National Endowment for the Humanities Highlights Oral History Project

Author Julie Yue writes in her National Endowment for the humanities article

“Remembering the MacArthur Theater and Neighborhood Movie-going” is an oral history project organized by the D.C. Independent Film Festival and funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, the project director and executive director of the film festival, is a folklorist by training. Evans-Pritchard says that the ritual and experience of going to the movies has changed drastically in the last hundred years, and will continue to change throughout the twenty-first century as new technologies emerge and communities evolve. “As we look toward the next era [of moviegoing],” says Evans-Pritchard, “recording this experience is essential.”

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