2019 Reel Q Festival: Guide + Schedule

October 3rd

Papi Chulo

Thursday, October 3rd @ 7:00 pm
An Audience Award winner, Papi Chulo is about an unlikely friendship between a handsome gay TV weatherman (Matt Bomer) and a straight 50-year-old Mexican migrant (Alejandro Patiño). Despite the fact that neither can communicate well in the other’s language they make an entertaining, mismatched duo in a movie with a big heart.

October 4th

The Shiny Shrimps

Friday, October 4th @ 7:00 pm
What can you do with an amateur water polo team more interested in other men than the competition at the Gay Games? Send in a buff, straight, homophobic coach (Nicolas Gob) to whip them into shape. By the end of this French box office hit, hearts and minds are changed, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect.


Friday, October 4th @ 9:00 pm
An awkward teenaged cis boy meets the woman of his dreams, who thinks he’s trans. The result is a coming-of-age comedy-of-errors.

October 5th

Teen Dreams

Saturday, October 5th @ 1:00 pm
Jump out of the closet and into a world of flower princes, summer camp, quirky animation, and a special premiere screening of a documentary on the infamous Blue Moon Bar! This program is perfect for the young and young at heart and it’s Pay What Makes You Happy for everyone 21 and under!

From Zero to I Love You

Saturday, October 5th @ 3:00 pm
Pete (Darryl Stephens) has an unfortunate habit of beginning affairs with closeted married men. When sparks fly with handsome Scott Bailey things might be different. This time will it be boy-meets-boy, boy-loses-boy, boy-gets-boy after all?

Dykes, Camera, Action

Saturday, October 5th @ 5:00 pm
Dykes, Camera, Action is a crash-course in lesbian film, covering everything from the first tragic glimpses of lesbians on film, through groundbreaking experimental work, to the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s and beyond. While the film documents important moments in film and LGBTQIA+ history it also makes for good entertainment.

Good Kisser

Saturday, October 5th @ 7:00 pm
A lesbian couple wants to spice things up with a threesome, and shy Jenna agrees reluctantly. Soon she develops a sense that not everything she was told about the situation is true. Tensions build, jealousy unfurls, and secrets are revealed in this hot and engaging — and very entertaining — movie.


Saturday, October 5th @ 9:00 pm
Léo is a young, hot and gay sex worker surviving the mean streets of France where sex, drugs and pain predominate. Although Sauvage is the most sexually explicit film of the festival, the director’s nonjudgmental approach and the outstanding acting should keep audiences invested.

October 6th

Global Gays

Sunday, October 6th @ 1:00 pm
Travel across the globe from the comfort of your seat as these films take you to Iran, Myanmar, India, and more to explore the stories of people just like you from around the world.


Sunday, October 6th @ 3:00 pm
Winner of numerous awards in film festivals around the world, Socrates would be too disheartening a tale were it not for the charismatic actor (Christian Malheiros) in the title role. This is a provocative film about the obstacles many queer youths are forced to struggle with alone.

Transtastic Shorts

Sunday, October 6th @ 5:00 pm
This unique shorts program turns the lens to the trans community and their experiences today. Whether facing the past or accelerating into the future, there’s a lot to consider in this genre-defying program.

Sell By

Sunday, October 6th @ 7:30 pm
Called “a gay romantic comedy for people who hate romantic comedies,” Sell By focuses on Adam (Scott Evans), a frustrated artist going nowhere and in a stalled relationship. Add a star-studded line-up of characters, and it’s no wonder the film is getting such positive hype.

October 7th

An Almost Ordinary Summer

Monday, October 7th @ 7:30 pm
Two very different families are spending their summer vacation in the same gorgeous Italian villa: one brash and working class folks, the other pretentious and wealthy. They’ve been brought together by an unlikely romance: the two grandfathers of the families are getting married in three weeks! It’s a heartwarming romantic comedy of love between people over 60.

October 8th

Her Shorts

Tuesday, October 8th @ 7:30 pm
Decades-lost lovers reconnecting in unexpected places, a celebration of feminine bodies of all sizes, dreams of being more than friends, and making a baby the queer way. Explore the stories of women across the globe in this WLW themed program.

October 9th

Where Justice Ends

Wednesday, October 9th @ 7:30 pm
This film looks at the harsh injustices experienced by trans people within the US justice system. This film will be accompanied by a panel discussion with director George Zuber, documentary subject CeCe McDonald, and moderated by SisTers PGH Executive Director Ciora Thomas.

October 10th

His Shorts

Thursday, October 10th @ 7:00 pm
Answer the age old question with us: How far would you go to be bottom ready? Join us as we laugh, cry, and explore the complexities of life as a gay man. There’s international and generational relationships, vogueing, and so much more.

Trick (20th Anniversary)

Thursday, October 10th @ 9:30 pm
Join us for the 20th anniversary of classic boy meets boy film TRICK! Trick follows the misadventures of two young men, trying to find a place to hook-up over the course of one night in 1990’s Manhattan.

October 11th

Fun In Our Shorts

Friday, October 11th @ 7:30 pm
Talking salmon, disturbed maids, voyeuristic Yaoi illustrators, pregnant boys…what do all these things have in common? You’ll be rolling on the floor. There’s something for everyone is this mix of unconventional comedy shorts.

Scream, Queen!

Friday, October 11th @ 9:30 pm
This documentary follows the story of Nightmare on Elmstreet 2, which some view as the first gay horror movie ever made. Watch the documentary, and then stay for a screening of Nightmare on Elmstreet 2: Freddy’s Revenge, and determine for yourself whether it’s the first gay horror movie ever made.

October 12th

Straight Up

Saturday, October 12th @ 1:00 pm
A boy meets girl romcom, but boy is gay! Can they make it work? Featuring an all-star cast, this is one film you won’t want to miss.

Billie and Emma

Saturday, October 12th @ 3:00 pm
It is 1995, and Billie is a lesbian teen who tries to fit in at an all-girls’ Catholic school — although she won’t give up her short hair and combat boots. Emma is beautiful and popular, and she doesn’t look kindly at this butch new kid. But as they work together on a class project an altogether different tension develops between them.

Changing The Game

Saturday, October 12th @ 5:30 pm
Three trans teenagers face discrimination and harassment for their athletic talents. This film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Outfest this year.

Gay Chorus Deep South

Saturday, October 12th @ 7:30 pm
Gay Chorus Deep South showcases the personal stories of several choir members who are returning to their Southern roots as part of an LGBT goodwill concert tour. This crowd-pleasing documentary shows you can never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.

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