The 15th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival runs from Friday, November 3, through Sunday, November 12, at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, and at Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. Advance tickets can be purchased at Chicago Filmmakers or at the box office of either theater a half hour before the first show of the day; orders for tickets can also be placed by mail. Tickets for evening shows at the Music Box are $7, $6 at Kino-Eye; shows before 6:00 pm at either theater are $5; discount passes are available for $30 (six screenings) and $50 (ten screenings); and a festival pass good for admission to all screenings except opening night is $75 (opening-night tickets, which include a reception, are $15). For further information call 384-0772 or 384-5533.


When Night Is Falling

A woman unfilled by her relationship with a man and devastated by the death of her dog meets a performer in an avant-garde circus and is swept off her feet. A Canadian feature directed by Patricia Rozema (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing). (Music Box, 8:00)

The Return of the All-American Boys

Four short films from the U.S., including Peggy Rajski’s Oscar-winning Trevor and Todd Haynes’s fascinating and ambitious Dottie Gets Spanked (see Critic’s Choice), both made in 1994. (Music Box, 10:30)


The Killing of Sister George

Robert Aldrich’s “daring” 1968 mating of lesbianism and commerce was, as I recall, considered pretty tame even then; lord knows what it looks like today. Based on a Frank Marcus play; with Beryl Reid, Coral Browne, and young Susannah York showing off her bod. Not what Aldrich will be remembered for, but the kind of thing he turned out a little too often for comfort. (PG) (Music Box, 12:30)

A Very Natural Thing

One of the first gay films to gain an above-ground release (1973). As the title suggests, Christopher Larkin’s feature is heavy on positive, healthy images–lots of romping in the surf and that kind of thing. It’s more than a little dated now (and its R rating remains a total mystery), but this was a stage that had to be passed. (DK) On the same program, Leone Knight’s Australian short film, Let Me Die Again. (Music Box, 3:00)

Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Janice Rule

A Canadian documentary by Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie about the lesbian novelist and activist. On the same program, Ronit Bezalel’s Canadian short film When Shirley Met Florence (1994). (Kino-Eye Cinema, 3:30)

No Ordinary Love

A comedy-drama directed by Doug Witkins about six friends in Los Angeles who have to deal with the death of their group leader; with Dan Frank, Ericka Klein, Smith Forte, Robert Pecora, and Mark S. Larson. (Music Box, 5:00)

Desperately Seeking Asians

Five short works from the U.S. and Canada. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 5:30)

Tokyo Cowboy

A Japanese man goes to Canada in search of the wild west and a cowgirl and encounters a lesbian couple to confound his dreams in this Canadian feature directed by Kathy Garneau. On the same program, an English short film by Collette Cullen. (Music Box, 7:00)

Time Passages: Dreaming, Playing, Kissing . . .

Seven short works from the U.S., Canada, and Brazil, including Jim Hubbard’s striking 16-millimeter ‘Scope meditation on cemeteries, Memento Mori. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 7:30)

Man of the Year

A documentary feature by Dirk Shafer about his stint as Playgirl magazine’s “man of the year” and what this did to his plans for coming out. Shafer will be present to answer questions. (Music Box, 9:30)

Change the Frame

A whimsical first feature from the U.S. by Cristina Rey about a lesbian couple living in a college town in the Colorado Rockies. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 9:30)


A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

A special screening of a U.S. documentary by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson about the famous African-American writer, activist, and social theorist; presented by People Like Us and Women & Children First. (Music Box, 1:00)

Chicago’s Own: Midwestern Hospitality

Short films by Carter Martin, Kate True, Samantha Staley, Michele Mahoney, Randy Caspersen, and Stephen Velky. (Music Box, 3:00)

The Last Supper

A Canadian fiction feature by Cynthia Roberts (1994) about a gay man (Ken McDougall) who chooses legal suicide over a slow death from AIDS, staged in real time in the character’s bedroom. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 3:30)

International Lesbian Shorts

Short films from Great Britain, France, Australia, and the U.S. (Music Box, 5:00)

