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Toronto International Queer West Film Festival Saturday August 9th, 2014 Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

The 6th annual Queer West Film Festival is bringing you tonight, an outstanding selection of the most engaging, inspiring and entertaining LGBT films from around the world for 2014. The Toronto Queer West Film Festival provides a diverse selection of films that entertain, challenge, and educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer communities. Toronto Queer West Film Festival also provides filmmakers with opportunities to screen their work that might not otherwise be seen locally. We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers. We support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. And we’re committed to bringing our audience stories that transform our vision of who we are and who we can be. In recent years Toronto Queer West Film Festival has definitely made an effort to increase trans-focused programming and trans involvement, and the festival is certainly more transfriendly than some other ‘queer’ (read: “cis gay and lesbian”) venues and events in Toronto. However, this situation demonstrates that there is still room for improvements, including: more and better active consultation with trans people about the films selected for the program more and better liaising with trans people about how the films are framed through marketing and screening practices; more invitations for trans people to speak at Toronto Queer West Film Festival screenings (either to introduce films or take part in panel discussions).

Mission Statement – We provide a voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer youth by presenting films and videos that only represent the diversity of the GLBT community. By providing innovative, diverse, accessible, quality screen events, which promote/stimulate, educate, enlighten, support queer cultures and entertain us all.


Saturday August 9th, 2014 — 6th annual Toronto International Queer West Film Festival Where: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre Address: 12 Alexander St Start Time: 6 pm End Time: 10 pm The bar will be open though out our programming tonight The Cabaret Room with a capacity of 100 people Cover $5/PWYC includes your free Program Guide Festival Hotline 416-879-7954 For more info visit http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/ or email queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com Our Sponsor Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is proudly provocative, this not-for-profit company has been dedicated to gay, lesbian, and queer theatrical expression since its founding by teacher, writer, director and filmmaker Sky Gilbert in 1979. Theatre has ensured that queer voices are a vital part of Toronto’s cultural landscape. It has made an unparalleled contribution to the acceptance of queer lives while supporting some of Canada’s most innovative and important artists, such as Daniel MacIvor, Brad Fraser and Ann-Marie MacDonald. In 1994, thanks to the financial support of a wide range of donors, Buddies was able to give queer Canadian culture a permanent home at 12 Alexander Street. The combination of Buddies’ innovative artistic vision, a powerful community spirit and a permanent, flexible space has resulted in Buddies becoming the largest queer theatre in the world.


FIRST HALF OF SHOW – CURTAIN UP: 6 PM to 7:15 PM DIRECTOR: Reid Waterer CITY: Los Angeles, USA TITLE: Gay Relationships | 25 min | English SCREENINGS: Canadian Premier ABOUT: In attempts to answer the age old question, “Gay or European”, this comedy takes us on trip to the Mediterranean with recently dumped Tom as he tries to navigate relationships with men from a different culture. Awkwardness, sexiness and ambiguity all come into play as we tag along with Tom on this funny European adventure. DIRECTOR: Simone Marie Stock CITY: Toronto, Canada TITLE: Another Way Out | 4 min | English SCREENINGS: North American Premier ABOUT: Along with music producer Karen Kane, Another Way Out maps the journeys of multiple generations of LGBT Canadians as they depict experiences with bullying, coming out, and being unapologetically who they are. Soundtrack by award winning Toronto musician Anna Gutmanis along with crisp black and white imagery results in a film of honest, eloquent and lovely portraits. DIRECTOR: Saara Lamberg CITY: Melbourne, Australia TITLE: Candy Cravings | 7 min | English SCREENINGS: North American Premier ABOUT: Actor/director Saara Lamberg stars in this dark romantic comedy telling the story of a young woman struggling with cannibalistic desires, with a particular interest in her own girlfriend. “Candy Cravings” was produced entirely in 48 hours, and received the award of best music at the 48 Hour Film Project Melbourne.

