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REELING 36

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  1. Brothers

    Emmett Jack Lundberg & Sheyam Ghieth / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 12 mins
    BROTHERS is a new web series that offers an intimate look at the everyday lives of a group of four trans masc friends living in Brooklyn, NY.
    Plays In:
    Transcending Gender | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Thursday, September 27 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  2. Buddies

    ARTHUR J. BRESSAN, JR. / features / USA / 1985 / 81 mins
    When timid 25-year-old New Yorker David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the community center assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32-year-old gay activist from California who has been abandoned by his friends and lovers. With each subsequent visit to his hospital room, the growing bond between the two men unfolds as Robert recalls his life as a handsome, confident and pioneering gay activist to David, who records his thoughts about their visits in a journal. This early queer cinema classic, the first dramatic feature film about AIDS, has long been unavailable and will be shown in a new digital restoration. Reeling’s connection to BUDDIES couldn’t be more personal: it played on opening night of the festival in 1985 to a sold-out crowd at the Music Box with director Bressan in attendance.
    Buddies

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Monday, September 24 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  3. Burton Before and After

    Courtney Hermann / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    Fifteen years after Burton began his gender-affirming transition, his longtime friend Courtney calls him up with news that she has uncovered a cache of home video footage from that time period.
    Plays In:
    No Time Like The Present | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  4. Call Her Ganda

    PJ RAVAL / features / Phillipines, USA / 2018 / 98 mins
    When Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina and alleged sex worker, is found dead in a motel room, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Pemberton solicited Jennifer at a disco while on liberty leave, brutally murdering her when he discovered she was transgender. Amidst a media storm and police inquiry, three women intimately invested in the case pursue justice – an activist attorney, a transgender investigative journalist, and Jennifer’s mother – taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperial rule that have allowed previous American perpetrators in the Philippines to evade consequences. Part human interest story, part investigative exposé, the Hollywood Reporter calls CALL ME GANDA “As suspenseful as it is moving.”
    Call Her Ganda

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 1:15 PM Buy Tickets


  5. Canary (Kanarie)

    CHRISTIAAN OLWAGEN / features / South Africa / 2018 / 122 mins
    Seventeen-year-old Johan is a small-town boy whose love for Boy George and Depeche Mode makes him an easy target for bullying from the neighborhood kids. When he gets drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, Johan is accepted into the Kanaries, the military’s traveling choir. Johan’s innate musical gifts are embraced by his fellow misfits, but as the tour continues, his eyes are opened to the oppression and injustice around him. At the same time, his long-repressed sexual identity, heightened by an illicit affair with one of his fellow songbirds, threatens to push him into the danger zone. Set in the mid-80s, this dramedy with vibrant musical numbers artfully explores issues of sexuality, patriotism, and the power of individuality – all set to a throbbing new wave beat.
    Canary (Kanarie)

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Friday, September 21 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  6. Christabel

    ALEX LEVY-HELLER / features / Brazil / 2017 / 112 mins
    Deep in the vast tropical savannah of Brazil’s Cerrado region, Christabel, the only daughter of a rural farmer, finds a woman late one night in the forest who says she's been attacked by men. Christabel offers her shelter in the home she shares with her father. Enthralled by the mysterious Geraldine’s independent spirit, the tenderhearted Christabel soon finds herself falling under the older woman’s sultry spell. Geraldine claims to be the daughter of one of Christabel’s father’s sworn enemies and urges him to journey to meet her father and reconcile. Once alone, the seductive tension between the two women builds to a passionate encounter that Christabel has secretly desired, but Geraldine’s motives may be less than pure. This moody, erotic film, a sensual melding of gothic romance and the supernatural, was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s legendary poem. Scheduled to attend: Alex Levy-Heller (director/writer/co-producer/editor).
    Christabel

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Wednesday, September 26 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  7. Cocoa Fondue Show, The

    Andrew Wyatt Arnold / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 16 mins
    Budding starlet Cocoa Fondue prepares to shoot the pilot of her very own variety show! Featuring Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Manila Luzon, Vivian Rubio, and Anita Procedure.
    Plays In:
    Drag, Dick, & Other Four Letter Words | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  8. Conversations With Gay Elders: Kerby Lauderdale

    DAVID WEISSMAN / features / USA / 2017 / 69 mins
    With astonishing detail, honest insight, and unadorned poignancy, Kerby Lauderdale, a man in his late 70s, recounts the major events that shaped his life and identity as a gay man, in this intimate filmed conversation with David Weissman, the acclaimed director of the award-winning documentaries WE WERE HERE and THE COCKETTES. Weissman leads Lauderdale through a fascinating tour of this “regular guy’s” life – from his vivid recollections of his sexual awakening, through a first college romance, to a lengthy marriage to a woman, and an eventual coming out that led him to a 14-year partnership with a man during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Lauderdale is expressive, sincere and deeply touching as he recalls his journey to wholeness. The film is an installment of Weissman’s ongoing intergenerational oral history documentary series. Scheduled to attend: David Weissman (director) and Kerby Lauderdale (subject)
    Conversations With Gay Elders: Kerby Lauderdale

