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  1. Maybe

    Kat Cole / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 10 mins
    After a chance encounter in Waikiki, a young Filipina teen explores her sexuality in secret.
    Plays In:
    What’s Cookin’? | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 5:15 PM Buy Tickets


  2. A Moment in the Reeds

    MIKKO MAKELA / features / Finland, UK / 2017 / 108 mins
    Leevi, who has been living in Paris while attending college, returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a handsome, soft-spoken recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, leaving them on their own, the two young men warily establish a connection that leads to a hot love affair set against the idyllic Finnish summer. Looming over the budding romance is the father’s imminent return, the inevitability of Leevi returning to Paris, as well as Tareq’s complex relationship with his family in Syria. Timely and thought provoking, writer-director Makela’s movie is also the first independent LGBT film ever made in Finland.
    A Moment in the Reeds

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Tuesday, September 25 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  3. My Big Gay Italian Wedding

    ALESSANDRO GENOVESI / features / Italy / 2018 / 89 mins
    In this merry romantic comedy, tall drink of water Antonio and his cuddly bear of a boyfriend Paolo happily cohabitate in Berlin and are finally taking the plunge. They decide to celebrate in the small village in Italy where Antonio grew up. Though his mother is immediately supportive, her husband Roberto, the town Mayor, is much more reluctant. Paolo, who is estranged from his conservative mother, must also get her to the nuptials as a condition of Antonio’s mom attending and paying for the whole shebang – a lavish ceremony dreamed up by Italy’s most renowned wedding planner. Then there’s the problem of Antonio’s female stalker who insists that she, not Paolo, is his one true love. Throw in a couple of wacky roommates and the aisle to the altar is paved with hilarity, hijinks and lots of love in this warm-hearted commedia d’amore.
    My Big, Gay Italian Wedding

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Monday, September 24 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  4. My Brother Blake

    Joseph Ressler / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 20 mins
    One twin documents the journey of his trans brother Blake's struggle with mental illness, drug addiction, and gender transition over the course of one tumultuous year.
    Plays In:
    No Time Like The Present | SHORTS!

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


  5. Naughty Amelia Jane

    Risheeta Agrawal / Shorts / Czech Republic, India / 2017 / 12 mins
    The film is a satire on the hilarious hypocrisy of society’s "conventional social order of things”, told through the story of two young girls who were in love.
    Plays In:
    Young Hearts Break Too | SHORTS!

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Saturday, September 29 3:00 PM Buy Tickets


  6. No Time Like The Present | SHORTS!

    Time is of the essence in this collection of short documentaries centered on the real lives of transgender people in America. In BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER, a trans man and his friend dive into a cache of home video footage from the early stages of his transition 15 years prior. One woman creates a visual letter to her transgender fiancé's only living grandparent in GRANDMOTHER AND ME. FIGHTING TWO WARS: THE STORY OF THALIA JANE AINSLEY tells the story of a Vietnam war vet who transitioned later in life. Trans teens Dakota Nieves and Indiana Baker explore their experiences growing up trans in New York City in T(HE)Y. In HOME MADE, two tattoo artists share their experiences as trans and queer men in the tattoo industry. One twin documents the journey of his brother's struggle with mental illness, drug addiction, and gender transition over the course of one tumultuous year in MY BROTHER BLAKE; and a couple from Tennessee share their insights surrounding love, gender, and pet snakes in GRAHAM AND ZEKE.

    In This Program: Burton Before and After, Fighting Two Wars: The Story of Thalia Jane Ainsley, Graham and Zeke, Grandmother and Me, Home Made, My Brother Blake, T(HE)Y

    No Time Like The Present | SHORTS!

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


  7. Oh, The Horror! Sexually Explicit | SHORTS!

    There comes a time when we all have to face our inner demons, and, sometimes, those demons turn out to be actual monsters! From a haunting at a gay nudist resort to a psych ward demon, these spooky shorts will have you trembling on the edge of your seat! A young man deals with the consequences of being a homophobic bully in LITTLE BILL'S PEEP SHOW; RED VELVET reveals one man's dark inner world, soaked with anger and despair; a psych ward demon is awakened in THE QUIET ROOM; a boy and his two fathers are visited at night by a mysterious stranger in LITTLE BOY BLUE; and in HIPPOPOTAMUS, the lone caretaker for a closed gay nudist resort is confronted with what he thinks he sees, and what has been watching him all along. Note: This program contains sexually explicit content.

