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.
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]@oneinten.org.
The 18th Reel Affirmations Film Festival — “the Nation’s LGBT Film Festival — opens Thursday, October 16, with an opening-night party and film at U Street’s Lincoln Theatre. The festival, a production of One in Ten, runs for 10 days through the 25th (closing night party). You can view the festival schedule and purchase tickets online for films and festival parties.
The premier film this year at Reel Affirmations is “Breakfast with Scot,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Lincoln Theater at 1215 U Street NW. Many films are being shown at the Lincoln Theatre, but a number of events are at several other locations–be sure to check the location when you purchase tickets.