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Locals Try To Save Screen On The Green

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By Asma Khalid

"Screen on the Green" is once again in jeopardy. But a grassroots campaign is working hard to save the film festival.

Jesse Rauch heads the Save the Screen on the Green campaign. Rauch says HBO has not confirmed it will offer the free movies on the National Mall this summer.

Last year HBO nearly canceled the festival because of funding. HBO did not return calls for comment.

There are other outdoor movies throughout the city, but Rauch says none are quite like Screen on the Green.

"I mean it’s almost indescribable, but people, they love it," he says. "They love coming, they love the atmosphere."

So Rauch isn’t taking any chances. He’s organizing the group's 4,000 Facebook followers into action. They’re writing letters and reaching out to potential co-sponors.

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