One of the area’s most popular cinematic events for the summer will not take place in the nation’s capital this year.
“Screen on the Green” was a yearly summer film festival where classic, contemporary and cult motion pictures (along with short subjects) are showcased on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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According to WTOP Radio reporter Colleen Kelleher’s report in May on the future of the cinematic event, the festival was cancelled this year due to two corporate backers dropping out of the event. The two sponsors were Time Warner-owned premium cable network Home Box Office (HBO) and cable/media conglomerate Comcast. HBO has sponsored the event for 17 years.
Looking for other sponsors/backers
After the cancellation of the series, the “Friends of Screen on the Green” organization is looking for other companies, individuals and organizations to sponsor future “Screen on the Green” screenings, according to the group’s Facebook page. The group has also reached out to the Trust for the National Mall for alternate backers or other possible opportunities to keep the event alive for current and future generations.
The organization is looking for ideas from spectators who have attended past screenings and interested persons in keeping the event alive for future summer film screenings on the grounds of the National Mall.
Editorial Note: Despite the cancellation of this year’s event, let’s hope that future “Screen on the Green” events will occur in Washington. These types of outdoor film screening events are a great way to escape from the ordinary.
Downtown Frederick Partnership’s “Movie Night on the Creek” Summer Outdoor Film Series Similar to “Screen on the Green,” Downtown Frederick Partnership’s series specializes in modern film favorites.
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