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Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III

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tides_-phot-credit-brittany-alsotPride Films and Plays announces eight short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N Clark, on November 13th, 2016 at 7pm. Dozens of entries were received from countries around the world for consideration.

Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III will showcase eight short films ranging in genres and subject matter. The program includes a chilling thriller about boyfriends dealing with their anxieties, a sexy comedy about two women giving their first date a second chance, an experimental exploration of a relationship, a quirky dramedy about a man opening up about his sexual fluidity, a timely drama about a transwoman exerting herself, and the world premiere of Pride Films and Plays’ first short film about an elderly woman accepting a heartbreaking reality.

The screening begins at 7PM and will be followed by a brief talkback with the audience and special guests Dan Pal and Brittany Alsot whose films are official selections of Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6PM. Please come early and have a drink with us!

Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, nudity, and strong language. You are going to love them!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at pridefilmsandplays.com.
Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III is sponsored in part by Harold Ramis Film School at Second City. Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III concludes Pride Films and Plays’ Gay Film Weekend which runs November 11-13 with staged readings of new screenplays at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Please see pridefilmsandplays.com for more information.

Queer Bits Fall Film Festival III Selections:
Breakfast
(Writer/Director: Tyler Byrnes, USA, 9 minutes 44 seconds)
When a young man with anorexia is pressured to eat by his boyfriend, they are thrust into an otherworld where their anxieties turn horrifyingly real.

Climax
(Writer/Director: Fulvio Balmer Rebullida, Switzerland, 14 minutes 37 seconds)
Larry goes back home with Cleo, a girl he met in a bar. He eventually discovers that what she has between her legs is not exactly what he was expecting.

Counting
(Writer: Kari Morris, Director: Dan Pal, USA, 10 minutes 6 seconds)
In 1951, Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes dues, and violet must face a heartbreaking reality.

Flora
(Writer/Director: Alexandrina Andre, USA, 10 minutes 22 seconds)
Flora, a transgender woman, is exposed to prejudice when she uses the women’s bathroom for the first time during a visit to a small café.

Let Us End With It Too
(Writer/Director: Caisha Lea Thompson, Canada, 14 minutes 42 seconds)
The division between intending and departing, as told in four shorts.

The Second First Date
(Writer/Director: Raquel Barrera, Spain, 10 minutes)
Laura, who ruins everything, tries to set up the remake of the terrible first date that she had with Tina, her childhood crush.

Tides
(Writer: Eric Feltes, Director: Brittany Alsot, USA, 5 minutes 16 seconds)
Two men meet on the train. “Tides” examines the ebb and flow of a relationship.

Two Weeks
(Writer/Director: Ana Humphrey, USA, 13 minutes 36 seconds)
Carla juggles her emotionally volatile relationships and self-destructive tendencies while dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.

About Queer Bits Film Festival
Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Film Festival is now in its third year and prides itself in providing the best LGBTQ+ short films with their Chicago premieres.

The first screening and incarnation of Queer Bits occurred in November 2012 in Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. In November 2013, five short films received their Chicago-premieres in the same venue during Pride Films and Plays’ annual Gay Film Weekend. 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. In November of the same year, Queer Bits Fall Film Festival was presented on another sold-out night including foreign language, animated, and student short films and documentaries. Last year, Queer Bits Summer Film Festival was presented and included an array of foreign films from six different countries and was followed by Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II which was expanded into two programs to showcase the breadth of diversity and quality filmmaking submitted to the festival. Earlier this year, Queer Bits AltReels was presented and showcased experimental and non-traditional films.

About Pride Films and Plays

The mission of Pride Films and Plays is to change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.”

For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1 800 737 0984.

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