'Boy' Are These Shorts Good! Reel Affirmations 16: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Thursday, 10/19/2006
Time: 5:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Tickets: Free

Type: Collection of short films

Metro Weekly Rating: (3 out of 5)

by Randy Shulman

YOUTHFUL ENDEAVORS comprise this collection of five seductively-charged, internationally-flavored shorts. Things commence with the ragtag, relatively aimless Rid Off ( ), in which three punks -- two guys, one girl -- never quite make it to a concert and instead find that three-way kissing has a certain, how you say, boner-producing appeal? Otherwise, Huy Chau's film is 12 minutes of blah.

Davy & Stu ( ) ain't much better, though it does culminate in an intensely blissful moment between two Scottish lads who spend much of their time tromping around a murky bog talking about ''minty chewing gum'' and Jenny Greenteeth, a witch who eats little boys. Through it all, they allude to, but don't act upon, an apparent attraction. Until the final moment, at which point the romantic dam breaks -- albeit in a lyrical, tasteful way.

Things perk up significantly with David ( ), a Mexican entry about a young mute boy who seduces a much older gentleman. There's an endearing sweetness to the story -- not to mention a kind of inappropriate creepiness -- but the performances are strong and the lovemaking scene is stunningly ferocious and feral. Out Now ( ) finds us in Germany, as a gay high schooler deals with his emerging gay inclinations, all the while dodging the school ruffians. The lesson he learns -- that hypocrites abound behind every closet door -- is rather mundane, but artfully presented.

The series wraps up with Summer ( ), a rapture of a short film in which two teens on a forest stroll get into a playful rough and tumble that leads to an ill-fated kiss. Expertly acted, and written with sheer, heartbreaking (and heartwarming) honesty, it's a prize worth waiting for. The final line, uttered by one of the boys, doesn't pull your heart strings, it strums them, producing a lasting, reverberating melancholy note. -- RS

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details

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 BoxOfficeTickets.com or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the Landmark's E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW); or Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.