• Horseplay at Facets on June 22

    Horseplay at Facets on June 22

    PRIDE FILM FEST takes a big step forward with in-person and streaming events starting this spring! Horseplay at Facets on June 22 is our second in-person event!

    In the hot Argentine Summer, a group of mates gets together to enjoy the holidays, drink, party, and make provocative videos of their mates. A rare mix of homophobia and horseplay come together; however, jealousy and violence begin to emerge under the surface. Themes of masculinity, toxicity, and bromance are placed under the microscope in Marco Berger’s often uneasy, playfully erotic, and volatile drama film. Building on his previous work, Taekwondo, Berger puts us in a friendship group where homosexuality and male love are dismissed, and homoerotic play is embraced.

    Facets is at 1517 W Fullerton, a few blocks west of the Fullerton Red Line. Parking at showtime is generally available on Fullerton.

    Pride Film Fest showcases the breadth of international LGBTQ films, illustrating the variety and complexity of queer life across the globe. Programming includes films previously lauded in global film festivals alongside new films curated through the Pride Film Contest.

    Pride Film Fest began in 2012 as an in-person event curated by Pride Films and Plays. Open Space Arts is now the non-profit sponsor for the independent, year-round streaming and in-person program Pride Film Fest. Pride Film Fest is a member of the Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals.

    Individual tickets are $12. Member tickets are $7.

  • Buy a film ticket or membership, and see what is playing!

    Buy a film ticket or membership, and see what is playing!
    Pride Film Fest streams international queer films weekly in an innovative film fest format.

    Pride Film Fest streams international queer films weekly in an innovative film fest format.

    Pride Film Fest features films that have been recognized in festivals worldwide and are not yet streaming on demand.

    Our contest films are submitted through FilmFreeway, and submissions are taken throughout the year, as one of our goals is to get exciting new films in front of audiences quickly. If you are a filmmaker, please submit queer films of any length through FilmFreeway.

    Pride Film Fest’s membership is $10 per month, and members see all shorts and mid-length contest films for free and get discounted tickets for features.

    Whether you are an artist or an audience member, we look forward to engaging with you as an artist or audience member.
  • Join PFF as a volunteer screener!

    Join PFF as a volunteer screener!

    Join our team as we explore the best new queer cinema from around the world. 

    Each month we get many new films – both features and shorts – and we rely on a team of volunteers to provide feedback about them.

    If you have film experience, or love of film, please fill out this form to start the process of joining us. Screeners fill out a short form each time they view a film that takes about 10 minutes to complete.

    You can screen from anywhere in the world.



    Performances were July 22, 23, 24, 28, 30 and 31, 2022.

    Thanks to those of you who attended the production, or who donated time, energy and money to make it happen. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list, so we can keep you in touch with what comes next!


    Demoralized by the reelection of George W. Bush in 2004, Larry Kramer gave what he called ‘the most difficult speech I ever had to give.” Now, the United States faces a possibility of a different Republican being reelected. In this season of anti-trans legislation, looming supreme court decisions, and orders to ‘Don’t Say Gay”, we wondered ‘What would Larry Kramer say?’ 

    Adapted/director David G Zak says “At the start of the Trump years, I re-read THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS and found it still vibrant and stirring. Kramer’s prophetic statements about the rise of the conservative movement, the development of viruses still unknown, and the sorrow and anger about AIDS that defined his life, THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS calls out to be shared in a new way even now, two years after his death.”

    David Zak adapted the text working initially with Mr. Kramer. The spoken words are all from the speech. The staging features seven actors on a blank stage with a video wall to provide some context and commentary. There is a lot of history, a great deal about politics, some screaming, some great Kramerisms, and many tears. 

    Zak directed the Chicago premiere of Kramer’s comedy about the Reagans JUST SAY NO, with Kramer in residence for rehearsals, in 1999 for Bailiwick Rep.

    The cast features Tom Chiola, Keith Butler, Elijah Newman, Hailey Hance, Roberto del Rio, Alexandra Moorman, and Ryan Quade. The Projection Design is by Magdiel Carmona, and the Sound Design is by Elijah Newman. 

