With a sexy cast of familiar faces such as Guinevere Turner (The L Word) and Deak Evgenikos (Itty Bitty Titty Committee), writer-director Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman) brings us a transfixing story of murder and deception.
Former rock stars and former lovers, Iris and Lily are now middle-aged and searching for purpose. Fame-seeking Iris is in a destructive, alcohol-induced relationship with the possessive MJ, who spends a good amount of her time rubbing one out in front of the computer. Lily, finally off of drugs for good, is having trouble dealing with her settled lifestyle with her partner, Carol, and is questioning whether they should bring a child into the already shaky relationship. After one ill-fated night, the four find themselves covering up the murder of a super-hot, younger dyke, Cricket, and dealing with the possible ramifications of not going to the authorities. When Skye, a well-muscled stranger, shows up the middle of the night, Lily and Carol welcome her in, while Iris is rightfully wary of her intentions.
The Owls (which stands for Older, Wiser Lesbians) introduces an innovative style of queer storytelling and structure by examining character motivations, and also addresses the complications of butch/femme labels and oft-ignored intergenerational tensions.
Also screening is the short film Chained!, a look at the history of the pocket chain, and the trend’s perpetual popularity amongst the lesbian community.
—Angelique Smith for Reeling
The Owls, Also Showing Chained!
Cheryl Dunye (USA, 2010, 67 min.)
(Betsy Kalin, USA, 2010, 14 min.)
Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, the second oldest film festival of its kind in the US, is presenting 54 programs over 10 days from November 4-13, 2010. Advance sales are available until the day before the show. After that, tickets must be purchased at the theater box office on the day of the screening. Regular Screenings: $10 ($8 members), Matinee Screenings (before 5:00 pm): $8 ($6 members).
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