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REELING ANNOUNCES NEW FESTIVAL DATES IN SEPTEMBER

AND CALL FOR ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN!

Reeling 2014: The 32nd Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is now accepting film and video entries for this year’s festival, which will take place September 18-25, 2014.
Entries are eligible for audience awards and juried cash awards in the categories of Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animated or Experimental Film.

 

 DEADLINES

Early Deadline – April 7, 2014
Entry Fee: $20

Regular Deadline – April 28, 2014
Entry Fee: $25

Late Deadline – May 12, 2014
Entry Fee: $35

Without A Box Exclusive Extended Deadline – May 19, 2014
Entry Fee: $45

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2013 REELING FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AND JURY AWARDS

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the jury and audience award winners for Reeling31: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. Reeling took place November 7-14, 2013 and presented 29 narrative features, 15 documentary features, and over 66 shorts.
Narrative Feature Jury members included Hank Sartin (Jury Foreman), Christin Mell, and Marc Harshbarger. Documentary Feature jurors were Nick Davis (Jury Foreman), Dan Rybicky, and David Kodeski. Shorts Jurors were Brenda Webb (Jury Foreman), Richard Knight, Jr., and Nick Davis.
 Audience award winners were chosen by averaging audience ballot votes for each film.
 Audience Awards:
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Southern Baptist Sissies (U.S.A.) by Del Shores – Adapted from Shores’ long-running play, this is the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story of four Texas gay boys who grew up as born again Christians and the unique path each takes in coming to terms with their sexuality and the strict tenants of the church.
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: I am Divine (U.S.A.) by Jeffrey Schwarz – Director Schwarz reveals how the shy, chronically overweight Baltimore youth became drag queen Divine, infamous superstar of John Waters’ camp classics Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Hairspray.
Audience Award for Best Narrative Short: Yeah Kowalski! (U.S.A.) by Evan Roberts – In this hilarious comedy Gabe is a late bloomer who goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush, Shane.
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short: The Devotion Project: Foremost in My Mind (U.S.A.) by Antony Osso – Life and love are celebrated in this exploration of the relationship between two accomplished African American women, Gail Marquis, an Olympic medalist and Audrey Smaltz, a former model.
Audience Award for Best Experimental or Animated Short: Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (U.S.A.) by Sam Berliner – This charming autobiographical animation explores the successes, failures, and confusion of trying to date as a gender-queer/trans person.
Narrative Feature Jury Awards:
Golden Reel for Best Narrative Feature: Valencia (U.S.A.) by multiple directors (Hilary Goldberg, Peter Anthony, Sharon Barnes Rubenstein, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Cary Cronenwett, Bug Davidson, Cheryl Dunye, Lares Feliciano, Dia Felix, Silas Howard, Alexa Inkeles, Michelle Lawler, Jerry Lee, Olivia Parriott, Jill Soloway, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Samuael Topiary, Courtney Trouble, Chris Vargas, Greg Youmans) – Taking a bold approach in storytelling, this film from twenty filmmakers tells the story of an underground lesbian scene in an underground way, with interesting and varied approaches to the chapters, intriguing directorial choices and, despite its patchwork construction, a fully engaging and clear through-line.
Silver Reel for Second Place Narrative Feature: The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had with My Pants On (U.S.A.) by Drew Denny – A sweet story about the complexities of friendship, with solid performances matched by powerful, beautiful cinematography.
Bronze Reel for Third Place Narrative Feature: Black Box (U.S.A.) by Stephen Cone – Starting from a familiar narrative device—forcing a mixed group of people into close quarters—this film benefits from strong performances that leave us wanting to know more about every character.
Narrative Feature Jury Members:

Hank Sartin (Jury Foreman)

Hank Sartin is the managing editor of RogerEbert.com. In twenty years as a journalist, he has written reviews for the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times, and Chicago Free Press. He was the film section editor and lead film critic at Time Out Chicago for five years. He has a Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Chicago. 

Marc Harshbarger

Marc Harshbarger is the author of two LGBT novels (Deep Dish and Deeper Dish) and a few plays, including one that won a prestigious Christina Crawford Playwriting Award. He currently writes the “groovy gay pop culture blog” Deep Dish, which has entertained readers since 2008.

Christin Mell

Christin Mell is a producer and director and the co-founder and CEO of tello films, a company that produces and distributes original web series with a lesbian focus. With 10 original tello produced projects under her belt and just as many in various levels of pre-production, this hands-on producer is a storyteller at heart, brimming with timely and engrossing ideas, and determined to put together the right team to bring each one to life.
 Documentary Feature Jury Awards:
 Golden Reel for Best Documentary Feature: Before You Know It (U.S.A.) by PJ Raval – By providing complex and compassionate portrayals of three older gay men from different backgrounds and regions of the United States, this beautifully shot vérité film humanizes a variety of issues currently affecting the senior LGBT community, including concerns about money, housing and health care, as well as ambivalence about marriage and fear of marginalization. Director PJ Raval’s intimate, honest film motivates audiences to contemplate the inevitability of growing older but manages to do so, much like the characters he documents, with dignity, humor and grace.
Silver Reel for Second Place Documentary Feature: The Invisible Men (Israel) by Yariv Mozer – The Invisible Men illustrates the plight of gay Palestinians living illegally in Tel Aviv. It is easy to forget in this country where our greatest struggle seems focused on the right to marry that there are countries around the world where living a queer life is still illegal and carries with it the threat of death. Mozer’s film focuses on the story of Louie, a 32 year-old gay man who after being beaten, scarred, and nearly killed, flees home and family and illegally enters Israel. There he finds only the barest sense of safety as he is repeatedly arrested and taken back across the border. At the core of the film is the inner struggle and pain he and his friends experience as they consider asylum – the pain of leaving their families, their friends, their culture – everything they know – so that they may live honestly and openly.
Bronze Reel for Third Place Documentary Feature: deepsouth (U.S.A.) by Lisa Biagiotti – Lisa Biagiotti gives us brave, articulate subjects in this tough, memorable portrait of U.S. Southerners living with HIV/AIDS.  To watch these people support each other through shared experience while advocating for greater awareness and more fairly apportioned resources for treatment was both moving and illuminating. The film realizes its stated goal of calling attention to HIV/AIDS narratives where they are too often overlooked. We admired the tact but also the candor in the film’s observation of these lives, subtly capturing the textures and landscapes of the South without distracting from the core of the story.
Documentary Feature Jury Members: 

