Local Resources

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The DC metro area has one of the highest concentrations of film studies resources in the world. Here are some of our local highlights:

On-Campus Resources

Nonprint Media Services Library

This library offers a wide selection of films for student and faculty use and audiovisual rooms for instruction.

Films@UM

This digital collection contains over 700 films, including material that is unique to the University of Maryland Libraries collection.

Hoff Theatre

The Hoff Theatre is located in the Stamp Student Union and offers both regular film screenings and a calendar of special events.

Undergraduate Clubs and Organizations

The Shout "Fire!" Film Society

The Shout "Fire!" Film Society promotes informed discourse about film, its production, its dissemination, and the social implications of film art, globally and locally. They explore the historical, cultural, and formalistic aspects of films, and create new film art based on our critical findings.

Maryland Filmmaker's Club

MDFC is a student organization designed to bring people interested in the production of amateur independent student films. While not being affiliated with an official department of the University of Maryland, they supply the resources necessary to support video production for students, alumni and others in and around UMD. The resources they provide include equipment (like cameras, tripods, microphones, boom poles, etc), experienced members willing to teach, guide, and help members learn about the different roles and techniques of film making, opportunities for members to create their own short films, and a network of people willing and ready to help others with their own projects. As a club, their main focus is producing short films. Every semester they produce about 8 short films, all of which are premiered at a film festival in the Hoff Theater at the end of the semester. We also supply a video production service for any organization, student, corporate, or other, who would like a video produced for a very affordable fee. All projects are led, organized and carried out by club members. Examples of our work can be seen on their website and youtube channel. Anyone interested in joining the club can reach them by email or join their facebook group.

Cinémathèque

Cinémathèque, a student film club at UMD, has regular meetings and screenings each semester.

Local Film Venues

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art screens a wide variety of foreign, classic, and art films. The screenings take place in the Gallery’s East Building Auditorium in downtown Washington, DC. All screenings, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.

AFI Silver

The American Film Institute restored and reopened the 1938 Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring in 2003. In addition to revival series based around genres, actors, genres, or time periods, the Silver also screens newly released independent and foreign films.

Avalon

The Avalon originally opened in the Chevy Chase community of Washington, DC in 1923. In 2003 it reopened as a fully restored, community owned, nonprofit art house. Beyond its regular program of independent and foreign films, the Avalon hosts monthly French, Czech, and Greek film series, as well as several other special events.