Guest Curator: Michelle Goldchain

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Guest Curator: Michelle Goldchain

Typically, Washington, D.C., is seen as a fairly serious and solely government-focused city, but it's much more than that. Michelle Goldchain hopes to prove this with this list of documentaries focused on the people, places and parties found in the District. Born in D.C. and raised in Virginia, Michelle writes about housing and development in the D.C. area as editor for Vox Media's Curbed DC. She is also the founder of Capital Women, a newsletter and podcast focused on how women are succeeding and empowering others in Washington, D.C. Her background in art (and comedy) can also be seen with her YouTube show, "Artsplained." Michelle has been a guest on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show and SiriusXM's Jennifer Hammond Show.

 

Check It

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“This fascinating documentary follows a group of African-American gay and transgender youth in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods.”
 

Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90)

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“D.C. is more well known for its government agencies, monuments and memorials than anything else, but the city has a long history with music, especially punk. This acclaimed documentary chronicles this history with bands like Bad Brains, Fugazi and Minor Threat.”
 

How I Got Over

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“For 12 weeks, this touching film follows 15 formerly homeless and incarcerated African-American women who are able to come together to create a one-night-only, sold-out performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.”
 

Nerd Prom: Inside Washington's Wildest Week

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  “What is the event of the year for the District? That is none other than the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner. Get an inside look at the event and the press' role in D.C.”
 

Under Construction

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“Focused on the District's National Building Museum, this documentary reveals the process to creating the museum's 'Hot to Cold' exhibition by BIG, the firm founded by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.”
 

Michelle Goldchain'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.