Reeling Film Festival

Reeling Film Festival

Rainbow 🏳️‍🌈 Cafe is planning to attend a special event. On Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 members are planning to attend select screenings at the Reeling International LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈 Film Festival. The movies will be shown at the Landmark Century Center Cinemas, 2828 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL. Parking is available at an attached garage to the mall. The first film starts at 1:00 pm. The last film starts at 9:00 pm. Anyone attending is responsible for purchasing their own tickets. Feel free to come along for one or all of the films.

The titles selected are as follows:

1:00 PM: THE BLOOM OF YOUTH SHORT FILM COLLECTION

Folks of all ages can relate to this program of shorts that speaks to the confusion we often face as we explore who we really are, and how we are shaped by the experiences we have as adolescents. In DEVIANT, a sexually conflicted teenager finds faith and acceptance after escaping the tortures of electro theraputic conversion therapies of the 1960’s. In VILLDYR (Wild Beasts), a young Norwegian boy’s impulses are affected by his attraction to his best friend. SHALA is the story of a young boy living in an orphanage who has a hard time being adopted because of prejudice. A 15-year-old boy notices that he feels different from other boys his age in SIRENE. And in SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX, a 14-year-old boy navigates a close friendship with his older sister’s boyfriend, and must confront the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.

3:00 PM – WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

Molly Shannon (SNL; SUPERSTAR), is the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this black comedy by writer-director Olnek, (THE FOXY MERKINS; CODEPENDENT SPACE LESBIAN SEEKS THE SAME), that explores the hidden aspects of Dickinson’s life. Dickinson’s persona has been that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower too sensitive for this world. But through the lens of Olnek, Dickinson’s vivacious and irreverent side is revealed. Along with her lifelong romance with Sister-in-Law Susan Dickinson, (Susan Ziegler; HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS; DON’T TRUST THE B—TH IN APARTMENT 23). Incorporating Dickinson’s letters and poems into it’s fabric, and hailed as, the ‘Best Lesbian Comedy’ in years. Here at last is the full-bodied woman, creativity stimulated by her lifelong secret love affair, emerging from the confines of her stereotypical public persona at long last.

5:00 – 7:00 PM – DINNER BREAK

7:00 PM – NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT SHORT FILM COLLECTION

Time is of the essence in this collection of short documentaries centered on the real lives of transgender people in America. In BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER, a trans man and his friend dive into a cache of home video footage from the early stages of transition 15 years prior. One woman creates a visual to her transgender fiancé’s only living grandparent in GRANDMOTHER AND ME. THE STORY OF THALIA JANE AINSLEY tells the story of a Vietnam war vet who transitioned later in life. Trans teens Dakota Nieves and Indiana Baker explore their experiences growing up trans in New York City in T(HE)Y. In HOME MADE, two tattoo artists share their experiences in the tattoo industry. One twin documents the journey of his brother’s struggle with mental illness, drug addiction, and gender transition over the course of one tumultuous year in MY BROTHER BLAKE. And a couple from Tennessee share their insights surrounding love, gender, and pet snakes in GRAHAM AND ZEKE.

9:00 PM – DRAG, DICK, AND OTHER FOUR LETTER WORDS SHORT FILM COLLECTION

Can your body-ody handle these sexy, sassy shorts? BATTLE CRY peeks behind the curtain of Canadian drag queen and ‘tragicomedian’ Pearle Harbour’s new show. THE COCOA FONDUE SHOW shines a spotlight on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Featuring Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, and more in this must-see Drag extravaganza. Can’t get enough of Bob? Neither can we! In BOB THE DRAG QUEEN TALKS SEX, the Drag Race Season Eight winner spills the tea on all things sex and sexual health. The heat gets turned up in THE FIX, a surreal farce about a man who has a big, throbbing, veiny secret. EXPIRATION DATE is an animated short about searching an unexpired romance. Things stay (slightly) animated in THE SH*T, one man’s inspired journey to attain power bottom status. An annoying rideshare passenger just wants the driver to himself in LUBER. And you’ll get a punishing lesson in linguistics from a mystery Brit in DON’T F*CK WITH ENGLAND.

And ALASKA IS A DRAG plays at 5:00 pm for those who want to pass on dinner.

Hope you can join us. Please reach out to us if you are planning to attend any of these films. So we know to watch out for you. We will meet in the lobby by the Reeling Film Festival registration table.

SPECIAL NOTE: SOME FILMS PROVE TO BE MORE POPULAR THAN OTHERS. REELING HOLDS ALL TICKETS UNTIL TEN MINUTES BEFORE A PARTICULAR FILM STARTS. AND WILL RESELL ANY UNCLAIMED, OR EMPTY SEATS, AT THIS TIME TO ANYONE IN THE LOBBY ON THEIR WAITING LIST. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ARE GIVEN ON ANY TICKET PURCHASES.