Film Night (formerly Zoom Watch Party) was conceived during the COVID19 pandemic as a way for our fellows to digitally gather and enjoy great movies. There is no fee for admission. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of DC CMA membership.
For the Fall 2022 season, we are broadening our scope to include thought provoking documentaries along with light-hearted and campy comedies.
Movie suggestions are encouraged! Use the form below to submit suggestions for consideration. We ask that films not display drug paraphernalia or active use as this may be triggering to our viewers. Films are reviewed prior to showing to ensure content meets this criteria.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world.
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New films, San Francisco International FF, Provincetown FF, Outfest Documentary Centerpiece, Seattle International FF
“Words like ‘important’ and ‘inspiring’ tend too often to be meaninglessly attached to non-fiction filmmaking, but in the case of David France’s compelling snapshot of a revolutionary period in AIDS treatment, they are amply justified… An epic celebration of heroism and tenacity, and less directly, a useful template for any fledgling activist movement, demonstrating the effectiveness of inside/outside strategy.” -David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“I sat down to watch “How to Survive a Plague,” a new documentary about the history of the AIDS epidemic, expecting to cry, and cry I did…I expected to be angry. Here, too, I wasn’t disappointed. What I didn’t expect was how much hope I would feel. How much comfort. While the movie vividly chronicles the wages of bigotry and neglect, it even more vividly chronicles how much society can budge when the people exhorting it to are united and determined and smart and right. The fight in us eclipses the sloth and surrender, and the good really does outweigh the bad. That’s a takeaway of ‘How to Survive a Plague,’ and that’s a takeaway of the AIDS crisis as well.” -Frank Bruni, The New York Times
We use the familiar environment of Zoom to present our film selections. Simply click on the Join link at the top of the page to join the meeting.
We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for optimal viewing. Since the chat window is available for crosstalk, we recommend devices with physical keyboards.
The chat window is open for anyone to post to the group or privately to each other. Film night is all about interaction between participants. It’s a lot of fun!
Cameras can be on or off during the show however, unmuting is disabled to preserve the audio experience of the movie.
Each film night can have up to 100 participants so invite a friend to attend. There is no requirement for being in CMA or in recovery so all are welcome.
Meeting opens 15 minutes prior to show time, movie starts promptly at specified time above.