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 3:15 PM Buy Tickets


  9. Country Noise

    LISA MILLER / features / Germany / 2017 / 102 mins
    After years of indulging in the cosmopolitan high life of Berlin, Toni finds herself broke and in a 20-something crisis. She decides to return to Bubenhausen, the small town she once called home. Saddled with a sullen father and a conservative, prejudiced mother, not to mention a dead-end gig as an intern for a local newspaper, life is anything but a cabaret for Toni. “Hip” is not the word for Bubenhausen, but things look up when the pink-haired Toni is assigned to cover the local Carnival celebration and she reconnects with her childhood friend, the fun-loving, lip-pierced, trombone player, Rosa. These two kindred spirits do their best to shake up humdrum Bubenhausen – but Rosa’s crush on the proudly gender-fluid Toni may or may not be reciprocated – and it might finally be time for her to grow up. Miller’s liberating, raucous comedy was an official entry of the Berlin International Film Festival.
    Country Noise

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Tuesday, September 25 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  10. Daddy Issues

    AMARA CASH / features / USA / 2018 / 86 mins
    Maya Mitchell (Madison Lawlor) is a talented queer artist on the verge of a first love that is more complicated than anything she could ever imagine. She spends her days escaping into her drawings and social media, where she cyberstalks the alluring Jasmine Jones (Montana Manning), an aspiring designer who is in an emotionally charged, co-dependent relationship with Simon Craw (Andrew Pifko), a neurotic sugar daddy. When Maya and Jasmine’s paths finally cross, they begin a romantic relationship that provides Maya her every dream of first love and gives Jasmine the creative inspiration she needs to jump start her career. It's all gumdrops and fairytales until a bizarre love triangle soon emerges – thanks to those pesky daddy issues. Cash’s visually eye-popping, wildly offbeat tale of a twisted relationship has been described as being the lovechild of Wes Anderson and David Lynch.
    Daddy Issues

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  11. Dario

    Manuel Kinzer & Jorge A. Trujillo Gil / Shorts / Colombia, Germany / 2018 / 15 mins
    A 17-year-old boy from Barranquilla, Colombia, loves to dance in a carnival dancing group, but does so in secret in order to avoid his mother's judgment and disapproval.
    Plays In:
    Encrucijados | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  12. Date Night | SHORTS!

    This program starts off innocently enough, but there is a reason some steamy scenes are being programmed on DATE NIGHT. A little girl surprises her mother with a special Valentine in HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY; a young woman locates the dear friend of her grandmother to deliver a letter written long ago in POOL; a sexy and very active lesbian makes the dating rounds in GIRL TALK; opposites don't attract for very long in JEWELS; and in hopes of being crowned prom queen, Callie keeps her girlfriend on the downlow in PROM NIGHT. A Dyke Delicious Program.

    In This Program: Girl Talk, Happy Valentine’s Day, Jewels, Pool, Prom Night

    Date Night | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  13. Decolonizing Sexuality: San Francisco’s Two Spirit Powwow

    Matika Wilbur / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 4 mins
    Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, has been traveling for the past five years photographing Indian Country in the pursuit of one goal: To Change the Way We See Native Americans.
    Plays In:
    Many Loves, One Heart | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 5:00 PM Buy Tickets


  14. Deviant

    Benjamin Howard / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 10 mins
    In the early 1960s, a sexually conflicted teenager finds faith and acceptance after escaping the tortures of electrotherapeutic conversion therapy.
    Plays In:
    The Bloom of Youth | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Sunday, September 30 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  15. Devil’s Path

    MATTHEW MONTGOMERY / features / USA / 2018 / 86 mins
    In the early ‘90s, two strangers, Noah (Stephen Twardokus) and Patrick (JD Scalzo) meet in a wilderness park where gay men cruise for sex. What seems like a random encounter quickly descends into a horrific nightmare. With recent disappearances and attacks, the two men soon find themselves on the run, drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse. As they flee further into the woods they begin to understand that the greatest danger may be closer than either of them realizes. Will these strangers be able to work together to survive or will their own secrets and lies lead them to be the next two victims? Gay indie acting fave Montgomery (PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER; SOCKET; FINDING MR. WRIGHT) makes his directorial debut with this creepy, sexy thriller that will have you guessing until the last moment. Scheduled to attend: Matthew Montgomery (director/co-writer).
    Devil’s Path

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 7:15 PM Buy Tickets