Announcing the 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival

This year’s DC Shorts Film Festival is opening tomorrow, with 135 short films from 25 countries that are screened in 17 unique 90 minute shows. It is poised to yet again be a phenomenal program.

I have always been a fan of shorts. The ability to capture your audience and tell a story in just a few minutes takes tremendous vision and dedication to one’s craft. There is no room for the superfluous details that carry many Hollywood movies with shallow plots. It is all about the art of cinema in its purest form.

Since I’m a Gender Specialist my focus for this year’s festival will be on exploring and analyzing the representations of gender and sexuality in the shorts featured. Also, you all know that I’m a big science fiction buff so the portrayal of women in the SciFi shorts is another avenue I’m going to explore at this year’s festival. Luckily for me (and hopefully you), my interest are directly in line with this year’s selections. As a matter of fact, on Wednesday, September 17th, there is going to be a special LGBT showcase at 7pm at E Street Cinema (located at the corner of 11th and E Streets NW).

There is also a really cool set of free lunch shows from Monday, September 15th, through Friday, September 19th. These free lunch shows start exactly at noon and run for 40 minutes. You can bring your lunch and enjoy. Each day has a specific theme and I have a personal interest in the Superhero and SciFi lunch series on Friday, September 19th, at the Angelika Mosaic (2911 District Ave, Lee Highway & Gallows Road, Fairfax, VA).

The cool thing about this festival is that it has so much variety. There is something for everyone and it’s being held at four locations with showings at various times to fit all sorts of schedules.

Throughout the festival I will be checking out the films and giving my feedback so be such to check back in.

To learn more about the festival and to order tickets, visit

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