Reeling Film Festival rolls out the red carpet on Thursday, Sept. 18

Wed. September 17, 2014 10:33 AM by News Staff

boy meets girl, sept. 18

Chicago, IL - Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, the second oldest of its kind in the world, is rolling out the red carpet for its 32nd edition.

The eight-day festival returns on Sept. 18 to the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., with a line-up of groundbreaking LGBT films and runs through Sept. 25. The majority of the Reeling screenings take place at the Landmark's Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, with others being held at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark.

This year's festival selections run the gamut from edgy to adorable, raunchy to contemplative, disturbing to endearing, and heartbreaking to heartwarming.

"I am incredibly excited about this year's programming," Reeling Programming Director Alexandra Ensign told "One of my main goals was to provide as much diversity in representing the LGBT experience and community as possible, and I feel like this lineup succeeds in representing us from so many facets. I am especially excited to feature so many trans-themed films, including our opening night film, BOY MEETS GIRL."

Eric Schaeffer's BOY MEETS GIRL is a romantic comedy that poignantly explores the difficulty of growing up in a small town, following your dreams, finding love, finding yourself, and figuring out your sexuality. Schaeffer and trans actress Michelle Hendley will attend the Sept. 18 Opening Night red carpet reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a screening at 7:30 p.m.

BLACKBIRD, the latest film by Patrik-Ian Polk (PUNKS, NOAH'S ARC), is Reeling's Closing Night selection, showing on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema.

Scheduled daily between the opening and closing selections, Reeling 32 offers more than 100 feature and short films from 19 countries -- literally something for everyone.

"I am beyond excited that the films this year showcase so many new themes in unique ways and together form a broader, more optimistic, and more sophisticated reflection of the issues affecting the LGBT community today, both personal and political," added Ensign.

Tickets and more information online at

Complete festival line-up's Gregg Shapiro provides a series of reviews of selected titles being screened at Reeling 32: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Reeling is a production of Chicago Filmmakers, a 40 year-old not-for-profit media arts organization located at 5243 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60640.