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Friday, March 1, 2013

Cinema Q III: A Free LGBT Film Series in Chicago

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events - in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, and in association with the Queer Film Society, Chicago Filmmakers (the presenting organization of Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival) and The Legacy Project - will be presenting Cinema Q III, the third annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free screenings will take place every Wednesday in March at 6:30 pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington), and they will all feature a discussion and Q&A following the film.

The films featured in this year’s Cinema Q series focus on the lives of LGBT seniors with some selections celebrating their pioneering efforts and others centered on the unique challenges faced by the LGBT elderly:

March 6: Cloudburst (2011)
Adapted by out writer-director Thom Fitzgerald from his stage play, this rowdy road dramedy follows the exploits of the hilariously profane Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dotty (Brenda Fricker), her sweet but equally tough partner, as they head to Canada to legally wed after being together for 31 years. Along the way they pick up a hunky, gay hitchhiker (Ryan Doucette in the above pic) who shares their outrageous adventures with them. This screening is co-sponsored by Center on Halsted, and the unedited version will be shown (running time: 94 minutes).

March 13: To Die Like a Man (2009)
Writer-director João Pedro Rodrigues’s gritty, provocative drama centers on Tonia, an aging drag headliner in Lisbon torn between the demands of a new romance and coming to terms with the past. In Portuguese with subtitles (134 minutes).

March 20: Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 (1999) and T'Ain't Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011)
Former Chicagoan and out filmmaker Yvonne Welbon’s celebratory and insightful portrait of lesbian activist Ruth Ellis is preceded by out filmmaker Robert Phillipson’s exploration of the lesbianism of legendary blues singers Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and others. This screening is co-sponsored by Affinity Community Services (90 minutes).

March 27: Gods and Monsters (1998)
A 15th anniversary screening of out writer-director Bill Condon’s Oscar-winning (Best Adapted Screenplay) portrait of the last days of gay Frankenstein director James Whale and his complicated friendship with his hunky gardener. Sir Ian McKellen portrays Whale in an Oscar-nominated performance, Brendan Fraser is the gardener, and Lynn Redgrave (also Oscar-nominated) plays Whale’s devoted housekeeper. This screening is co-sponsored by Pride Films and Plays (106 minutes).

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