ALL FILMS & EVENTS
Matias and Jeronimo, adolescent almost-lovers separated by a family move, reunite years later by chance. Matias is now engaged to a woman and Jeronimo is confident as an out gay man. The chemistry between the men is palpable and leads Matias to question his commitment to his girlfriend. Papu Corutto’s relationship drama is steeped in eroticism and ruminates on the enduring power of first love.
After a long stint in ex-gay conversion therapy, James (THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TEENAGER’s Michael Grant) returns to the family farm and his emotionally stilted father (THE DUKES OF HAZZARD and DJANGO UNCHAINED’s Tom Wopat) – the man who insisted he go to therapy in the first place. Things are fine at first but when James encounters his former lover, his confusion returns and both father and song must come to terms with the truth. A heartfelt gay drama set in the heartland.
First Girl I Loved
Seventeen-year-old Anne, a headstrong, brainy teen nerd falls hard for Sasha, the high school’s most popular girl and the feeling is mutual. But Anne’s short-lived bliss is interrupted when she confesses all to her best friend Clifton who then reveals he has long harbored a crush on her. A Sundance Film Fest favorite, this delightful, contemporary take on the typical coming out story delivers a dose of winsome energy that is underlined with a ton of heart.
After the death of her girlfriend, Lauren (Velinda Godfrey) finds herself emotionally adrift and moves back in with her mother for a while. When her brother comes home for a visit, Lauren and his fiancée, the pretty and sweet Carrie (Laura Spencer) become fast friends. Slowly, Lauren realizes that she would like more and maybe, just maybe, Carrie does too. Maura Anderson’s film is an entertaining and at times moving story of misplaced affection and almost missed human connections.
Hurricane Bianca | OPENING NIGHT!
Red-hot standup comedian Roy Haylock and his alter ego, the outrageous drag diva Bianca Del Rio, star in this hilarious dragtastic revenge comedy from Columbia College graduate writer-director Matt Kugelman. When demure Richard gets hounded out of his teaching job in a small Texas town for being gay, his other half, the dragtastic diva Bianca Del Rio exacts a hilarious revenge. Kugelman’s directorial debut, a laugh out loud John Waters/TOOTSIE hybrid, offers a divine showcase for Haylock’s massive talents. Haylock’s cyclonic life force Bianca Del Rio, season six champion of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, is joined onscreen by a host of queer icons: Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Bianca Leigh, and none other than RuPaul himself.
It Starts With A Crush | A DYKE DELICIOUS PROGRAM
It starts with a crush and sometimes ends with a bad breakup - this series of shorts tackles all stages of the typical lesbian relationship. From Chicago, VERACITY is a coming-out story of an African American high school student and the responses she gets from those she loves most; TITS ON A BULL takes us to New Zealand where a young rugby star falls for her team-captain; BAGGAGE and WEDLOCKED (starring Whitney Mixter) reveal how some women handle a breakup or divorce; and LITTLE DOLL examines a grammar school first crush.
Balancing endless chores on the family farm while taking care of his terminally ill father Burghardt (Andre Hennicke), the 23 year-old Jonathan (Jannis Niewohner) is miserable. Then, soon after he begins an affair with his father’s caretaker Anka (Julia Koschitz) that shows promise, he discovers that his father is gay when his long-lost lover Ron shows up. Jonathan feels hurt and betrayed – especially when his father renews his love affair with Ron. Can Jonathan overcome his prejudices before it’s too late? Piotr J. Lewandowski’s debut feature is a visually sumptuous feast for the senses, anchored by the sensitive, complex performances of the cast and its many plot twists and turns.
King Cobra | CLOSING NIGHT!
James Franco and writer-director Justin Kelly follow-up their critically hailed collaboration I AM MICHAEL with an even juicier gay-themed film, a crime thriller based on true events. Christian Slater plays Stephen, a small-time gay porn producer who lucks out when he discovers twink extraordinaire Sean Paul Lockhart aka Brent Corrigan (played by Disney channel alumn Garrett Clayton), and turns him into a gay adult superstar. But after a falling out, Stephen legally prevents Sean from using his trademarked name. James Franco and Keegan Allen (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) play a pair of lowlife gay porn producers who want to work with “the” Brent Corrigan no matter the cost. A real-life tale of murder, greed and gay sexual obsession, KING COBRA has become one of the most talked about films of the year. Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone co-star. Don't let the party stop there! Meet us at Progress Bar (3359 N Halsted) after the screening for hors d'oeuvres to snack on, a FREE drink ticket, and music to dance the night away! Grab your tickets now and help us close out the 34th edition of Reeling in style!
