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7 escapism films to watch over winter break

(01/05/21 4:15pm)

While so much of life now revolves around technology, it’s hard to find moments of escape from news alerts and social media scrolling, and it’s even harder to maintain our jagged and anxious attention. Film began as an imaginative outlook where the camera transformed our world, let us look at ourselves differently and took us to new places. All the time, and all at once, Americans have looked to film as a way to feel better in brief, collective moments, apart from their anxieties, fears and anger. Here are some great films that can help you escape, if only for an hour and then some.

Independent bookstores in DC reinvent bookselling during quarantine

(07/08/20 10:41am)

Independent bookstores across the District can now reopen their brick and mortar stores as D.C. enters phase two of operating during COVID-19. However, over the past few months of quarantine, many local stores have adjusted to online-only formats with creative ways to provide books and seminars to customers worldwide.

Rewatching “Paris Is Burning” helps define contemporary moments of history

(06/05/20 9:28pm)

Watching “Paris Is Burning” today feels like watching a contemporary artifact, a paradox created by an old camera about people and culture that are distressingly recognizable. The grainy handheld camera of the late ‘80s that was used to film 70 hours of footage directed by Jennie Livingston, who’s a lesbian, harkens back to home movies and a style of underground film that doesn’t get much aesthetic attention anymore. The story of the queer drag queen and dance culture of New York City lets viewers see the contradictions of these nightly celebrations through the eyes of Black and Latinx queer, transgender, gay and lesbian people.

Coronavirus has caused international upheaval in the film industry

(05/02/20 2:29pm)

The coronavirus pandemic has left many of us in our homes, binging, rewatching and looking for any entertainment to pass the time. Streaming services have become saviors with the abundance of choices that are no longer as overwhelming as they are convenient. Instead of visiting box offices, we’re opening up Netflix, which has gained almost 16 million subscribers during the first quarter of the year.

The movement to save D.C.’s independent movie theaters

(02/04/20 6:08pm)

When he was growing up in Chevy Chase, American University professor and film producer Josh Levin would visit his neighborhood theater, the Avalon Theatre, which opened in 1923. In fact, Levin frequented many local theaters, like the Key Theatre in Georgetown and the MacArthur Theater in the Palisades, as a child, before most of them closed down.

Megabytes Cafe will remain closed for 'foreseeable future,' says AU spokesperson

(11/18/18 4:49am)

Megabytes Cafe closed on Nov. 1 following several social media videos that showed rats digging through food and scampering across window sills in the campus cafe. Now, AU spokesperson Mark Story said that the dining establishment is expected to remain closed for the “foreseeable future” as the University completes repairs on the facility.