Every time someone uses film as a medium to push towards real social change, I feel all fluttery in my tummy; so it should come as no surprise how jacked I am for The Gender Reel Film Festival. The touring festival features films that focus on gender and transgender issues and will be at the Joslyn Art Museum on Oct 19 from 1:30-8 pm. How bad-ass and cool is a festival with the following categories: Trans Woman/Feminine, Trans Men/Masculine, Gender Nonconforming/Queer, LGBT and Youth/Family. Head to genderreelfest.com for full breakdowns of the films being screened and to order/request tickets. Festivals like this give my cold, nearly dead, cynical heart an excuse to beat a bit.

Hear ye, hear ye! You can, and people do, make movies in noncoastal areas! Proof: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater just announced the selections for the fifth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase, curated by some fine folks over at the “Omaha World Herald.” Starting Oct 16 at 7:30 pm, you can see the 12 chosen short films that were combined into one 123-minute block. The selections include documentaries about a local inventor, music videos for Orenda Fink and The Faint and narratives that explore a struggling artist and a drunk. Wait; let me check on that last part… Yep, that’s the narrative plot and not just my weekend plans. For more information about tickets and show times, head to filmstreams.org

If you haven’t seen the FX TV show, “Fargo,” well that’s just a real shame now. A real shame. So you’re just gonna have to trust me that the fella who wrote that, Noah Hawley, did a real good job on it. A real good job. And now he’s gettin’ to work on one of them monster movies from Universal. Yeah, it’s true. He may be writin’ about the Wolfman or the Creature from the Black Lagoon! We don’t know yet. All we know is that it’s gonna be good. Yeah, sure, you betcha. 

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.

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