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Friday, August 7, 2015

See a Groovy Gay Movie during Chicago's Reeling Film Festival September 17 - 24

It's almost that time of the year again when we all come together to watch groovy movies at the second oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Running September 17 to 24, Reeling 2015: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year with an exciting slate of movies that showcase the diversity of the queer experience. Below I've highlighted some of the films in the festival's line-up that caught my eye at Reeling's Media Preview this week, and I will be posting my reviews next month.

Reeling returns to the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) for its Opening Night Gala presentation of Andrew Nackman's comedy, Fourth Man Out, on Thursday, September 17. The festival's main venue will once again be the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark), and its home base, Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark), will also host select screenings.

A complete schedule of films will soon be available at Tickets and passes may be purchased online or in person at Chicago Filmmakers beginning August 27. And you can get the latest festival news by following Reeling on Twitter.

Beautiful Something
Writer/director Joseph Graham's erotic drama follows four gay men as they navigate life during one sublime night in Philadelphia filled with hot hook-ups, lingering resentment and falling in love. The film takes a fresh and unsentimental look at the links between young and old, black and white, sex and love, and desire and art.

Death in Buenos Aires
Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life, Showtime's Weeds) stars as a veteran police inspector who teams up with a handsome rookie cop attempting to solve a murder that leads the duo into the gay night world of Argentina. As the case unfolds, an erotic charge develops between the two men that threatens to change both their lives.

Fourth Man Out
Opening Night selection
This bro comedy with heart focuses on a sweet car mechanic (Evan Todd) in a small town who comes out of the closet to his unsuspecting best friends. Parker Young (Suburgatory), Chord Overstreet (Glee) and Kate Flannery (The Office) co-star in this Outfest award winner. Flannery, Todd and director Andrew Nackman are expected to attend the Opening Night red carpet event and pre-screening reception.

Based on a true story, this searing drama stars Academy Award winner Julianne Moore as Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police lieutenant with terminal cancer who fights to secure pension benefits for her domestic partner (Ellen Page). Michael Shannon, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes and Josh Charles co-star.

From This Day Forward
Director Sharon Shattuck's documentary is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. Her father came out as transgender when she was in middle school, and now as the Shattucks reunite for Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart.

Writer, director and star Pat Mills makes his feature film debut with this hilarious black comedy about a closeted former child actor who cons his way into a job as a high school guidance counselor.

Hush Up Sweet Charlotte
Writer/director Billy Clift's drag queen homage to the 1964 Bette Davis/Olivia de Havilland film, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, stars Matthew Martin, Varla Jean Merman, Mink Stole, Jason Stuart, Jeffrey Patrick Olson and Heklina.

In the Grayscale
Director Claudio Marcone's romantic drama explores bisexuality and the blurring of gender lines as it tells the story of a happily married architect who finds himself falling in love with a hunky gay man.

Kiss Me, Kill Me
Writer/director Casper Andreas' latest movie puts a sexy gay twist on the classic L.A. film noir murder mystery as Dusty (Van Hansis) discovers that he's the prime suspect in the murder of his unfaithful boyfriend. Gale Harold, Jai Rodriguez, Matthew Ludwinski and Kit Williamson co-star.

Like You Mean It
Writer/director Philipp Karner stars in this romantic drama about a gay couple's journey to save their troubled relationship.

Love Me Anyway
Director Ryan Andrew Balas' provocative drama is about a filmmaker falling for a dreamy surfer, a man trying to save his marriage, and a young wife exploring an affair with another woman.

The New Girlfriend
Director François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) returns with this playful dramedy about a cross-dressing widower's relationship with his late wife's best friend.

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist
Elsie regrets breaking up with her girlfriend to pursue a younger woman in this romantic comedy set in Toronto's thriving lesbian social scene.

Sand Dollars
Film legend Geraldine Chaplin stars in this romantic drama about a beautiful and impoverished young woman in the Dominican Republic and her relationship with a wealthy French matriarch.

She's The Best Thing In It
Oscar-nominated writer/producer Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) makes his documentary feature debut with this examination of the actor's craft and sacrifices demanded by a lifelong career by focusing on Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens).

Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman star in this drama about a young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

That's Not Us
This refreshing and insightful variation on the typical romantic comedy is an intimate portrait of three twentysomething New York couples - one gay, one lesbian, one straight - as they travel to a beach house to enjoy the last days of summer.

Those People
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a young gay painter is torn between a lifelong obsession with his manipulative best friend and a promising new romance with an older pianist.

Two 4 One
Writer/director Maureen Bradley's debut feature is a bittersweet comedic drama about a transgendered man and his ex-girlfriend who both get pregnant from a one-night stand.

You & I
Best friends Jonas and Philip - straight and gay, respectively - take a trip through the German countryside, but their friendship starts to fray after they pick up a handsome male hitchhiker.


Anonymous said...

I always love these lists of upcoming gay flicks; more often than not, this is the first place I hear of most of these pics. But how can you have a camp parody of "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte"? HHSC is camp already, is it not?

Marc Harshbarger said...

Glad you liked the post, Anonymous! As for HHSC, you're absolutely right - it's already camp. So I've revised my description of Hush Up.