“The Office” alum Kate Flannery and stars of the controversial “Stonewall” will be on hand for screenings at the 33rd annual Reeling film festival next month.
The lineup of films has been locked down for the Sept. 17-24 fest, celebrating the diversity of queer experience. Tickets and passes go on sale Thursday at reelingfilmfestival.org.
Opening the festival on Sept. 17 will be “Fourth Man Out,” billed as a “gay dude comedy” starring Flannery (boozy Meredith on “The Office”) and Evan Todd. Both are expected to attend.
“Stonewall,” from “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich, will have its Chicago premiere at a Reeling screening on Sept. 20. Depicting the Greenwich Village bar riots that helped ignite the gay rights movement in 1969, the film has drawn fire for a trailer thatputs little emphasis on transgender people or characters of color. Stars Jonny Beauchamp (“Penny Dreadful”) and Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”) are expected for a Q&A.
Also making its Chicago premiere will be “Freeheld,” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as a couple in a pension battle. The film’s writer, Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”), willattend the Sept. 21 event. Nyswaner also directed the documentary “She’s the Best Thing in It” and will answer questions at a screening that night along with the film’s subject, stage actress Mary Louise Wilson.
The world premiere screening of “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a noir thriller starring Gale Harold (“Queer as Folk”), is set for Sept. 18.DirectorCasper Andreas will be there along with cast members Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and Shangela (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”).
Closing the festival on Sept. 24 will be the Argentinian crime thriller “Death in Buenos Aires,” starring Oscar nominee Demian Bichir.
Reeling will present nearly 40 features and more than 60 short films from around the world.