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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Igniting Identities

79 mins


From the age of Shakespeare (STILL A ROSE, starring PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’ Troian Bellisario) to 1970’s suburban Pennsylvania (THE PARKER TRIBE, featuring Second City alum David Koechner [ANCHORMAN, AMERICAN DAD!]) to present-day Chicago (SKYE), these poignant, thoughtful films explore striking characters of all ages who defy traditional gender standards in more ways than one.

In This Program

  1. Elise

    Evan Sterrett / USA / 2015 / 12 mins
    A young, transgender homeless woman faces multi-layered discrimination is forced to engage in survival sex along the streets of Washington, DC.

  2. The Parker Tribe

    Jane Baker / USA / 2015 / 25 mins
    When 13-year-old Mary “Jo” Parker questions her feelings for another girl, she ponders the possibility that she will be the freak in her bizarre Irish-Catholic family.

  3. Skye

    João Queiroga, Shuhan Fan / USA / 2015 / 13 mins
    A 62-year-old transwoman moves into Chicago's first LGBTQ affordable senior housing and seizes the opportunity to relive the dreams of her youth in a place that she calls home for the first time.

  4. Still A Rose

    hazart / USA / 2015 / 13 mins
    Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. Through the modern lens of equality, Romeo and Juliet change on screen. Illustrating equal love in unequaled prose; because Love, by any other name, is still Love.

  5. Tomgirl

    Jeremy Asher Lynch / USA / 2015 / 14 mins
    Jake, a lovable gender non-conforming seven-year-old, invites us into his world to explore the transforming power that love and support can have when young children are accepted for who they really are.