NoMa BID to Host NoMa Summer Screen
The NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) will host a summer-long film series titled "NoMa Summer Screen" June 10 through July 29, 2009, every Wednesday night from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m. The theme of NoMa Summer Screen, which promises to be the city’s premier summer film and cultural event, is "Music in Pictures," films about musicians and bands.
Free and open to the public, the outdoor event will be held on a large grassy lot on L Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, N.E. in Washington, D.C., just one block from the New York Avenue station on Metro’s Red Line. The site is adjacent to Union Place, a new apartment building being developed by The Cohen Companies that will deliver later this year.
Each film screening will be preceded by live DJs, special guests, barbeque,and surprises. Funk, soul, boogaloo, and other types of music will be provided by local DJ collective Fatback.
"Building on the success of last summer’s James Bond Film Festival, the NoMa BID is offering a fresh new concept in 2009" said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa BID. "Filmgoers will be able to enjoy music, food, films, and dancing under the stars, all while seeing first-hand NoMa’s rapid and dramatic transformation." A full film schedule (see below) will be posted shortly at www.nomasummerscreen.com.
June 10th- No Direction Home, A chronicle of Bob Dylan’s strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 - Directed by Martin Scorsese
June 17th- Buena Vista Social Club, Rediscovery of a legendary, members-only club in 1940’s Havana, Cuba, as documented through the music and lives of veteran performers
June 24th- Ray, Extraordinary life story of Ray Charles, a man who fought harder and went farther than anyone thought possible
July 1st- Lady Sings the Blues, Loosely based on her 1956 autobiography, the story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, as portrayed by Diana Ross
July 8th- I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Documentary about the making and the conflicts of Wilco’s fourth studio Album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
July 15th- Standing in the Shadows of Motown, History of the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists
July 22nd- Scratch, Documentary about hip-hop DJing, the birth of turntablism, the legends and the culture
July 29th- DIG! Story of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, a band with critical acclaim but no commercial success, as told by arch-nemesis and biggest fan, The Dandy Warhols