As risks from the pandemic diminish, RAAC will begin to screen films at the historic movie house on Gay Street in the town of Washington—now called the RAAC Theatre. Upcoming films are publicized in our Look & Listen e-newsletter (subscribe here).
Occasionally RAAC will screen first-run movies at the theater. Even though many now stream movies from home, it’s often great fun to watch a movie on the big screen with surround sound, and experience the action, drama, and humor in the company of others.
We also present film-talkback events at the RAAC Theatre. Films are paired with post-movie discussions led by subject matter experts. This film-discussion combination is a popular way to dive more deeply into a topic highlighted by a film and explore issues with the experts and others in the audience. RAAC often collaborates on film-talkback events with other organizations that make sense thematically. In the past, we’ve teamed with Rapp-at-Home, Foothills Forum, the Rappahannock Historical Society, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
The Biggest Little Farm, September 2019
The documentary follows a couple who buy 200 acres of barren land north of LA and establish a modern-day Eden of organic food, ecological restoration, and environmental diversity. But this didn’t happen without overcoming a series of unwelcome realities from pests and predators, to wildfires and wind, to biblical rainstorms. Post-movie discussion was led by local farmers who examined the implications for Rappahannock county.
The Post, August 2018
A showing of The Post, the inside story of the Washington Post’s first female publisher and their decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. Co-sponsored by Foothills Forum and RAAC, and followed by a discussion featuring two local luminaries: Jay Ward Brown, an eminent First Amendment lawyer, and Andy Alexander, former ombudsman for The Washington Post.
Farm Tour Edition, July 2018
A special Farm Tour Edition of RAAC Talk-Back featured a series of farming-related films over two nights. After the showing, we had guest speakers from our partnering organizations: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the American Conservation Film Festival.
Spotlight, October 2016
The story of the Boston Globe investigation into allegations of abuse in the Catholic church in Boston. Co-hosted by Foothills Forum & RAAC, with discussion following film with former Washington Post ombudsman Andy Alexander, and Martin Baron, the former editor at The Boston Globe responsible for initiating the investigation, now Executive Editor of The Washington Post.
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