Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival opens Thursday

Thu. November 3, 2011 4:42 AM by News Staff

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Reeling turns 30; festival runs Nov. 3 – Nov. 12

Chicago, IL - Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival opens Thursday night with The Wise Kids directed by Stephen Cone, marking the first time that the festival has opened with a film directed by a Chicago-based film maker.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary as the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, Reeling runs Thursday, Nov. 3 through Saturday Nov. 12 and includes over 60 screenings at six different Chicago area theaters.

The Opening Night selection is a critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama that follows three teenagers from a religious community in South Carolina as they come to terms with separating from each other and embarking on their new lives after high-school graduation.

The film won Outfest's Grand Jury Awards for Best US Dramatic Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting; Newfest's Audience Award for Best Narrative Film; and Sidewalk/Shout Birmingham's Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

The Wise Kids screens at the Music Box Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 3. (Read the interview with Director Stephen Cone)

Closing the festival is the wildly funny satire, Going Down in La-La Land, by award-winning director/writer and festival favorite, Casper Andreas (Violet Tendencies, The Big Gay Musical).

A sexy and uncensored depiction of what an aspiring actor can – and will – do to make it in Hollywood, Going Down in La-La Land screens at the Portage Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Screenings for the 2011 festival will take place at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark; Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.; Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark; Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio; the Block Theatre at the Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston; and the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

View the full Reeling 2011 schedule on CalendarQ

For more information on Reeling visit or text ‘REELING' to 95495 on your smart phone.