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Yelling ‘Queer’ in a Crowded Theatre: The OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival returns for an 11th year

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The eleventh annual OutReels Cincinnati Film Festival will be held Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6 at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in Price Hill.

Sixteen films with an LGBTQ interest will be screened throughout the three-day festival, including shorts, documentaries, and features from Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“We’re thrilled to offer such a diverse range of films in this year’s festival,” said David Wolff, OutReels Festival Director. “We have worked hard to find films that spotlight stories across the spectrum of the LGBTQ community, and feel this year’s lineup is one of our strongest in the history of OutReels.”

The festival kicks off on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. with “Art and Pep,” a documentary that tells the story of two civil rights leaders whose iconic bar, Sidetrack, has helped fuel movements and create community in Chicago.

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in Price Hill

Prior to the screening, local LGBTQ business owners Nigel Cotterill and Juan-Carlos Diaz will be recognized for their commitment to creating safe spaces in Cincinnati through their businesses Below Zero Lounge and The Cabaret.

Immediately following the screening, the film’s subjects Art Johnston and Pepe Peña will host a Q&A session along with director Mercedes Kane. Attendees are also invited to participate in a reception in the lobby after the film, to celebrate and thank pioneers in our community who have helped to create safe spaces.

The festival has three blocks of films on Saturday, November 5. Kicking off at 2:30 p.m. is “Everything Under the Rainbow,” a block featuring eight short films chronicling different aspects of the LBGTQ experience. The feature film at 5 p.m., “This Is Jessica,” tells the story of a woman faced with an impossible choice between the life into which she was born, and the one she was born to live.

The centerpiece film on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. is “The Phantom of the Sauna,” a musical from Spain that is narrated by a trio of drag queens and features comedy, intrigue and incredible vocals.

The final day of the festival kicks off on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m. with “The Butterfly Queen,” a film celebrating the importance of art and friendship. Director Liam O’Connor-Genereaux and Art Director Seana Testa will also be in attendance to meet attendees following the screening.

The closing block at 5 p.m. features “All Kinds of Love,” a feel-good romantic comedy that celebrates the endless possibilities of queer love.🔥

Ignite Action:

  • Attendees may purchase tickets to individual blocks for $12 each, or purchase a weekend pass that will admit them to all films in the festival for $45. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling the box office at 513.241.6550. A complete lineup of all films being screened is available at

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