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A Decade Of Documentaries In D.C.

The "Decade of Docs in Our City" festival celebrates local filmmakers of short and feature length documentaries made in the Washington region.


Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries is now the subject of a 3-D animated movie, produced by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutiérrez.

In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.

'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

Actor Cary Elwes, best known for his dashing performance as the heroic farm boy Westley in The Princess Bride, has a new book out, full of memories from the cast of the cult classic.

From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

The new film Field of Lost Shoes follows a group of VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market. The film is one in a long history of Civil War movies, many of which have been problematic.

Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

The alleged last authentic motorcycle used in the 1969 film Easy Rider is going up for auction. The man who designed the bikes, Clifford Vaughs, says he has never gotten proper credit for his work.

The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

A follow-up to 2010 Emmy-winner Star Wars Uncut, the film is a pastiche of live action, stop-motion and animation that shows both the contributors' talents and their passion for the original.

Director Tries To Keep Guantanamo Politics Out Of 'Camp X-Ray'

In a new movie, Camp X-Ray, Kristen Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo who lets one of the detainees get to her. NPR's Scott Simon talks to director Peter Sattler about his first feature film.

In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

Director Damien Chazelle's second film centers on the agony of a drummer in a high-powered music school. The movie ties you into knots: The fear of failure is omnipresent. So is the jazz vibe.

Journalist Gary Webb's Story Told In 'Kill The Messenger'

Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of a reporter at the San Jose Mercury-News who uncovers the CIA's role in arming the Nicaraguan Contras, then becomes the target of a smear campaign.