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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Spectacular Queers

91 mins


From bullhorn-toting activists to sexy arm wrestlers and queer hip-hop phenoms, all of your next crushes are in these powerful and intriguing shorts. Jam-packed with authenticity, these films explore topics too often ignored in the mainstream; from raw encounters with Chicago’s night owls (THE NIGHT SMOKERS OF CHICAGO) to impactful tales of the inherently progressive force that is drag culture (ENGENDER) to genuine insight into the lives of three POC transmen and their respective communities (PASSING).This film is co-presented by The Ubuntu Center of Chicago.

In This Program

  1. Engender

    Edward Wright / USA / 2014 / 14 mins
    A short documentary that looks at drag queens as emblems of queer visibility, and drag culture as an inherently progressive force.

  2. Female Masculinity Appreciation Society

    Jackie Nunns, Angie West / UK / 2014 / 12 mins
    A gentleman's club for queer women and their many admirers, the Female Masculinity Appreciation Society is home to arm-wrestling tournaments and very dapper dames.

  3. Give Him Something Red

    Alexi Minko / USA / 2015 / 4 mins
    The short documentary focuses on the evolution of a young gay African American at a turning point in his life, leading him to new emotional horizons.

  4. Gonna Sip That Sip, Hit that Dip: The Emerging Queer Hip-Hop Movement

    Chasson Gracie / USA / 2015 / 13 mins
    This documentary follows an emerging current in contemporary music: the queer hip-hop scene, and the obstacles that have kept this genre from surfacing.

  5. L.A. Queer History

    Gregorio Davila / USA / 2015 / 17 mins
    A documentary showcasing the rich LGBTQ history of Los Angeles and how LGBTQ individuals shaped the city.

  6. The Night Smokers of Chicago

    Eve Studnicka / USA / 2015 / 9 mins
    Through intimate interviews with the Windy City's own nighthawks, THE NIGHT SMOKERS OF CHICAGO is a documentary short that explores the power of the personal narrative and reveals the marginalized humanity of the Chicago's streets after dark.

  7. Passing

    Lucah Rosenberg-Lee, Mitchel Reed / Canada / 2015 / 22 mins
    Profiling the lives of three men of color who have undergone gender transition from female to male, this documentary short explores how each of them perceives their own journey.