dc labor film fest DC Labor FilmFest
October 12–18

Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and the American Film Institute, the 2012 DC Labor FilmFest boasts an array of new films and beloved classics about work and workers. For more information, visit dclaborfilmfest.org.

Teacher happy hour in the cafe from 4:00-5:00, with complimentary food and discounted drink specials! All teachers with I.D. welcome!

This documentary tells the collective story of those closest to the issues in the educational system — the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country. Narrated by Matt Damon and based on The New York Times bestselling book, "Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers," the film balances the personal stories of teachers with startling statistics and analysis by policy experts, including the factors that cause many teachers to leave the profession. "You'll watch it and want to call your favorite teacher from grade school and thank them all over again." — The Huffington Post.

DIR/PROD Vanessa Roth; DIR Brian McGinn; PROD Ninive Calegari, Dave Eggers. US, 2011, color, 80 min. NOT RATED

Presented in cooperation with the Washington Teachers' Union


Fri, Oct 12, 5:00

Audience Award, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Through the eyes of Detroit firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead, BURN tells the gripping story of a city struggling for survival. The film follows the crew of Engine Company 50 — one of the busiest firehouses in America — who believe in their city and are attempting to make a difference every day. A story of human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds, this documentary puts the spotlight on those who have the vision and the heart to bring a forgotten American dream back to Detroit.

DIR/PROD Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez. US, 2012, color, 86 min. NOT RATED

Presented in cooperation with DC Fire Fighter Association Local 36, International Association of Fire Fighters


Fri, Oct 12, 7:00--Sold out!; Mon, Oct 15, 9:25--just added!; Wed, Oct 17, 9:25--just added!


When his parents' finances tank during the late 1980s, Jesse Eisenberg must put aside his dreams of a summer in Europe and find a job. Armed with a Comp Lit degree, the New Jersey youth's best job offer comes from the decrepit local amusement park, Adventureland, staffed by a unique combination of carny lifers and not-too-thrilled-to-be-there seasonal employees. To his surprise, he experiences a summer full of its own kind of adventure, learning some very real lessons about work, life and love. The terrific cast includes Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader. From the director of SUPERBAD; music by Yo La Tengo.

DIR/ SCR Greg Mottola; PROD Anne Carey, Ted Hope, Sidney Kimmel. US, 2009, color, 107 min. RATED R

Presented in cooperation with the UFCW Local 400


Fri, Oct 12, 9:15; Sat, Oct 13, 11:30


"I could burn this place down." The perennial DC Labor FilmFest favorite returns! The outrageously funny OFFICE SPACE will once again feature a raffle of OFFICE SPACE paraphernalia, including Milton's precious red Swingline stapler. Director Mike Judge's theatrical debut, the film was largely ignored upon release but has since become a veritable ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW for cube-farmers everywhere; starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Stephen Root and Gary Cole.

DIR/SCR/PROD Mike Judge; PROD Daniel Rappaport, Michael Rotenberg. US, 1999, color, 89 min. RATED R

Presented in cooperation with DC Young Trade Unionists and IFPTE Local 70


Fri, Oct 12, 11:30; Sat, Oct 13, 9:40

75th Anniversary!

Humphrey Bogart stars in this hard-hitting drama about a factory worker who joins the anti-immigrant Black Legion — which really existed in the 1930s—after he loses out on a promotion to a harder-working Polish immigrant. Robed in black, Bogart and the Legion stage a torchlit raid on the man's home, causing him and his family to flee town and nabbing Bogart the job. But his outlaw activities eventually cost Bogart his wife, his best friend and his dignity. A classic Warner Bros. "social problem" film, this brave conscience-raiser against hate crime is as moving today as it was 75 years ago.

DIR Archie Mayo; SCR Abem Finkel, William Wister Haines, from a story by Robert Lord; PROD Robert Lord. US, 1937, b&w, 83 min. NOT RATED


Sat, Oct 13, 11:00 a.m.


In one of his first feature films, Martin Scorsese directs Barbara Hershey and David Carradine in this Depression-era tale of a union organizer and his girlfriend, who run afoul of anti-union railroad bosses and are forced into a life of crime. Based on a true story, this film — one of producer Roger Corman's famous exploitation films — offers a surprisingly frank look at race and gender issues in the 1930s and is a fascinating opportunity to see Scorsese's style and thematic interests in their emerging state.

