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'Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival' begins 40th annual event

CHICAGO (CBS) -- "Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival" was set to kick off its annual event Thursday evening with the premiere of "The Shiny Shrimps Strike Back" at the Music Box Theatre.

The movie follows a water polo team as they break down barriers of homophobia and get in the pool. It is set to start at 6:45 p.m.

The event Thursday night includes a 40th anniversary party cocktail hour.

The fest continues through Oct. 8.

Among the many other highlights are a special screening of "Bros" – the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men who might be stumbling toward love despite busy lives. That screening is set for Monday at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema.

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In addition to the Music Box at 3733 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview, films will also be screened at the Chicago Filmmakers, at 1326 W. Hollywood Ave. in Edgewater; and theaters 4 and 6 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, at 2828 N. Clark St. in East Lakeview.

A virtual festival is also under way beginning Friday.

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