Something Like Summer - Canadian Premiere - RBC Gala Closing Night
Oct
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Something Like Summer - Canadian Premiere - RBC Gala Closing Night

Directed by David Berry | USA | 2017 | 115 min

 

Canadian Premiere

Benjamin Bentley is the only guy at his Texas high school with the courage to come out of the closet, dooming himself, he believes, to a life of loneliness.  Putting up with the bullies and his classmates' whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer, despite the encouragement of his best friend, Allison.  Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town, Tim Wyman.

Something Like Summer follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven classic and original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist.

Gala follows.

 

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North Mountain
Oct
21
3:00pm 3:00pm

North Mountain

Directed by Bretten Hannam | Canada | 2015 | 78 min

 

North Mountain is a Two-Spirit action thriller filmed in the snowy winterlands of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.  Young hunter Wolf (played by the gorgeous Justin Rain) finds Crane (acclaimed actor Glen Gould), a mysterious older fugitive wounded in the woods, and nurses him back to health.  Wolf becomes embroiled in Crane's past as a slew of sideways cops seek revenge.  Billed as Brokeback Mountain meets Rambo, the film experiments with genre, fluidly taking shape as Wolf and Crane hold their ground while their collective pasts return to haunt them amid the terror of the present.  Filled with queer hunter brawls, bloody hatchets and arrows, and brave plot twists, North Mountain is a refreshing, Tarantino-esque action thriller rimmed with threads of romance.

North Mountain is presented in cooperation with the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.

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Just Charlie
Oct
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Just Charlie

Directed by Rebekah Fortune | UK | 2017 | 99 min

 

 

Football star Charlie has the world at his feet.  With a top club desperate to sign him, his future is seemingly mapped out.  But the teenager only sees a nightmare.  Trapped in the body of a boy, Charlie is torn between wanting to live up to her father's expectations and shedding this ill fitting skin.  Charlie's next move will tear the family apart and threaten everything they hold dear.

 

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A Stork's Journey
Oct
21
10:30am10:30am

A Stork's Journey

Directed by Toby Genkel and Reza Memari | Germany/Belgium/Luxembourg/Norway/USA | 2017 | 85 min

Admission to A Stork's Journey is free.

 

Orphaned at birth and raised by storks, the teenage sparrow Richard believes he is one of them.  But when the time comes to migrate to Africa, his stork family is forced to reveal his true identity and leave him behind in the forest, since he is not a migratory bird and would not survive the journey.  Determined to prove he is a stork after all, Richard ventures south on his own.  But only with the help of Olga, an eccentric owl with an imaginary friend and Kiki, a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet, does he stand a chance to reach his goal and learn to accept who he really is.  

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Tom of Finland
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski | Finland/Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Iceland/USA | 2017 | 115 min

 

 

Finnish, German, and English, with English subtitles.  Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing.  He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual men around him, even homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions.  His work - made famous be his signature 'Tom of Finland' - became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Winner - FIPRESCI Prize for Directing - Goteborg Film Festival 2017

 

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After Louie
Oct
20
9:00pm 9:00pm

After Louie

Directed by Vincent Gagliostro | USA | 2017 | 100 Min

Winnipeger Anthony Johnston, Co-writer, Co-producer and star of After Louie, will be in attendance to answer audience questions after the film.

After Louie follows Sam (Alan Cumming), an artist and activist from ACT UP who lived through the early years of HIV/AIDS --- a man scarred and still struggling with survivor's guilt.  Cemented into an oppressive past, he is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree gay men with their uninhibited use of social media, sexting, and seeming political indifference.  But when he meets the seductive young Braeden (Zachary Booth) at a bar late one night, their pants quickly come down and, eventually so does Sam's ossified guard.  As the pair become increasingly intimate, an intergenerational relationship blossoms between them --- one capable of reawakening Sam's artistic soul and reviving his wilted heart.

Presentation of After Louie is sponsored by RBC.

 

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Princess Cyd
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Princess Cyd

Directed by Stephen Cone | USA | 2017 | 96 Min

 

 

This Year's Must-See Movie

Nine years after a cryptic family disaster, 16-year-old Cyd arrives in Chicago to spend the summer with her aunt Miranda, a famous author.  The film moves meditatively, as Cyd and Miranda come to understand each other and Cyd processes the losses in her family.  Meanwhile, Cyd explores her gender and sexual identity with Katie, who she meets and quickly forms a close relationship with.  Skillfully written and directed by Stephen Cone, Princess Cyd is a beautiful, ruminative exploration of romantic, familial, and self love.

Presentation of Princess Cyd is sponsored by RBC.

Winner - Audience Award and Special Jury Mention - Shout LGBT Film Festival Birmingham 2017

 

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God's Own Country
Oct
19
9:00pm 9:00pm

God's Own Country

Directed by Francis Lee | UK | 2017 | 104 min.

 

Francis Lee's debut feature is a sensual, contemporary tale of emotional awakening set against the backdrop of God's own country, the farming hills of Yorkshire.

 

After giving up college to work on his family's farm, Johnny numbs the daily frustration of life by binge drinking at the local pub and having casual sex with strangers. As lambing season approaches, his father recruits Gheorghe, a skilled and handsome migrant worker. Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with unfamiliar emotions, and discovers that being isolated in the rural countryside with Gheorghe may actually be his best education.

