Reeling celebrates its 40th anniversary! The 40th Chicago International LGBTQ+ Film Festival | Chicago Reel

The 40th Annual REELING: Chicago International LGBTQ+ Film Festival will run from September 22 through October 6. Explore the film schedule and start planning your Reeling experience!

The opening night promises to be magical, but it’s only the beginning! REELING continues with day two on Friday, September 23. Check out the movies below. And be sure to check out all of our Pass Packages for the full festival experience!

7:00 p.m. | Mark
Matt Carter | United Kingdom | 2022 | 134 minutes

Dark-eyed Mark (Alexander Lincoln) is a new member of the “B” league of a gay rugby club. He’s also their biggest chance to show off the team’s muscular star, Warren (Alexander King). Amid post-match pints of a particularly brutal match, Mark shares a fast dance with Warren and an even faster bond with the jeans. Their passionate encounter leads to the greatest danger of all: love. The heat rises from the screen in this film from director Matt Carter who also co-wrote, shot, edited and scored.

Not available for online streaming

7:15 p.m. | Mark
Joseph Sacett | United States | 2021 | 75 minutes

This hilarious variation of FREAKY FRIDAY tells the story of a 9-year-old boy trapped in the body of his babysitter. Johnny adores his babysitter Melanie, who never judges him when he puts on lipstick and tries on her mother’s dresses. But it’s Melanie’s last day before she becomes a full-time doula. Wanting to stay close to her, a heartbroken Johnny discovers a YouTube video that shows him how to send his spirit into Melanie’s body. Things are all good and fun for Johnny until the pressures of Melanie’s life start to pile up in this tender, delicious comedy of errors.

Online streaming from September 30 to October 6 | he only

9:00 p.m. | Mark
Maria Breaux | United States | 2022 | 93 minutes

‘Internally Washed’ singer Grrrilda Beausoleil is 50 and all she wants is a reunion with her 1990s riot grrrl band, the one she unceremoniously ditched a while ago. 20 years. Can they come together to play a big reconciliation show? Buckle up your Stratocaster and get ready to have a blast in this hilarious, completely improvised mockumentary (think SPINAL TAP with BIPOC and queers). Co-presented by the Artemis Singers.

Online streaming from September 30 to October 6

9:30 p.m. | Mark
Antonia Campbell-Hughes | Ireland | 2022 | 92 minutes

Hamish, a handsome young businessman (Cosmo Jarvis), travels from England to a small village in Ireland to sell the house he inherited from his aunt. But a tragic and deadly car accident leads to an unexpected connection between Hamish and, one of the survivors, Evan (Rhys Mannion). IT IS IN US ALL received Special Jury Recognition for Extraordinary Cinematic Vision at this year’s SXSW.

Online streaming from September 30 to October 6 | he only

Reeling’s 40th edition proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio (Universal Pictures) about two maybe, maybe, probably gay men stumbling towards love. Maybe. They are both very busy.

From the fierce comic mind of Billy Eichner (BILLY ON THE STREET, 2019’S THE LION KING, DIFFICULT PEOPLE, IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY) and the genius of filmmakers Nicholas Stoller (the films NEIGHBORS, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL) and Judd Apatow (THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND, TRAINWRECK, THE BIG STICK), comes BROS, a smart, swooning, heartfelt comedy about the difficulty of finding another tolerable human being to go through life with.



This is just a small taste of what Reeling has to offer! Head to to discover the complete program of films. With over 50 film programs including narrative features, documentary features and short films, there is something for everyone.


Tickets are on sale now with flexible pass packages, special screenings, VIP memberships, and more.

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