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8. "What's the Matter with Kansas?:" An account of a group of Kansas conservatives as their fortunes suddenly decline - their candidates lose elections just as their church splinters, moves to an amusement park, and, when that fails, a Best Western motel.

The festival will award prizes in four categories: feature film, documentary film, international film and political advertising. Screenings will take place at locations that include Landmark's E Street Cinema near Penn Quarter and the Marvin Center Amphitheater on the George Washington University campus.


"Perhaps you have heard, or will hear, about two demonstrators dangling themselves and a 'greenhouse' sign from a construction crane on 23rd Street NW, just south of the State Department," Washington resident John Lockwood writes to Inside the Beltway

"Our commuter bus sat there for about 15 minutes, as did other buses and cars building up in a huge traffic jam, the vehicles fuming and releasing pollutants, and the passengers and drivers no doubt also fuming and releasing expletives.

"It seemed an odd way to fight pollution. On my bus and the others, we finally had to get out and walk the rest of the way - an odd way to build up political support. As I walked a mile and more through the humidity, I reflected that the greenhousers' hadn't lost my support, since they never had it anyway. In the high holy Church of Greenhousery, I am an atheist, or a heretic."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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