Live to Tell: Tales of Young, Bold Queers

Four short works from the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 5:30)


A new feature by Keith Froelich about two teenage boys growing up gay in a small midwestern town. (Music Box, 7:00)

Brincando El Charco:

Portrait of a Puerto Rican and Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen

Two 1994 works about Latino lesbians: Frances Negron-Muntaner’s Brincando El Charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican, and Ela Troyano’s Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen. On the same program, a short by H. Len Keller. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 7:30)

Heavy Equipment

Gay porn in 3-D from 1976; glasses provided. (Music Box, 9:00)

Fanci’s Persuasion

Described as A Midsummer Night’s Dream “for the queer urban world,” this is a fantasy feature from the U.S., directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 9:30)


Thin Ice

A 1994 feature from Great Britain by Fiona Cunningham-Reid about lesbians on ice skates and the Gay Games in New York. On the same program, an English short by Jacquie Lawrence. (Music Box, 7:00)

The Trouble With Love

Six short works from the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 7:00)

Pretty Baby

A German sex comedy based on two gay comic books by Ralf Koenig and directed by Sonke Wortmann, reportedly Germany’s biggest domestic hit last year. It was recently shown at the Chicago International Film Festival, and our reviewer found it suffered a bit from “manic Teutonic cheeriness,” though she liked the performance of Joachim Norbert. On the same program, a 1994 Austrian short. (Music Box, 9:15)

Girls on the Edge

Five short works by women from the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 9:30)


Skin Deep

A Canadian first feature by Midi Onodera (1994) about a filmmaker preparing to shoot a film about tattooing who becomes involved with a transsexual. (Music Box, 7:00)

Enraged and Outrageous

Seven short works from the U.S. and Great Britain. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 7:00)

Midnight Dancers

A Filipino feature by Mel Chionglo (1994), currently banned in the Philippines, about three brothers working as dancers and prostitutes in a gay bar in Manila. (Music Box, 9:15)

Transgender Transgressions

Five short works from the U.S. and Australia. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 9:30)



Yet another daisy chain of narratives in the manner of La ronde, this one a watchable first feature (1994) by writer-director Jeremy Podeswa that uses sex, both gay and straight, to make the various connections. Set in Toronto shortly before a solar eclipse, it circles around ten characters, each of whom figures as seducer and seduced. With Earl Pastko, Von Flores, John Gilbert, and Matthew Ferguson. On the same program, Mike Hoolboom’s Frank’s Cock (1993), awarded the prize for best Canadian short film at last year’s Toronto film festival. (Music Box, 7:00)

In My Father’s Bed

Randa Downs in her one-woman play about surviving father-daughter incest; directed by Marilyn Freeman (1994). On the same program, two short works from Canada and the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 7:00)


An interesting and well-realized Canadian feature (1994) with a sense of nuance, directed by Mindy Kaplan, about a lesbian stand-up comic living with a younger woman who’s asked to star in a TV sitcom where the central character is a lesbian; the main catch is that the producers who offer her this break are a former friend who spurned her romantic advances 15 years earlier and the former friend’s husband. With Jan Derbyshire. A specal screening sponsered by Naiad Press. (Music Box, 9:15)

Squishy Does Porno

Three short works from the U.S. and Canada. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 9:30)


Under Heat

Lee Grant stars as an eccentric matriarch with one son on drugs and another who’s HIV-positive and wants to come out in a 1994 melodrama with comedy directed by the late Peter Reed. (Music Box, 7:00)

Lesbian Family Ties

Four short works from the U.S. and Canada. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 7:00)


A 1994 adaptation of Dennis Cooper’s novel, directed by Todd Verow, about a possible serial killer describing acts of sexual torture leading to murder in letters that may or may not be fictional; with Michael Gunther and Craig Chester. (Music Box, 9:15)

Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes, and Sadomasochism

A U.S. documentary by Michelle Handlemann about the lesbian-and-leather community in San Francisco. (Kino-Eye Cinema, 9:30)