REELING: THE CHICAGO LGBTQ+ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS BROADWAY GREAT MARY LOUISE WILSON ATTENDING THE CHICAGO PREMIERE OF SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

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unnamed (42)Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, features a host of events of interest to the theater community.  Grey Gardens Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson will be present for the Chicago premiere of SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT, a documentary about Wilson also featuring Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper and Charlotte Rae. Festival centerpieces include the hotly anticipated Julianne Moore drama FREEHELD starring A Red Orchid’s Michael Shannon and director Roland Emmerich’s chronicle of the burgeoning gay rights movement STONEWALL, written by playwright Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities). Reeling 2015: The 33rd Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival takes place September 17-24, 2015. Festival passes and à la carte tickets are on sale now at www.reelingfilmfestival.org.

Reeling launches its eight-day festival with the Opening Night Gala presentation of FOURTH MAN OUT, a bro comedy with a lot of heart. Juilliard alum Evan Todd, of Broadway’s Heathers: The Musical, stars in the movie as a sweet-spirited car mechanic in a small, working class town, who comes out of the closet to his unsuspecting, blue-collar best friends. Annoyance Theatre alum Kate Flannery, best known as Meredith on NBC’s The Office, co-stars as Adam’s overbearing but well-intentioned mother. Flannery and Todd will attend the 6:00 pm Music Box Theatre red carpet event and pre-screening reception before the film starts at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Tony- and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson, who played Edith Bouvier Beale in Broadway’s Grey Gardens, is the subject of the documentary SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT, making its Chicago premiere on Monday, Sept. 21. Wilson and the film’s director Ron Nyswaner – Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia – will be in attendance for a very special audience talk moderated by Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones.

The hotly anticipated real-life drama FREEHELD, also written by Nyswaner, makes its Chicago Premiere earlier Monday evening. Ron Nyswaner will be in unnamed (41)attendance to discuss the true story of a lesbian police officer (Julianne Moore) fighting to leave her pension to her life partner (Ellen Page) when she is stricken with terminal cancer. The film’s male lead is A Red Orchid Ensemble member Michael Shannon, who will next be seen at the Old Town theater in October in the World Premiere of Brett Neveu’s Thanksgiving-set play Pilgrim’s Progress, directed by Shade Murray.

Also of interest to theatergoers is festival centerpiece STONEWALL, director Roland Emmerich’s passion project about the burgeoning gay rights movement. The film’s screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz is the award-winning playwright of The Substance of Fire and Other Desert Cities, the latter mounted in 2013 by Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

HUSH UP SWEET CHARLOTTE, Billy Clift’s campy send-up of the Bette Davis/Olivia de Havilland classic Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, features former Chicago actor Jeffrey Patrick Olson – a Hell in a Handbag regular – as the hunky sheriff. Writer-director Billy Clift and producer David Millbern will be in attendance for the Thursday, Sept. 24 screening.

Louise Wadley’s Australian road movie ALL ABOUT E, making its Chicago premiere on Saturday, Sept. 19, was a finalist for Pride Films & Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay contest and had a staged reading here in 2010.

A complete chronological schedule of features is below, with synopses listed alphabetically at the bottom.

Reeling will present nearly 40 features and more than 60 short films from around the world, the majority of them Chicago premieres. The festival’s opening night presentation returns to the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) and to the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.) for the bulk of the festival. The fest’s home base, Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.), will also host screenings as will The Comfort Station at 2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square.

REELING 2015 FEATURES SCHEDULE

All feature screenings below take place at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema unless otherwise noted. Film synopses below.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

7:30PM           Fourth Man Out – Opening Night at Music Box Theatre. *Actors Evan Todd and Kate Flannery in attendance

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

7:00PM           The New Girlfriend

7:15PM           Portrait of a Serial Monogamist

9:15PM           Kiss Me Kill Me – World Premiere *Filmmaker Casper Andreas and actors Jai Rodriguez and Shangela in attendance

9:30PM           The Summer of Sangaile

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

NOON             Out To Win

2:15PM           Brokeback Mountain (10th Anniversary)

2:30PM           Olya’s Love

5:00PM           Tchindas

5:15PM           I Feel Like Disco

7:00PM           Liz in September

7:15PM           Those People

9:00PM           All About E

9:15PM           Guidance

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

12:15PM         From This Day Forward

2:45PM           Sand Dollars

3:00PM           Naz & Maalik

4:45PM           Margarita With a Straw

5:00PM           A Sinner in Mecca

6:45PM           While You Weren’t Looking

7:00PM           Stonewall  – *Actors Jonny Beauchamp and Jeremy Irvine in attendance

8:30PM           I Am Love

9:30PM           Driving Not Knowing – *Q&A with co-directors Dylan Hansen-Fliedner and Dane Mainella

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

7:00PM           Freeheld – *Q&A with screenwriter Ron Nyswaner

7:15PM           How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

9:15PM           In the Grayscale

9:30PM           She’s the Best Thing In It  –  *Q&A with actor Mary Louise Wilson and filmmaker Ron Nyswaner

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

7:00PM           Coming In

7:15PM           Seeking Dolly Parton – * Q&A with director Michael Worth

9:15PM           You & I

9:30PM           Love Me Anyway – *Post-show Q&A with the actors

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

6:45PM           In the Turn – *Q&A with director Erica Tremblay

7:00PM           Beautiful Something – *Q&A with director Joseph Graham and co-producer Bill Parker

9:15PM           Two 4 One

9:30PM           Like You Mean It – *Q&A with director Philipp Karner

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMEBER 24

7:00PM           Stuff – * Q&A with Suzanne Guacci

7:15PM           That’s Not Us – * Post-show Q&A

9:15PM           Hush Up Sweet Charlotte – *Q&A with director Billy Clift and producer David Millbern

9:30PM           Death in Buenos Aires – Closing Night Feature

For more information, the public can call 773-293-1447, consult the festival website at www.reelingfilmfestival.org, or follow @reelingfilmfest on twitter for the latest Reeling news, ticket giveaways and cat-related puns.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets and passes may be purchased online (www.reelingfilmfestival.org) or in person at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.).

* Sponsors confirmed at this time include:

Presenting Sponsors: Showtime, XFINITY

Official Airline: Southwest Airlines

Premier Sponsor: GILEAD

Premier Media Sponsors: ChicagoPride.com, TimeOut Chicago

Grand Hotel Sponsor: Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace

Grand Media Sponsor: Nexus Radio

Major Hotel Sponsor: Days Inn Chicago

Contributing Media Sponsors: Chicago’s Progressive Talk Radio (WCPT), GC Magazine, GRAB Magazine, Windy City Media Group

Event Sponsor: Dark Horse Wine

 

 

 

 

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