    In This Program: Hippopotamus, Little Bill’s Peep Show, Little Boy Blue (Mors lilla Olle), The Quiet Room, Red Velvet

    Oh, The Horror! Sexually Explicit | SHORTS!

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


  8. Ojos Tristes

    Andrew Arnold / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 19 mins
    A closeted Chicano teen, Mateo, travels from El Paso, TX to visit his sister, Lupita, a struggling actress in Hollywood. But, what Lupita doesn’t know is that Mateo has plans to meet someone else in Los Angeles while he's there.
    Plays In:
    Encrucijados | SHORTS!

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


  9. Out on the Streets

    John Haley / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 17 mins
    Two young gay men experiencing homelessness in Chicago face the reality of life on the streets in their personal journeys to self-acceptance.
    Plays In:
    Lessons In Love | SHORTS!

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


  10. Passage to Womanhood

    Inaya Graciana Yusuf / Shorts / Malaysia, USA / 2017 / 30 mins
    A fierce group of Muslim trans people stand their ground against social marginalization in secular Malaysia. Redefining femininity in Islam, they are painting their own portrayals of womanhood and individuality.
    Plays In:
    Trans Revolution | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Tuesday, September 25 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  11. Picking Up The Pieces | SHORTS!

    90 mins
    Sometimes things fall apart and we have to find a way to pick up the pieces. This collection of shorts explores the complexity of dealing with loss from grieving a loved one and surviving a tragedy to finding beauty in something that is over before it truly begins. In JERKY, a recent widower struggles to heal while learning to care for his late husband's dog. DYLAN DYLAN tells the story of two men struggling to understand each other's emotions after the tragic loss of their foster son Dylan. We get some comedic relief with local filmmaker Todd Lillethun's THE QUIT, about the trials and tribulations of smoking cessation; but we see the darker side of addiction in GRIP. In SARIWALA, a poor boy is crushed to lose his prized possession to someone who doesn't understand its true value; and in 49, four strangers reeling from a large scale attack must come together and help one another heal through love, acceptance, and understanding.

    In This Program: The Quit, 49, Dylan Dylan, Grip, Jerky, Sariwala

    Picking Up The Pieces | SHORTS!

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 1:00 PM Buy Tickets


  12. Pool

    Leandro Goddinho / Shorts / Brazil / 2016 / 29 mins
    POOL is about gay persecution during the Nazi period and the achievement of LGBT civil rights in contemporary history.
    Plays In:
    Date Night | SHORTS!

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


  13. Prom Night

    Jenna Larson / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 11 mins
    Closeted prom nominee Callie is forced to make a life altering decision on the night of her senior prom.
    Plays In:
    Date Night | SHORTS!

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


  14. The Queens | DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE!

    MARK SAXENMEYER / features / USA / 2018 / 99 mins
    Using the framework of Chicago’s 35 year old Miss Continental Pageant as its backdrop, Saxenmeyer’s entertaining and insightful documentary explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation in all its glittery glory. The journeys of several contestants are explored as they plot their paths to victory. Along the way we meet several other entertainers immersed in this fascinating close-knit community who share the dazzling highs and unique challenges of their lives on and offstage. The film also delves into the rich history of The Baton, Chicago’s historic female illusion showplace (now in its 49th year). A warm profile of Jim Flint, pioneering LGBTQ rights pioneer and local legend, owner of the Baton and the pageant, is also included. Part RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, part POSE, part MISS AMERICA, and all absolutely fabulous, this is THE QUEENS. Scheduled to attend: Mark Saxenmeyer (director/writer/producer/editor) and various cast members.
    The Queens | Documentary Centerpiece

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Monday, September 24 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  15. The Quiet Room

    Sam Wineman / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 28 mins
    When Michael's attempt at suicide awakens a psych ward demon, he must stop her before she kills everyone in the hospital he connects with.
    Plays In:
    Oh, The Horror! Sexually Explicit | SHORTS!

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