We’re back in SoCal having had a great trip to the DMV. Our time in the Nation’s Capital was productive, educational and exactly what the doctor ordered to cure an acute bout of homesickness. We were able to accomplish most of the items on our ambitious “Things-To-Do” list during our week’s stay. Hopefully, we’ll be able to take care of those remaining items on a subsequent trip in a few weeks.
One of the first stops was Busboys and Poets on 14th & V St, one of our favorite spots in the city. In fact, much of the When Autumn Leaves screenplay was written there. While there, we were able to check out a Chalk4Peace event and meet some of the good people from Words, Beats & Life, a non-profit organization that through the power of hip-hop, are doing great work in the community. To attempt to paraphrase their Mission Statement would be doing them a disservice. Here it is in their own words:
As stated in our last post, one of the main reasons for the trip was to do some preliminary location scouting. We knew that many things have changed since we’ve been able to spend any significant time in Washington, DC. Mainstays like Bohemian Caverns have closed their doors while several new bars, restaurants, galleries and condo developments have opened theirs. There were many things to see in the city. Below are a few of the places we visited.
Perhaps the highlight of the trip was watching the opening of the NMAAHC on the jumbotron on the grounds of the Washington Monument. It was truly amazing to be among the crowd witnessing history being made. A particularly funny moment occurred during the introductions of the honored guests of the ceremony.
As mentioned earlier, we look forward to another trip soon, to follow up on our recent meetings and to check off a few more things from our list. Oohs and Ahhs and the Blue Duck Tavern, that means you! There are so many interesting and exciting things to see and do in DC and it’s a challenge to fit them in during a week’s visit. We’re up for the challenge though and we can’t wait to showcase them in the film!
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“I choose my camera as a weapon
against all the things I dislike about America–
poverty, racism, discrimination.”
– Gordon Parks