The 10 Movies at The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, That We’re Most Excited About

Photo: Cat Skin

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, is one of our favorite film festivals because it offers such a great overall experience. It will be launching this week, September 21st – 28th.

From award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has been presenting a range of genres that demonstrate the rich diversity of work being produced.

Whether or not you can make it out this weekend to the 2017 festival, you can watch some great featured films, many of which will premiere there. We’re anticipating these most.

Bad Girl
Sullen, defiant and on probation following her release from juvenile detention, 16-year-old foster child Amy Anderson struggles with her new life in the countryside until Chloe, a friendly local girl the same age as Amy, drops by the family home seeking house-cleaning work and everything

Cat Skin
A shy and troubled photography student’s life is illuminated when her voyeuristic nature behind the camera lens sparks a chance encounter with the girl of her dreams.

A Woman is ‘kiss-hexed’ by a homeless person and must find another person to kiss by midnight or she expires – an unlikely love story.

A Lack of Dating in Brooklyn
Languishing in an unfulfilling quasi-relationship, Sam begins to have a horrifying realization: her romantic discontent is due to her own laziness and not, as she had previously assumed, the fault of every other human being.

The Ring Thing
When Sarah accidentally proposes to her girlfriend in Provincetown, she finds herself at odds with her partner’s expectations of their future. The mixup sends both women on different journeys of marital exploration.


Market Value
Audrey, an overworked nurse, and her newscaster wife Carrie, live a comfortable and busy life with their adopted son, Brian. With a son who is succeeding academically and Carrie’s network career looking up, their only worry seems to be that Audrey “cheats” on Carrie by getting her morning news from a rival news station. So, they are unprepared when a solemn stranger starts showing up everywhere—from Audrey’s job to Brian’s chess match—and seems to be watching them.

Freak Show
Follows the story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
This sobering documentary from David France (“How to Survive a Plague”) tells the story of Johnson, a gender nonconformig activist, through the lens of Victoria Cruz — a trans activist working for the New York City Anti-Violence Project. Before she retires, she hopes to find justice for Johnson, whose suspicious death in 1992 was ruled a suicide by local cops.

Woman On Fire
Brooke Guinan, a Long Island-born, third generation FDNY firefighter who happens to be transgender, is front and center in this fascinating and inspiring portrait of a woman working in a profession filled with unsung heroes, who became a hero for having the courage to be herself.

Café Desvelado
A few days before leaving the country, Pia sets up a farewell camp, without knowing that Nina plans to establish a distance commitment. A long night and several cups of coffee will make them hesitate about the future of their relationship.


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