Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

All New, Reel Q Pittsburgh's Lgbt Film Festival Gets New Name, New Venue

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

All New, Reel Q Pittsburgh's Lgbt Film Festival Gets New Name, New Venue

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New name, different venue, same mission.

Reel Q is the new moniker for the Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival, which starts Friday and concludes Oct. 21 at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

The festival, now in its 27th year, is the sixth oldest such festival in the world and fifth oldest in North America. Designed to present a mix of features, documentaries, shorts and community events, the festival was renamed to reflect "the entire LGBT community as well as our straight allies," says executive director Mitchell Leib.

Admission to opening night film "Cloudburst" ($25) includes a party at nearby Peirce Studio and the closing night ticket ($15) provides entry to "Love or Whatever" and party at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman St.

The festival also offers three passes: $125 Diva Pass provides admission for one person to all films, including opening and closing night events; $70 Screen Queen Pass, 10 tickets (opening and closing not included); and $45 Cheap Thrills Pass, six tickets (opening and closing not included).

Passes and party packages can be purchased at or Banner Coin Exchange, 347 Fourth Ave., Downtown. General admission tickets, $9, will be sold only at the Harris on the day of the film.

Scheduled to be shown:


7:30 p.m.: "Cloudburst" -- See review.


1 p.m.: "United in Anger: The History of ACT UP" -- Documentary about the pioneers who fought corporate greed, homophobia and government indifference to change world views on AIDS. Discussion afterward.

4 p.m.: "Mosquita y Mari" -- Coming-of-age story about a shy A student in a suburban LA high school who agrees to tutor a tough, troublesome girl. As their friendship grows, so do the rumors. In Spanish and English, with subtitles.

7 p.m.: "Facing Mirrors" -- Character-driven drama, from Iran, about two women brought together by a long fateful taxi ride. One is a driver forced to support her family, the other a young woman whose father is anxious to marry her to a male cousin but who has plans for gender reassignment surgery.

9:30 p.m.: "Gayby" -- See review.


1 p.m.: "Raid on the Rainbow Lounge" -- Documentary, narrated by Meredith Baxter, recounting events surrounding the raid of a newly opened gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2009. Discussion to follow.

3:30 p.m.: "Molly's Girl" -- When an awkward and eccentric young woman strikes out with men at a singles event, she starts a conversation and more with another woman at the bar who turns out to be a gay marriage activist.

7 p.m.: "Naked As We Came" -- See review.


7:30 p.m.: Women's Shorts -- A half-dozen short films, ranging from 6 to 23 minutes, geared toward lesbian and bisexual women.


7:30 p.m.: Men's Shorts -- Nine short films, ranging from 4 to 14 minutes, aimed at gay and bisexual men. …

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