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Film Fri Sep 19 2014

Five Must-Sees at the Reeling LGBT Film Festival

Reeling, the Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is back this year, showcasing what the community considers to be the best films of the year. From a documentary that explores the International Gay Rodeo association, to a comedy about best friends who just might have found love...with each other, it's a festival that has a film for everyone. The festival runs Sept. 18-25 at participating Chicago theaters.

Here are a few favorites you should consider looking into for all the laughs, heartbreaks and screams you could ever need.


Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:15pm, Landmark Century Centre Cinema bffs1.jpg

Kat and Sam are best friends who couldn't be less lucky in love. After receiving a weekend couples retreat as a gift from her nosey mother, Kat decides to take Sam for a weekend of massages and "therapy." But the two get more than they bargained for when both realize they just might have feelings for each other after all. It's hilarious, heartwarming and perfect for anyone who's ever wondered when they'll ever find 'the one.'

Love is a Monster: Gay Comedy Collection

Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1:15pm, Landmark Century Centre Cinema
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Finding love and navigating the dating scene are two of the hardest things to do as a single-person, at any age. Add sex, miscommunication and an off gay-dar to the mix, and you've got a recipe for a disaster. This collection of short films spans relationship issues gay men face everyday, the type of films you'll be able to sit back and say, "been there."

Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo

Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7pm, Landmark Centre Centre Cinema
Who knew the International Gay Rodeo Association was a thing? This rodeo's been a staple in the LGBT cowboy and cowgirl circuit for the past 30 years. This documentary is a look inside a world not many people knew existed before now. This film deals with discrimination and how the greater rodeo community views homosexuality. It's eye-opening and you'll walk away having gotten a glimpse into a way of life you need to see to understand.

The 10 Year Plan

Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9:30pm, Landmark Century Centre Cinema 10 year1.jpg

Pretty sure every set of best friends has that plan that if they don't find anyone else to marry, they'll take the plunge with each other. At least, that's the plan for Myles and Brody. But 10 years later, nothing has really changed. Desperate to find love before their time is up, Brody sets Myles up with a parade of men he thinks could be good for him. Of course, what could go wrong? Another great film about friendship and love and not wanting to give up on either just yet.

Crazy Bitches

Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9:15pm, Landmark Century Centre Cinema
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A group of friends take a trip to a creepy house for the weekend and realize they aren't the only ones visiting. Crazy Bitches is the hilarious and terrifying horror movie that plays on all the cliches of the genre. Will these sorority sisters be able to cheat death, or will the house slowly start to get to them until no one is left? There will be a Q&A opportunity with the director and writer, Jane Clark, and two of the actresses in the film, Cathy DeBuono and Guinevere Turner, following the screening.

A complete list of films and showtimes is available here. More details are available on the festival's website.

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