly to life for a new generation.

2:00 p.m. Panel I – Comics and Graphic Novels in Social Justice. Panelists: Jonathan Gray, editor, Journal of Comics & Culture; Eric Battle, artist/illustrator; Bill Campbell, founder, Rosarium Publishing. Moderator: Ariell Johnson, owner, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse.

3:30 p.m. Panel II – Poetry and Spoken Word in Social Justice. Panelists: Joseph Ross, poet and educator; Tere Fowler-Chapman, gender fluid poet, founder of Words of the Avenue. Moderator: E. Ethelbert Miller, activist poet and Chair, Institute for Policy Studies

In partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Tuesday, July 18 | 2:00 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Civil Rights and Entertainers | PARIS NOIR: AFRICAN-AMERICAN IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

As lively as the jazz beats of the day, PARIS NOIR follows the footsteps of the influencers: Lt. James Reese Europe and his rollicking 396th Harlem Hellfighters marching band, Josephine Baker, Bricktop and Sidney Bechet. Writers Langston Hughes and Claude McKay are key figures in the film both for what they wrote about France and the connections they made with top writers from France’s Black African and Caribbean colonies. And completing the picture, are the achievements and challenges of artists in Montparnasse, the Art capital world. While the 20s and 30s proved a wonderfully exuberant period for African Americans the film also examines the exploitation and new awareness of people of color from and in France’s vast overseas empire.

Following the film will be a lecture by Julia Browne, producer.

Details
Tuesday, July 18 | 6:30 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW

Tickets: $12

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Civil Rights, Crops, Culture & Cuisine (Part 2)

An engaging evening featuring a lecture from Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills and a cooking demonstration from Chef Michael W. Twitty, renowned culinary historian, teacher, and author of the forthcoming book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.  The demonstration will feature heirloom rice dishes from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Low Country South.

In partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Anson Mills, and Wegmans Supermarket

Details
Wednesday, July 19 | 12:30 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Women of the Movement | WINNIE

While her husband served a life sentence, paradoxically kept safe and morally uncontaminated, Winnie Mandela rode the raw violence of apartheid, fighting on the front line and underground. This is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take her down, labeling him a saint, her, a sinner.

The film will be followed by a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander and Gay McDougall, UN Committee for Ending Racial Discrimination.

In partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Wednesday, July 19 | 6:30 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW

Tickets: $12

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Civil Rights & Education | RAISING BERTIE

Raising Bertie is an award-winning, six-year portrait of three young African American men coming-of-age in North Carolina’s rural Bertie County. The film shines a spotlight on the unique challenges and opportunities facing rural youth of color. Following the film, we will have the Former Secretary of Education, and President and CEO of The Education Trust, John King, moderate a conversation with Vivian Saunders, Community Leader & Executive Director of the Hive; Davonte “Dada” Harrell, film subject; Monique Miles, Director of the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund; and Margaret Byrne, director.

Sponsored by Public Welfare Foundation

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Thursday, July 20 | 6:30 p.m.
Public Welfare Foundation
1200 U Street NW

Tickets: $12

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The Civil Rights Justice Fighter | WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH

This film and event will celebrate the Honorable Damon J. Keith, Senior Circuit Judge, US Court of Appeals’ 50th year on the Federal Bench.

Following the film, we will have a panel discussion featuring Judge Damon Keith, the focus of the film; Eric Holder, former US Attorney General; Chris Reynolds, Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources, Toyota Motor North America; Nina Totenberg, Correspondent of Legal Affairs at National Public Radio, Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan and Spencer Overton of the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies.

Sponsored by Toyota

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Thursday, July 20 | Reception: 6:00 p.m.; Event: 7:00 p.m.
Supreme Court
1 First St. NE

Tickets: Invitation Only

 

Project Awareness

In 1961, a group of Howard University students orchestrated a debate between two giants of political thought, Bayard Rustin and Malcolm X. This event will be a staged reading of that historic debate. The night will feature witnesses Rachelle Horowitz & Dion Diamond being interviewed by Chris Wilson, SNMAH.

In partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Thursday, July 20 | 6:30 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Civil Rights & Politics | Preview: HARRIS WOFFORD, SLIGHTLY MAD

Join us for a preview screening of a film that explores Howard Law School’s first white male graduate, Harris Wofford, a seminal figure in the Civil Rights Movement, the Peace Corp, academia, and the U.S. Senate.

Following the preview of the film, we will have a panel discussion with Former Senator Harris Wofford; and Jacob Finkel, director.

This conversation will be moderated by Tiffany Cross, Managing Editor of The Beat DC.

In partnership with National Public Radio

Details
Friday, July 21 | 6:30 p.m.
National Public Radio
1111 N. Capitol St. NE

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Civil Rights & Entertainment | THE HIP-HOP FELLOW

This film will explore the intersection of Hip Hop, social justice, and the academic curricula in higher education through the work of producer 9th Wonder.

Following the film, Simone Eccleston, Director of Hip-Hop Culture at the Kennedy Center will moderate a conversation with 9th Wonder; Professor Paul Butler, Georgetown Law School; Benjy Grinberg, President, Rostrum Records and Timothy Anne Burnside, Curatorial Museum Specialist at the NMAAHC.

Sponsored by Rostrum Records and RIAA. In partnership with The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Friday, July 21 | 6:30 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Avenue, NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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Civil Rights & College Activism | AGENTS OF CHANGE

This film shows how fierce student protests at San Francisco State in ’68 and Cornell in ’69 led to the formation of Black and ethnic studies programs nationwide.

Following the film, a discussion will be held with Abby Ginzberg, filmmaker; and Frank Dawson, filmmaker; moderated by Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project.

Details
Saturday, July 22 | 10:00 a.m.
E St. Landmark Cinema
555 11 St. NW

Tickets: $12

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Closing Night Mayors’ Celebration | BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE

A night celebrating the first wave of Black mayors in major US cities, starting with LA’s Tom Bradley, the subject of BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE. The film tells the story of the Los Angeles Mayor—the nation’s first African-American mayor elected in an overwhelmingly white city. Mayor for an unprecedented 20 years, Tom Bradley transformed the city of Los Angeles into a world-class metropolis and became a formidable force for change in American politics.

Opening Remarks by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC

Following the film, we will hold a conversation with former mayor’s Richard Hatcher, Gary, IN; Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA;  Anthony Foxx, Charlotte, NC and Mayor Johnny Ford, Tuskegee, AL.

This conversation will be moderated by Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor of DC

Music for the event is produced by Nolan Williams, NEWorks Productions.

Sponsored by Prudential. In partnership with the African-American Mayors Association and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Details
Saturday, July 22 | 7:00 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW

Tickets: Free with Reservation

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