Reeling Festivals by Year:
Prizes, Juries, Favorites
The Movies of 2015
U.S. Releases /
Browse Films by
Nick's Flick Picks
|Reeling LGBT Film Festival 2015
Narrative Jury: Nick Davis, Michael Kutza, Sharon Zurek
Documentary Jury: Ronit Bezalel, Ky Dickens, Todd Lillethun, Beckie Stocchetti
|Best Narrative Feature:||Fourth Man Out, USA, dir. Andrew Nackman|
|Special Jury Prize:||Two 4 One, Canada, dir. Maureen Bradley|
|Best Actress:||Freeheld, Ellen Page|
|Best Actor:||Beautiful Something, Zack Ryan, Brian Sheppard, Colman Domingo, and the rest of the male cast|
|Audience Award, Narrative:||Freeheld, USA, dir. Peter Sollett|
|Best Documentary Feature:||Tchindas, Spain, dirs. Pablo García Pérez de Lara and Marc Serena|
|Documentary Activism Award:||A Sinner in Mecca, Saudi Arabia/USA, dir. Parvez Sharma|
|Audience Award, Documentary:||In the Turn, Canada, dir. Erica Tremblay|
Features I Saw at Reeling:
Includes some films I saw previously
Ranked in order of preference
A Sinner in Mecca B (USA, dir. Parvez Sharma) -
Gay Muslim visiting Saudi Arabia, already on scary ground, illegally films a hajj. Insights uneven, but so brave.
Fourth Man Out B (USA, dir. Andrew Nackman) -
Terrifically funny and surpirsingly warm about newly out guy and three straight buddies. The key actors all sell it.
Sand Dollars B (Dominican Republic, dirs. Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas) -
Not every story point scans; film might delve deeper into its characters. But manages to be vital and nuanced.
Like You Mean It B (USA, dir. Philipp Karner) -
Holding a relationship drama in a seeming pre-breakup phase, with one depressed partner, is hard. This swings it.
Freeheld B (USA, dir. Peter Sollett) -
Gambles on antistyle; flatness is a risk. But I was moved. Sometimes change, like cinema, is about getting butts in seats.
Stuff B (USA, dir. Suzanne Guacci) -
Good double-bill with recent lesbian hit Concussion. Four lead actresses dig deep while avoiding melodrama. Script does same.
Two 4 One B (Canada, dir. Maureen Bradley) -
Comedy sidesteps slapstick, shows welcome sympathy for pregnant transman at its center. Why no trans lead? Gabrielle Rose!
Naz & Maalik B (USA, dir. Jay Dockendorf) -
Story a bit stutter-prone; ending doesn't satisfy. Still, affecting portrait of black gay Muslim couple. Cook a star.
Beautiful Something C+ (USA, dir. Joseph Graham) -
Atmospheric lighting, erotic thrall are its strongest suits, but prosaic impulses overtake it. Unevenly acted.
Seeking Dolly Parton C (USA, dir. Michael Worth) -
Title so misleading. Women's search for a sperm donor, engaging at first, gets squishier. Style not up to par.
Stonewall D (USA, dir. Roland Emmerich) -
Not the simple fiasco I expected; a weirder failure. Ponders but refuses a more complex take. Seems bored by actual riot?