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!!!
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
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
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!!!!
Friday October 14th 9pm | Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Film Screening of LOEV
Dir: Sudhanshu Saria | 90 mins | India/USA English with some subtitles
Saturday October 15th 1pm | Gala Hispanic Theatre/The Tivoli | Film Screening of Spectrum Shorts: Gender, Identity and Aging
Spectrum Shorts: Gender, Identity and Aging
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
Dir: Jacqueline Gares | 85 mins | USA
In attendance for a Q&A session will be CeCe McDonald and Director Jacqueline Gares
Short Films Screening: Swipe Right
International Spotlight Feature: Theo and Hugo
Dir: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau | 97 mins | France
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
Sunday October 16th 1pm | Gala Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre | Suicide Kale with short film Golden Golden
Suicide Kale with short film Golden Golden
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
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
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.
THE SCREENING OF CHECK IT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS YOU WILL RECEIVE A REFUND.
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