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Reeling 35 LGBTQ film fest in Chicago offers variety Sept. 21-28

Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the amazing diversity of the queer experience.
Chicago's international festival unreels Sept. 21-28 at Landmark Theatres' Century Centre Cinema, with the opening-night premiere at Music Box Theatre. Reviews to just a few of the films are below: READ MORE

FILM: Fawzia Mirza shows viewers 'Signature Move'

Signature Move—a new film directed by Jennifer Reeder and written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato—is a much-anticipated Chicago-made lesbian feature film that has been garnering praise this year as it tours the festival circuit around the world. The film tells the story of a thirtysomething lesbian lawyer named Zaynab ( played by Mirza ) living in Chicago who starts a new relationship with a Mexican-American woman named Alma ( played by Sari Sanchez ). READ MORE

REELING FILM FEST: Nelson Rodriguez tackles immigration, love in 'En Algun Lugar'
In the movie En Algun Lugar—which will be shown at the Reeling Film Festival on Sept. 22-23—Nelson Rodriguez and Andrew L. Saenz play a Chicago couple ( Abel and Diego, respectively ) who face a complication when it turns out that one of them is an undocumented immigrant. Rodriguez—a local actor and recent Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree who won't see the completed film for the first time until Reeling ( a promise he made )—talked about the movie's plot, filming in Chicago and Mexico, and the concept of straight actors who play gay READ MORE

Meet AIDS Run & Walk Chicago ambassadors
The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago—taking place Sunday, Oct. 1—welcomes people from all walks of life who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Foundation of Chicago assembles a team of ambassadors for the event with the purpose of putting their stories on the forefront to inspire. This year's ambassadors are: Erica Bertrand MacCallum, Armando Ramirez-Guzman and Joel Guzman-Ramirez, Mara Goldman, Simone Koehlinger, Lora Branch and their daughter Kat, Harry Tyner, Vinny Cousineau, Lauryn Scott and Christopher Pazdernik. READ MORE

ISSUE Sept. 20, 2017

City clears out Uptown tent residents

CFW releases update on status of women in Chicago region

Center Chief Program Officer addresses LGBT suicide risks in current climate

National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning

TPAN to celebrate '30 Years of Hope'

Showbiz news: 'Will & Grace,' drag show, Mario Lopez, Rosie's ex dies

Tennessee Loveless tells queer stories through art


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