Nick Davis (Jury Foreman)

Nick Davis is an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University.  His research and teaching both emphasize queer cinema, women filmmakers, popular film criticism, and American literature.  He is a longstanding member of Chicago’s Queer Film Society, the author of the new book The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema, and an online film critic at www.NicksFlickPicks.com.

David Kodeski

David Kodeski is the co-founder of the solo performance ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl and the creator of David Kodeski’s True Life Tales, an ongoing series of award-winning solo performances. His Niagara! (you should have been Yosemite) inspired a Niagara-based episode of National Public Radio’s This American Life and a radio version of Another Lousy Day was produced by Long Haul Productions and heard on All Things Considered. His libretto for The Suitcase Opera Project - with music by Eric Reda – was work-shopped in 2012 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and he recently took part in Lucky Pierre’s 10 1/2 hour performance I Hate America! (I Love America) in London. He is a recipient of a 1999 After Dark Award, the 2007 James Grigsby Award, and is an Illinois Arts Council grantee. For 10 years he worked as a producer on the movie review program Siskel & Ebert and Ebert & Roeper.

Dan Rybicky

Dan Rybicky is an artist and teacher whose photographs, installations, and plays have been seen in venues throughout Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. He is the Co-Producer and Co-Director of Kartemquin Films’ upcoming documentary about outsider artist Peter Anton, Almost There, which will premiere at festivals in 2014 before being broadcast on PBS later in the year. Dan is also an Associate Professor, as well as the Documentary Coordinator, in Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago.
Shorts Jury Awards:
Golden Reel for Best Narrative Short: Yeah Kowalski! (U.S.A.) by Evan Roberts – In this hilarious comedy Gabe is a late bloomer who goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush, Shane.
Golden Reel for Best Documentary Short: Battle of amfAR (U.S.A.) by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman – When AIDS struck in the early 1980s, a scientist (Dr. Mathilde Krim) and a movie star (Elizabeth Taylor) joined forces to create amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
Golden Reel for Best Experimental or Animated Short: Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (U.S.A.) by Sam Berliner – This charming autobiographical animation explores the successes, failures, and confusion of trying to date as a gender-queer/trans person.
Shorts Jury Members:

Brenda Webb (Jury Foreman)

Brenda Webb is the founder of Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival and is the Executive Director of Chicago Filmmakers, the not-for-profit media arts organization that produces the festival.

Nick Davis

Nick Davis is an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University.  His research and teaching both emphasize queer cinema, women filmmakers, popular film criticism, and American literature.  He is a longstanding member of Chicago’s Queer Film Society, the author of the new book The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema, and an online film critic at www.NicksFlickPicks.com.

Richard Knight, Jr.

Reeling31 Program Director Richard Knight, Jr. is also founder of the Queer Film Society, a non-profit organization comprised of openly queer film critics, academics, and film historians. Since 2004, he has been the film critic for the Chicago gay newspaper Windy City Times. In 2012, he co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced his first feature film, Scrooge & Marley, a modern day queer variation on A Christmas Carol.

 

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Word on the street about Closing Night is…

Reaching for the Moon isn’t just one of the best movies at Reeling, it’s one of the best movies of the year.” – Gregg Shapiro, ChicaGoPride.com

“With breathtaking cinematography, lavish set design and superb performances, Ludwig II is a cinematic ride.”

Ian Harvie Superhero is an inspiring comedy concert film…LGBT and allies can experience a genuine sense of humor never expressed in stand-up comedy.”

- Jose Figueroa, The DePaulia

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, more film-only tickets have been released for the 6:30PM screening of Ludwig II! TIckets to the after-party are also available as a separate purchase for only $25! Get tickets here.

 

Reeling Returns – Recharged! November 7-14, 2013

Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns with another slate of movies that showcase not only diversity within the queer community but also diversity in the range of possibilities within film itself. From the sweet and sassy opening night comedy G.B.F. to the historical sweep of the biographical epic LUDWIG II, the 31st edition of Reeling has something to satisfy every cinephile. This year’s fest will entertain, inspire, amuse, and break a few hearts along the way! A bevy of special guests and satellite screenings are also part of the exciting line-up.

Take look at our festival schedule and check back for frequent updates on special guest appearances and party announcements!

Enjoy Reeling31!

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