MOVIE: WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
DIRECTED BY: MADELEINE OLNEK
SCREENING: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd @3:00PM
Wild Nights with Emily took me completely by surprise and was by far my favorite movie at Reeling. That says a lot, but consider that this film is the perfect satirical companion to Terrence Davies phenomenal film A Quiet Passion, then you can understand why I loved it. Molly Shannon stars (a really great performance too) as Emily Dickinson in what feels like a blast from the past of Mel Brooks films or the Naked Gun series, only for literary buffs. The story follows Emily, her reclusive way of living, her wild passion for poetry, and love affair with sister-in-law Susan Dickinson (Susan Ziegler). There's plenty of great commentary on how women were treated during the time, multiple laughs about the oblivious nature of others about sexuality, and even finds an honest balance about Emily's true life. It is the one film at Reeling that you must see.
DIRECTED BY: JEFFREY WALKER
SCREENING: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd @7:15PM
There has been a fantastic trend of LGBTQ films that highlight different communities of people. Focused on those who fought for a change to the way members of the gay community were treated. Films such as Milk, the British film Pride, and last year's phenomenal AIDS advocacy film BPM, have told incredible stories with heart and humanity. The same can be said for the Australian film Riot. Maybe not as great as the latter films mentioned, Riot finds it's own center, about the first ever gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, when homosexuality was still considered a crime. It's hard to single out one character, but the witty and charming Lance Gowland (played superbly by Damon Gowland) is the passionate voice in a film that teaches audiences another heroic tale of those who fought for equality.
MOVIE: FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS
DIRECTED BY: SONIA SEBASTIAN
SCREENING: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH @7:00 PM
Reeling kicks off the fun with the wacky ensemble comedy Freelancers Anonymous. Billie (Lisa Cordileone) quits her job and maybe didn't think this through, because her fiance Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis) needs her to stay employed if they're going to have a dream wedding. Racing to figure her life out, Billie joins a church group of unemployed women and decides they should make their own company of freelancers for hire. Although the comedy is better suited for a sitcom than a feature, Freelancers Anonymous highlights an energetic and fun tone which makes for a nice opener.
For 36 years now, Reeling- The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival has become a staple for including thought provoking, artistic, beautiful pieces of cinema. A film festival doesn’t just “hang around” for 30+ years and Reeling finds a way to have a diverse collection of films. Narratives about loving couples, comedies, documentaries, and short films are just some of the fantastic things that Reeling has in store. And this year might be the greatest year yet. Things get started on Thursday with the fun Chicago based comedy Freelancers Anonymous and only get better after that. And if new and innovative films entice you, how about Rupert Everett's new film The Happy Prince with Everett in person? Or the debut of the Mapplethorpe biopic starring Matt Smith, or a documentary about Studio 54, and so much more! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! And these are just a few of the movies that AMovieGuy.com thinks you should go see:
MOVIE: STUDIO 54
DIRECTED BY: MATT TYRNAUER
SCREENING: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30th @5:00PM
The closing night film of Reeling is a documentary about the coolest nightclub that ever existed- Studio 54. This isn't just a look at the wild nights that took place in the New York club, director Matt Tyrnauer captures fantastic interviews with those who remember Studio 54 like it was yesterday, including former co-owner Ian Schrager who opens up about his experience with his co-owner Steve Rubell who tragically lost his life to AIDS. Typical documentaries don't get the scoop like this one does, but Tyrnauer has opened the doors for us to go back in time and fully experience Studio 54.