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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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Philanderer to Philanthropist

July 30, 2019

Wish Man, the film about the hard-drinking and womanizing motorcycle cop who eventually started the Make A Wish Foundation will be shown at the Australian Embassy in DC on Tuesday August 6 at 6:30 pm. 

The film’s message is that everyone can be goodhearted. Each ticket  -- admission $75 -- includes light appetizers and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

Proceeds go to furthering Flicks4Change Film Festival’s Mission: to bridge the gap between and awareness and meaningful social change. “This is accomplished by bringing effective nonprofit organizations, socially conscious filmmakers and an audience together at Flicks4Change film festivals,” said festival director James Hawthorn.

The film about Frank Shankwitz’s journey from philanderer to philanthropic founder stars Flicks4Change co-founder Andrew Steel.

The embassy is at 1601 Massachusetts Ave., NW.  There is limited street parking so ride-share is encourages.

A government issued photo ID is required for entry.

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For more information, contact: festival director James Hawthorn, or 571.438.4026

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