Archive for January, 2011

Press Release for Skins Doc to Screen at Our City Film Fest

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

For Immediate Release

For Info on Festival or Yachad:
Kendra Rubinfeld
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Local Film Festival Screens Redskins Documentary
Fourth Annual Our City Film Festival brings DC together to celebrate and to raise money for affordable housing in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 13, 2011-) – The Our City Film Festival, the only festival that showcases DC-focused films, is back for a fourth year February 12th and 13th at The Goethe Institut in Chinatown and will be screening a documentary about the Washington Redskins’ glory days. “The Washington Redskins: Winning Years,” directed by Washingtonian, Walter Gottlieb, features interviews with Frank Herzog, former Redskins Joe Theismann, Charles Mann, and Mark Moseley, head “Hogette” Michale Torbert, Zema (“ChiefZee”) Williams, Redskinettes, DC Council Member Tom Wells and comedian Lewis Black. The film’s underlying theme is that the Redskins bring the city’s residents together and this is not lost on the film festival’s sponsoring organization, Yachad (pronounced ya-hod) which means together in Hebrew.

“The Redskins are a unifying force. It doesn’t matter what your social background is…whether you are male, female…the color of your skin. You’re a redskin fan. That’s all that matters,” says former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann in the film’s interview. The nonprofit that organizes The Our City Film Festival, Yachad, works to unite the city’s communities by repairing housing. Working side-by-side with those being served, Yachad leverages the skills and resources of volunteers and professional contractors to repair homes and revitalize neighborhoods of low-income DC residents. The film festival is an extension of what Yachad does, working to bring communities together and encourage pride in our city.

Also being shown in the “The Washington Redskins: Winning Years’” screening block are three other short documentaries including one about Hyde Rugby, the first all African American high school rugby team born out of Northeast Washington. Documentaries and narratives of various DC topics are being screened all day.

The full schedule and ticket sales are at Tickets are $10 for a screening block, $12 for the Opening Night Party and various levels of VIP (Very Important Philanthropist) Passes available with special access to the events. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, but none are guaranteed, so people are urged to buy in advance online. ###

Yachad Honors MLK Day

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


Chris Hart, Executive Director of StriveDC, celebrates the work that was done last time.

Join Yachad as we honor the life and work of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we repair the main site of StriveDC, a fantastic nonprofit that Yachad has partnered with. STRIVE DC assists unemployed individuals in the Washington, DC area in obtaining the skills to get and keep a job through its intense three week attitudinal training course where people who lack these basic skills are transformed into work ready individuals. We will be painting, demoing, laying flooring and doing various handyman jobs throughout the building so that we can make the building look as professional as the people it trains. Sign up here.