Reel Progress

Reel Progress is the progressive film series sponsored by the Center for American Progress. Since 2005, CAP has hosted free screenings open to the public in Washington, D.C., and around the country. These screenings are followed by provocative panel discussions with leading policy experts, actors, and filmmakers. Reel Progress aims to advance a progressive agenda through innovative films that connect the arts to campaigns for social change and progressive public policy.

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Upcoming film screenings

Recent film screenings

‘Slay the Dragon’

‘Slay the Dragon’

Landmark's E Street Cinema
11:00 PM - 1:15 AM EDT

‘The Oath’

‘The Oath’

Landmark E Street Cinema
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM EDT

Featured film screenings


Photo from Beasts of the Southern Wild screening

CAP staff with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis (center front) and producer Michael Gottwald (center rear) at the film’s 2013 Reel Progress screening. (CAP/Ralph Alswang)