Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival


The first annual Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival (PUFF) premiers at Melwood Screening Room (477 Melwood Ave) August 4-6, 2017. PUFF was created by Reel Q Film Festival to celebrate the creative non-conformity of the LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of overlooked and out-of-the-box films, workshops, lectures, and panels. The weekend festival will include works created by artists and filmmakers of multi-cultural and multi-gender identity backgrounds. This year’s event opens with the feature documentary “Ovarian Psycos,” about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently-named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.  The evening will feature a Q&A discussion with a member of Ovarian Psycos and local anti-gentrification activists, followed by a community bike ride to Mixtape led by Bike PGH.

Additional PUFF highlights include:

  • the history of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ communities as told through a video archival presentation by Harrison Apple and the Pittsburgh Queer History Project
  • “Revival: Women and Their Word”, which chronicles the creation of an international salon-styled slam poetry tour led and supported by women.
  • ONLY IN PITTSBURGH! will feature LGBTQ+ films made by local filmmakers.
  • “Joy!” documents the history of San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as told by founding member Sister Missionary P. Delight. Pittsburgh’s local chapter, Steel City Sisters, will be in attendance spreading their good work in our community.

All screenings take place at the Melwood Screening Room (477 Melwood Ave). Tickets: $10 per screening. Workshops and lectures are free. For complete schedule and to purchase tickets: www.reelq.org/puff

Reel Q would like to thank the support of our wonderful sponsors, for without them none of this would have been possible.

The Pittsburgh Foundation, working to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.

Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) advances social change through grant making, advocacy, and capacity development for grassroots and other organizations. TRCF embraces and practices “Change, not charity” (TM) by empowering grantee organizations to ensure social, economic, and environmental justice in Southwestern PA.


  • Friday, August 4th “Ovarian Psycos”

Doors 6pm; Movie 7pm

Sponsors: Three Rivers Community Foundation, Bike Pittsburgh, Black Girls Do Bike

SYNOPSIS: Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently-named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade. Through the personal stories of the crew’s founder, Xela de la X, activist, poet M.C., and single mother; street artist and original Ovarian Psyco, Andi Xoch, and a bright-eyed young woman from the neighborhood, Evelyn (Evie), the film traces how the “Ovas” emerged from the diverse, youthful, Latino, working class, immigrant neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, a community situated within the historic legacy of the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement that emerged from L.A. in the late 1960s.

From SwampFlix.com: “Besides allowing the impact of its subject speak for itself, one thing Ovarian Psycos truly excels at is intersectionality. The brand of feminism promoted here takes into account issues of race, poverty, gender identity, social justice history, and every other concern that can often be overlooked in more narrow-minded wings of feminism.”

Film website: http://www.ovarianpsycosdocumentary.com/


  • Saturday, August 5th “Only In Pittsburgh!”

Doors 12:00pm; Movie 12:30pm

Sponsors: Indie Oaks Festival, Film Kitchen, Pittsburgh Filmmakers

SYNOPSIS: Only In Pittsburgh! was created to showcase emerging LGBTQ+ short films made by the ‘Burgh’s burgeoning film community.  We teamed up with Film Kitchen and the Indie Oaks Festival to present our favorite movies written and directed in Pittsburgh with the goal of connecting emerging filmmakers to new audiences.


  • Saturday, August 5th Harrison Apple

“Lives of Their Own: Pittsburgh Queen History Project Archives Screening”

Lecture Starts at 2pm

Sponsor: Pittsburgh Queer History Project

SYNOPSIS: Harrison Apple, Co-Director and Archivist of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project will be sharing video content from the PQHP’s collection. Ranging in content from nightclub performers to 80’s gay picnics to street vigils and protests, the video collection holds unique heritage objects from Pittsburgh’s recent past through the lens of LGBTQ nightlife. Join them for a presentation on Pittsburgh urban history, the archival value of copies, and a chance to reanimate voices of the 70s and 80s through a curated reel of videos – including a full-screening of the 1989 Ms. Pittsburgh Pageant.


  • Saturday, August 5th “Death & Life of Marsha P Johnson”

Doors: 3:00pm; Movie 3:30pm

Sponsors:  PERSAD, Transgender Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

SYNOPSIS: “The Death & Life of Marsha P Johnson” reexamines the death of a beloved icon of the trans world while celebrating the story of two landmark pioneers of the trans-rights movement, trailblazers who put the T in LGBT.


  • Saturday, August 5th “The Revival: Women and the Word”

Doors 5:30pm; Movie 6pm

Sponsors: Pittsburgh Black Pride, Center for African American Poetry & Poetics

SYNOPSIS: This documentary chronicles the creation of an international salon-styled tour led and supported by women. It tells the story of how Jade Foster recruited a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country.


  • Sunday, August 6th “Breakfast with Queer PGH”

Fun begins at 11am


  • Sunday, August 6th “Let’s Get Animated!”

Doors 12pm; Movie 12:30pm

Sponsor: Toonseum

SYNOPSIS –  Join us for Sunday cartoons!  Get Animated! brings together a wide variety of animation, cartoon, and stop-motion styles to the big screen. Following the screening, cartoonist Jeff Krell (of Jayson) and local comic collector Zora Gilbert will discuss the queer representation in comics in the last 10 years.


  • Sunday, August 6th “Joy!”

Doors 2pm; Movie 2:30pm

Sponsor: Steel City Sisters

SYNOPSIS: Spiritual sanctuary, sex, sisterhood and a gathering of faeries. A bearded nun. Through an intimate lens, this feature documentary takes us on a journey with Sister Missionary P. Delight, one of the founders of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. In 1979, Mish, as he is affectionately known by his friends, created an Order of gay male nuns to promote a philosophy of promulgating universal joy and expiating guilt. Both he and the Order have come a long way since then. Today, the Sisters are spread out across the globe, and Mish lives in the middle of the woods of the Deep South, in a community of Radical Faeries.