By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 14, 2006 5:28PM
We love our hometown film organizations. Places like the Siskel, Facets and Chicago Filmmakers help insure that the local film scene stays vibrant and relevant. We have always been very proud of Reeling, the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, which just wrapped its 25th incarnation on Sunday. That’s why the news that the offices of Reeling were burglarized Sunday evening particularly pisses us off.
According to Brenda Webb at Reeling, “the thief also took unprocessed credit card slips, specifically for festival tickets purchased at the door at Chicago Filmmakers and for our opening night at the Music Box. We do not believe this includes credit card orders for any ADVANCE tickets purchased in person, online, or by phone, or tickets purchased at the Landmark or Film Row Cinema, just tickets purchased on the day of the screening at the door at Chicago Filmmakers and the Music Box. If you paid for your ticket with a credit card for any of the festival screenings that took place at Chicago Filmmakers or the Music Box, we urge you to please watch for any unauthorized purchases on your accounts and to inform us immediately if this happens.”
It’s a low blow to hit a non-profit organization that exists to encourage diversity and understanding. We hope the police have some leads on the culprit(s), and we’ll try to stay in the loop on further developments.