Category: Films

Company News, Films

Call for Entries into Queer Bits Film Fest

Pride Films and Plays is accepting LGBT short films seeking their Chicago premieres for Queer Bits Fall Film Festival which will be held on November 10th, 2014 at The Public House Theatre. Entry forms and additional material are available here. Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Film Festival is now in its third year and prides itself in providing the best LGBT short films with their Chicago premieres. Pride Films and Plays presents Queer Bits Fall Film Festival on November 10th, 2014 at The Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark, Chicago, IL) at 7:30 PM. The first screening and incarnation of Queer Bits occurred in November 2012 in Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The enthusiasm for that and a subsequent festival in November 2013 led Pride Films and Plays to continue the festival as an on-going event alongside their annual Great Gay Screenplay Contest. In June 2014, Pride Films and Plays presented Queer Bits Film Festival, a sold-out 90 minute program of short films and webisodes, which was followed in September 2014 by the Women’s Words Film Festival, a very successful program of short films and webisodes with lesbian characters and themes which were written and/or directed by women. PrideMore…

Company News, Films

Queer Bits Fall Film Fest

Pride Films and Plays announces ten short films from the USA, Denmark, and Spain receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Fall Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on November 10th, 2014. Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Film Fall Festival will include a sexy romp about a young man with an international taste in men, a poignant drama about an elderly woman revisiting an intense memory, two very different and festive animated films, a touching documentary about a gay couple living in the Deep South, a powerful lesbian drama about a dangerous crush, a fascinating examination of LGBT youth in America, a sweet coming-out tale set in high school, a smart look at two men trying to reconcile their dissimilar faiths, and a fun look at a relationship which one of the partners wants to make more open. The screening commences at 7:30PM and will be followed by a brief talkback with some of the filmmakers. 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, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them!More…

Events, Films

Women’s Words Film Fest

Pride Films and Plays announces seven short films and two episodes from Tello Films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women’s Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on September 15th, 2014. Tickets can be ordered here. Films chosen for the fest include an innocent teenage story of breaking boundaries, a sexy 30 year old woman crashing a teenage party in the South of France, an exploration of love inspired by Robert Frost and glue, the genuine quirks of young love, a betrayal of true love, and a British Lesbian comedy of unforeseen family intimacy. And the featured web series Rent Controlled is a comedy of unfortunate events: Heather can’t move out, and can’t move on. When the love of Heather’s life decides to break up with her the day after they move in together, she has to decide if she should move on, move out, or put on the moves that would win back Jennifer’s heart in this work from Tello Films. These are just some of the tantalizing offerings at Women’s Words Film Fest which will be at the Public House Theatre on September 15th at 7:30PM. The full program isMore…

Company News, Films, Plays

Women’s Words Week

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our Women’s Words contest and have named Pat Montley, Laura Jones, Jan O’Connor and Heidi FitzGerald as the four finalists. In a change from previous years, Women’s Words will include a week of entertainment with lesbian characters or themes. We will begin with a Film Festival of lesbian shorts written and/or directed by women on Monday, September 15. (See separate press release for the complete schedule.) This will be held at Chicago’s Public House Theater. On Friday, September 19 we move to Center on Halsted for a staged reading of a contemporary lesbian classic – Patricia Kane’s Pulp, a gritty and witty play about the shady lavender menace known as lesbianism. On Saturday and Sunday, the new works by the finalists will be performed, and you will meet women of mystery and women with history; women with tools and women who don’t suffer fools; women who dance and women who take the “man” out of romance. Tickets for Pulp are $20. Tickets for the Film Fest and the Saturday and Sunday readings are $10 each. A pass for the weekend can be purchased for $40 at BrownPapertickets.com or byMore…

Company News, Events, Films, Plays, Staged Reading

Women’s Work – Contest Entry Starts Today!

It will most likely have a new name and new format soon, but just making sure you save September 19 to 21 for our 2014 Women’s Work Weekend for plays and screenplays with lesbian characters or themes. Once again, Center on Halsted is our host for this important weekend of celebration and new play development with writers from around the world! Entries into the writing contest for this event are being accepted starting today! Get the rules and enter here!

Events, Films

Next Planning Meeting for LGBT Film Makers is March 16!

Pride Films and Plays invites Chicago LGBT film makers for an informal gathering and discussion on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 beginning at 4PM. The gathering will be held in our rehearsal space at 1411 W. Wilson Ave. Working and aspiring LGBT film makers and screenwriters come take advantage of an opportunity to share your challenges, triumphs, questions, and inspirations with others. To RSVP use our Facebook Page  

Events, Films

Meeting for Chicago LGBT film makers

Pride Films and Plays invites Chicago LGBT filmmakers for an informal gathering and discussion on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 beginning at 7PM. The gathering will be held at 1411 W. Wilson Ave. Pride Films and Plays recently produced Gay Film Weekend which included 5 enhanced staged readings of new LGBT screenplays and screened five short films making their Chicago premieres. We met some great filmmakers during our festival and wish to continue the trend. Working and aspiring LGBT filmmakers and screenwriters come take advantage of an opportunity to share your challenges, triumphs, questions, and inspirations with others. To RSVP visit on our Facebook page.

Awards, Films, Screenplays

PFP Announces “Boys In Summer” by Dennis Shinners the winner of the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the winner of our 2013 Great Gay Screenplay contest is Boys In Summer by Dennis Shinners. The award was presented Sunday, November 17 at the conclusion of PFP’s Gay Film Weekend in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted. The weekend included ‘enhanced staged readings’ of the top five scripts, including The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger, The Passion Child by Amir Sade, Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr., and Saguaro by Brandon Yarns. The weekend also included screenings of the short films The Wait by Mary Guzmán, Scotty Works OUT by Dan Pal, Coffee Talk: Episodes 3 and 4 by Skyrider Films, and Hypocrites + Strippers by Kim Yaged, all having their Chicago premieres. After the contest, Dennis sent us the following note: “Holy crap!” I blurted out when it was announced that I won this year’s Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay contest. Not my preferred choice of words, but I hold the martini that was in hand at the time responsible. Not only was I surprised but very happy I chose to take part in this year’s tough competition amongst talented writers.  Truth be told I hadMore…

Events, Films

PFP Announces Short Films to be screened this weekend!

Pride Films and Plays Announces Short Films to Receive Chicago Premiere   Chicago, IL –Pride Films and Plays announces five short films receiving their Chicago premieres during the 4th Annual Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre on November 15 to 17. The Screening is at Saturday, November 16 at 5 pm.   Tickets are ‘pay-what-you-can’ donation and are available at 4:30 in the third floor lobby of Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted. Gay Film Weekend features screenings of short films receiving their Chicago premieres and enhanced staged readings of the finalists in the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest. The announcement of the winner of the Great Gay Screenplay Contest will happen on Sunday, November 17 at 4:30pm at Pride Films and Plays Community Night at Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W Balmoral. The event will be a fundraiser for and celebration of our 2013-14 Season. The program of selected short films is: The Wait (USA, 9 minutes) Writer/Director: Mary Guzmán Kimberly and Petra are unknown to each other but both in love with Sofia. Kimberly is Sofia’s future and Petra is her past. They inadvertently come together to wait, for Sofia. Dress – Coffee Talk, Episode 3 Writer/Director:More…