Genderqueer Chicago is co-presenting three films at Reeling this year! The films are Community Action Center, Tomboy, and Names, Planes, and... James Dean and we have some tickets to give out for each of them! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name for tickets (first come, first served and one per person as they are super limited).
Community Action Center - A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s visually lush, hedonistic sociosexual video incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is both political and sexual. The artists worked with performers to create complex gender and performance pieces that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music and original compositions. This project was heavily inspired by 1970’s porn-romance-liberation films, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes, and the body politic of a particular time and place. The work explores feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics, and an expansive view of what is defined as “sex.” 9:30PM on Friday, November 4th at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.) 69 minutes.
Tomboy - Laure, a ten-year-old tomboy, has just moved to a new neighborhood with her parents and little sister. She decides almost offhandedly to introduce herself to the neighborhood kids as Mikael and delves into a summer of gender subterfuge. The film vividly portrays Laure’s ambivalence towards her gender identity and the subdued glee she feels when accepted as one of the boys. Mikael becomes close to Lisa, a girl in their apartment complex, and a mutual crush develops. With the first day of school – and the discovery of her secret – rapidly approaching, Laure becomes increasingly anxious to keep hold of the happiness she finds in being Mikael. 4:30PM on Saturday, November 5th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.). 84 minutes.
Names, Planes, and... James Dean - Young people begin to question their identities and adults explore the intimate complications of theirs. These short films tackle gender identity, fully and sensitively addressing its complexity. 7:15PM on Sunday, November 6th at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.) 81 minutes.