The Bethesda Film Fest promotes and honors the work of local and regional documentary filmmakers.
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Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Bethesda Film Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. The evening will include a discussion with the filmmakers after the screenings.
The five films featured at the Bethesda Film Fest will be selected by members of the Bethesda Art & Entertainment District Board, along with Cynthia Fuchs and Erica Goldberg.
Cynthia Fuchs is the Director of Film & Media Studies at George Mason University and holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Associate Professor of English, African and African American Studies, Film & Video Studies, Sport and American Culture and Women and Gender Studies. Cynthia is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society and War and the Military in Society. Professor Fuchs has been the Film and TV Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters, since 1999, is a film reviewer for, Time to Play Magazine, and a frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Professor Fuchs has published articles on Brad Pitt, Shakira, Juvenile, Jay-Z, Gollum, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Iraq war in media images. She is currently writing a book on post-9/11 war documentaries.
Erica is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for emerging documentary filmmakers headquartered near Washington DC. In addition to her work with Docs In Progress, she is a host of The D-Word, an online documentary filmmaker community with more than 10,000 members from around the world. Erica has extensive experience working with film festivals and speaking to audiences on everything from documentary fundraising to social media to international exchanges. She has also been a panelist for cultural grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the U.S. Department of State. Erica has written articles for DOX and The Independent and is the newsletter editor, principal writer, and blogger for Docs In Progress. She teaches Documentary Pre-Production and Outreach classes for Docs In Progress and facilitates work-in-progress screenings, Peer Pitches, and documentary appreciation salons. Erica holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington DC; and has an M.A. in Film and Video from American University in Washington DC. She has additional studies at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland; FAMU (national film school) in Prague, Czech Republic; and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.