by October 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,758 0


The 21st Reel Affirmations Film Festival begins this Thursday, November 1 at two neighborhood locations. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

The 21st Reel Affirmations Film Festival begins this week, November 1, and will take place at two locations in the neighborhood.

The annual festival showcases the best work, by, about and of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. One In Ten, a DC-based nonprofit, organization committed to developing and executing cultural events, is the sponsor of the Reel Affirmation Film Festival.

The festival includes 16 films that will be shown through Sunday, November 4 at The Carnegie Institution of Science (1530 P Street NW) and the DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW); both venues are at the corner of 16th Street NW. The Reel Affirmation’s schedule is available online.

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by July 23, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,389 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Carnegie Institution for Science

The International AIDS Film Festival is  July 24 and 25 at the Carnegie Institution for Science. (Borderstan)

In conjunction with this year’s International AIDS Conference, One in Ten and Reel Affirmations will host the International AIDS Film Festival July 24 and 25 at the Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P Street NW).

The festival will show four films and will kick-off with an opening reception on Tuesday, July 24, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Number Nine Lounge (1425 P Street NW).

The schedule for the Festival is as follows:

Tuesday, July 24

  • 7 to 9:15 pm: “Still Around” (includes a panel discussion with the film’s directors)
  • 9:15 to 10 pm: “Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia”

Wednesday, July 25

  • 7 to 9 pm: “Pills Profit$ Protest”
  • 9 to 11 pm: “Sex in an Epidemic”

Tickets can be purchased online and are $10 per film or $25 for a package to see all four films. A portion of proceeds will be donated to partnering community organizations, including NOVAM (Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry), Metro Teen AIDS and Whitman-Walker Health. For more information on the festival, or to RSVP to the opening reception; please contact kimberley[AT]

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by March 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,087 0

From Mary Burgan. You can email me at mary[AT]

Environmental, Film, Festival, DC

The festival runs through March 25 at various venues, including two Dupont locations. (Image courtesy of festival)

The Annual Environmental Film Festival has come to DC for the 20th year since 1993. According to the organizers, “… the Festival has expanded to become the nation’s largest showcase of environmental film, attracting an audience of over 30,000. Beyond Washington, D.C., the Festival has launched a movement, serving as a model for environmental film festivals across the country and around the world.”

The festival began on Monday and runs through March  25 — more than 120 films, some “professional” and some first-time efforts, will be featured.  They will be screened in venues in and around Dupont — at the Carnegie Institution for Science (16th and P NW) and the National Geographic Society (17th and M NW), and downtown at the Martin Luther King Library. See the festival website for movie summaries and titles, times, and places.

Like other festivals, the Environmental Film Festival offers a rich menu of important films, but the scheduling is such that you must have your evenings free for the ones you really want to see. For example, You’ve Been Trumped about Donald Trump’s drive to put his projects in sacrosanct places such as the dunes of Aberdeen, Scotland (not to mention the Old Post Office Building in DC)  has only one showing on Tuesday, March 13, at the E Street Cinema. If you can’t go on that date, you’ll miss the show.

So here’s a plea for alternate showings of important festival films, especially ones that are unlikely ever to appear in local theaters.

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by March 28, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,332 0

“Carnegie” is from FrenchTwistDC in the Borderstan Flickr Pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Carnegie,” was taken by FrenchTwistDC on March 17. The Carnagie Institution for Science is located at 1530 P Street NW.

From Wikipedia: “Today the CIW directs its efforts in six main areas: plant molecular biology at the Department of Plant Biology (Stanford, California), developmental biology at the Department of Embryology (Baltimore, Maryland), global ecology at the Department of Global Ecology (Stanford, CA), Earth science, materials science, and astrobiology at the Geophysical Laboratory (Washington, DC); Earth and planetary sciences as well as astronomy at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (Washington, DC), and at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (OCIW; Pasadena, CA and Las Campanas, Chile).”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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