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December Film Fest

  PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL titles announced for December 12 screenings Four short films explore the theme –  “The Families of the LGBT Community” Chicago, IL – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pride Films and Plays’ monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films, which was launched in October, will continue with its third monthly festival on Tuesday, December 12. The four films to be screened all reflect on the theme “The Families of the LGBT Community.”  Understanding our family members, revealing who we are as individuals and who we are as families. The December 12 screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, beginning at 7:30 pm. PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL December 2017 Program (Click here or on images to access high res files) Adult  Directed by Jamieson Pearce, Australia, 12min.Having enabled a loss that now torments her, an old woman enters an adult store in search of redemption.  Adapted from a short story by Christos Tsiolkas. Cas Directed by Joris van den Berg, Netherlands, 50 min.In the comedy-drama CAS, Pepijn and Sjors’ steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own. Gradually, both menMore…

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Submit Your Film

The Pride Arts Center (PAC) provides the best LGBT films their Chicago premieres. The Pride Film Festival is a monthly screening series dedicated to LGBT filmmakers, presenting audiences with internationally produced LGBT independent cinema every second Tuesday of the month at the Pride Arts Center (PAC) Broadway Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago. This year-round film festival celebrates the international LGBT independent film scene while also bringing together and strengthening the Chicago LGBT filmmaking community with networking opportunities. PAC currently seeks quality submissions for its Pride Film Festival which showcases feature length and short films. Submissions must include content related to the LGBT experience. Entries may be submitted in one of the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Documentary, Animated, Sci Fi, Music Video, Student or Short film.  The deadline for our Feb. thru May screenings is December 16th, 2017.  All films must be submitted to: https://filmfreeway.com/PACPrideFilmFestival Festival Dates: December 12 January 9 February 13 March 13 April 10 May 8  

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‘Counting’ is winning prizes on the festival circuit!

Our first short film, Counting, directed by company member Dan Pal and written by Kari Morris, is currently enjoying success on the film festival circuit. It recently won the 2017 award for 1st Place Short Feature at the North By Midwest Microbudget Film Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Other upcoming festivals include:  Show Me Justice Film Festival at the University of Central Missouri (April 7), MiFo – Miami (April 24), My True Colors Festival, New York, (June.)  Previous screenings:  Big As Texas Short Film Festival (Best LGBT Short Film Nominee), Equality Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, Desperado LGBT Film Festival in Phoenix, AZ. We are thrilled with the performances of Joan McGrath, Kenzie Siebert, and Carolyn Reynolds, and the work of the entire production team whole production team!  

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New AltReels Film Fest

Pride Films and Plays announces five short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on April 25th, 2016. Buy tickets here! Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival will showcase five short films that test the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. The program includes a powerful documentary about the toll of an illness on a long-term relationship, a sexy thriller about a quiet man whose drag queen alter-ego starts to take over his life, a sweet pop musical about heartbreak and hope, a zany comedy about a brother and sister saving their video store, and a tender fairytale about two men that give each other newfound purpose in life. The screening begins at 7:30PM. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6:30PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes and strong language. You are going to love them! Tickets are $15. Student and Senior tickets are also available for $10. Tickets can be purchased at pridefilmsandplays.com or by calling 1.800.737.0984. Buy tickets here! Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival Selections: Alzheimer’s: A Love Story More…

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Films Selected for PFP’s LezPlay Film Fest

 LezPlay Film Festival Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on February 22nd, 2016.   Pride Films and Plays’ LezPlay Film Festivalincludes a couple’s existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double life, a student teacher bond through secret love, an older woman’s exploration of her past, the loss of balance in the dynamic of two, a conversation about Clitoris & Clitoris Awareness, the ups and downs of a young Lesbian relationship and the search for the perfect dance partner. The screening commences at 7:30PM, is approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by a brief talkback. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 7:00 PM. Please come early and have a drink with us! Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them! Tickets for the complete evening of programs are $10.   or call 1.800.737.0984.   LezPlay Film Festival Selections: Our Place Director: Al Benoit; Writers: Kelsey Cornell & Al Benoit US, 18 minutes 56 seconds) A youngMore…

