Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival
September 18-25, 2014
Welcome to Reeling32!
For over 30 years, Reeling has showcased the most groundbreaking, outstanding, and diverse selection of LGBT films from around the world, across all categories, spanning so many aspects of the LGBT experience. Reeling is an indispensable cultural institution and a unique opportunity not only to watch the films that represent us but also to meet and support the talented filmmakers who are attending the festival, and to experience films that we might never see otherwise, surrounded by fellow members of our fabulous community!
It is my pleasure to introduce this year’s stellar festival lineup. Programming the festival this year has been a thrilling challenge, and the lineup that has taken shape is one that I am so proud to share with you. From our opening night film, the incredibly charming, sex-positive comedy Boy Meets Girl, to our closing night drama, Blackbird, directed by Patrik-Ian Polk (Punks, Noah’s Arc), starring Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington, we have over 100 feature and short films to suit every festivalgoer.
On Friday night, catch our “International Centerpiece,” Tom at the Farm, a seductive thriller from “enfant terrible” director/actor Xavier Dolan. Lilting, an intimate drama starring Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), is our “Gay Centerpiece,” and Anatomy of a Love Seen, a lush, cinematic romance, is our “Lesbian Centerpiece.” We also have an incredible “Trans Centerpiece,” Drunktown’s Finest, a deeply moving drama set on a Navajo reservation and winner of Outfest’s Grand Jury Award for U.S. Dramatic Feature. Rounding out the festival are zany comedies (The Foxy Merkins, BFFs, Appropriate Behavior), provocative documentaries (Power Erotic, Age of Consent, Alex & Ali, Queers in the Kingdom), touching dramas (Tiger Orange, Perfect Cowboy), a musical (Waiting in the Wings: A Musical), and even a comedy horror flick (Crazy Bitches).
There is plenty to enjoy at this year’s festival. We hope to see you there!
–Alexandra Ensign, Reeling32 Programming Director