What we're about

This Meetup has a special place in its heart for bizarre and exciting films. I'm talking indie films, cult films, foreign (yes, with subtitles), some arthouse; anything off the beaten path or fresh (for its time). We'll watch films, of course, but if anybody's game, I'm itching to put together a few aspiring writers, actors, directors, cinematographers to produce indie films right here in the DC area.
If you enjoy a close relationship with names like Tarkovsky, Linklater, Godard, Waters, Lynch, Cronenberg, Jodorowsky, or Haneke but can't find others who do, this Meetup is definitely for you. If you have a fondness for Scorsese, Fincher, Anderson (either one), Kubrick, or the Coen brothers and would like to dig deeper into the film world, you should absolutely join us. If you really only get into coherent movies with definable plots and happy endings, on the other hand, this might not be your cup of meat.
Most of our shows are curated as public events for libraries around Northern Virginia, but we also choose the films for the Keepin' It Weird Wednesdays series at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse several times a year.  We also occasionally go to movies already playing at movie theaters around the region.

Upcoming events (4+)

Desperate Living by John Waters

James M. Duncan Branch Library

By 1977, director John Waters had already gained infamy with over-the-top sleaze classics "Pink Flamingos" (1972) and "Female Trouble" (1974). He decided to top off his "Trash Trilogy" with this abomination about two women who go on the lam and end up in the outrageously demented town of Mortville. Is it comedy or horror? The answer to that question is "Yes". Come celebrate Pride Month with this bizarro entry from LGBT director John Waters.

Trailer here:

This movie is free to the public and runs 90 minutes. Doors will open at 12:30pm, and the movie starts at 1:00 after a quick introduction.

We will head out to Mt. Vernon Ave afterward to get dinner and/or drinks, for those who care to join.

· Personal Services · by Terry Jones              ☼ online event

In this story based on actual events, a London woman makes ends meet by renting apartments to prostitutes. When she can’t come up with her own rent one month, she and the landlord agree on an alternate method of satisfying him. Later one of the prostitutes moves out, and the woman decides that she can work the room (so to speak) herself. This leads to her develop a specialized service that appeals to the upper crust of British society.

■ Title — Personal Services
■ Director — Terry Jones
■ Cast — Julie Walters, Alec McCowen, Shirley Stelfox
■ Rating — R
■ ©1987 | 1h 45m | Comedy

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· Idiocracy · by Mike Judge                   @ Beatley Library

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

Private Joe Bauers is decidedly average for a 21st-century American soldier, which makes him a good test subject for a new top-secret hibernation program. The plan was to keep him in suspended animation for no more than a year, but when the Army base is closed shortly after the project begins, Joe is forgotten. He finally awakens 500 years later to find that the world that is now populated with people so stupid that he easily qualifies as the smartest person alive. It isn’t long before these people look to him as the savior from the mess they’ve made.

■ Title — Idiocracy
■ A.K.A. — 3001
■ Director — Mike Judge
■ Cast — Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
■ Rated R for language
■ Distributor — Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
■ ©2006 | 1h 24m | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

· Margin Call · by J.C. Chandor               @ Beatley Library

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

Oddly compelling for a film that’s mostly composed of scenes of people in offices talking to each other or on phones, this feature follows events at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. The story is fictional but inspired by actual events. An amazing cast instills a lot of life, tension, and fear into what could have been dry technical affair.

■ Title — Margin Call
■ Director — J.C. Chandor
■ Cast — Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons
■ Rated R for language
■ Distributor — Lionsgate
■ ©2011 | 1h 47m | Drama, Thriller