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Cinema QVI


Fridays, May 5, 12 & 19, 6:30pm • Free Admission

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

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Queer Film Society


A film series celebrating LGBT movies

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Queer Film Society, the Center on Halsted and Chicago Filmmakers (the presenting organization of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ International Film Festival) presents Cinema Q, a film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies made in Chicago. A panel discussion will follow every screening. Films contain mature subject matter. Viewer discretion advised. For more information, visit



Friday, May 5

V For Vendetta

Dir. James McTeigue, 2005, 132 min

The Wachowski’s (Sense8, The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas), wrote the screenplay and co-produced this acclaimed dystopian political thriller filled with queer themes and characters from director James McTeigue. Hugo Weaving plays V, a masked revolutionary fighting against a neo-fascist regime. V enlists a protégé, an oppressed, working-class young woman (Natalie Portman as Evey) to pull off a series of elaborate terrorist acts. Out actor Stephen Fry, Sephen Rea, and John Hurt co-star.


Friday, May 12

How To Survive A Plague

Dir. David France, 2012, 110 min

The history of ACT-UP, the AIDS activist group, culled from over 700 hours of archival footage and new interviews by filmmaker David France, a journalist who chronicled the epidemic and made his feature debut with the film. The critically acclaimed movie, dedicated to France’s late partner Doug Gould, received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.


Friday, May 19


Dir. Gus Van Sant, 2008, 128 min

Out director Gus Van Sant’s masterful biopic of slain gay civil rights activist and politician Harvey Milk (Sean Penn in an Oscar winning portrayal). The film contrasts Milk’s political struggles and eventual successes in San Francisco in the 1970s with his oftentimes fraught personal life and tragic murder at the hand of his conservative, political opponent Dan White (Josh Brolin). James Fraco, Emilie Hirsch, Diego Luna, and Denis O’Hare co-star. Latter day gay activist Dustin Lance Black (When We Rise, 8) won an Oscar for Best Original Screenpla. This screening is part of the “Legacy LIVE Series” co-presented by the Legacy Project and Center on Halsted.


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Chicago, IL 60602

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