DIR Martin Scorsese; SCR Joyce H. Corrington, John William Corrington, based on the book "Sisters of the Road" by Ben L. Reitman; PROD Roger Corman. US, 1972, color, 88 min. RATED R


Sat, Oct 13, 1:00


This inventive musical fantasy started off small, but critical and commercial enthusiasm made it a sleeper hit, eventually earning three Oscar nominations and adaptation into the long-running Broadway and West End stage musical. Eleven-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) blows off his boxing lessons to join the more fascinating ballet class down the hall, taught by charismatic Mrs. Wilkinson (Oscar-nominated Julie Walters). But when his family finds out about his new extracurricular activity, tensions rise in the already tense household. Set against the backdrop of England's lengthy, bitter mining strike in 1984.

DIR Stephen Daldry; SCR Lee Hall; PROD Greg Brenman, Jon Finn. UK/France, 2000, color, 110 min. RATED PG-13

Presented in cooperation with Actors' Equity Association, D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710, IATSE Local 22 and SAG-AFTRA Washington-Baltimore Local


Sat, Oct 13, 3:00; Tue, Oct 16, 4:45; Thu, Oct 18, 4:45

Audience Award, 2012 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows choreographer Allison Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. The culminating live performance of workers and their vehicles, presented on an airport runway before thousands of spectators, is not to be missed.

DIR/PROD Andrew Garrison. US, 2012, color, 68 min. NOT RATED

Followed by:


Sheri "Sparkle" Williams has been a star dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for 38 years — a track record virtually unheard of in the professional dance community. When the powerhouse dancer suffers her first serious injury, she must work to recover in time for a triumphant return to the stage at the age of 49. — AP. DIR/PROD Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert. US, 2011, color, 18 min. NOT RATED

Both films presented in cooperation with AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees


Sat, Oct 13, 5:20

Official Trailer


Doris Day stars in this classic adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. Day is Babe Williams, the feisty union rep at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory, where workers are seeking a seven-and-a-half-cent an hour increase (the spirited rendition of "7½ Cents" alone is worth the price of admission). When Babe falls for new shop superintendent Sid Sorokin (John Raitt), labor-management relations get even more complicated than usual. Featuring the choreographic film debut of Bob Fosse; Tony-winning dancer Carol Haney sizzles, performing one of Fosse's now-classic numbers, "Steam Heat."

DIR/SCR/PROD George Abbott; DIR/PROD Stanley Donen; SCR Richard Bissell. US, 1957, color, 101 min. NOT RATED

Presented in cooperation with Actors' Equity Association and D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710


Sun, Oct 14, 12:40; Mon, Oct 15, 5:00


Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret star in this musical drama based on the 1899 New York City newsboys strike. The movie gained a cult following after its initial failure at the box office and this year went to Broadway as a full-fledged musical. When newspaper tycoon Duvall jacks up distribution prices, the newsies — led by Bale — organize a strike. With David Moscow as the brains of the new union, and Bale as the voice, the weak and oppressed newsies find the strength to band together and challenge the powerful. As Bale finds a cause to fight for, he must choose between his dreams and his newfound responsibility.

DIR Kenny Ortega; SCR Bob Tzudiker, Noni White; PROD Michael Finnell. US, 1992, color, 121 min. RATED PG

Presented in cooperation with Newspaper Guild 32035


Sun, Oct 14, 2:45; Wed, Oct 17, 4:40


Aspiring news producer Rachel McAdams lands a job producing the lowest-rated network morning talk show in New York City. This decidedly mixed blessing includes wrangling co-hosts Ty Burrell and frosty former beauty queen Diane Keaton. Meanwhile, disgruntled serious newsman Harrison Ford, McAdams' idol, is idling away, playing out his contract before retirement. Would he go for a morning show makeover? Time to get to work! "It grows from human nature and is about how people do their jobs and live their lives. It is wisely not about a May-October romance between McAdams and Ford. It's more about their love for their work." — Roger Ebert.

DIR Roger Michell; SCR Aline Brosh McKenna; PROD J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk. US, 2010, color, 107 min. RATED PG-13


Sun, Oct 14, 5:10