2023 Festival in the Press

Faces & Places: Reel Q Film Festival Premier of ‘Carla’


October 15, 2023

Mara Rago‘s “Carla” documentary premiered at the Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ Film Festival to a sold-out crowd at the Warhol Museum Friday evening.

Passing Judgment on ‘The Judgment’


October 7, 2023

Mo (Junes Zahdi) must face his tragic past when he and his partner, Hisham (Freddy Shahin), travel back to Alexandria, Egypt in Marwan Mokbel’s film, “The Judgment,” which premieres tonight at the Reel Q Film Festival.

The Power of Two – A Review of ‘Glitter & Doom’


October 6, 2023

Glitter (Alex Diaz), an amateur circus clown, meets Doom (Alan Cammish), a sad sack musician and the duo falls in love in the stylistic musical, Glitter & Doom. The film will premiere in Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 9.

Funky Tut - A Review of Queen Tut


October 5, 2023

After the death of his mother, Nabil (Ryan Ali) returns to Toronto to find freedom with his adopted drag momma, Malibu (Alexandra Billings, Transparent, The Conners) in Queen Tut, which premieres in Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 15.

Reel Q Film Festival returns with new movies

KDKA Talk Pittsburgh

October 3, 2023

Reel Q is one of the oldest annual LGBTQ film festivals in the entire world, and they're back with a brand new collection of movies for people to enjoy. Heather Abraham talks to the festival's executive director, T.J. Murphy, and film director Mara Rago.

11 October events you can’t miss, from the Festival of Combustion to the last Big Pour


October 2, 2023

Pittsburgh’s longest-running film festival is also the world’s sixth-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival. The cultural staple returns with 50 shorts, 17 features, special events and virtual offerings.

The Soul of My Subject - a review of 'Carla'


October 2, 2023

Artist, photographer, and now director, Mara Rago depicts the life of a Pittsburgh trans woman, Carla Beck, in her documentary, “Carla,” a short film premiering at the Reel Q Film Festival on Friday, October 13 at the Warhol Museum.

38th Annual Reel Q Film Festival to Screen World Premier and Iconic Line-up of LGBTQ+ Features and Shorts


September 19, 2023

Reel Q, Pittsburgh’s annual LGBTQ+ film festival and sixth-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, just released an iconic line-up of films and special events for the 2023 season, which runs from October 6 to 15.

Press Releases

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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High Wattage Stars in ReelQ 2016

In what may well be the most star-studded Reel Q ever, over a dozen stars embracing the worlds of film, television and Broadway appear in movies being screened at the 2016 festival.

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Sex, Scandal & Murder @ Reel Q

James Franco and Christian Slater lead an impressive cast in a film that chronicles one of the biggest scandals in the adult entertainment industry.

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