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On Halsted Street in Chicago sits Sidetrack, a behemoth gay club that draws a large crowd, serving up slushy drinks and showtime singalongs on Sundays. Art Johnston and Pepe Peña, partners in life and in love, opened it as a single storefront with no sign and beer cases as seating in 1982, projecting music videos on a screen. The story of Sidetrack is not just the history of one of the city’s most important cultural landmarks (now 15,000 square feet after seven expansions), but also a look at the long struggle for equality and the right to love freely. From being on the frontlines of the AIDS crisis to co-founding Equality Illinois, Art and Pep have been leading the fight to make Illinois one of the most progressive protectors of LGBTQ+ rights in the country.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    88 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    USA
  • Premiere
    World
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  • Director
    Mercedes Kane
  • Producer
    Mercedes Kane, Nate Freyman, Sanghoon Lee
  • Executive Producer
    Kevin Hauswirth
  • Cast
    Arthur Johnston, José Pepe Peña, Cleve Jones, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Greg Harris, Senator Mike Simmons
  • Cinematographer
    Sanghoon Lee
  • Editor
    C.J. Arellano
  • Animator
    Dom Soo, Jackie Chang, Bobby Sims
  • Composer
    Fred Kron, Jesse Case
  • Sound Design
    NoiseFloor Ltd., Bryen Hensley
  • Music
    Matt Palmer