DC Labor FilmFest  

DC LaborFest is Coming: Spread the Word!
The first-ever DC LaborFest -- a month-long labor cultural, film and arts festival – kicks off May 1 and we’re counting on you to help spread the word! A LaborFest graphic is at right and can be downloaded here for posting on your website, Facebook page or on other social media, as well as for use in print publications. You can also download the calendar here. See below for a brief article about the DC LaborFest that you can also use to publicize this exciting new event celebrating labor and working people in our nation's capital. Please let us know when you post the graphic and/or article and we’ll send along some free passes to the 14th annual DC Labor FilmFest, which is anchoring the DC LaborFest. Also, you should receive some hard-copy LaborFest “Hold the Date” cards – which include the full calendar of events -- in the next few days for distribution to your leaders and members; if you need more, just email Chris Garlock at cgarlock@dclabor.org and we’ll get them to you right away.

First Annual DC LaborFest Celebrates Labor Arts
The first annual DC LaborFest kicks off May 1. The month-long labor cultural, film and arts festival includes the 14th annual DC Labor FilmFest, an art exhibition on organizer/painter Ralph Fassanella at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, two labor-themed plays, local organizer/singer Joe Uehlein's birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, the AFL-CIO Book Club, a screening of the 1936 Mexican film masterpiece Redes, accompanied by a live performance of the film’s score by the PostClassical Ensemble (members of AFM 161-710), a labor poetry event at Busboys and Poets, and local labor history tours, all kicking off with a May Day wreath-laying in honor of legendary labor organizer  Mary Harris “Mother” Jones’ 184th birthday. The DC festival of labor arts joins LaborFests around the world, including San Francisco, Tokyo, Osaka, Buenos Aires, Argentina, El Alto, Bolivia, Capetown, South Africa, Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. “The need to build local, national and international solidarity is critical for labor to confront the challenges we face on all fronts,” says DC Labor FilmFest Co-Chair Jos Williams. “LaborFests help bring our struggles together in art, film, music and poetry.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Welcomes the 2012  DC Labor Film Festival:

"Art sometimes allows us a vantage point to see those sparks around us. And art can certainly bring alive the struggles of the past. By witnessing the stories of those struggles, we can learn from them. We can imagine similar transformations today..." said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaking in October 2012 at the opening of the DC Labor Film Festival in October 2012. Read Trumka's introduction to "We Are Wisconsin" or watch video of the intro above. Video shot/edited by Steve Zeltzer.

PRESENTED BY                                                                                                                 


PREMIERE SPONSORS                                                                                                     


FESTIVAL HOSTS                                                                                                             

Alliance for American Manufacturing, Fenton Communications, IBEW, Iron Workers/IMPACT

SILVER SCREEN HOSTS                                                                                                   

AFSCME 112, Fire Fighters 36, UnionPlus Credit Card

More DC Labor FilmFest Resources                                                                             
Labor FILMS Database
A searchable database of over one thousand labor-themed films, this database also hosts information about other 
labor film festivals from around the world. Is something missing? Email streetheat@dclabor.org and let us know!

Click here to view the complete selection of films previously featured at the DC Labor FilmFest from 2001 through 2012!

Check out the "Working Lunch" shorts from 2010 and 2011 on the MetroDCLabor YouTube Channel!

DC Labor FilmFest

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