City Paper is not for tourists
Between Silverdocs, D.C. Shorts, the Spooky Movie Festival, the Washington Jewish Film Festival, and a handful of others, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of themed film series in this town. It’s also easy to forget about one of the best: the D.C. Independent Film Festival. Over four nights in March, the DCIFF plans to roll out a diverse schedule of independent documentaries, features, and shorts from around the globe. But the best part? The easy-to-digest lineup of feature-length films is capped at 15, making it a not-so-impossible task to take in the whole festival. And while DCIFF is slim and trim, it doesn’t skimp on subject matter. Take the U.K. film called Hard Shoulder, about a family terrorized by a band of carnies. Then there’s Camera Shy, a dark comedy about a corrupt city councilman whose life spins out of control after a mysterious cameraman begins haunting him.