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Reeling Unspools Starting Thursday

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 3, 2008 4:50PM

2008_11_3reeling.jpg CIFF is barely a memory and CUFF just wrapped up yesterday. Have we room for another film festival in Chicago? Of course! And this one isn't an acronym for a change. The 27th incarnation of Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, runs November 6-16 and features approximately 70 movies. Opening the festival is Breakfast with Scot, starring Tom Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman. Documentaries, experimental films, feature-length narratives and shorts are all part of the lineup. New this year is "Rock Reeling," two evenings of music videos giving recognition to the indie queer music frontier.

Also new are some of the festival's venues, which range from Film Row Cinema in the South Loop to Piper's Alley, the Landmark Century, and the almost-new Center on Halsted, making it easier to catch a flick or two no matter where in the city you are.

Advance tickets are available online or via fax and phone, but unless you're tolerant of an added service charge of $1.50-$3.00 per ticket you might want to hoof it to Chicago Filmmakers or just show up early the day-of. Seriously, Reeling, what's with that?