There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Bye Bye Now is a cute, if insubstantial, short about disappearing phone booths in rural Ireland and preservationists’ often futile—and for the most part, shortsighted—efforts to save them. Throughout much of the 20th century, the charming, green-painted structures were the center of village life in Ireland. They offered shelter from the rain and a place for courting, whether your beloved was 100 miles away or right there with you. The booths have been threatened for some time, first by the characterless Eircom booths of the ’90s and now by mobile phones. Everyone has fond memories of the booths but no one has a use for them—the last time one of the interviewees used one was two years ago. It’s hardly stick-to-your-bones fare: When the film’s over, you’ll remember the scenery and the accents (so strong they need subtitles), but little else.
At 9 p.m. at AFI Silver Theater 3; also on Saturday, June 26, at 11:15 a.m. at AFI Silver Theater 2.