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Film Festival Prospers at New Site

NIH's sixth Outdoor Film Festival, sponsored by R&W and a number of companies including Comcast and Clear Channel Communications, moved up the pike this summer (owing to security concerns on campus), but prospered in its new location — a grassy hillside shared by the Strathmore Hall Arts Center and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

According to Randy Schools, president of R&W, the event earned $10,000 in donations, and $20,000 from food concessions. The total will be shared by the Children's Inn at NIH, Friends of the Clinical Center, Special Love-Camp Fantastic and the R&W Foundation.

The 10-night festival of free films drew more than 60,000 people, Schools estimated. The top draws were Shrek, with 10,000 attendees, and Harry Potter, which attracted 8,500 guests. The festival featured an Elvis Presley look-alike one evening, and included visits by Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.), who celebrated a wedding anniversary with her husband Tony (who is a Children's Inn board member) at the movies one night, and a concert by the U.S. Air Force "Airmen of Note" band.

Above and below, crowds assemble at dusk on a grassy hillside between Strathmore Hall and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Even Elvis took time to attend this year's Outdoor Film Festival.

A Batman fan and his friend get comfy on a blanket.

These youngsters clearly enjoy movies under the stars.

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