Guest Curator: Richard Reyes-Gavilan

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Guest Curator: Richard Reyes-Gavilan

Richard Reyes-Gavilan is the DC Public Library's Executive Director. He oversees 26 libraries and leads a $300M capital improvement plan that includes modernizing the landmarked Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the only realized library in the world designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Word Wars: Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit

Photo Credit: Seventh Art Releasing Exclusive
“Unintentionally hysterical documentary that confirmed what I long suspected — Scrabble players are freaks.”


The Tugendhat House – Mies van der Rohe’s Czech Masterpiece

Photo Credit: Lost and Found Productions
“Long before the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, there was the iconic Tugendhat house in Brno, Czech Republic. I can’t get enough of Mies.”


The Last Laugh

Photo Credit: Kino Lorber
“A sad and beautiful tale about an elderly hotel doorman demoted to bathroom attendant.
Almost 100 years old, Murnau’s classic never gets old.”


Down by Law

Photo Credit: Janus Films
“It’s difficult to overstate the influence this film had on me as a 17-year old in 1986.
Tom Waits, John Lurie, Jim Jarmusch… these men were gods to me, and I idolize them to this day.”


The Battle for Brooklyn

Photo Credit: Rumur Films
“The nastiest gentrification fight I ever lived through told from the sympathetic perspective of residents who were forcibly removed from their homes by eminent domain. It’s great to have the Nets in Brooklyn but at what price?”

Richard Reyes-Gavilan's recommendations can be viewed through Kanopy, the popular on-demand video service available in the Library’s goDigital offerings. Library cardholders can stream six movies a month on any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV (4th generation and up), Chromecast or Roku.