The DC/DOX Film Festival returns this Thursday, June 13 via Sunday, June 16 with new movies on Christopher Reeve, Luther Vandross, psychics and hummingbirds.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews the DC/DOX Film Festival (Part 1)

Get prepared to look at the perfect documentaries on the earth proper right here within the nation’s capital.

The opening evening screening of DC/DOX is “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story.” (Courtesy DC/DOX)

The DC/DOX Film Festival returns this Thursday, June 13 via Sunday, June 16.

“DC/DOX is admittedly filling the void of SILVERDOCS, which developed into AFI DOCs, returning a serious documentary platform to this metropolis,” Festival Director Sky Sitney advised WTOP. “We’re very excited to be embarking on our second version. We have 100 movies exactly, representing 17 international locations behind the digicam and plenty of dozens on display. We are welcoming each single filmmaker to city, together with an exquisite group of D.C.-based filmmakers.”

The pageant kicks off Thursday with the opening-night screening of “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story,” adopted by a particular Q&A dialogue together with his surviving daughter Alexandra Reeve Givens.

“This movie premiered at Sundance to large acclaim,” Sitney stated. “It follows the extraordinary story of Christopher Reeve, who most individuals know for his iconic portrayal of Superman, Clark Kent. … Yet many people know the extraordinary tragedy he endured when a near-fatal horse-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, changing into a quadriplegic. … Reeve introduced such resilience, hope and advocacy to this new place.”

Friday brings the music documentary “Luther: Never Too Much” concerning the late nice Luther Vandross.

“This is an unbelievable movie made by an unbelievable filmmaker, Dawn Porter, who can do no improper,” Sitney stated. “It follows the extremely gifted Luther Vandross and his work sustained over many many years. He was the other of an in a single day success, it took a few years. … This movie actually offered out inside a couple of hours of placing it up and opening up tickets to the purpose the place we wanted to create an encore screening, so expensive audiences, fret not.”

Saturday brings the centerpiece movie “Look Into My Eyes” by filmmaker Lana Wilson, who beforehand directed the Taylor Swift documentary “Miss Americana” and the Brooke Shields documentary “Pretty Baby.”

“This is such a captivating movie the place you get a birds-eye-view on intimate interactions between psychics and the individuals who they’re studying,” Sitney stated. “They are giving readings of individuals whether or not they’re trying to join with misplaced family members, even misplaced pets or to forecast the longer term. The movie actually strikes us via a big collection of intimate readings with quite a lot of psychics, some questionable, others mind-blowing who’re participating on this extraordinary expertise of making an attempt to carry this other-worldly understanding to our very grounded lives.”

It all culminates Sunday with the closing-night screening of “Every Little Thing.”

“It’s an Australian filmmaker, however it’s really based mostly in Los Angeles,” Sitney stated. “One explicit lady, Terry Maeser, who will likely be becoming a member of us on the pageant, is taking it upon herself to look after and rehabilitate practically each injured hummingbird on this huge metropolis of Los Angeles. She has turn out to be an knowledgeable in hummingbird care. Many individuals who encounter injured hummingbirds who would possibly fly right into a glass skyscraper or be attacked by a pigeon or coyote, know now to carry them to Terry, who treats these birds like her personal kids and nurses them again to well being.”

Screenings will principally be held on the Landmark E Street Cinema, the Burke Theater and the U.S. Navy Memorial and the Eaton Cinema on the Eaton Workshop Hotel. There may also be further occasions held on the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, amongst different prestigious venues.

“We are so thrilled and happy with the venues that we happen in,” Sitney stated. “We’re largely situated within the Downtown, National Mall, Gallery Place and Penn Quarter [areas] intentionally to maintain a straightforward footprint so that individuals can actually run from one theater to a different with ease and see a most variety of movies a day.”

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