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August 4–10, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Some Freaks

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"Some Freaks explores the way in which those who are teased and tortured for being different can turn on other outsiders, and the emotional trauma of that poisonous isolation"
  —Los Angeles Times
"The actors pour such intensity into the portrayals of rejection and hurt anger it's hard to watch, but their craft and purity of emotion is masterful"
  —Film Threat
"Intriguing... an unexpectedly different take on a genre that still isn't played out"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

Matt Ledbetter (Thomas Mann, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) sees himself as a freak. Living with his struggling single mom, protecting his gay best friend, and wearing an eye patch everywhere he goes, Matt could not be more different than the other kids at his high school. But everything changes when he meets a fiercely intelligent new girl one day in biology class, Jill (Lily Mae Harrington, The Glee Project) who is exactly what Matt needs. Their charming courtship allows them to forget that they live in a world that neither accepts or acknowledges them, finding solace in their mutual awkwardness as social outcasts. However, as quickly as their romance started, Jill leaves for college, and Matt counts down the days until he can reunite with her. When he finally arrives to visit her six months later, the girl who greets him at the airport is not the girl he remembers, as Jill has changed her appearance entirely. Surprised and confused by the change, Matt struggles to accept Jill's choice while Jill is no longer sure that Matt is the kind of guy she wants to date. Their relationship takes a dark turn as it is tested in devastating ways they never dreamed would happen.

Some Freaks is a coming-of-age film that reinvents the genre, challenging norms rather than idolizing them, and director Ian MacAllister McDonald does a masterful job of providing an unsentimental view of a couple who are forced to confront who they are, who they were, and who everyone thinks they are supposed to be.

Directed by Ian MacAllister McDonald, U.S.A., 2016, 97 mins.


  • Fri., Aug. 4 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Aug. 5 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 6 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 7–10 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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