Films Announced for PFP’s AltReels Film Fest on April 25

Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival
hopefulROMANTIC is one of the films being screened during the Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival on April 25 in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Chris Ekstein)

CHICAGO – Pride Films and Plays announces five short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on April 25th, 2016.

Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival will showcase five short films that test the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. The program includes a powerful documentary about the toll of an illness on a long-term relationship, a sexy thriller about a quiet man whose drag queen alter-ego starts to take over his life, a sweet pop musical about heartbreak and hope, a zany comedy about a brother and sister saving their video store, and a tender fairytale about two men that give each other newfound purpose in life.

The screening begins at 7:30PM. The screening will be followed by a brief talkback with the audience and special guest Michael Horvich who appears in Alzheimer’s: A Love Story which is one of the officially selected films for Queer Bits AltReels. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6:30PM. Please come early and have a drink with us!

Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes and strong language. You are going to love them!

Tickets are $15. Student and Senior tickets are also available for $10. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1.800.737.0984.

Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival Selections:

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story

Directors: Gabe Schimmel and Monica Petruzzelli (US, 16:24)

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story follows Greg and Michael as they struggle with a disease that is actively eradicating the memory of a beautiful relationship 40+ years in the making, and the love that has held them together through it all.

Carrie Ca$h

Director/Writer: Mercy Smith (US, 20:51)

A timid, introverted man finds solace and strength in his drag queen alter-ego until she starts to take over his life completely and he must learn how to find his own strength and voice.


Director/Writer: Jake Graf (UK, 16:11)

Trevor’s life has become a void following the passing of his wife. A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own past jarringly reawakens him.


Director: Benjamin Pollack; Writers: Matt Zarley and Andy Zulla (US, 16:30)

Matt Zarley’s original, (nearly dialogue-free) musical is a universal story about loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there’s somebody for everybody.

I Hate the Color Red

Director/Writer: Jazmin Jamias (US, 18:55)

A comedy about a sister and a brother who struggle to keep their family video store in business as “red boxes” and “red envelopes” threaten its existence.

About Queer Bits Film Festival

Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Film Festival is now in its third year and prides itself in providing the best LGBTQ+ short films with their Chicago premieres.

The first screening and incarnation of Queer Bits occurred in November 2012 in Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. In November 2013, five short films received their Chicago-premieres in the same venue during Pride Films and Plays’ annual Gay Film Weekend. In June 2014, Pride Films and Plays presented Queer Bits Film Festival, a sold-out 90 minute program of short films and webisodes, which was followed in September 2014 by the Women’s Words Film Festival, a very successful program of short films and webisodes with lesbian characters and themes which were written and/or directed by women. In November of the same year, Queer Bits Fall Film Festival was presented on another sold-out night including foreign language, animated, and student short films and documentaries. Last year, Queer Bits Summer Film Festival was presented and included an array of foreign films from six different countries and was followed by Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II which was expanded into two programs to showcase the breadth of diversity and quality filmmaking submitted to the festival.

Tickets are $10. VIP Tickets are available for $15 and include prime table seating. Tickets can be purchased here:

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