In 1985, the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Film Society (PLGFS) created their first film festival, which would go on to become Reel Q in 2012. From October 8th through October 17th, the annual event will celebrate 30 years of serving the LGBTQ community with a lineup of short, documentary, and narrative films from the US and around the world. See schedule and details below:
All About Evil
Reel Q will kick off with a pre-festval fundraiser featuring the horror comedy All About Evil. Hosted by the film’s director, Peaches Christ, the event will include special performances from Vinsantos, Janet Granite, and Bambi Deerest. An after party at THERE Ultra Lounge will follow.
Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne plays a mousy librarian who inherits her father’s failing old movie house. In order to save the family business, she discovers her inner serial killer, and starts turning out a series of grisly short films. The directorial debut of Joshua Grannell (better known as Peaches Christ) also features performances by cult icon Mink Stole and Cassandra Peterson (AKA Elvira, Mistress of the Dark).
Out to Win
Director Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar. Bear Nation) provides an overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, framed within a historical context of those that came before, this film highlights the experiences of athletes who have fought and struggled, both in and out of the closet, to represent the LGBT community and their true selves. This film is told through the voices of pioneers, present day heroes, tomorrow’s superstars and the people who’ve helped them succeed. Featuring interviews with trailblazers including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner and more.
A Q&A session with Ingram will follow. Guests can also enjoy a after party at Bricolage. Food, alcoholic beverages, music and a photo booth will be provided. Sports themed costumes are encouraged.
Our Shorts program
The Our Shorts program will showcase LGBTQ films from the US, Canada, and Mexico. Selections include Float, Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination. Followers, Happy & Gay, Stealth, Still a Rose, and Under the Last Roof.
When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Jamie decides to use the pseudonym Sally so she can stay anonymous but still look like she’s using her real name, which apparently she thinks makes her look cool. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, “Sally” assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own.
Margarita With a Straw
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy (Kalki Koechlin) leaves her home in India to study in New York,
unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.
On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.
Trish and Deb Murdoch are in a rut. After 14 years together and raising two daughters, they find themselves in a mid life crisis where grief and attraction threaten their domestic nucleus.
Two 4 One
When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together— and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.
While You Weren’t Looking
Twenty years into the New South Africa ageing academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness? Asanda, their 18-year-old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.
Kiss Me, Kill Me
While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to his boyfriend is dead and he’s the prime suspect.
Tab Hunter Confidential
Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob. In dozens of films – and in the pages of countless movie magazines – Tab’s astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Tab was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now his life story has become an documentary feature directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.
Men’s Shorts program
The Men’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from around the globe. The selections include Heavenly Peace, Hole, I Do, Lady of the Night, Mini Supreme, Tremulo, and Wayne.
Women’s Shorts program
The Women’s Shorts program will showcase a variety of short films from the US and Mexico. The selections include 11 Life Lessons from an Awesome Old Dyke, Carina, Disaster Preparedness, The First Session, In the Hollow, MA/DDY, Stella Walsh, and V is the Warmest Color.
Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei.
Liz in September
Liz has known several things since she was a child: that she is gay, that beauty is power, and that she would never be a victim. Determined to enjoy the time she still has left on earth, she hides her terminal disease from her friends. Eva lost her son to cancer. The pain and guilt she feels has tarnished the relationship with her husband, sinking both into isolation. Heading alone on her vacation, Eva’s car breaks down leaving her stranded on the road. She ends up at Margot’s Inn where she meets Liz and her group of all gay friends. Liz makes a bet that she can seduce the straight newcomer. Against all odds, the encounter between these two opposite women changes their lives, setting new perspectives where love, life, and death, away from any morals, play as simple steps of nature.
David Gold, a pathologically immature former child actor, has never been able to get over high school. After being diagnosed with skin cancer, he gets fired from the last acting gig he could get. Desperate for money and with nothing else to lose, he fakes his resume, and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. The students of Grusin High love him – it might be because he drinks and smokes with them. But this is just the beginning of his downward spiral. When he meets Jabrielle, a teenaged outcast who’s just as screwed up as he is, he might learn that in the company of teenagers, sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime.
This documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMA’s first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes during their coming out process, and sheds light on the obstacles LGBT sports players deal with throughout their career.
In the Grayscale
When architect Bruno (Francisco Celhay) finds himself passionately drawn to Santiago tour guide, Fernando (Emilio Edwards) he faces challenging decisions about his identity — and his relationship with his wife and young son. Hired to design a civic landmark for the Chilean capitol city, Bruno struggles with the commission. His uncertainty about how to proceed professionally is paralleled by his personal grappling.
Frankie (Diana DeGarmo) is head-strong and passionate about her rock band and her Italian-American heritage. She is engaged to a good Italian man, and everything in her life is in order until she discovers a murder victim in the trunk of her rental car. Heather, her sister, convinces Frankie to attend the funeral, where they meet Nicolette (Natalie Knepp), the daughter of the new Brooklyn mafia don. When Nicolette shows up at a gig, it triggers a cascade of events that take Frankie towards an unexpected romance.
Seventeen years after its original theatrical release, director Mark Christopher managed to add 44 minutes of never-before-seen footage to complete the version of 54 that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends — a busboy (Ryan Phillippe), a bartender (Breckin Meyer) and a coat-check girl (Salma Hayek) — and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, all set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. When Steve Rubell (Mike Myers), the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Jersey boy Shane (Phillippe) from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not only gets his foot in the door, but lands a coveted job behind the bar – and a front-row seat at the most legendary party on the planet.
A disco-themed party at Arthur Murray Dance Center will follow the screening. Guests can enjoy snacks, alcoholic beverages, disco music, and dance and costume contests.
All Reel Q screenings will take place at the Harris Theater. Tickets to the opening and closing night events ( including after parties) are $10 to $15. Individual screenings are $6 to $9. Tickets can be purchased at the theater, at the Banner Coin Exchange, or at Showclix. Ticket packages ranging in price from $45 to $125 are also available for purchase on the Reel Q website.