AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

June 8-13, 2018. In recognition of Caribbean Heritage Month in June, AFI Silver is proud to once again host the DC Caribbean FilmFest, now in its 18th year. The festival is co-presented by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and Africa World Now Project. See every film and save big with DC Caribbean FilmFest all-access pass! Click here to buy a pass, early-bird discount through May 24!

May 1–31, 2018. Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and the AFI Silver, the DC Labor FilmFest features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers' lives. For more information, visit
Union members who present their member cards will receive the AFI member discount. DOWNLOAD SERIES FLYER

May 1-June 7, 2018.
Kicking off with a tribute to jazz great and Washington, DC, native Duke Ellington, our look at jazz onscreen will explore the complex work and lives of jazz legends John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan and Nina Simone through four recent cinematic portraits.

April 28-July 5, 2018. Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973) made 13 feature films between 1947 and 1972, most of them ranking among the best in post-war French cinema. As a young man, he directed a poetic adaptation of Jean Cocteau's classic LES ENFANT TERRIBLES (1950). His thrillers BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1956), LE DOULOS (1963) and LE SAMOURAÏ (1967), among others, with their cool noir style, are defining instances of the French policier. In a different mode, LE SILENCE DE LA MER (1949) and ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969) are revered classics of Resistance cinema. A supreme master of style, Melville was a "filmmaker's filmmaker," as this comment from L'Express confirms: "Each time Jean-Pierre Melville releases a new film, all filmmakers, including those who hate him, book a seat to see 'how it's done.'"

While many of his films were highly successful at the box office, Melville's critical reputation suffered spectacular ups and downs, ranging from being credited as "father of the New Wave" to disparagement and oblivion for decades. Yet recently, his critical currency has dramatically risen again, both in France and internationally. Prominent figures like Quentin Tarantino and John Woo have paid tribute to his influence. In 1999, Jim Jarmusch's GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI was in homage to LE SAMOURAÏ, and in the spring of 2003, Neil Jordan brought out a remake of BOB LE FLAMBEUR (THE GOOD THIEF).
– Ginette Vincendeau, "Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris"

May 4-June 26, 2018.
In the lead-up to the 2018 edition of the AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 13–October 3), we're proud to present seven recent restorations of classic films from Argentina, Cuba and Mexico, including SANTO VS. THE EVIL BRAIN — the first film featuring legendary Mexican luchador El Santo; Argentina's 1986 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award® winner, THE OFFICIAL STORY; two crime thrillers by Mexican master of melodrama Roberto Gavaldón — including LA OTRA starring Dolores del Río; and a new 4K restoration of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's 1968 Cuban classic MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT.

April 27-June 27. In 2008, the late, great Beastie Boy Adam Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, a company that went on to become one of America's most dynamic and adventurous distributors of independent film¬¬. To celebrate a decade of boundary-pushing cinema and salute these daring proponents of art-house fare, our programmers have rounded up 13 of their all-time favorites from the 150 film-strong Oscilloscope library, including Best Foreign Language Academy Award® nominee EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT; record-setting box office hits KEDI and SAMSARA; significant works by female auteurs Andrea Arnold, Anna Biller, Anna Muylaert and Kelly Reichardt; and two incredible music docs — SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN and WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL — which are also screening as part of our Rock Docs series. Here's to the next ten years!

April 27–July 5. Perennially underrated during his career, Robert Mitchum stands in retrospect as one of Hollywood's greatest leading men. Ruggedly built and handsome in an unconventional, though undeniable way, the sleepy-eyed Mitchum possessed an easy authority, along with an air of defiance toward, and an effortless disdain for, anyone else's. It made him perfect for tough guy roles in Westerns and crime films, but he wasn't simply some musclebound action hero.

His laconic delivery and un-showy instincts gave his performances a jazzy, offbeat vibe, allowing his wit, soul and a kind of existential weariness to come through. Never a careerist, he could be dismissive of his work and Hollywood in general, but ironically, he never wanted for projects during his 50 years in show business. Perhaps as a result of this ambivalence, he gravitated towards anti-heroes and subversive fare, resulting in a filmography packed with quirky cult classics: OUT OF THE PAST, with Mitchum blasé as the doomed hero in the definitive film noir; NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Charles Laughton's terrifyingly beautiful fairy tale, with Mitchum's deranged preacher a kind of big bad wolf; the anarchic and pro-outlaw THUNDER ROAD, which Mitchum wrote, produced and starred in; CAPE FEAR, with Mitchum murderously seductive as the vengeful Max Cady; and his late-career valedictory, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, with Mitchum as the aging, two-bit gangster in one of his subtlest and best performances.

April 28-July 4, 2018
We're turning it up to 11 with 20 rockumentaries, concert films, artist portraits and fly-on-the-wall chronicles that — quite simply — rock. From new documentaries about The Slits, Jawbreaker and British working-class heroes Sleaford Mods, to classics such as Penelope Spheeris' LA punk survey THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, Jean-Luc Godard's SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL and seminal 1972 concert film WATTSTAX, we have it covered. For those about to watch, we salute you.

July 13-Aug 31, 2018. Silver Spring's FREE Outdoor Summer Screening Series! We're excited to announce the return of our FREE outdoor film series at a new location! Join us each Friday, July 13 - Aug 31, on Sonny's Green at The Blairs District for a season of big screen favorites under the stars! Films begin at sundown, between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. Silver Screens is co-presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, The Blairs and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker. Sonny's Green is located at The Blairs District in the center of the property and is accessible from High Park Lane or The Blairs Shopping Center (1290 East West Highway) parking lot. If you are traveling by car, free parking is available at the Public Parking Lot located at 1317 East West Highway. From the lot exit to your right and walk to the traffic light and cross to The Blairs Shopping Center. The entrance to the park is located at the back of the Giant parking lot.

May 31-Jun 3, 2018. AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture are proud to co-present Spanish Cinema Now, an annual festival of outstanding new films that reflect the breadth of styles and talents at work in Spain today. Some of the featured directors are established auteurs, while others have recently emerged on the international festival scene, earning top prizes and critical acclaim. Organized and presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and SPAIN arts & culture. No AFI Silver Member passes accepted.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.