The Landscape Within
Fans of the body painting reality show SKIN WARS will find their palates sated with this visual extravaganza. A labor of love four years in the making, Andrea Capranico’s film is a lyrical and spiritual journey of healing through art. Following the death of his father, the openly gay artist Eric Nui Cabales from the Philippines, a body-painter, costume designer, photographer, and conceptual artist, enlists his wide circle of friends to create stunning beautiful temporary living canvases. Recalling the immersive, mind-blowing experience of Godfrey Reggio’s KOYAANISQATSI and Ron Fricke’s BARAKA, THE LANDSCAPE WITHIN truly is the place where art becomes limitless.
Last Men Standing
In the mid-80s a diagnosis of HIV infection was tantamount to a death sentence. Thirty years later, the men profiled in this moving and thought-provoking documentary from San Francisco Chronicle journalists/filmmakers Erin Bethauer and Tim Hussin are still alive. Having beaten the odds, they find themselves faced with the challenges they thought they’d never live to confront. Brethauer and Hussin’s film documents the lives of ordinary men who inexplicably have survived to find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
What if the one that got away suddenly came back? That’s the premise of writer-director Tim Kirkman’s deeply romantic and deeply passionate drama. When Dean suddenly hears from his ex-lover Alex, who disappeared from his life 15 years earlier, the two meet up for a flirty, lusty weekend at a vacation home in the California desert. Emmy nominated writer-director Tim Kirkman, renowned for LOGGERHEADS, THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME, and DEAR JESSE, beautifully contemplates the road not taken, reconciling the past with the present, and offers a tantalizing glimpse into a possible future.
Before transgender activists of color Laverne Cox and Janet Mock there was Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Filmmaker Annalise Ophelian documents the revolutionary life of this extraordinary activist who has fought for transgender rights for 40 years. Suffused with an endearing spirit, MAJOR! has been embraced by audiences and festival judges alike – taking both the audience award at Outfest and a special jury mention for its “depiction of undying activism.” Come discover for yourself this fascinating, unique, inspiring individual.
Memories of a Penitent Heart
Twenty-five years after her uncle Miguel died from AIDS, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo begins a journey into his past that leads her to attempt to resolve a decades-old family drama. In doing so, she uncovers never healed wounds and an aching desire to bring closure to what has morphed into a family tragedy revolving around the homosexuality of her beloved uncle and his non-acceptance by his strict Catholic mother. In uncovering the truth of the past and confronting it in the present, Cecilia movingly connects once again with her beloved uncle. This Tribeca Film Festival premiere has been hailed by the Village Voice as “exceptional” and “profoundly affecting.”
People You May Know
A sexy ensemble cast sparks this lively drama that poses some rather provocative questions about the boundaries of friendship and sexuality. Joe, Delia, Rodrigo, and Herbert are very close friends in their mid-30s who are about to see their closeness tested. Big Time. Superhot out actors Sean Maher (SERENITY), Mark Cirillo (HOW TO AVOID THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, THE SEMINARIAN) co-star along with Lauren Mayhew (RAISE YOUR VOICE, 90’s girl group P.Y.T.) and Andrea Grano (PLANET OF THE APES) in this endearing film from J.C. Falcon.
The tricky passage from teenager to adulthood is difficult enough to navigate without the additional challenges facing Bennett Wallace, a trans teen who urgently wants to make the leap in all aspects of his life. In Shaleece Haas’s intimate and deeply moving debut documentary, Bennett, a gifted songwriter and musician, invites viewers to join him on his journey as he strives to become the man and the artist that he has dreamed of. A vibrant and joyful film that won the Audience Award at Frameline, REAL BOY will inspire viewers to listen to songs of their own inner voices.