Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, announced the dates for its 31st film festival after its 2012 hiatus. Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, will be held November 7-14, 2013 and will release a call for submissions later this week. Additionally, Reeling has announced new staff – Richard Knight, Jr. as Program Director and Gretchen Blickensderfer as Managing Director.
“Richard will bring a fresh, exciting eye, along with his extensive film knowledge to his selections for the festival. As the founder of the Queer Film Society, film critic for Windy City Times and a filmmaker himself, he has long demonstrated his passion for LGBT cinema. Gretchen’s vast experience in the area of arts management, sponsorship and fundraising, especially for the renowned Golden Apple Awards – not to mention her personal commitment to LGBT arts and her own experience as a film critic and writer – make her a superb addition to the Reeling team as well,” said Chicago Filmmakers’ Executive Director Brenda Webb. Webb has held the post of Festival Director since she founded the Reeling film festival in 1981 and will continue in her role as Executive Director of Chicago Filmmakers.
Reeling is looking for volunteers to work the booth at Andersonville Midsommerfest for the summer street fair on June 8th and 9th. The booth will be in front of the Chicago Filmmakers headquarters at 5243 N. Clark St. in Chicago. They are looking for people to operate their booth, the spinning wheel for prizes, and distribute postcards. Each volunteer will receive a ticket voucher good for a screening at Reeling31. For more information of volunteering, click here or call the Operations Director at (773) 293-1447.
As stated on their website, the mission of Reeling is “to recognize the important artistic contributions that lesbian, gay and transgender filmmakers have made to our culture; to educate the general population and sensitize them to lesbian, gay and transgender issues; to investigate the history of LGBT film, including the stereotyping that has been a major part of this history; and to counteract this stereotyping with valid, meaningful and diverse portrayals of those in the LGBT community. The festival provides a unique opportunity for the celebration of these identities for a community too often misrepresented or ignored in mainstream film and television.”