Reeling LGBTQ+ Int’l Film Fest opens tomorrow

"Freelancers Anonymous"

“Freelancers Anonymous”

The program’s
31 features
and 19 shorts
— each one a
Chicago premier —
will screen
through the 30th

The 36th edition of Reeling — the world’s second-oldest LGBTQ film festival and a beloved Chicago cultural institution — will launch its presentation of 31 features and 19 shorts with a party and screening of Freelancers Anonymous at the Davis Theater tomorrow night.

All of the films in the lineup, which runs through September 30, are Chicago premieres. After opening night at the Davis Theater, screenings will take place at Landmark’s Century Cinema from September 21-27 and Chicago Filmmakers from September 28 to Closing Night, September 30.

Freelancers Anonymous is a modern-day comedy about a woman named Billie who quits her dead-end job after a meltdown in the office. When Billie meets a group of other underemployed women, she decides to cultivate their skills into an app for freelancers. Unfortunately, the app’s launch party is scheduled for the same day that she and her demanding fiancée are supposed to get married during a lavish wedding.

Sly and resourceful, Billie attempts to keep it all together.



A pair of cast members from Freelancers Anonymous will be on hand to celebrate the premiere at the Davis Theater: Lisa Cordileone (Easy Abby) who plays Billie; and Natasha Negovanlis, (Almost Adults) who plays Billie’s fiancée, Gayle.

Other special guests appearances appearing at the festival include Rupert Everett, actor-turned-director of the Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince, on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Scud — the renowned LGBT filmmaker from Hong Kong — will attend the North American Premiere premier of his film, Adonis, on Tuesday September 25 at 7:00 p.m.

To view the complete Reeling schedule and purchase tickets, click here or come in person to Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., from Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For additional questions, contact Reeling at (773) 293-1447 or

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