Let’s go to the movies! Fall in Chicago means it’s gay film festival time. Today we’re discussing some of the most fascinating, unique queer oriented movies showcased at Reeling, Chicago’s Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival.
We also wonder if gay film festivals even relevant anymore with the ease of watching and distributing movies on the internet. What do you think? We’d love to know.
Listen as we discuss the following films:
Breakfast with Scot
Thursday, Nov. 6 – 7:30 PM – Pipers Alley
Eric, a former hockey player turned sportscaster and Sam, a sport’s lawyer have been in a committed relationship for four years. But when Sam’s adventure seeking brother Billy, takes a job in South America, his ex-girlfriend, Julie, is discovered dead from a drug overdose leaving her son Scot (not Billy’s son) to Billy. With Billy no where to be found, this gay couple become unexpected foster parents to a flamboyant kid who just may out them. BUY TICKETS
Friday, Nov. 7 – 9:00 PM – Landmark (Theater 7)
A tale of two star-crossed lovers. When a gifted, young artist (Danny) arrives at the opening of his first New York exhibition his erotic paintings trigger memories of his first love (Carter), a troubled athlete whose depression and self-denial led to suicide. Through a series of flashbacks we see Danny and Carter struggle with their mutual attraction. BUY TICKETS
Saturday, Nov. 8 – 3:30 PM – Landmark (Theater 6)
Tucked into the mountains of Colorado lies tiny Trinidad, an Old West frontier outpost with the distinction of being the “sex change operation capital of the world.” With its intriguing disparate elements, the town functions as a main character of the film. But it is those who come to Trinidad to change their bodies and their lives that truly make this a fascinating story, as the film follows transgendered surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers in her fight to build a post-op clinic for her patients. BUY TICKETS
Saturday, Nov. 8 – 9:45 PM – Landmark (Theater 7)
Critically-acclaimed director Yen Tan (Happy Birthday) directs a sensually contemplative and beautifully scripted story about the sexual tension that builds between two men brought together by the death of their mutual friend. When Mark dies unexpectedly, his best friend Jeff is left to put his affairs in order. Sorting through Mark’s email, Jeff discovers his intimate online correspondence with Andrea, an Italian man about to embark on a trip to Dallas to meet Mark for the first time. BUY TICKETS
Otto; or, Up with Dead People
Sunday, Nov. 9 – 8:00 PM – Lakeshore Theater
A young zombie named Otto appears on a remote highway. He has no idea where he came from or where he is going. After hitching a ride to Berlin and nesting in an abandoned amusement park, he begins to explore the city. Soon he is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him with the support of her girlfriend, Hella Bent, and her brother Adolf, who operates the camera. Meanwhile, Medea is still trying to finish Up with Dead People, the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on for years. She convinces its star, Fritz Fritze, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. BUY TICKETS
Wednesday, Nov. 12 – 7:00 PM – Landmark (Theater 6)
Welcome to the most competitive, sequins-laden beauty pageant in America, featuring old-fashioned talent, evening gown, and interview competitions. But these aren’t your everyday contestants; they are the top drag queens from each state fighting it out for the title of Miss Gay USA. And did we mention the drama? We’re talking drag queens here… these girls mean business! More than a mere chronicle, Pageant draws the audience into the colorful and intimate lives of a number of the contestants. BUY TICKETS
Friday, Nov. 14 – 7:00 PM – Film Row Cinema
Three women of different generations who would be unlikely to know one another in the “outside” world share intimacies about their lives and loves in the steam room of their local gym. Doris (Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee) is a widow finding love again in her later years. Laurie (Hollywood icon Ally Sheedy) is a single mother going through a bitter custody battle with her vindictive ex-husband, while cautiously embarking on a romance with her son’s young soccer coach. BUY TICKETS
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