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Reeling: the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival Announces the Line-up of Its 37th Anniversary Edition

Joe Klocek as Isaac and Jayden Byrne as Levi in All Good Things, directed by Simon Croker, coming to the Reeling film festival. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Joe Klocek as Isaac and Jayden Byrne as Levi in All Good Issues, directed by Simon Croker. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ movie pageant on the earth and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 35 years, kicks off fall with an exciting slate of flicks that showcases the range of the queer experience. From the hilarious French comedy, THE SHINY SHRIMPS on opening night time to the U.S. premiere of 15 YEARS, Yuval Hadadi’s erotic Israeli drama of a gay couple’s relationship in freefall, the 37th edition of Reeling has something to satisfy each cinephile. This yr’s Reeling fest will entertain, encourage, amuse, arouse and break a couple of hearts alongside the best way with Lucio Castro’s critically acclaimed END OF THE CENTURY, being hailed as a Spanish variation on Andrew Haigh’s Weekend; the sexually adventurous lesbian-themed THE DAUGHTERS OF FIRE; the razor-sharp wit of James Sweeney’s comedic debut STRAIGHT UP; the hard-hitting trans drama THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND (the pageant’s narrative centerpiece); Traci Lords within the attractive camp comedy STEAM ROOM STORIES; and the jaw-dropping story behind the one-time closeted actor Mark Patton, subject of SCREAM QUEEN: MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. All of it takes place in Chicago September 19-29.

Reeling will present 35 features and 13 shorts packages, almost all of them Chicago premieres. The pageant’s opening night time presentation takes place at the Music Field Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) on Thursday, September 19, then continues on at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.) from September 20-26 and concludes September 27-29 at the firehouse headquarters of Chicago Filmmakers (5720 N. Ridge Ave.). Chicago Filmmakers, a 45-year-old not-for-profit media arts group, is the presenting group of Reeling.

Reeling launches its ten-day pageant with the Opening Night time Gala presentation of THE SHINY SHRIMPS, dual administrators Cedric Le Gallo and Maxine Govare’s pleasant French comedy in the tradition of La Cage aux Folles and The Adventure of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. When Matthias, a hunky Olympic champion on the end of his career, makes a homophobic assertion on French TV, his punishment is to teach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant newbie gay water polo workforce. The surly Matthias, hoping to qualify for a coveted spot at a meet that may guarantee his return to glory, reluctantly agrees to take on the task. However the staff – crammed with an assorted group of homosexual males and a trans lady – are as hopeless in the water as they’re assured, funny, and sharply opinioned out of it. In its rave evaluate of the movie, The Hollywood Reporter noted, “The Shiny Shrimps is ideal for audiences, “hungry for one thing fizzy and lightweight.” The 7:00 pm Music Field Theatre Screening might be preceded by a 6:00 pm pre-party within the Music Box Lounge.

Reeling’s closing night time function SCREAM QUEEN: MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET travels again to 1985 when Mark Patton’s profession appeared about to take off. The young actor, a current triumph in Robert Altman’s Broadway hit (and film adaptation), Come to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, had snagged the lead in the second installment of the Nightmare on Elm Road horror franchise. But the outcome – thought-about the gayest movie in horror history – as an alternative, destroyed that promise. Now, many years later, Patton is ready to not only face his previous however to embrace it and kill it once and for all.

Reeling 37 puts a special emphasis on a number of homegrown filmmakers. The pilot of WORK IN PROGRESS, a brand new half-hour comedy collection created by Chicago improv mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason, and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8) will display on Saturday, September 21 at noon followed by a panel dialogue with particular friends from the collection. A funny and uniquely human comedy, WORK IN PROGRESS options McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago-based performer Karin Anglin co-stars alongside Celeste Pechous, with Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night time Stay, Shrill) appearing in an important position as herself. Theo Germaine (The Politician) will even seem as a guest star. WORK IN PROGRESS will premiere Sunday, December 8 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Additionally popping out of Chicago is an growing variety of queer net collection, which will be the focus of a panel discussion and screening of episodes from several Chicago net collection. Creatives from these collection will talk about how they acquired started, how they achieved visibility in a crowded on-line setting, and what impression their net collection has had on their careers.

Different locally-connected movies embrace the Documentary Centerpiece, the inspirational MAKING SWEET TEA, a movie adaptation from directors John L. Jackson, Jr. and Nora Gross of writer, playwright, performer, and Northwestern Professor E. Patrick Johnson’s best-selling guide, an examination of the lives of black gay men, displaying here in its world premiere. Chicago-based actor, writer, and director Jesús Canchola Sánchez makes his function debut with BITTERSWEET WATERS, the romantic drama about love on the down-low set in rural Mexico whereas former Chicagoan writer-director Wendy Jo Carlton (Straightforward Abby, Jamie, and Jessie Are Not Collectively, Hannah Free) returns to Reeling together with her newest lesbian-themed romantic drama, GOOD KISSER. Writer-director Laura Madalinski explores comparable themes from a comedic standpoint in TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY.

