After three decades, Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is making a few changes.
There’s the new name, which now includes bisexual and transgender in the title (though most still know the fest by its shorthand name, Reeling).
The fest also has a new location, at the Logan Theatre in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
And there’s a new approach to what constitutes queer cinema, thanks to new programming director Richard Knight Jr. The lineup was announced Wednesday night.
“I wanted to bring some films into the festival that were not exclusively gay, gay gay,” said Knight. “... It’s certainly there. But it’s not like two guys meeting in a bar sort of thing.”
One of those films will close the fest. Ludwig II is about a 19th century Bavarian monarch. The film isn’t explicitly a work of queer cinema, but Knight saw it differently.
“When you see the movie, it’s gay. He’s in love with the horsemaster, he has erotic dreams, he kisses him,” said Knight. “It’s not very often that you see a $70 million epic around a gay figure.”