 

God's Own Country is a haunting meditation on life and love that is at once intimate and enduring.

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A Date for Mad Mary
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Date for Mad Mary

Directed by Darren Thornton | Ireland | 2016 | 82 min

A Perfect Night For a Date: Romances That Bridge the Divide

'Mad' Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget.  Back home, everything and everyone has changed.  Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour.  When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong.  'A date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

Winner- Breakthrough Award - Irish, Best Irish Film - Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2016

Winner - Bingham Ray New Talent Award, Best Irish Feature Film Galway Film Fleadh 2016

Winner - Best Supporting Actress, Best Film - Irish Film and Television Awards 2017

Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking - Acting - Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

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14th Annual Canadian LGBTTQ* Short Film Competition
Oct
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

14th Annual Canadian LGBTTQ* Short Film Competition

October 18, 7 PM: 14th annual canadian Lgbtq* short film competition

18 Short Films selected for Screening and Voting

Ordered of Showing onscreen

FAG - Director: Scott Fitzpatrick

A personal Venn diagram, a conceptual cobbling together of interests and identifiers, a sound and animation experiment rendered in all 260 fonts on my MacBook.

 

The Longform Lesbian Census - Director: Thirza Cuthand

Two Longform Lesbian Census workers poll their community to gather crucial statistics, or to find girlfriends!

 

Still Here - Director: Britney Dennison

Jason is using art to open up about his experiences – through his photography and paintings he is asking his audience to question what we actually mean when we talk about “bullying.”

 

A Small Part of Me - Director: Steve Adams

A transgender teen prepares for his acting debut while his friends and chosen family band together to help remove him from a difficult living situation.

And more...

 

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Close-Knit
Oct
17
9:00pm 9:00pm

Close-Knit

Directed by Naoko Ogigami | Japan | 2017 | 127 min

 

When 11-year-old Tomo's irresponsible single mother leaves her on her own for the umpteenth time, she turns to her Uncle Makio to look after her.  Makio's pretty girlfriend Rinko proves an excellent surrogate mother and the three form an indelible bond, but not without complications.  Naoko Ofifami has defined her own distinct voice with several maverick features centered on women (Kamome Diner, Glasses, Rent-a-Cat).  Utilizing an amusingly quirky and often bittersweet mode of storytelling, Ogigami creates unique spaces that offer a respite from the irritations of daily life to both her characters and viewers.

Winner - Teddy Jury Award - Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Winner - Best Narrative Feature Jury Prize - TLVFest The TelAviv International LGBT Film Festival 2017

 

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Out Run
Oct
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Out Run

Directed by S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons | Philippines | 2016 | 75 min

Documentary

 

As leader of the world's only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress.  Bunt in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy feat.  Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places.  Taking their equality campaign to small-town hair salons and regional beauty pageants, the activists mobilize working-class trans hairdressers and beauty queens to prove to the Filipino electorate that it's time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously.  But as outsiders trying to get inside the system, will they have to compromise their political ideals in order to win?  Culminating on election day, OUT RUN provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Oct
16
9:00pm 9:00pm

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Directed by David France | USA | 2017 | 105 Min

 

A fixture in NYC's Greenwich Village and a stalwart advocate for gay rights, Marsha P. Johnson was a beloved, vivacious trans woman who has been called the Rosa Parks of the LGBTQ movement.  Her tragic death in July 1992 was quickly dismissed as a suicide by the NYPD.  Director David France (Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague) uses his background in investigative journalism to dig deeper into the mystery of Marsha's death while highlighting the very real dangers trans people still face.

Winner - Freedom Award L.A. Outfest 2017

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot | USA | 2017 | 90 min

History/Herstory

The director of To Be Takei returns with a look at another larger-than-life gay icon, the author behind Tales of the City, which captured the radical cultural shift of queer life in San Francisco in the 70s and 80s with an honesty and humor that reverberated with fans worldwide.  Maupin journeys from Southern aristocrat and closeted conservative (serving in Vietnam and working for Jesse Helms) to beloved chronicler of the the LGBTQ movement in this boisterously entertaining portrait.

 

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Real Art Pride
Oct
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Real Art Pride

We will be transforming the lobby of the Park Theatre with artwork from LGBTTQ* artists, on display throughout festival week.

Artists: Jillian Bagan, Cory Derksen, Benden Fortescue, Krista Lawson, Burgess Mertens, Kylie Stomp, Chatelle Tokarz, Chantelle Tokarz, Sarah Geres, Kristian Gallinger, Choi Yuen.

Click here to learn more about Real Art Pride

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Rebels On Pointe (two shows 7PM & 9PM)
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rebels On Pointe (two shows 7PM & 9PM)

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart | Canada | 2017 | 90 min

Documentary

 

Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever, cinema verite documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo -- the all male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York's Sonewall riots.  The company has performed in over 500 cities and 33 countries, and has a cult following around the world.  The film juxtaposes exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and intimate, character-driven stories of its dancers, highlighted by humanity through universal themes of identity, dreams, family, love, loss, determination and resilience... proving that a ballerina is not merely a woman dancing, but an act of revolution in a tutu.

Rebels on Pointe is presented in cooperation with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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