Secondary High Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Friday, 10/24/2003
Time: 11:59 pm

Venue: Visions Cinema
Tickets: $9

Type: Feature presentation

Metro Weekly Rating: (1 out of 5)

by Randy Shulman

Secondary HighTHIS CANADIAN MISHAP purports to be camp, but is, in reality, a monstrously dull, hopelessly inept ninety-minute exercise in self-indulgence from "directors" Hazel Bell-Koski, Emily Halfon and Pat Mills, all of whom should have no problem finding new careers in garbage management.

Three related stories surround the offbeat lives of a group of insufferable high school students who would benefit from a course in mass suicide. Since none of the stories -- or episodes, as they're called -- are delineated, we're required to make a mental jump as one plotline abruptly stops and another just as abruptly begins.

Secondary HighShameless dumb gimmicks include a teenage vampire living in a basement (she feasts on homeless men and, later, homophobic jocks) and a 35-year-old black man portraying a high school student and who is also the son of a white family ("I just came out this way," he marvels). Secondary High concludes with a fumbling musical number that calls to mind the "Cleveland Rocks" opening of The Drew Carey Show. It's the best thing in the movie, mainly because it's the end of the movie.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database
· Official film site

Festival Venue:
Visions Cinema
1927 Florida Ave, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 667-0090. (map)
3 blocks north of Red Line Metro / Dupont Circle station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.