Sponsor supports NIH charities while patrons enjoy blockbuster movies

Comcast XFinity Film Festival image courtesy of the Comcast Xfinity Film Festival copyThe Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival returns to Strathmore. COURTESY PHOTO    “Blockbuster” describes the movies presented each summer in the Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival and hosted at Strathmore. This year, “Disney’s “Moana” (PG) will show on Aug. 24; “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) on Aug. 25; and “The Lego Batman Movie” (PG) on Aug. 26, the final day of the event.

But the term could also apply to the technology behind the festival. The screen the films are projected on, in digital cinema, is the only nine-foot-tall, 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen within 1000 miles, said Bob Deutsch, founder and CEO of DTA Global, which produces the free event.

Comcast, the global media and technology corporation, underwrites it.


Rockville offers Movies in the Parks

IMG 5128 copy 2 movies in parkCUT: Patrons watched “The Lego Movie” on July 29, 2015 at Montrose Park during the first "Movies in the Parks." The event returns for its third year to Rockville parks, offering free movies in different parks every Wednesday in August. COURTESY PHOTO  The drive-in movie theater may have become part of a bygone era, but you can drive or walk this summer to catch a movie in the park.

For the third year in a row, the City of Rockville is presenting four free outdoor films at four different neighborhood parks every Wednesday in August as part of its Movies in the Park series.

“The films are shown on a big inflatable screen, so everyone gets to see,” said Marylou Berg, Rockville’s director of communication.


Religious leaders preview landmark "Denial"

Denial 2016 filmTimothy Spall, Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson star in the movie "Denial."  COURTESY PHOTO  

BETHESDA – Local religious, government and community leaders sponsored a private screening of the film, “Denial,” Oct. 6 at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema movie theater to highlight increased anti-Jewish and anti-Israel incidents on college campuses.

The film is based on Emory University Professor Deborah Lipstadt’s book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

It details events after she was sued for libel for calling British author and historian David Irving a denier for his speeches and writings claiming that the Holocaust never happened and there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.


Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Gordon-Levitt as SnowdenJoseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character in Oliver Stone's new film "Snowden." COURTESY PHOTO Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a biopic of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of that agency’s domestic spying operations, is a serious, well-made, and genuinely frightening film.

Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the movie, based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena.

Stone met personally with Snowden multiple times in Russia, where he has lived under political asylum during the last three years, while researching the film.

Open Road Films, which last year brought “Spotlight” to the big screen, produced the movie.

“Snowden” is framed by the title character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meeting in Hong Kong in 2013 with filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).

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