PFP Announces Short Films to be screened this weekend!

Pride Films and Plays Announces Short Films to Receive Chicago Premiere


Chicago, IL –Pride Films and Plays announces five short films receiving their Chicago premieres during the 4th Annual Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre on November 15 to 17. The Screening is at Saturday, November 16 at 5 pm.   Tickets are ‘pay-what-you-can’ donation and are available at 4:30 in the third floor lobby of Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted.

Gay Film Weekend features screenings of short films receiving their Chicago premieres and enhanced staged readings of the finalists in the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest. The announcement of the winner of the Great Gay Screenplay Contest will happen on Sunday, November 17 at 4:30pm at Pride Films and Plays Community Night at Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W Balmoral. The event will be a fundraiser for and celebration of our 2013-14 Season.

The program of selected short films is:

The Wait (USA, 9 minutes)

Writer/Director: Mary Guzmán

Kimberly and Petra are unknown to each other but both in love with Sofia. KimberlShaun Baer and Ken George in Scotty Works Outy is Sofia’s future and Petra is her past. They inadvertently come together to wait, for Sofia.

Dress – Coffee Talk, Episode 3

Writer/Director: Matthew Wrobel

Chris can’t understand why some guys dress so feminine until his college buddy Alex reveals a personal secret.

Hypocrites + Strippers (USA and Pakistan, 1 minute 33 seconds)

Writer/Director: Kim Yaged

Based on Yaged’s hilarious one-person show, which follows the story of a feminist who keeps dating strippers, “Hypocrites + Strippers” is a serious comedy about selling sex and selling out.

My Dad Is Gay! – Coffee Talk, Episode 4

Writer: Travis Myles

Director: Le Wang

College student Michael can’t believe that his dad has just come out to him as gay, while his buddy Brad met a great new guy last night, who’s quite a bit older but so cute.

Scotty Works OUT (USA, 13 minutes 30 seconds)

Writer/Director: Dan Pal

Scotty would love to make a connection at his gym, but instead listens to music and creates fantasies about his fellow gym goers – until one day his mp3 player breaks!



About Pride Films and Plays


Pride Films and Plays fosters excellence in writing for the stage and screen with LGBT themes by linking an international network of writers to our Artistic Ensemble in Chicago and professionals working in the field internationally. Using stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops human stories that speak for the community and is essential viewing for all audiences.

PFP’s contests – the Great Gay Play Contest, Women’s Work (for works by women with lesbian characters or themes) and the Great Gay Screenplay Contest – reach their conclusion during Festival Weekends of readings and workshops sponsored by Center on Halsted. Writers from around the world have worked with PFP’s Artistic Ensemble in extensive rehearsals and performances of “enhanced staged readings” which include movement, blocking, and technical elements.

PFP’s fully staged productions include reinvigorated classics, Chicago premieres, and world premieres of scripts that have been developed in the contests. The 2011 Great Gay Play Contest winner, Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, has had multiple regional productions, and the 2012 winner At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper was Jeff-recommended in Chicago and recently concluded a successful run in Los Angeles. Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, a finalist in last year’s contest, had its premiere this spring and won the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Best Musical Production, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella recently concluded its world premiere run in the 150-seat Thrust Theater at Stage 773.

PFP’s previous classical productions have included 20th anniversary productions of David Drake’s The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.

For more information on contests or productions, visit