Pride 2021 Press

Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Visit Pittsburgh

June 25, 2021
By Hannah Waltz

Movie buffs are likely familiar with Pittsburgh’s rich cinematic history, but queer and other marginalized community films often fly under the radar. At Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ film festival, we’re trying to change that. Allow us to introduce ourselves, our community, and our favorite films to celebrate Pride.

2020 Festival in the Press

Opening the Door for the Celluloid Closet in Pittsburgh


October 13, 2020
By Michael Buzzelli

The 35th Annual Reel Q Festival began on October 8 and runs through October 17. The event is mostly online this year (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) but will feature a socially distanced drive-in screening of Hellbent at the Central Outreach Wellness Center.

Reel Q LGBT Film Festival goes virtual for its 35th year

Pittsburgh City Paper

October 6, 2020
By Hannah Lynn

Instead of gathering in movie theaters this year, the 35th annual Reel Q festival is going virtual with a slate of 21 documentaries, dramas, romantic comedies, and short films.

Ep 47 - Learn More About Reel Q, Pittsburgh's LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The Slaw

September 29, 2020
By Stephanie Brea

Pittsburgh’s Reel Q film festival celebrates 35 years this October. In this episode, executive director TJ Murphy highlights some of the organization’s history.

30 Under 30 2020: TJ Murphy

Pittsburgh Business Times

August 27, 2020
By Jennifer Beahm

TJ Murphy leads Reel Q, which will present its 35th annual film festival this year on Oct. 8-17 virtually for the first time as a result of the pandemic. The event features films, panel discussions with visiting directors and actors, and a short film program for teenagers.

Reel Q film festival includes movie with Hill District backdrop

Trib Live

October 8, 2020
By Shirley McMarlin

This year, the Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival will feature 21 programs screening over 10 nights on virtual platforms, including a movie filmed almost entirely in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ film festival celebrates 35th anniversary

Pitt News

October 6, 2020
By Beatrice McDermott

This October, cozy up with a thought-provoking romantic drama set in the Pittsburgh Hill District and a heartfelt rom-com about a gay Muslim man to celebrate the legacy of LGBTQ+ cinema with the ReelQ Film Festival.

12 Pittsburgh Events Not to Miss in October

Next Pittsburgh

September 28, 2020
By Jennifer Barron

Pittsburgh’s longest-running film festival will light up devices and televisions with 21 programs over 10 nights. Reel Q kicks off with “Monsoon” starring Henry Golding as a British Vietnamese man returning to his birth country.

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Press Releases

Reel Q 36th Season: Now Virtual and Live

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: TJ Murphy, Director of Programming Reel Q 36th Season: Now Virtual and LivePITTSBURGH, PA (September 17, 2021) — Reel Q is back for our 36th season, bringing the best in Queer cinema to Pittsburgh once again. The venue...

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Reel Q Celebrates 35 Years…Virtually

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: TJ Murphy, Director of Programming Online Festival Culminates with Drive-In Slasher FeaturePITTSBURGH, PA (September 23, 2020) — Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival can’t be stopped by a pandemic! From October 8 th...

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Reel Q 2019 signals big move, terrific lineup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: TJ Murphy, Director of Programming Reel Q 2019 signals big move, terrific lineup Reel Q’s 34th annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival is back with a bang in a hip new location at Row House Cinema in...

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Reel Q 33 – Still Here, Reel Queer

Dazzling lineup for Reel Q ’18 Reel Q’s annual queer film festival is back this fall at the Harris Theater downtown, Oct. 11-14, with a provocative line-up of feature-length films you can’t see anywhere else! Our line-up includes Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan in “Ideal...

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Reel Q & JFILM Present: Out In The Dark

Contact: James A. Richards;; Kevin Lovelace; March 14, 2017 Reel Q Screens Gay Political Thriller at Alphabet City Reel Q ramps up the heat on April 4th, 2017 with Out in the Dark, a sexy,...

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Reel Q Presents: “Reel Stories”

Reel Stories is an international film series created by Reel Q Film Festival as a way of introducing new audiences to LGBTQ+ films and stories from around the world.

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Reel Q Delves Into Trans Life

Reel Q is unveiling the world of trans people with an acclaimed full-length documentary (“Real Boy”) and an evening of fascinating short films.

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Reel Q’s Amazing Short Films

As in previous years, Reel Q is presenting a terrific selection of short films on three consecutive nights exploring the wide and diverse LGBT community.

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