    Upper: Alexandria Moorman and Keith Butler

    Middle: Roberto del Rio, Tom Chiola, and Hailey Hance

    Lower: Elijah Newman and Ryan Quade

    THE KRAMER PROJECT is the first event for Open Space Arts, a new non-profit dedicated to works of social relevance. There are only six performances at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted, Chicago. Ticket sales benefit Center on Halsted.  

    Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

    Find out more information and donate in support of THE KRAMER PROJECT at www.openspacearts.com. Tickets will be on sale at Centeronhalsted.org starting June 15. VIP tickets are $30. General admission is $20 with $10 tickets for seniors and students.

    Download the PRESS RELEASE. Download the PROGRAM.

    Please donate to Open Space Arts, a new 501(c)3 non profit, Funds support the new theatrical adaptation of Larry Kramer’s speech THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS, adapted for the stage and directed by David G. Zak. The producer is Open Space Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit presenting works of social relevance to both live and streaming audiences.

    Donations can be made through using this link, or checks can be mailed to OPEN SPACE ARTS, 2215 W Giddings, Chicago, IL 60625 Attn David Zak


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    Open Space Arts is the fiscal agent for Pride Film Fest.

  • Arts Judaica

    Arts Judaica

    The Arts Judaica project at Open Space Arts celebrates and promotes the richness and diversity of Jewish culture and heritage through the arts. We are dedicated to creating engaging and thought-provoking artistic experiences that resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Jewish traditions, history, and values.

    Through our commitment to artistic excellence, we aim to provide a platform for Jewish artists to showcase their talents and voices while nurturing their creative growth. We strive to support emerging artists, encourage innovative collaborations, and empower individuals to express their unique Jewish identities through various artistic mediums, including visual arts, music, theater, dance, literature, and film.

    We seek to bridge communities and promote intercultural understanding by fostering dialogue and embracing inclusivity. We believe that the arts have the power to transcend boundaries and promote empathy, compassion, and respect among people of different faiths, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    Education and outreach are integral parts of our mission. We are dedicated to offering educational programs, workshops, and exhibitions that engage learners of all ages, providing opportunities to explore Jewish history, traditions, and contemporary issues through artistic lenses. Through these initiatives, we aim to inspire curiosity, spark dialogue, and foster a lifelong love of the arts and Jewish culture.

    If you have a script or project that fits this project, email openspacearts2022@gmail.com.

  • Enter our Writing Contests

    Enter our Writing Contests

    What do we seek in the play contest? Open Space Arts seeks innovative plays and exciting screenplays about today’s hot topics. Gender issues, or Don’t Say Gay! Climate, religion, politics, freedom? Racial justice, CRT, abortion. sex, politics, families, climate, war, and peace – the future! If you wrote about it, we want it. There are so many things for writers to say dealing with today’s issues. If people are talking about it, we need plays, and screenplays that bring it to life. Sex, politics, religion, families, climate, war, and peace – you name it, we want it. Think big and bold. Learn the rules and skills of the craft, and then break them.

    What do we seek in the screenplay contest?

    The mission of our PRIDE FILM FEST is to celebrate and promote the diversity and stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities through the medium of film. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive space where audiences can engage with thought-provoking, entertaining, and empowering cinematic experiences that challenge stereotypes, inspire dialogue, and foster greater understanding and acceptance.
    This screenplay contest is essential to that mission, as we will celebrate the best works written for the screen.

  • Take classes with Open Space U!

    Take classes with Open Space U!

    Open Space Arts is new offering classes in audition preparation, scene study, non profit management, and more.

    Check out all of the details here!

  • Rent rehearsal or studio space

    Rent rehearsal or studio space

    The Open Space Arts space at 1411 W Wilson is an excellent room for small rehearsals, classes, consulting, or photo shoots.

    Find more information here.

    Prices start at $25 per hour, with discounts for recurring bookings.

    This is a relatively quiet workspace on ground level with room for some photo lights, washroom, and carpeted space. It has a pole in the center of the room, but it is generally easy to work around. The door opens directly into the space, so there is no ‘waiting room’ spot if you are doing auditions. The space is three steps down. The building is right on the alley, so loading equipment into the space is easy. Sink, microwave, small fridge, half bath (very old). There are plenty of chairs and rehearsal blocks for additional seating or theater games.

    Please request space with at least 24 hours advance notice, especially on the weekends.

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