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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival


Directed by Pat Mills

Canada / 2014 / 80 mins / English


Triple threat Pat Mills writes, stars and directs his feature film debut – a wacky black comedy that has won critical and audience raves. Mills stars as David Gold, a pathologically immature former child actor who has never been able to get over high school. When he is diagnosed with skin cancer and gets fired from the last acting gig he could get, he is desperate for money. With nothing to lose, he fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. The students of Grusin High love him, not for the spot on counseling advice, but because he’s their favorite drinking and smoking buddy! This is just the beginning of Pat’s downward spiral. When he meets Jabrielle, a teenage outcast who’s just as screwed up as he is, he might learn that in the company of teenagers, sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime. Hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming, Variety has hailed Mills’s film as “consistently amusing and surprisingly uncynical…a delightful debut.” This film is co-presented by The Consulate General of Canada, Chicago.