Rayceen Pendarvis is probably best known as a professional emcee more than all other career achievements combined. Throughout the past several decades the "Goddess of DC" has hosted a wide-variety of local and regional events (most notably The Ask Rayceen Show), and continues to remain an in-demand and extremely active emcee. Furthermore, Pendarvis is also frequently commissioned to serve as a panelist or judge for several community forums, balls, pageants, and more, throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC, area and beyond.
Below are highlights of the many social gatherings the veteran master of ceremonies has had a prominent association with throughout a long and successful career.
Washington DC's International LGBTQ Film Festival
Hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis
In 2015, Rayceen Pendarvis began hosting sporadic Reel Affirmations screenings and various associated events. This ultimately led to Pendarvis being commissioned to serve as the ongoing host of Reel Affirmations XTRA: A Monthly LGBT Film Series. Each month (except one month in Autumn which is reserved for the “annual” festival), the non-profit, all-volunteer, LGBT film festival holds special film screenings that highlight the work of LGBT filmmakers. Screenings are held at the Human Rights Campaign building at 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW in Washington, DC. Films generally begin at 7pm (with occasional showings after 9pm) and are always held on a Friday. Admission is $10.00, with VIP tickets/passes starting at $25.00.
Since its first festival, Reel Affirmations has grown to include a companion Pride Film Festival, special events throughout the year with a variety of community partnerships, and a grant program to support LGBT filmmakers. The festival has premiered several Academy Award winning films and hosted critically acclaimed producers, directors and actors. At its height, Reel Affirmations has enjoyed being one of the Top 5 LGBT film festivals in the country.
Click below to further explore the multifaceted careers of Rayceen Pendarvis.