Reel Q Film Festival Presents: REEL STORIES

Alphabet City (40 W. North Ave)




In 2016, Reel Q Film Festival was looking for a way to screen new, international films for an expanded audience that examine the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community around the world. We reached out to City of Asylum because they provide a sanctuary to artists whose voices will not be silent. Reel Q is an organization who prides itself on being one of the most diverse and inclusive film festivals in Pittsburgh and we knew working with City of Asylum was a natural fit to reach an audience who may not have discovered our festival in October but had an interest in international LGBTQ films. The program began as a three-month series but has been expanded to a six-month program starting March 10 with a festival favorite Ma Vie En Rose.


The purpose of this partnership is a common mission shared by both Reel Q Film Festival and City of Asylum: to offer a broad range of programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchanges.


Reel Stories is an international film series created by Reel Q Film Festival as a way of introducing new audiences to LGBTQ+ films and stories from around the world. Screenings focus on issues important to our community, such as: youth, gender identity, adoption, international struggles and accomplishments, and hate crimes against our community.


Reel Stories has allowed Reel Q Film Festival to work with many fantastic local non-profit organizations, such as: City of Asylum, Café Con Leche, Black Pride, JFILM, The Gay & Lesbian Community Center and Silk Screen Film Festival (to name a few) and tell the stories of artists who are changing their communities through encouraging a greater visibility of diverse populations into the mainstream discourse.


Reel Stories starts March 10 through August 2017. Please check out our website at: for more information on movie show times, as well as guest artists and post-screening panel discussions.






3/10  – “Ma Vie En Rose” (

4/4  – W/JFILM ” Out of the Dark” (

5/18 – “Kidnapped for Christ” (

6/14 – W/ Cafe Con Leche “Gun Hill Run” (

7/14 – W/ Black Pride “Story of Our Lives” (

8/18 – W/Silk Screen Film Festival “Circumstance (



 **All screenings take place at Alphabet City (40 W North Ave.) are free and open to the public**

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  1. Discover unique films year-round through Barrie Film Festival programming. We provide film fans unique experiences and seek out the best of the best in Independent cinema, featuring films from Canada and around the world.

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