For more than 30 years, Reeling has housed some of the best international LGBT films in history. This year is no different, as Reeling32 covers drama, horror, comedy and documentaries, among other genres. Centerpieces throughout the run of the festival highlight every letter in LGBT for inclusion of everyone.
Opening Sept. 18 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., the festival began with a comedy called Boy Meets Girl. The movie tells the story of Ricky, played by trans actress Michelle Hendley, who's on a search for love.
Prior to the screening there was a reception with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a red carpet. The upcoming documentary TransAmerica, produced by Tyra Banks and starring activist Carmen Carrera, was being filmed at the screening that evening during this reception. An after-party followed at Ginger Man Tavern, with more festivities.
The upcoming closing night, on Sept. 25, will be held at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark St., with the film Blackbird starring Academy Award winner actress Mo'Nique and actor Isaiah Washington. The after-party flies into Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted St., following the screening.
There are more than 100 feature and short films this year at the festival crossing three different venues including the previous mentioned Music Box Theatre and Landmark Century Cinema as well as Chicago Filmmakers at 5243 N. Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood.
Several directors, stars and producers are expected to attend throughout the festival so check the website for updates this week. For a complete schedule and info, including special prices for select celebratory parties and showtimes for individual screenings, visit reelingfilmfestival.org/. To become a member of Reeling, email the online membership form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 773-293-0575. There are also ways to donate and support this film festival on the website.
Photo and text by Jerry Nunn