Relationship dramas are all the time common at Reeling and the pageant will display a number of this yr including SELL BY, starring Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie and brother of Chris Evans), whose relationship together with his companion is dealing with an expiration date. The venerable Patricia Clarkson heads the supporting forged. FROM ZERO TO I LOVE YOU finds Darryl Stephens, adored by homosexual audiences for his work within the long-running queer-themed soap opera Noah’s Arc, falling in love together with his newest conquest: a straight married man exploring his queer proclivities. Elena Undone director Nicole Conn returns to Reeling with MORE BEAUTIFUL FOR HAVING BEEN BROKEN, by which a former FBI officer finds herself drawn to a lady raising a toddler with well being challenges, whereas the Italian film AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER is a story of two elderly males who come out to their adult youngsters to announce their upcoming marriage.

On the attractive aspect, the pageant has a bevy of offerings to select from. Among them are END OF THE CENTURY(noted above); THE BLONDE ONE, the newest from Brazilian director Marco Berger, master of the homosexual sluggish burn; ORPHEUS’ SONG, German filmmaker Tor Iben’s erotic, modern-day variation on a Greek fable; SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM, Australian director Samuel Van Grinsven’s ultra-sexy tale of a teenage boy who lives for anonymous homosexual hookups till he meets The One; whereas the aforementioned THE DAUGHTERS OF FIRE is an unapologetic exploration of lesbian erotica. Thrillers are represented by Jaki Bradley’s LAST FERRY and legendary German queer director Rosa von Praunheim’s newest, DARKROOM – DROPS OF DEATH – both are attractive and deadly!

Different highlights of the pageant embrace a double episode sneak preview of the fourth and last season of the wildly well-liked Netflix collection EASTSIDERS; a notable number of Latinx queer-themed features and shorts together with the offbeat BRIEF STORY FROM THE GREEN PLANET; the US premiere of the pleasant gay romantic comedy COUSINS; and COPA 181, a surprisingly shifting slice of life drama set in a bathhouse. WHERE WE GO FROM HERE is a well timed, heartbreaking fictional triptych set towards the backdrop of three gun-related violent tragedies, including the Pulse nightclub massacre, whereas CUBBY is the super offbeat story of a young dreamer who arrives in New York, discovering work as a nanny whereas fantasizing a few scorching leather-based daddy not afraid to situation commands.

Documentaries, as all the time, are part of the Reeling line-up. In addition to the previously talked about MAKING SWEET TEA and SCREAM QUEEN: MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, the line-up consists of LEONDARD SOLOWAY’S BROADWAY, the telling portrait of the legendary 90+-year-old producer as he mounts his newest hoped-for Broadway triumph; UNSETTLED, a ripped-from-the-headlines take a look at a number of queer asylum seekers whose status is endangered beneath the current administration’s immigration insurance policies; JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE, the frank and finally shifting story of an notorious porn star from Israel; and THE ARCHIVETTES, the story of a gaggle of dedicated lesbians who for many years have created a repository for The Lesbian Herstory Archives. 

Reeling celebrates the superb skills of greater than 70 filmmakers from 15 totally different nations with an array of films packaged into 13 shorts packages. Movies cowl a wide range of genres, including comedy, drama, experimental, documentary, thriller, and sci-fi, all making their Chicago debut. Highlights embrace LOVE FROM BRAZIL, a program of homosexual, lesbian, and trans narrative and documentary shorts from Brazil; a stellar program of films from The Netherlands, Germany, and the UK that pack a strong punch in KNOCKED OUT; a program of exceptional narrative and documentary movies about gender in DREAMS OF ANOTHER BODY, together with two haunting works from Iran and Georgia; and the brief film HANK (displaying in this system BEHIND CLOSED DOORS), featuring critically acclaimed actor and comedian Jason Stuart, who might be in attendance.

Click on right here for the complete pageant line-up.

Reeling Public Info

For more info, the public can call (773) 293-1447, consult the pageant web site here, or comply with ReelingFilmFest on Twitter, reeling.filmfest on Fb and @reelingfilmfest on Instagram for the newest Reeling information and ticket promotions.

Reeling Ticket Info

Advance tickets and passes may be bought online beginning August 12, 2019, or in individual at Chicago Filmmakers (5720 N. Ridge Ave.) from September 9 to 18. Ticket prices are $13 for regular screenings on the Landmark, $11 for regular screenings at Chicago Filmmakers, with member discounts of $3 per show. Particular admission packages embrace the opening night time film, THE SHINY SHRIMPS, $15for the movie only and $40 for the film and pre-party; and $30 for the closing night time film SCREAM QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and after-party.

Reeling Cross Info

Low cost passes can be found at $55 for a Decide-5 Move ($45 for members), $100 for a Decide-10 Cross ($90 for members), and $130 for a Pageant Cross ($110 for members). Passes are good for commonly priced screenings solely.

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