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Films With A Mission For Good

November 12, 2019

Joe Coleman of LCB and  Noah Sneed of (Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan) Joe Coleman of LCB and Noah Sneed of "in a Perfect World"

Films of people dealing with war, immigration, human trafficking and other harsh realities of life were screened at the 2nd annual Flicks4Change film festival at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The mission of the Sunday festival, said co-founder James Hawthorn, is to create “meaningful social change through the screening of socially conscious short films”…and to connect those who want to make a difference in the world.  Hawthorn is a former resident of McLean, Va., and now works in the film industry in Los Angeles.

More than 100 people attended, including representatives of the organizations Innocents At Risk, In A Perfect World, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the McLean Project for the Arts, Black Lives Matter DC, the Arlington Academy of Hope, and CARE Action!

One documentary, “Phone Duty” showed a Ukrainian rebel fighter ordered to answer stacks of ringing cell telephones gathered from those killed in battle. His job: tell mothers and fathers that their sons would not be coming home.

Alicia Belleville, James Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn, Andrew Steel and Kym Steel (Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan) Alicia Belleville, James Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn, Andrew Steel and Kym Steel

In another documentary, professor and musician Nigel Osborne used music as therapy with Syrian refugee children who have fled to Lebanon.

A young Iraq vet struggling with emotional and physical trauma hiked on the Pacific Crest Trail in another film.

Flicks4Change will be in its 4th year in Los Angeles this month. It also is in Sydney, Australia, and will soon debut in Athens, Greece.

Major event sponsors included Total Wine & More, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, TCMA, Charity: Water, and Minuteman Press of McLean. 

(Photo by: Neshan Naltchayan)

Leonard Coleman & Blunt, a DC-area based band, performed during a reception. Each had major singing roles with The Platters, The Temptations and The Drifters.

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Socially Conscious Art Turns Into Activism

October 27, 2019

Flicks4Change Film Festival, to be held November 10 at the Ronald Reagan Building, will screen short films, documentaries and other motion pictures that pursue meaningful social change through storytelling.

Flicks4Change unites difference makers with those who want to get things done through such storytelling, grassroots activism, and philanthropy through community. It is the only film festival that brings so many leading nonprofit organizations (NPOs), talented filmmakers, and philanthropic leaders together, under one roof.

All events are at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Activities include a red carpet, short film screenings, interactive exhibits, and a live musical performance by The Leonard, Coleman, & Blunt Band, comprised of former lead singers of the Temptations, Platters, and Drifters.

The audience will participate in discussions with filmmakers and expert speakers, vote on their favorite films, win prizes, and enjoy pre-show cocktails and artisan food

Flicks4Change’s NPO partners and exhibitors will participate on the speakers panels. Flicks4Change partners include CARE International, Halcyon, In A Perfect World, McLean Project for the Arts, Innocents at Risk, Homestretch, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, AAH, Kids in the Spotlight, and more.

D.C. sponsors include International Trade Center and TCMA, a Drew Company and Total Wine & More.

The schedule:

Sunday, November 10th from 1 pm – 9 pm  

12:00 pm – Media Check in

1 pm – Interactive Exhibits, snacks and refreshments

1:45 pm – 1st set of Films

4:00 pm – Interactive Exhibits, snacks and refreshments

4:45 pm – Special Musical Performance by Leonard, Coleman & Blunt Band

5:30 pm – 2nd set of Films

8 pm – 9 pm – Film Awards, Audience Take Action, and After Party (TBA)

Admission tickets for the entire festival are from $20 - $70. RSVP is required due to limited space. Go to or for details. Donations are tax deductible.

Contact James Hawthorn at 571.438.4026 or



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Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville Comes To DC

September 12, 2019

Entertainment Weekly promised: “It will knock your flip-flops off.  USA Today branded it “A little slice of paradise.” 

Now, hit Broadway musical JIMMY BUFFETT’S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE makes its Washington, D.C. debut at the National Theatre from October 8-13, 2019.

Welcome to Margaritaville is where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected.

 ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and many most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and lots more.

The show is recommended for ages 13 and up.  It runs approximately 2 hours, 25 minutes with one intermission.

Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance).

The theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

The musical stars Chris Clark, Sarah Hinrichsen, Shelly Lynn Walsh, Peter Michael Jordan, Rachel Lyn Fobbs, Patrick Cogan, and Matthew James Sherrod.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday matiness at 2 pm

Sunday evening at 7:30 pm

Friday and Saturday at 8 pm

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