Reel Q Opens with Stunning Film

The Tale of the Material Girl’s Men

Pop music icon and actress Madonna is featured in Reel Q’s opening night film, a documentary looking at life on the periphery of fame.

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 ( and on PGHevents: The Pittsburgh Events Web Site ( Trailers are also available on demand for local Comcast Xfinity digital television subscribers.

“Strike a Pose” is the story of the dancers who performed with Madonna during her legendary 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. The tour was a highly controversial, primarily for its juxtaposition of Catholic iconography and sexuality. Nevertheless, Rolling Stone Magazine called it an “elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza” and proclaimed it “the best tour of 1990.” It was chronicled in the acclaimed 1991 documentary “Truth or Dare”.

Now, 25 years later, “Strike a Pose”catches up with the six surviving dancers — only one is straight — who share their personal stories about life during and after the tour. Intercutting present-day interviews with footage of Madonna from the tour, the directors provide a recap of a concert that set the standard for today’s extravagant spectacles. But behind the glitz was a bubble sex, drugs, depression and the fear of AIDS — a fear that became a tragedy when one of their peers died at the age of 26.

“Strike a Pose” will be screened on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Harris Theater. Following the movie will be fun 1980s-theme party down the street at Bricolage. Admission for the entire evening is $15.


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.