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The big news in the free movie universe of DC this week is that on Tuesday the DC Environmental Film Festival opens. A lot of the 155 movies on their roster are free (including Food Fantasies and The Last Giants check out their schedule and plan accordingly.

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That aside, this week also features gross green things, buddhists and Sandra Bullock for (almost) no money. As always, click on the links for details:

MONDAY

It is sports movie night over @ Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse which tonight features The Blind Side and Invictus for 1 dollar each. And while I don’t think Sandra Bullock should have gotten that Oscar last week, I did see The Blind Side and I laughed, cried and definitely fist pumped on occasion throughout this masterpiece of heart warming moviemaking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Ovkye6lac

TUESDAY

The Green Slime (which is playing tonight @ The Warehouse) is about some international scientists racing into outer space to stop an asteroid from schloping Earth only to find that there is an even bigger problem: The Green Slime! The Green Slime are one-eyed space parasites that have freakishly long arms that schock and kill. Hear the queepy shrills of the Green Slime and dance to one of the best sci-fi theme songs ever made.

FRIDAY

While the dinner part of the Dinner and a Movie @ American Indian Museum is not free, the movie is (and you can pick to just see the movie if you want): which in this case is a spiritual docu-drama “The Gift of Pachamama”, set in Bolivia, where a 13-year-old boy lives a traditional life with his family near Uyuni, a salt lake. One spring, he goes with this father on his first caravan. With blocks of salt strapped to their herd of llamas, they travel “The Salt Trail” for several months, exchanging salt for other products of the Andes. The boy begins to learn who he is as a young man and a Quechua from their many experiences and encounters. As the trip comes to its close, he meets a beautiful girl at a festival in a sacred place of his people. The two young people feel a stirring in their hearts as they share a simple but profound dream: to ride a bicycle together across the salt lake. He soon discovers what his grandfather means by “The Gift of Pachamama.”

While over at Freer Sackler the series on Tibetan Buddhism continues with  Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint a vividly told story of Milarepa, the man who became Tibet’s greatest yogi, poet, and saint (and a major figure in the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism).

SATURDAY

One of the more interesting restorations of 2009 was Araya (which is playing today @ National Gallery of Art), 1959 Cannes Festival award winner, a compellingly beautiful ethnographic treatment of a community of salt harvesters and fishermen from the Araya region on Venezuela’s coast. Bonus: director Margot Benacerraf will be at the screening in person.

Also, in association with Kate Kretz’s exhibition, “Purge/Deluge”, the artist will host a screening of Who Does She Think She Is? @ Hillyer by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose between mothering and working. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with four artists who are also mothers: Elena Patiño (whose exhibition “Laborious Futility” is also on exhibit at the Hillyer Center), Sarah Wallace Petruziello, and Tess Cummins Hipps.

SUNDAY

Director Ursula Meier cast Isabelle Huppert in her ironic reverse road movie—a darkly droll fable of a lonely house on a freeway and a family that refuses to move out. Conjuring motifs from such famous roadway films as Godard’s Weekend and Tati’s Traffic, Home’s amusing yet increasingly menacing mood finally triggers the family’s bizarre breakdown. See the result of their collaboration: Home @ National Gallery of Art today.

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