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Friday, November 15, 2013

Reeling LGBT Film Festival: Best of the Fest

Reeling31: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival ended last night after presenting many fabulous films. I was able to see quite a few of them, and I must thank Richard Knight, Jr., Reeling's Programming Director, and Sarah Rubin, its Director of Marketing & Public Relations, for allowing me to promote the festival here on Deep Dish. I hope everyone enjoyed reading my reviews - and for my final festival post, here are my own Best of the Fest awards:

Best Film: Pit Stop directed by Yen Tan
Runner-up: Reaching for the Moon directed by Bruno Barreto
Honorable Mention: The Happy Sad directed by Rodney Evans

Best Documentary: I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole directed by Jim Tushinski
Runner-up: I Am Divine directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
Honorable Mention: Continental directed by Malcolm Ingram

Best Actor: Bill Heck, Pit Stop
Runner-up: Marcus DeAnda, Pit Stop
Honorable Mention: Cameron Scoggins, The Happy Sad

Best Actress: Miranda Otto, Reaching for the Moon
Runner-up: Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon
Honorable Mention: Drew Denny, The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On

Best Supporting Actor: Leslie Jordan, Southern Baptist Sissies
Runner-up: Patrick d'Assumçao, Stranger by the Lake
Honorable Mention: Willam Belli, Southern Baptist Sissies

Best Supporting Actress: Tracy Middendorf, Reaching for the Moon
Runner-up: Amy Seimetz, Pit Stop
Honorable Mention: Megan Mullally, G.B.F.

Best Gay Couple: Max Reimelt and Hanno Koffler, Free Fall
Runners-up: Tanner Cohen and Matthew Camp, Getting Go: The Go Doc Project
Honorable Mention: Charlie Barnett and Leroy McClain, The Happy Sad

Best Lesbian Couple: Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon
Runners-up: Drew Denny and Sarah Hagan, The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On

Hottest Hunk: Matthew Camp, Getting Go: The Go Doc Project
Runner-up: Rob Mayes, Burning Blue
Honorable Mention: Christophe Paou, Stranger by the Lake; Michael Turchin, First Period; and Rib Hills, Birthday Cake

Best Superstar Extraordinaire: Brandon Alexander III, First Period (you're welcome)

I hope you will check out some of these groovy movies whenever they come to a theater near you or are released on DVD. For further information on Chicago Filmmakers, the media arts organization that produces Reeling, go to

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