This Thursday marks the beginning of Reeling 33, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ film festival. Originally programmed to open in late October (just as the Chicago International Film Festival concludes), Reeling’s move to September is a smart one. It positions the festival as a venue for awards contenders (with the major inclusion of Peter Sollett’s Freeheld), large Hollywood productions (Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall), significant auteur imports (François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend), all while maintaining the integrity of its specialty programming. With nearly 40 features and 60 shorts scheduled to screen – many making their world premieres – Reeling has emerged as one of Chicago’s great autumnal festivals, developing with each iteration as increasingly vital.
The following is a selection of films previewed for the festival. For showtimes and additional ticketing information, visit Reeling’s site here.