Celebrate LGBTQ+ Stories at the Annual OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival

The festival will feature 19 films centered on LGBTQ+ experiences.

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OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival

A film festival celebrating LGBTQ+ stories and experiences will return to Cincinnati this weekend.

The 12th annual OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival will run Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22 at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in East Price Hill. The festival will show 19 films, all with an LGBTQ+ interest, in seven “blocks:” one on Friday, four on Saturday and two on Sunday.

OutReels kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with The Mattachine Family, which stars Nico Tortorella (Younger) and Juan Pablo Di Pace (Fuller House) as a couple learning the meaning of family after their foster child is returned to his birth mother.

On Saturday, the first block, “Everything Under the Rainbow,” will feature nine short films. The second block is made up of two documentaries: There Are Things to Do, the story of immigrant, lesbian and activist Urvashi Vaid and Our Baby: A Modern Miracle, which shares the story of Jake and Hannah Graf, both transgender, as they navigate surrogacy. Following that will be a screening of the 1996 queer film classic The Watermelon Woman, with the final block featuring Glitter and Doom, a story of two mismatched characters falling in love, set to the music of The Indigo Girls.

And on Sunday, the film festival concludes with the French film Lie with Me, where an author returns to his hometown for the first time in 35 years and must face the memories of his first love, and Studio One Forever, a music-filled excursion into LGBTQ+ history through the lens of one of America’s oldest gay discos.

See the full schedule here.

Tickets for each block are $12, or you can buy a weekend pass for $42. You can buy tickets online here or by calling the box office at 513-241-6550.

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, East Price Hill. More info: outreelscinci.org.

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