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Music Box Theatre
3733 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60613
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The 28th edition of Reeling marks the return of the second-oldest lesbian and gay film festival in the world, and the premier cultural event for the city’s LGBTQ community and film-appreciating audiences.

Presented by Showtime and Comcast, running November 5 – 15, Reeling will showcase over 150 innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from countries as diverse as the Philippines, Sweden, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Reeling continues to demonstrate the expanding breadth of gay-themed work being produced today by showcasing films representing multi-cultural perspectives and in genres ranging from musical comedy to horror to serious drama to compelling documentaries to introspective experimental, and more.

Screenings include:

11/5 – Opening Night Screening + Gala

The Big Gay Musical

Directed by Casper Andreas & Fred M. Caruso

Reeling 2009: The 28th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival opens this year’s festival on a high note with a super-spirited film that mixes the elements of musical theatre with a story of acceptance, discovery, friendship, lust, and love. From award-winning filmmaker Casper Andreas comes his most innovative film yet, The Big Gay Musical. Pleasing both die-hard show tune queens and serious filmgoers alike, this film turns the concept of creationism on its expertly-coiffed, gay head! Aspiring actors Paul and Eddie are beginning to see their dreams come true as they find themselves the stars of the buzz-worthy off-Broadway musical comedy, “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ’Em.” While dealing with their sudden professional notoriety, the two find their personal lives in upheaval, mirroring the lives of their onstage characters. Paul has grown weary of the gay New York dating scene, and is searching for a guy who is interested in a relationship lasting longer than one night. Eddie has just moved to New York, away from his conservative Christian family, and is grappling with the reality that they may cut him out of their lives forever. Through rousing musical numbers that feature scantily clad tap-dancing angels, a clever retelling of Genesis, creepy televangelists, and a camp that attempts to turn gay kids straight, everyone realizes that life gets better once they accept who they really are.

Co-director Casper Andreas and lead actor Daniel Robinson will join in the festivities immediately following the screening at the Opening Night Gala, taking place at the unique Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood). The evening will feature a live performance by the Joan Crawford-inspired, hanger-wielding band The Joans.

11/15 – Closing Night Screening + Gala

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!!

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky

Shirley Hirsch wants what every Jewish mother wants: her son, Nelson, to settle down with a nice, Jewish girl. Over and over, Shirley (My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Lainie Kazan) invites a new potential wife to Shabbat dinner. Tired of uncomfortable meals, Nelson informs his mother and his father, Martin, that the matchmaking can stop, as he’s already seeing someone seriously. Thrilled but suspicious, Shirley drops by Nelson’s home, only to meet the sex kitten next door, Sybil (Carmen Electra), and Angelo (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez), Nelson’s actual boyfriend who poses as his “decorator.” Naturally making the assumption that shiksa goddess Sybil is her son’s mate, she eagerly tells the family that Nelson will be bringing a date to an upcoming wedding. When he shows up with his rainbow yarmulke-wearing boyfriend instead, one of the most hilariously awkward coming out scenes in history happens.

Shirley and Martin try every method possible to deal with the news that their beloved son is a faygelah: they go to a psychiatrist, Martin confronts his homophobia at the local gay bar, they even beg Sybil to sleep with Nelson…all with uproarious results.

With an all-star cast that includes Bruce Vilanch and Vincent Pastore from The Sopranos, Oy Vey! explores the boundaries of unconditional family love.

Director Evgeny Afineevsky and Jai Rodriquez are scheduled to appear at the screening and after-party, which will take place at Architectural Artifacts.

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