Film News: Reeling40, Chicago’s International LBGTQ+ Film Fest, Opens on Sept. 22, 2022

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CHICAGO – The 40th edition of the REELING International LBGTQ+ Film Festival kicks off on Thursday (9-22-22) with the film “The Shiny Shrimp Strike Back,” at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, followed by a legendary After Party. For info/tickets on both, click REELING40.

With over 50 film programs including narrative features, documentary features, and shorts, and with an option for at-home viewing, there many ways to enjoy REELING40. To check out the schedule for all films and options, click SCHEDULE. For ticket and pass options, click TICKETS.

REELING40 Opens with ‘The Shiny Shrimps Strike Back’
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“The Shiny Shrimp Strike Back” is a sequel to a previous REELING festival favorite “The Shiny Shrimps” (2019). It’s back into the pool with this endearing water polo crew and their hunky and straight … though gay friendly … Coach Matthias. Still recovering from the death of their teammate Jean, the Shrimps are heading to the Gay Games in Tokyo. After missing a connecting flight, they find themselves stranded deep in one of the most homophobic regions in the world: Russia!

The Opening Night Party, immediately following the film and also at the Music Box Lounge and outdoor garden, includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and libations with admission, and will be hosted by Honey West. And since it’s the REELING 40th anniversary, North America’s oldest LGBTQ+ film fest is inviting stars from four decades … Elton John, Ziggy Stardust, Prince and Tina Turner are all scheduled to attend … of course, REELING40 cannot guarantee that these are the actual stars and not just uncanny lookalikes. Click link in the first paragraph for tickets and info.

The 40th edition of REELING International LBGTQ+ Film Festival runs from September 22nd through October 6th, 2022. For tickets, schedule and all information, click senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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