Community Stories Festival: Free Screening of GENIUS OF PLACE

Community Stories Festival: Free Screening of GENIUS OF PLACE


Docs in Progress will host a free screening of filmmaker Connie Rinehart’s GENIUS OF PLACE. This is the story of an architect’s dedication to his community, to the environment, and to historic preservation. The film follows architect Robert Bell’s journey to revitalize the most rundown block in historic Georgetown, Washington, DC, by restoring the iconic Georgetown Theater building and turning it into a thriving, environmentally enhanced, mixed-use space.

Filmmaker Connie Rinehart (and possibly a special guest!) will be present to participate in a Q&A following the screening with Program Director Andrea Passafiume.


ABOUT THE FILM
GENIUS OF PLACE is the story of an architect’s dedication to his community, to the environment, and to historic preservation. The film follows architect Robert Bell’s journey to revitalize the most rundown block in historic Georgetown, Washington, DC, by restoring the iconic Georgetown Theater building and turning it into a thriving, environmentally enhanced, mixed-use space.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Connie Rinehart is a documentary filmmaker residing in Washington, DC. During the first decade of her career, Connie honed her skills as a storyteller in the edit rooms of National Geographic Explorer. She then moved on to produce, direct, edit and write documentary programming for National Geographic Television, The Discovery Network, PBS as well as various NGO’s non-profits and educational entities. Over the last 25 years, her work has garnered an Emmy Award, four Emmy nominations, three Cine awards, and two ACE awards.

ABOUT DOCS IN PROGRESS
Docs In Progress gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. By developing, encouraging, and celebrating new and diverse voices in documentary film, Docs In Progress also seeks to deepen the public’s experience, understanding, and appreciation for documentary as a form of art and expression. The organization does this by offering an array of programs and services aimed at aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers and the broader community, including educational programs for adults and youth, fellowships, pitching workshops, work-in-progress screenings, and the Community Stories Festival. 

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY STORIES FESTIVAL
Docs In Progress is all about building community through documentary film, but we are proud to be based in the vibrant, diverse, and historic communities of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and the broader Washington DC Metropolitan Area. We have showcased short documentaries about these communities since 2010. Tonight’s program screening is part of of the Ninth Annual Community Stories Festival taking place between November 8-14. To see what else is happening, visit www.docsinprogress.org/communitystories