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  1. A Lesson in Love

    Darcy Long / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 5 mins
    Bud and Don have shared 41 years of love and gratitude in the wake of gay liberation and the AIDS epidemic. Take a moment to listen to the story of Ben, Don's first partner, who succumbed to AIDS in 1995.
    Plays In:
    Lessons In Love | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  2. Lessons In Love | SHORTS!

    This diverse collection of documentary shorts gives us an authentic look into the lives of gay men right here in Chicago and from around the world. Two Australian pavement artists share a unique relationship and system of artistic collaboration in TWO MINDS ARE BETTER THAN ONE; OUT ON THE STREETS shares the stories of young gay men experiencing homelessness in Chicago; and an African refugee visits the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism in Berlin in the experimental short THE WORLD IS ROUND SO THAT NOBODY CAN HIDE IN THE CORNERS – PART II: THE KISS. A LESSON IN LOVE tells the tale of Bud and Don, who have shared 41 years of love and gratitude in the wake of gay liberation and the AIDS epidemic; and in BEING OKEY–WHEN LOVE IS TREATED AS A CRIME, we get an intimate look into the compelling life of a gay Nigerian man who narrowly escaped death and fled with his partner to Switzerland, only to be caught between the constant fear of deportation and the hope for a safe life together.

    In This Program: Being Okey, A Lesson in Love, Out on the Streets, Two Minds Are Better Than One, The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners – Part II: The Kiss

    Lessons In Love | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  3. Life in Darkness

    Ali Raheem / Shorts / Iraq / 2018 / 9 mins
    A gay couple lives under the conditions of ISIS in Mosul.
    Plays In:
    Home Is Where The Heart Is | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Wednesday, September 26 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  4. The Lighter Side | SHORTS!

    Sometimes we just need to have a good laugh, and this program is full of them. Family dynamics take center stage in HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS and GRACE AND BETTY; finding a good match is the name of the game in BOBBY AND SHEELAGH and UP OR OUT; and partners find ways to make a typical day something special in LEMONADE. The program concludes with another by Dyke Delicious favorite director Lisa Donato, who brings us FOXY TROT. A Dyke Delicious Program.

    In This Program: Bobbi and Sheelagh, Foxy Trot, Grace and Betty, Heather Has Four Moms, Lemonade, Up or Out

    The Lighter Side | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Friday, September 28 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  5. Little Bill’s Peep Show

    Kevin Rios / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 8 mins
    After an intimate moment is shared online, Little Bill tries to cope with the consequences of being a homophobic bully.
    Plays In:
    Oh, The Horror! Sexually Explicit | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Friday, September 28 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  6. Little Boy Blue (Mors lilla Olle)

    Andreas Samuelson and Nader Pahlevani / Shorts / Sweden / 2017 / 10 mins
    A boy and his two fathers are visited at night by a mysterious stranger.
    Plays In:
    Oh, The Horror! Sexually Explicit | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Friday, September 28 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  7. Love, Laughs, and Hookup Apps | SHORTS!

    90 mins
    Love and laughter take center stage in this heartwarming (and rib tickling!) program of shorts. Two young men share an unexpected encounter in SHOEBOX; a twenty-something looks for love on all the wrong apps in FEMME; and in BETWEEN HERE & NOW, two men form a fragile friendship after a one-night stand in Copenhagen brings them together. SISAK details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, but which cannot be fully realized; A heartbroken pushover turns to a mysterious magic orb for all the answers in MAGIC H8 BALL; and platonic soulmates Braden and Sam tackle boy problems, crazy bosses, Grindr, drugs and many, many accidents in the first episode of the web series BESTIES.

    In This Program: Sisak, Besties, Between Here and Now, Femme, Magic H8 Ball, Shoebox

    Love, Laughs, and Hookup Apps | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  8. Love Wins

    Robin Kampf / Shorts / USA / 2016 / 30 mins
    The story of two women who fell in love during a time when doing so was strictly taboo.
    Plays In:
    Win Some, Lose Some | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 3:15 PM Buy Tickets


  9. Luber

    Jeff Sumner / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 13 mins
    A single awkward businessman finds himself attracted to his hunky, ride-share driver, but must fight for a chance with him when they pick up an annoying passenger, Gregory (Jason Boegh), who wants the driver for himself.
    Plays In:
    Drag, Dick, & Other Four Letter Words | SHORTS!

