The lecture was based on Canning's new book: Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C. The lecture included images from films spanning more than half a century.
Canning has written movie reviews for the Hill Rag since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1993, and maintains a website (www.mikesflix.com) featuring film reviews and essays. He was a programmer and commentator for ten years for the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s classic films series, a long-time officer with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and a Hill Center board member. He also served on the founding board of Capitol Hill Village. He and his wife Judy have lived on the Hill, on and off, since 1965.