Reel Affirmations Film Festival

The 2016 Reel Affirmations Film Festival is back with over 40 Stunning films from 6 different continents.


Join us from Thursday October 13 through Sunday October 16th for  for amazing films, filmmaker conversations and celebrations at the Human Rights Campaign Building and The Gala Hispanic/Tivoli Theater.


Spend a weekend with cocktails and popcorn viewing powerful, poignant and often uproarious films, Meet the filmmakers behind the films at one of our celebrations or just sit back and take part in our filmmaker Q&As.


All Screenings will take place at The Human Rights Campaign Buildling at 1640 Rhode island Ave NW


The Gala Hispanic/Tivoli  Theatre at 3333 14th Street NW


There is a film that will captivate you and a filmmaker pass that will make your wallet happy!


Check out all the films below and purchase your tickets/passes today!!!

                                                 Click Here to Get Your Film Festival Passes!


Join us on Saturday October 15th from 7-10pm for our VIP/Filmmaker Reception

Meet the filmmakers who created the cinematic masterpieces that make up Reel Affirmations 2016 while listening to the hottest sounds from DJ Mim, sip on complimentary cocktails and yummy fare

all on

The Rooftop of Lost Society in the U Street Corridor!!!

Cant make the reception, no worries on Sunday October 16th from 7-9pm we will celebrate with cocktails, desserts and the closing of our Film Festival on

at Miss Pixie's 


Thursday October 13th 7pm |  Human Rights Campaign Bulidling | VIP Launch/Seating Party with Exclusive Special Screening



Dir: Nick Corporon | 98mins | USA

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With a seductive gravitational allure, RETAKE pulls viewers into a world of love, loss, and intrigue from its opening scenes. Handsome businessman Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) has returned to San Francisco with a mission. He’s on the hunt for a brunette who is “rough around the edges,” temperamental, and scented with just the right cologne.

Cruising the streets of the city, he finds what he’s looking for in a flirtatious young hustler played by Devon Graye, and a bold proposition is made: If this young man agrees to accompany Jonathan on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, he’ll get double his nightly rate, plus $1,000. But, there’s a catch: He has to role-play as someone named “Brandon” for the full ride. Eager to leave his life on the streets, he says yes, and an amorous game of manipulation and obsession commences. So begins the ambitious, risk-taking first feature by Nick Corporon, a film of romance and brooding suspense, with shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. The mystery of the real Brandon haunts the film for its duration. As the role-playing intensifies, the what and the who become captivatingly confused, as lines between fantasy and reality, desire and performance, blur.  RETAKE is a spellbinding journey of heartbreak and self-discovery.— Curran Nault from 2016 Frameline Film Festival

After the screening Film Festival VIP Passholders will have the opportunity to select their reserved seats (from a seating chart) for the festival as well as enjoy open bar and light fare. All passholders will be able to pick up their passes as well.

 Friday October 14th 7pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Film Screening of AWOL 


AWOL with short film More Than God

Dir: Deb Shoval | 82 mins | USA

Dir: Kev Cahill | 9 mins | Ireland

No film trailer...sorry!!!! 

Raised in a depressed small town in rural Pennsylvania, 19-year-old Joey (Lola Kirke) has few career prospects beyond scooping ice cream. For Joey, the best way out of her aimless small town life seems to be joining the Army -- a move that her mother (Dale Soules of OINTB) desperately wants. But after falling for a spitfire housewife from the wrong side of the tracks, Joey’s resolve to escape her small town life begins to falter.
Rayna (UnREAL’s Breeda Wool) has to keep her steamy affair with Joey secret, not just from the rest of the town, but also from her long-haul trucker husband. Joey is torn between sticking around town working menial jobs so she can stay close to Rayna, and joining the Army so that after her three-year tour she can offer Rayna and her kids a better life away from rural poverty and an unhappy marriage. But Rayna isn’t so sure she can keep the flame burning while Joey is serving overseas -- leaving Joey with a crushing choice.
Director Deb Shoval, who grew up in a Pennsylvania coal town, has said that the the story for the film was inspired by her conversations with lesbian soldiers who actually went AWOL. Both Kirke and Wool deliver impressive performances, and the film captures both the beauty and ugliness of small town life across wild parties, run-down trailers, and empty countryside.

 Friday October 14th 9pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Film Screening of LOEV 


Dir: Sudhanshu Saria | 90 mins | India/USA English with some subtitles

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A pair of handsome young friends hit the road in a red-hot convertible, with endless miles of highway and a weekend ripe with possibility laid out ahead of them. From this classic cinema setup, India-born writer-director Sudhanshu Saria spins a seductive tale of uncommon emotional depth and power about Sahil and Jai, close friends whose indefinable bond hovers somewhere between brotherly love and capital-L-o-v-e. Is it loev, or just attraction? Beautifully shot around the stunning natural terrain of India’s Sandhan Valley and Mahabaleshwar plateau, this quintessential road movie ventures to places both poignantly familiar and shockingly unexpected, aided by a clever script and an eclectic soundtrack featuring artists from Kanye West and Pearl Jam, to Pakistani pop stars Zeb & Haniya.



 Saturday October 15th 1pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Film Screening of Spectrum Shorts: Gender, Identity and Aging



Spectrum Shorts: Gender, Identity and Aging

Dir: Various | 101 mins | Brazil, South Africa, UK and USA with some subtitles
No film trailer...dontcha just hate that!!!!

