Free Friday: The eighth annual Alexandria Film Festival

alive insideWant a change from binge-watching Netflix this weekend? Vox recommends checking out the Alexandria Film Festival!

The eighth annual Alexandria Film Festival is taking place this weekend, Nov. 7 – 9. More than 60 films will be screened this weekend. Films from the United States as well as Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, India, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the U.K. will be offered.

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts founded the film festival in 2007 with the purpose of establishing Alexandria as a venue for experiencing film, and to raise awareness of the cultural and educational value of film.

One of many films featured this year is Alive Inside, which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. This film displays the remarkable ability of music to help individuals with Alzheimer’s. Alex McDougald, the producer, and Linda Maguire, a neuroscientist and medical musician, will be present to field questions from the audience. Over 30 filmmakers will be available at the festival to answer questions about the diverse array of films.

A full schedule for the Film Festival can be found here. Movies are screened throughout the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Beatley Central Library and AMC Hoffman.

Advance tickets can be purchased online, as well as at the door. Tickets for films shown at AMC Hoffman are $12, and films shown at Beatley Library are free on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Alexandria is accessible via the metro at Eisenhower Avenue station.

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