Reeling Festival Closes with OY VEY, MY SON IS GAY! Hit Movie and Party with Director Evgeny Afineevsky and Jai Rodriquez and Steve Kmetko

Last night was the closing film and party for the Reeling 28 – The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
This years season was a smashing success!  150 films were showcased over 10 days.  Innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from countries as diverse as the Philippines, Sweden, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Reeling continues to demonstrate the expanding breadth of gay-themed work being produced today by showcasing films representing multi-cultural perspectives and in genres ranging from musical comedy to horror to serious drama to compelling documentaries to introspective experimental, and more. Over 100  filmmakers and talent made appearances throughout the 10 days as well. 

The closing film  was  OY VEY, MY SON IS GAY!  A  hilarious comedy starring  the Mom of all Moms, Lainie Kazan! It is the story of the Hirsch’s, a Jewish family living in the North Shore of Long Island, where every Friday night Shirley Hirsch (Lainie Kazan) invites another “perfect” girl for Shabbat dinner in hopes that her son, Nelson (John Lloyd Young), will marry a nice Jewish girl. When Shirley and Martin (Saul Rubinek) once again set him up on a date, Nelson reveals that he is already seeing someone. Shirley and Martin are thrilled and can’t wait to meet the lucky lady. Turns out their is no “lucky lady”  but  instead,  a  “lucky guy”.

The movie also features a star-studded cast that includes, among others, Jai Rodriquez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy – and also recording artist with a new album out!), Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), comedian Bruce Vilanch, and Carmen Electra. It is a must see and something families will get a kick out of too!

Director Evgeny Afineevsky and Jai Rodriquez were at the film and the after-party, along with now Chicago resident Steve Kmetko, which took  place at  beautiful Architectural Artifacts. Many party people in attendance had a great time thanks in part  to the many foods sponsors kindly donated and to the Vodka creations of SKYY INFUSIONS, Vodka infused with real fruit taste!

SKYY  created  a  special  drink just for the Reeling Festival. Get the recipe  on  Best  Gay  Chicago.

See more  photos online from the Chicago Premiere.
See more  photos online of the LA Premiere of OY VEY, MY SON IS GAY.

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