This short film program traverses the globe to share stories by and about those of us who don’t fit neatly into conventional ideas of gender, aging or identity. To assemble a program that highlights nearly every hue of the LGBTQ spectrum, we drew inspiration from the moving Brazilian short Places of Fear and Hatred; and from sexagenarian gay country singer-songwriter Patrick Haggerty, proudly “singing old songs to old people” in the delightful doc These C*cksucking Tears; from the tender slow-burn of two strangers finding common ground in Dawn; from Frances Reed, the enterprising and gender non-conforming subject of malefemale; and from the square dancers of Partners, and the seniors supporting one another in An Afternoon Knows; from an elegant lady out on the town in First Night Out, and the enduring love and partnership of Cecil & Carl. We hope you too will find insight and inspiration here.

We are in the process of creating a Q&A session with the filmmakers...Stay Tuned!


Saturday October 15th 3pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Short Films Screening: So Long, Farewell...


Short Films Screening: So Long, Farewell...

Dir: Various | 96 mins | Austrailia, China, Luxembourg and USA with some subtitles

No film trailer...yes you did read this before #StillSorry

So Long, Farewell short film compliation delves into the varying "endings" that occur in everyday life experiences. From a marriage proposal (accepted or not accepted), a struggle with sexual identityletting go of one's formal self or boy meet boy, boy cheats on probably know what happens with that. The emotional roller coaster each characters faces will captivate and will cause the viewer to pause and reflect.


We are in the process of creating a Q&A session with the filmmakers...Stay Tuned!



Saturday October 15th 5 pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Centerpiece Feature: Free CeCe


Dir: Jacqueline Gares | 85 mins | USA

In attendance for a Q&A session will be CeCe McDonald and Director Jacqueline Gares

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In June 2011, CeCe McDonald, a black trans woman, fell victim to a racist and transmisogynistic attack while passing by a local bar. Her attempts to defend herself resulted in the death of one of her assailants and a forty-one-month stint at a men’s prison for second degree manslaughter. Jac Gares’ inspiring and brilliantly directed documentary gives activists, including the film's producer Laverne Cox and CeCe herself, the chance to tell her story and address the daily struggle trans women of color face against a racist and transphobic society and equally violent criminal justice system. More than just a story of victimhood and injustice, “FREE CeCe!” celebrates her life and work, the massive outpouring of love and solidarity her case inspired, and the still-growing movement against transphobia and the prison industrial complex.


Saturday October 15th 7 pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Short Films Screening: Swipe Right

Short Films Screening: Swipe Right

Dir: Various | 120 mins | Netherlands, Spain and USA with some subtitles
No film trailer...please dont be mad:-)
"Swipe Right" is dedicated to new beginnings and sudden transformations. Whether hilarious, heartwarming or heart breaking, these short films follow characters who find, or attempt to find, the courage to take that first leap, explore differences and make up for missed opportunities. From youthful romance to sperm donation to polyamory, language barriers and pet ownership, "Swipe Right" explores the diverse forms LGBTQ relationships may take.



Saturday October 15th 9 pm |  Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | International Spotlight Feature: Theo and Hugo

International Spotlight Feature: Theo and Hugo

Dir:  Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau | 97 mins | France

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Brashly sexual and boldly romantic, this provocative French drama proceeds in surprising turns from its raw opening scene: the titular duo’s erotically charged first encounter at a Parisian after-hours sex club. Shot mostly at night on the amorously-lit streets of Paris, Théo & Hugo revels in a fantasy of urban romance, while depicting with heart and sharp-edged intelligence some of the harsher realities of sex and dating in the City of Light.


Saturday October 15th 11pm | Gala Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre | After Hours Feature: Seducing Mr. Bluefrog: NSFW


After Hours Feature: Seducing Mr. Bluefrog: NSFW with short film Perpetual

Dir: Hendrik Schaefer | 60mins | Germany

Dir: Peter Ahlén Lavrsen | 26mins | Denmark

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A cam-model bears it all—in more ways than one. Mr. Bluefrog enjoys taking erotic photos and videos of himself to share online as both a hobby and an art. When he agrees to star in Hendrik Shäfer’s experimental documentary, he has the opportunity to direct his own porno, but he must also expose himself to the camera in ways he’s not used to. The result is a sexy, strange, and self-aware film that certainly lives up to its title while probing important questions about privacy and exhibitionism in the digital age.

Sunday October 16th 1pm | Gala Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre | Suicide Kale with short film Golden Golden

Suicide Kale with short film Golden Golden

Dir: Carly Usdin | 85  mins | USA
Dir: Erica Cho | 15 mins | USA
Billie and Jordan have a beautiful home and a perfect life. Or, so it seems...When Jasmine and Penn come over for an afternoon barbeque, the tension begins to build as the perfect couple becomes careful and deliberate in their actions. A simple afternoon with friends turns into a drama filled episode as concerns from a suicide note that Jasmine finds is the catalyst that unleashes secrets which redefines relationships and friendships.

Sunday October 16th 3pm | Gala Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre | Strike A Pose




STRIKE A POSE with Q&A/Panel Discussion with Dancer Salim "Slam" Gauwloos and CDC HIV/AIDS Advocates!

Dir: Ester Gould and Reijer Zwann | 85 mins | USA

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A quarter-century ago, Madonna’s blockbuster Blonde Ambition tour and scandalous backstage film Truth or Dare thrust seven young backup dancers into the pop culture spotlight. Now, reassembled on-camera for the first time since, the talented performers who helped the Material Girl bring voguing to the mainstream – Luis, Jose, Kevin, Carlton, Slam and Oliver – continue to express themselves, baring their truth in this revealing documentary look at the dancers after the dance.


Sunday October 16th 5pm | Gala Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre | Closing Night Feature Film: King Cobra


Dir: Justin Kelly | 91 mins | USA

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This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous. When Sean decides he'd be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible.








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