The Sixth Annual Film at the Stone Series, Hosted By The Memorial Foundation, Inc., Motion Picture Association of America, Kicks Off June 22
The Memorial Foundation, Inc., the organization responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, along with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will present an inspiring and powerful summer film series at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This summer will mark the sixth year of Films at the Stone, and both organizations look forward to celebrating through this free and public series which will include the movies Marshall, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Black Panther.
“For the past five years, residents in the DC Metro area have looked forward to attending this film series as they reflect on what the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial exemplifies in our everyday lives.” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO, The Memorial Foundation. “We want this film series to show how the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial continues to be a living, breathing memorial which highlights the principles of democracy, justice, hope and love. We want to encourage everyone to visit the Memorial and enjoy the movie.”
Each of the films in the summer series reflect the human spirit living out the tenets of democracy, justice, hope, and love during difficult situations.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired millions with his messages of justice, hope, and community,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin. “We are proud to honor his legacy with the powerful Films at the Stone program and support the great work of The Memorial Foundation. The story and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. shine brightly through creativity and storytelling. This year’s films reflect his message and legacy, encouraging people to dream bigger and make our world a better place.”
Thursday, June 22: Marshall
In 1940, Thurgood Marshall is a young lawyer for the NAACP who crisscrosses the country defending innocent African-Americans from unjust indictments in court. His latest case is in Bridgeport, Connecticut where an African-American chauffeur is accused of rape of a wealthy white society woman. To admit Marshall into the local Bar, insurance lawyer Sam Friedman is picked over his objections to do introductions in court. However, Friedman’s commitment changes drastically when the racist judge forbids Marshall to speak in court, forcing Friedman to act as lead counsel. Now in an intolerable situation for the pair, Marshall must guide his new compatriot through this criminal trial even as Friedman endures not only this unfamiliar area of law, but also the bigoted pressure he now must share. However, the case proves more complex than either anticipates with unexpected twists and turns even as it becomes a vital one that would define two careers as well as the fight for justice in America.
Thursday, July 19: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
In Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever, to be played by others without break.
Thursday, August 23: Black Panther
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Films begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Stone of Hope, seating begins at 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and food. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Admission is free; the first 100 people will receive a special gift.
For more information on Films in the Stone, visit www.TheMemorialFoundation.org.