WBEZ | reeling film festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/reeling-film-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Reeling Film Fest returns with a different take on queer cinema http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/reeling-film-fest-returns-different-take-queer-cinema-108773 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/reeling photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After three decades, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/reeling.filmfest">Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival</a> is making a few changes.</p><p>There&rsquo;s the new name, which now includes bisexual and transgender in the title (though most still know the fest by its shorthand name, Reeling).</p><p>The fest also has a new location, at the <a href="http://www.thelogantheatre.com/">Logan Theatre </a>in Chicago&rsquo;s Logan Square neighborhood.</p><p>And there&rsquo;s a new approach to what constitutes queer cinema, thanks to new programming director <a href="http://www.knightatthemovies.com/Knight_at_the_Movies_About_Me.html">Richard Knight Jr</a>. The lineup was announced Wednesday night.</p><p>&ldquo;I wanted to bring some films into the festival that were not exclusively gay, gay gay,&rdquo; said Knight. &ldquo;... It&rsquo;s certainly there. But it&rsquo;s not like two guys meeting in a bar sort of thing.&rdquo;</p><p>One of those films will close the fest. Ludwig II is about a 19th century Bavarian monarch. The film isn&rsquo;t explicitly a work of queer cinema, but Knight saw it differently.</p><p>&ldquo;When you see the movie, it&rsquo;s gay. He&rsquo;s in love with the horsemaster, he has erotic dreams, he kisses him,&rdquo; said Knight. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not very often that you see a $70 million epic around a gay figure.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p>As the longtime film critic for Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/windycitytimes.php">Windy City Times</a>, Knight said he took the job at Reeling because he loves queer cinema and the thought of showing these films was &ldquo;tantalizing.&rdquo;</p><p>But getting audiences onboard hasn&rsquo;t been as easy. In recent years the festival has struggled to find funding. Last year organizers took a break to assess the situation and, as it turns out, retool the festival.</p><p>Knight said he&rsquo;s had had to learn in short order how to balance his artistic interests with commercial realities.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s more of a consideration than I thought it would be,&rdquo; said Knight. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know how (executive director) Brenda Webb has done this for 30 years.&rdquo;</p><p>The 31st Reeling Film Festival opens Nov. 7.</p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter and co-hosts the WBEZ podcasts <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels</a> and <a href="https://soundcloud.com/strangebrews">Strange Brews</a>. Follow her on<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/reeling-film-fest-returns-different-take-queer-cinema-108773