WTC View Reel Affirmations 15: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Tuesday, 10/18/2005
Time: 7:15 pm

Venue: E Street Cinema
Tickets: $6 Buy tickets online

Type: Feature presentation

Metro Weekly Rating: (2 out of 5)

by Will Doig

AS THE REEL Affirmations program guide is careful to point out, nothing ''highlights the resiliency of the human spirit'' like the New York City real estate market.

Actually, the program guide is talking about WTC View, an erratically acted and, at times, histrionically scripted film about renting a room via a Village Voice classified ad in the days following September 11, 2001. Eric, the renter, hosts a steady stream of apartment hunters who have come to see the room and, with sometimes overcooked acting-school melodrama, display their eccentricities, as if to say, ''What a crazy bunch of characters we are! Only in New York!''

The characters each use their short time on screen to spin a yarn about how the attacks have affected them personally, stories that the filmmaker uses as small parts of a whole to describe a tragedy too large to be explained by any one individual. A few of the descriptions seem genuine, but others seem to be reaching -- the gutter-punk, for instance, who talks about his dust-covered Battery Park City apartment clearly lives nowhere near Battery Park City. And the sentimental plot-twist at the end is fairly predictable. An event as big as 9/11 demands sober acting chops and a low-key script. WTC View seems to be heavy on acting technique and unfocused on the event itself. -- Will Doig

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database

Festival Venue:
Landmark's E Street Cinema
555 11th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20004. (202) 452-7672. (map)
Near Metro Center 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.