Flicks4Change: Films for a Better World

Flicks4Change Film Festival co-founder and producer James Hawthorn and his mother Barbara Hawthorn, designer and community activist, met with Angie Gates, director of the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film & Entertainment, in May. Courtesy D.C. OCTFE.

Flicks4Change — “the only festival where every film’s goal is to better our world” — is in the D.C. area this weekend. Screenings will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, and on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect St. NW.

The featured films span all genres and styles of storytelling. After each session, there is a town hall-style discussion among the filmmakers, community activists and the audience. The sessions also include live musical performances, interactive exhibits by nonprofit partners, light hors d’oeuvres and pass arounds and alcoholic and soft beverages.

Flicks4Change was founded by Australian actor, producer and musician Andrew Steel, who serves as president. Its director and co-founder is actor and producer James Hawthorn, son of designer and philanthropist Barbara Hawthorn of Barbara Hawthorn Interiors in McLean, Virginia. The festival will be held in Los Angeles on Dec. 7 and 8.

Tickets are $40 for the Clarendon Ballroom session, $50 for the Halcyon House session ($70 VIP) and $80 for a festival pass ($180 VIP). For tickets, visit eventbrite.com. For program details, visit flicks4change.org.

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