Thursday, June 6, 2019

Library of Congress Hosts 3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill

From our friends at the Library of Congress...

3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill

Female and technology changemakers in cinema

The Library of Congress will host the third annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series - which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry - will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 11 through August 15 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.

This series is being presented as part of the Library's 2019 programming theme, explore America's changemakers. Tickets for the screenings are now available, but not required, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to secure tickets, visit the event-ticketing site at the links below. Entry is not guaranteed. Each film will feature a pre-screening concert co-presented by Washington Performing Arts. Details regarding the performances will be revealed throughout the duration of the series.

“The National Film Registry is one of many ways the Library seeks to preserve and provide access to America’s changemakers. This summer, we invite locals and tourists to engage with some unforgettable moments in American cinematography,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Bring a blanket, take a seat and end your Thursday summer nights with us!”

The series kicks off with Walt Disney’s first live-action movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, “Mary Poppins” and ends with “Jurassic Park,” the first film in which computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen.

July 11: “Mary Poppins” (2013 National Film Registry)

July 18: “Beauty and the Beast” (2002 National Film Registry)

July 25: “League of Their Own” (2012 National Film Registry)

August 1: “Jaws” (2001 National Film Registry)

August 8: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1994 National Film Registry)

August 15: “Jurassic Park” (2018 National Film Registry)

Located between the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building at 10 First Street, SE (running the length of East Capitol Street, between First and Second Streets, SE), the north lawn of the Jefferson Building provides a magnificent space for people to watch in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Library of Congress is inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers, a series of exhibitions, events and programs held at the Library through 2019.

Exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will explore the fight for women’s suffrage, Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in civil rights history and artists’ responses to major issues of the day. Other events throughout the year will explore changemakers through music, performances and public programs.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names to the National Film Registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, showcasing the range and diversity of America’s film heritage to encourage support for its preservation. The films must be at least 10 years old. The Librarian makes the annual registry selections after conferring with members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) and a cadre of Library specialists. Thousands of public nominations are also considered. More information about the National Film Registry can be found at

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