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Counting

PFP’s first original short is Counting, directed by Dan Pal from a screenplay by Kari Morris. Counting features PFP Company Members Kenzie Siebert, Carolyn Reynolds, and Joan McGrath, and was shot on location in Chicago in July 2016. In 1951, Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality. So far Counting has been selected for the Big as Texas Short Film Festival, where it is a nominee for Best LGBT Film, and the Equality Festival in Kiev, Ukraine. There will likely bemany more announced in January, and Dan Pal has submitted the film to festivals that have notifications as far ahead as next September. We wish Counting continued success on the festival circuit. Directed and Produced by Dan Pal Screenplay by Kari Morris Executive Producer   David Zak Milly    Kenzie Seibert Young Violet    Carolyn Reynolds Older Violet    Joan McGrath Director of Photography   Alan Dembek Costume Designer   John Nasca DIT/Editor   Don Diaz 1st Assistant Director   Kelsey O’Brien 2nd Assistant Director/Line Producer  David Collins Production Manager  Sam Bengtson Gaffer    Ian Battaglia Key Grip   J Wheeler White 1st Assistant Camera    Alex Naremore 2nd Assistant Camera    Jordan Blazak Sound Designer  More…

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Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II, November 9

Pride Films and Plays announces Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on November 9, 2015. Come check out short films that are packing plenty! The full program of short films will be announced a month prior to the screening. The evening will be split into two one-hour programs.  Program A begins 7:30PM and will be followed by a talkback with Chicago director Dan Pal who created the Scotty and Josh series. The second screening will commence at 9:00PM. Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them! Tickets for the whole evening (Program A & B) are available for $15 or you can get individual program tickets for $10 each. Student and Senior tickets are also available. Tickets are on sale now by clicking the button below or by calling 1-800-737-0984.   Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II Selections: Program A – Starting at 7:30 pm   Another Party With Scotty Writer/Director: Dan Pal (US, 13 minutes 47 seconds) In Part 3 of the Scotty & Josh trilogy, the characters’ relationship is put to a final test as they attend a party celebratingMore…

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Gay Film Weekend Schedule Announced

This fall, Pride Films and Plays’ developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists and five semi-finalists have been named in PFP’s Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a thrilling drama about the secrets revealed when a man returns home to care for his mother, an action-packed TV pilot about gay club owners taking on the Italian mafia, an exciting crime story about a detective investigating a serial killer, a fun road trip comedy involving an unlikely pair of friends, and a touching coming-of-age tale about a friendship put to the test. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 13 to 15, 2015 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend kicks off with Queer Bits Fall Film Festival on Monday, November 9 at Public House Theater. Tickets for Gay Film Weekend at CenterMore…

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An Interview with Filmmaker Carlos Ocho

“It is very important for me that my films add a value to this world we live in, either through the drama, comedy or horror. Providing seeds of consciousness and giving questions to think about.” –Carlos Ocho Carlos Ocho is a filmmaker based in Barcelona, Spain. His short film “Open Relationship” was included in Queer Bits Fall Film Festival last November and his film “My Reality” will be screened during Queer Bits Summer Film Festival which is on June 1st, 2015 at 7:30PM at The Public House Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com. Carlos answered some questions posed by PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez. Nelson Rodriguez: What inspired you to be a filmmaker? What continues to inspire you? Carlos Ocho: When I was 14 years old, I wanted to be an actor, and I started doing small plays in my village. Then I studied four years of interpretation during my college days, but [then] I had to stop and focus on finishing my studies in Economics basically because of money. Likewise, I still loved it a lot. I’ve been swallowing cinema nonstop since the age of 14. When I was 26, I moved to Barcelona [and] ​​a good friend of mine gave me a video camera as a gift.More…

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Queer Bits Summer Film Fest Selections Announced!

Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Summer Film Festival Announces Eight Short Films to Receive Chicago Premieres Pride Films and Plays (PFP) begins an exciting season of new screenplays and short films receiving their Chicago premieres! PFP is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Great Gay Screenplay Contest via FilmFreeway.com with an Early Bird Deadline on May 31st and a Regular Deadline on June 30th. Also two screenings of short films will be presented at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark); Queer Bits Summer Film Festival on June 1st and Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II on November 9th, 2015.   Queer Bits Summer Film Festival announces eight short films from six different countries receiving their Chicago premieres at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on June 1st, 2015 at 7:30PM.   Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Summer Film Festival will include a charming Brazilian comedy about a young man that buys a device to help him know whether other people are gay or straight, a sexy Spanish psychological drama about a man that uses an unconventional method to deal with a breakup, a bittersweet American coming-of-age tale centering around two best friends graduating high school, aMore…