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The eighth annual edition of the Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival concludes this weekend at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets cost $4-$5.50 per show or $25 for six screenings. For program information and updates, call Chicago Filmmakers at 281-8788.

THE DAYS OF GREEK GODS An archival collection of Richard Fontaine's physique films of 1949-62, made with aspiring actors and bodybuilders. On the same program, Jonathan Raymond's recently rediscovered Gay San Francisco, a documentary shot between 1965 and 1970. (Friday, October 14, 10:00)

GAY EXPERIMENTAL FILMS Nine short films, all but two of them from the U.S. Tom Chomont's Oblivion (1969), Jabbok (1967), and Razor Head (1984), Jerry Tartaglia's A.I.D.S.C.R.E.A.M. (1988), Larry Brose's An Individual Desires Solution (1986), Robert Gates's Communication From Weber (1988), and an excerpt from Jim Hubbard's Homosexual Desire in Minnesota (1985) comprise the American selections. From France comes Yann Beauvais' Super-8 Miles (1985), and from Canada Midi Onodera's Ten Cents a Dance (Parallax) (1985). (Saturday, October 15, 5:00)

GAY VIDEOS Eight videos from three countries. From the U.S., George Kuchar's celebrated Video Album 5: The Thursday People, Jeff McMahon's Cross Body Ride, and H.D. Motyl's Why Can't I Get Rid of You. From Canada, Richard Fung's Chinese Characters, David MacLean's Now Playing, and Michael Balser and Andy Fabo's PSPR. And from Great Britain, David Farrington's Gentleman and Stuart Marshall's Pedagogue. (Sunday, October 16, 3:30)

REVOLUTIONS HAPPEN LIKE REFRAINS IN A SONG A remarkable and sensitive blend of the personal and the political, the conclusion of Nick Deocampo's trilogy from the Philippines on the theme of "poverty and prostitution," shot in Super-8, is both distinctive and powerful. Narrated by Deocampo in English, the film documents the anti-Marcos revolution, the life of Oliver (a transvestite who was the subject of the first film in the trilogy), child prostitution, and the filmmaker's own personal history, including his homosexuality, his filmmaking, and his travels abroad. The tone is reflective, lyrical, and sufficiently impassioned to bridge the film's occasional technical limitations. Deocampo will be present at the screening. (Saturday, October 15, 8:30)

SIX OF HEARTS Two programs from the British Channel Four series devoted to gay subjects, directed by Paul Oremland. Tall Dark Stranger is described by Mark Finch as "a salty, gay La Ronde for the 80s, all casual sex and cross purposes"; Andy the Furniture Maker reportedly caused a small censorship scandal at Channel Four, "not so much for its subject as for its sex-positive attitude." (Friday, October 14, 8:30)

STRIPPED BARE: A LOOK AT EROTIC DANCERS The midwest premiere of Caitlin Manning's documentary videotape of interviews with the women who work in San Francisco's erotic clubs. On the same program, Cynthia Gaffney's personal short, Evolution of a Sex Life. (Saturday, October 15, 7:00)

VIDEOS ON AIDS Seven videos: John Greyson's The ADS Epidemic (Acquired Dread of Sex), the Testing the Limits Collective's Testing the Limits: NYC (Part 1), Gregg Bordowitz and Jean Carlomusto's Work Your Body, Tom Kalin and Stathis Lagoudakis's News From Home, Isaac Julien's This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement, Pratibha Parver's Reframing AIDS, and Jose Butierrez-Gomez and Jose Vergelin's Ojos que no ven. (Saturday October 15, 2:00)

THE WAR WIDOW Heralded as the first positive treatment of a lesbian theme on American TV, Paul Bogart's 1976 film, written by Harvey Perr and produced by Los Angeles's KCET, is set during World War I and charts a relationship that develops between a woman (Pamela Bellwood) waiting for her husband to return from overseas and a free-spirited photographer (Frances Lee McCain). (Friday, October 14, 7:00)

WOMEN'S VIDEOS Half a dozen videos, all of them done since 1985 in the U.S.: Mindy Faber's Suburban Queen, the late Lynn Blumenthal's Doublecross, Ingrid Wilhite's It's a Lezzie Life: A Dyke-u-mentary, Julie Zando's Let's Play Prisoners, Jean Carlomusto and Maria Maggenti's Doctors, Liars and Women, and Suzie Silver and Lawrence Steger's Peccatum Mutum (The Silent Sin). (Sunday, October 16, 1:30)

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