The D Word Reel Affirmations 15: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Saturday, 10/22/2005
Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Tickets: $9 Buy tickets online

Type: Collection of short films

Metro Weekly Rating: (4 out of 5)

by Nancy Legato

IF YOU CAN'T get enough of The L Word in the off-season, Dasha Snyder, Cherien Dabis, Noelle Brower and Maggie Burkle have a solution for you: Their schticky spoof The D Word will have you laughing riotously over all the foibles of your favorite L.A. denizens, transplanted to New York and magnified a hundredfold.

In some ways, The D Word corrects for what The L Word lacks: butch women who actually seem butch, women of color who actually hang out with other women of color, and working class women who actually exist. In other ways, The D Word just takes advantage of every gaping opportunity for parody The L Word so helpfully provides, such as Bette's narcissism and Tina's codependence, here played to perfection by the inimitable Marga Gomez as Bette's spoofy counterpart Dot and Jessica Horstman as Tina's alter ego Dina Cunnard. (At one point, Dot tells Dina ''I love you, babe.'' Dina enthusiastically replies, ''I love you more!'' and Dot grins without missing a beat, ''I know!'')

Be forewarned: If you haven't seen each episode of season one of The L Word at least a couple of times, you may miss some in jokes. And, even so, The D Word runs a little long for pure spoof. However, if you're willing to run with it, The D Word will get you to a happy place, and keep you primed for the next season of The L Word, whenever Showtime gets around to it.

Also showing is a brilliant short, Who's the Top (), by Jeannie Livingston, a tightly-woven pastiche of musical numbers, hot sexual fantasies, boring sexual realities, and wry humor topped with one or two insightful thoughts thrown in for good measure. I'm amazed that Livingston managed to pack in so much diversely good stuff into Who's the Top, including musical selections as divergent as ''I'm Beginning to See the Light'' and a punked-out version of ''Happiness is a Warm Gun,'' large ensemble dance numbers, mild S&M scenes, and a cameo by Steve Buscemi. You might not care for Alixe's (Marin Hinkle) solution to lesbian bed death (actually, I think you will, but to each their own) but I think you will love how she gets there, and where she ends up afterward.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database

Festival Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 328-6000. (map)
Directly across from Green Line Metro / U Street-Cardozo 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.