Fall programming in Chicago is tough business, where the cacophony of film coverage on a global (Venice, Toronto) and national (Telluride, New York City) level dominate local coverage. Yet the efforts of Reeling’s Brenda Webb, Richard Knight Jr., and Sarah M. Rubin display a clear-headed economy and consistency that makes their programming stick out even among the larger festivals. As the business of film festival programming becomes increasingly commercialized, Reeling’s expansions and adjustments over the decades feel less like a compromise and more like an organic statement on their growth. From increasing the number of venues highlighting the festival, to an earlier start date, these logistical alterations are complemented by the festival’s persistently keen eye for diverse programming. My small sampling of their programming yields this important result: Reeling remains adventurous.
Reeling 2016 runs from September 22 through the 29, beginning with opening night celebrations at The Music Box Theatre with subsequent screenings at Landmark Century Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers. For a full schedule and ticketing information, click here.Read More