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 www.ourcityfilmfestival.com. 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. ###