High Wattage Stars in ReelQ 2016

Madonna & James Franco among the Stars

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.

First held in 1985, Reel Q is the annual festival of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cinema presented by the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society. The 2016 festival will take place October 6 to 15 at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue in the vibrant Pittsburgh Cultural District. The schedule is available online at the official Reel Q web site (www.reelq.org) and on PGHevents: The Pittsburgh Events Web Site (www.pghevents.net). Trailers are also available on demand for local Comcast Xfinity digital television subscribers.

The festival opens with an engrossing documentary featuring pop music icon Madonna. “Strike a Pose” explores the highs and lows experienced by the backup dancers in her legendary 1990 Blond Ambition Tour.

Academy Award nominated actor James Franco (2010 film “127 Hours”) and Golden Globe winner Christian Slater (TV’s “Mr. Robot”) pull back the curtain of one of the adult entertainment world’s biggest scandals in “King Cobra.” It’s the true story of a young aspiring filmmaker who, as a teen, gets pulled into the gay porn industry and a volatile relationship that ends in murder.

The festival’s impressive array of names also includes Keegan Allen (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”); Garrett Clayuton (TV’s “The Fosters”); Alan Cumming (Broadway’s “Cabaret”); Aaron Costa Ganis (Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”); Devon Graye (TV’s “Dexter”); Connor Jessup (TV’s “American Crime”); Annette O’Toole (TV’s “Smallville”); Molly Ringwald (the 1984 film “Sixteen Candles”);Isabella Rossellini (the 1985 film “Blue Velvet”); Deborah Rush (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”); Alicia Silverstone (the 1995 film “Clueless”); Sheila Vand (2012 film “Argo”) and Tuc Watkins (TV’s “One Life to Live”).


About the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society (aka Reel Q)

The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society’s primary goal is to organize and manage year-round cinema that serves the educational and cultural needs of its audiences and is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) and LGBT-supportive persons.