Film Forward Showcase on the National Mall in MayFilm Forward Showcase on the National Mall in May

The Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue Showcase will take place at ten venues around the National Mall on May 12, 2011.  Film Forward connects contemporary independent U.S. and international films and filmmakers with diverse audiences around the globe. The Washington screenings will feature the program’s ten filmmakers and well-known cultural figures. After each screening, filmmakers will use their films as a point of departure for an exchange on the cultures, stories and other issues raised by the film. 

Film Forward Showcase on the National Mall in MayVikram Motwane embodies Film Forward’s purpose of cultural engagement through film as he speaks to an audience in Tunisia. Motwane will screen his film Udaan and share his experiences with audiences in Washington, DC during the showcase on May 12.
By the time of this event, the filmmakers and films will have visited Tunisia, Turkey, China, as well as Nashville and New York City, and by year’s end the program will have visited seven countries and seven venues in the U.S. Film is an ideal medium that cuts across generations, language, education and borders and the experiences here and abroad will inform the exchanges during the showcase. Alicia Sams, executive producer of Ameerka a Film Forward film, said of the audiences who watched a screening of Freedom Riders in Tunisia, they “were so moved by Freedom Riders and that lead to a really great discussion about change and movements and the relevance of the film to so many people today.” Freedom Riders is one of Film Forward’s five U.S. films, and the showcase will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, an experience whose immediacy and power still resonates in the documentary.

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue is an international initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) that draws on the joint resources of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in concert with U.S. Embassies and domestic presenting institutions.

Tickets are now available at the Smithsonian Resident Assoicates. All tickets are $10 each except for those for the Archives and the National Gallery of Art (as required by their charters), where tickets are free, but required for entry.  The film presentations will start at 6:00, 6:15, and 6:30, depending on the length of the film.