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Good news, weirdo cinéastes: After a hiatus, the Washington Psychotronic Film Society is back. The long-running repertory series—-which is dedicated to oddball, cult, and genre films—-was founded in 1989, and from 2009 until this May, it held regular screenings in (and nearby) the Warehouse Theater on 7th Street NW. In the spring, the society got word that it would have to find a new venue.
“The Warehouse gig ended because the theater had been converted to a full fledged one and they wanted to book more plays,” writes the society’s president, Carl Cephas, in an email. “They were very kind to us and it was our best screening spot. We were given a 2 month notice, so we had plenty of time to find a new venue, but my health and legal problems prevented me from doing anything more.” The final Psychotronic screening at the Warehouse—-of the 1982 film Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters—-took place on June 28.
Cephas has certainly found an appropriate date for the weekly series to return: next Monday—-Halloween. The society’s’ new home is McFadden’s in Foggy Bottom, and its first night there is a special program. At the “Halloweenothon,” the society is screening “clips and shorts from the best and worst of our film library.” The showing, like all Psychotronic events, is free and starts at 8 p.m.