Festival and Special Screenings

Berning LoveBerning Love 

2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Originally inspired by the emergence of politically-focused dating websites such as BernieSingles.com, Berning Love is a short documentary that highlights the parallel ways in which people search for love in their political and personal lives. 

Recent Screenings: Berlin Independent Film Festival (February 2017), Green Mountain Film Festival (March 2017), Rincon International Film Festival* (March 2017 - WINNER, Overall Best Doc Short Award), Bay Area Women in Film and Media's International Short Films Showcase (April 2017).



EBEverything Between 

2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Ethan Spalding has been a musician his entire life and has written over 500 songs, but his new single is the one he thinks will change music. The self-proclaimed inventor of Traprock, Ethan, like so many people, wants to make a living doing what he loves -- his new single, “Panda in the Air” may help him do just that. WINNER of the award for "Best documentary under 45 minutes" at the Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival.

Recent Screenings: Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival* (April 2017). North Beach American Film Festival* (June 2017 - WINNER, Best Student Film). Frederick Film and Music Festival (June 2017)



HRHealing River

2015 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

On the backdrop of the Potomac River, a young man pieces together his future in effort to recover from a traumatic accident. Battles with opioid addiction, post-traumatic stress and the fight to recover converge in this documentary which marks a season of change for Andy and his family. Healing River explores the quest for an identity apart from addiction and the delicate balance between adaptation and perseverance necessary to survive. The confluence of past and present reveal the climactic choice to begin the process of healing.

Recent Screenings: Bentonville Film Festival (May 2017)


ParablesParables of War 

Directed by Documentary Center Director Nina Gilden Seavey 

Using MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman’s theatrical performance piece as a point of departure, Parables of War witnesses the journey of three men who are in one way or another all casualties of war: Bill Pullman, the actor; Keith Thompson, the dancer; and Josh Bleill, the former Marine. Parables is a recipient of a 2014-2015 National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts Grant for Production.

Recent Screenings: Parables of War screened at the National Gallery of Art on May 29, 2017 as part of a special Memorial Day Event.


MessangersThe Messengers 

Produced by Documentary Center Director Nina Gilden Seavey

Directed by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lucian Perkins, the film portrays the intimate stories of the residents and volunteers at DC's-own Joseph's House, a hospice for HIV/AIDs patients. 

"The mutual interplay and wisdom from the residents and devotion of the volunteers taught me one of life’s greatest lessons, that the unsung heroes of our world sing the loudest messages of all." - Lucian Perkins

Recent Screenings: The Messengers' D.C. Premiere took place at Filmfest DC on Sunday, April 23, 2017.