REELING ushers in 2023 fest with The Mattachine Family

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In a vibrant celebration of Pride Month, the REELING PRIDE FILM SHOWCASE, presented by MUBI, is set to dazzle audiences with a compelling array of LGBTQ+ cinema.

This captivating cinematic journey serves as a prelude to the highly anticipated 41st edition of Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. These contemporary LGBTQ+ films illuminate the intricate paths of queer characters on their quests for self-discovery, emphasizing the profound impact of relationships with family, friends, and lovers.

Kicking off the showcase in grand style is the heartfelt and thought-provoking film, The Mattachine Family. The opening night will take place on Thursday, September 21st, at the iconic Music Box Theatre, located at 3733 N. Southport Ave. The evening commences with a lively reception at 6 pm, followed by the screening at 7 pm.

Directed by Andy Vallentine and co-written with Danny Vallentine, The Mattachine Family stars Nico Tortorella of The Walking Dead: World Beyond fame and Juan Pablo Di Pace, known for his role in Mamma Mia! This endearing story revolves around the lives of Thomas and Oscar, a couple deeply in love. When their foster child reunites with his birth mother, the couple is confronted with the complex emotions of loss and differing notions of what constitutes a family.

The film draws inspiration from the personal experiences of director Andy Vallentine and writer Danny Vallentine as husbands and potential fathers. It delves into the universal themes of love, family, and community, offering a compelling narrative that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. Watch a clip below:

Behind the scenes, The Mattachine Family boasts a stellar production team, including Zach Braff (Garden State), Scot Boland (The Hobbit), and Mike Diaz. The ensemble cast also features Emily Hampshire from Schitt’s Creek and Carl Clemons-Hopkins of Hacks fame.

This opening night promises to be a spectacular celebration of LGBTQ+ cinema, marking the beginning of a showcase that spans the creative spectrum of contemporary Queer+ Cinema. From intimate chamber dramas to surrealistic horror-fantasies, these emotionally intelligent works provide fresh perspectives on diverse human experiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience The Mattachine and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ storytelling. Get ready to be moved, inspired, and entertained.

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