Free film series celebrates third year with movies focused on LGBT seniors

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013, at 6:30 pm a the Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, and in association with the Queer Film Society, Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, and The Legacy Project present Cinema Q III, the third annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free screenings will take place on four Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2013 in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. All screenings will feature a discussion and Q&A following the film. The lineup at this year’s Cinema Q series focuses on the lives of LGBT seniors with some selections celebrating their pioneering efforts and others centered on the unique challenges faced by the LGBT elderly.  This series contains films with mature subject matter.  Viewer discretion is advised. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

A rowdy road dramedy adapted by writer-director Thom Fitzgerald from his stage play, Cloudburst follows the exploits of the hilariously profane Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dotty (Brenda Fricker), her sweet but equally tough partner as they head to Canada to legally wed after being together for 31 years.  The unedited version will be shown. This screening co-sponsored by Center on Halsted (Directed by Thom Fitzgerald; 2011, 94 minutes).
To Die Like a Man
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Writer-director João Pedro Rodrigues’s gritty, provocative drama centers on Tonia, an aging drag headliner in Lisbon torn between the demands of a new romance and coming to terms with the past.  In Portuguese with subtitles. (Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues’s; 2009, 134 minutes).

Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @100 and 
T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Former Chicagoan, filmmaker Yvonne Welbon’s celebratory and insightful portrait of lesbian activist Ruth Ellis is preceded by out filmmaker Robert Phillipson’s exploration of the lesbianism of legendary blues singers Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, and others. This screening co-sponsored by Affinity Community Services (Ruth Ellis directed by Yvonne Welbon; 1999, 60 minutes, T’Aint Nobody’s directed by Robert Phillipson; 2011, 30 minutes).

Gods and Monsters
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

A 15th anniversary screening of out writer-director Bill Condon’s Oscar winning (Best Adapted Screenplay) portrait of the last days of gay Frankenstein director James Whale and his complicated friendship with his hulking, hunky gardener. Sir Ian McKellen portrays Whale in an Oscar nominated performance, Brendan Fraser is the gardener, and Lynn Redgrave (also Oscar nominated) plays Whale’s devoted, eccentric housekeeper. This screening co-sponsored by Pride Films and Plays. (Directed by Bill Condon; 1998, 106 minutes).

PRICE: Free • FOR MORE INFORMATION  Please call 773.472.6469.


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