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


  10. Magic H8 Ball

    Dan Hass / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 15 mins
    Burned by a cheating boyfriend (and some mild chlamydia), a heartbroken pushover turns to a mysterious Magic 8 Ball for the answers. But as he starts giving into his impulses, he risks his hurt turning into hate—and losing all control.
    Plays In:
    Love, Laughs, and Hookup Apps | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  11. Many Loves, One Heart | SHORTS!

    This diverse collection of shorts speaks to what it means to be LGBTQ+ in different places, cultures, and communities around the world. MANY LOVES, ONE HEART: STORIES OF COURAGE AND RESILIENCE shines a light on the nascent LGBTQ+ movement taking place in Jamaica; THE WORLD IS ROUND SO THAT NOBODY CAN HIDE IN THE CORNERS–PART I : REFUGEE is a compelling look at the trying journey of a gay African refugee seeking asylum in Germany. In AN IRAQI BELLY DANCER, a refugee from Iraq escapes his country and moves to Greece, seeking safety from a family who wants him dead and hoping to find a home that will grant him a life in peace and tranquility. THE RED TREE tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini's Fascist regime. TAIWAN! LET'S GET MARRIED! is a look at Taiwan's successful quest to become Asia's first country to legalize same-sex marriage; and in DECOLONIZING SEXUALITY: SAN FRANCISCO'S TWO SPIRIT POWWOW, we circle back home to the USA to catch up with Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington.

    In This Program: Decolonizing Sexuality: San Francisco’s Two Spirit Powwow, An Iraqi Belly Dancer, Many Loves, One Heart: Stories of Courage and Resilience, The Red Tree, Taiwan! Let’s Get Married!, The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners – Part I: Refuge

    Many Loves, One Heart | SHORTS!

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


  12. Many Loves, One Heart: Stories of Courage and Resilience

    Sarah Feinbloom, Diana Fox / Shorts / Jamaica, USA / 2017 / 18 mins
    Jamaica has frequently been cited for egregious homophobic violence by international press and human rights organizations. This is the story of the nascent LGBTQ+ movement in Jamaica, highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies. (Trigger warning: mention/accounts of sexual violence, suicide)
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    Many Loves, One Heart | SHORTS!

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


  13. Mapplethorpe

    ONDI TIMONER / features / USA / 2018 / 102 mins
    Matt Smith (THE CROWN; DR. WHO) gives a fearless, unabashedly sexy performance in this long awaited biopic as Robert Mapplethorpe, arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century, who discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City through the ‘70s and into artistic renown in the ‘80s before his untimely passing from AIDS in 1989. Timoner’s unapologetically frank movie explores Mapplethorpe’s life as he and then girlfriend Patti Smith (Marianne Rendon, IMPOSTERS) move into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Photographing his new found circle of friends of artists, musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground, Mapplethorpe soon discovers his unique photographic gifts. Enabled and emboldened by his lover and art patron, Sam Wagstaff (Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey), Mapplethorpe’s erotically charged photos shocked the art world, setting off a firestorm of controversy that is still being played out today in the court of public opinion.
    Mapplethorpe

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Friday, September 21 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  14. Marguerite

    Marianne Farley / Shorts / Canada / 2017 / 19 mins
    An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that becomes the catalyst for an introspective look at the past and unearthed desires.
    Plays In:
    Shared Moments | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Friday, September 21 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  15. Mathias

    Clara Stern / Shorts / Austria / 2017 / 30 mins
    A young transgender man feels solid in his choice to present authentically, but struggles to settle into his daily life, from finding a new job to dealing with the girlfriend he's had since before his transition.
    Plays In:
    Transcending Gender | SHORTS!

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