DIRECTOR: Jose Antonio Cortes Amunárriz CITY: Madrid, Spain TITLE: Desnudos (Naked) | 12 min | Spanish with English subtitles SCREENINGS: North American Premier ABOUT: Desnudos appears to be a small budget short film, but delivers a big impact. Through impressive imagery and symbolism Amunárriz tells the story of silent battles fought amongst family members. Fear, homophobia and sexism are explored in this thrilling and tense language drama.


DIRECTOR: Andrew Randall CITY: Toronto, Canada TITLE: Performing Masculinity | 15 min | English SCREENINGS: North American Premier ABOUT: Combining a talking statue of David, performance art, drag and candid interviews with young men, this film explores how males often feel pressure to perform their masculinity in order to gain social acceptance. As Ru Paul so eloquently put it: “We’re born naked. The rest is drag.” This film was produced as part of Skyworks Charitable Foundation’s “Real Change Boys Filmmaking Project”, examining gender issues facing boys and young men.

INTERMISSION SECOND HALF OF SHOW – SET TIME: 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM DIRECTOR: Tina Fitcher CITY: Paris, France TITLE: Je Suis Lesbienne Montréal (I Am A Lesbian Montreal)| 45 min | French with English subtitles SCREENINGS: Anglo-Canadian Premier ABOUT: “I am a lesbian” is what the 22 Montreal women proudly and eloquently affirm in Tina Fichter’s documentary. Behind the statement lie their experiences, their perspectives and their unique lives. The stories are personal and sensitive, proud and engaging. However, it is the words, “I am a lesbian” that are at the centre of the film, giving voice to the often ignored and unheard. These words act as a testimonial to the power of self-identification. DIRECTOR: Rhoda N. Wainwright CITY: Madrid, Spain TITLE: Waiting | 4.5 min | English SCREENINGS: North American Premier ABOUT: Waiting is a tale of oppositions. Day and night. Passion and lust entwined with pain and heartbreak. The beginning, the end. It’s a reflection of different moments within a relationship. The protagonist waits in desperation tormenting her thoughts as the minutes tick by and her partner fails to return. DIRECTOR: ERIC CASACCIO CITY: Los Angeles, USA TITLE: NARCISSIST | 17 min | English SCREENINGS: Canadian Premier ABOUT: Narcissist is the story of a kind soul and writer Evan who attracts Rob, a dark knight into his life. Rob who appears to be charming and handsome proves to be a manipulative individual resulting in a toxic and complicated relationship. Evan’s post-traumatic stress disorder ends up taking him to a place of truth while Rob spirals into his own midlife crisis. Sometimes one must experience darkness to find a true authentic light.


DIRECTOR: Mary J. Daniel CITY: London, Canada TITLE: Bending The Lens: 20 Years of the London Lesbian Film Festival | 33 min | English SCREENINGS: First and only showing in 2013 at Feminist Eye Festival ABOUT: Bending the Lens documents the inception, growth and impacts of the longest running lesbian film festival in North America since May 4, 1992. Through a variety of interviews, what emerges is the passion put by women in this both public and private battle started twenty years ago in the conservative town of London. Thanks to their enthusiasm, strength and determination, local lesbian, queer and bisexual women have succeeded in creating not only a powerful annual three-day event but also, and more importantly, a positive sense of community and belonging. DIRECTOR: Eeva Putro COUNTRY: Finland TITLE: Buying a Dildo | 7 min | Finnish with English subtitles SCREENINGS: North American Premier ABOUT: Buying a Dildo is a short fiction film about an uptight lesbian banker whose girlfriend sends her to a sex shop to buy a dildo. Screened in following festivals: Queer Film Festival, Rostock (Germany) 2013, New Cinema for the Edinburgh Film Guild (Scotland) 2013)

Discussion Panel – 9:15 PM TO 10 PM Exclusive North American 45 minute live presentation of Both/And: — The Lee Hicks Story and Q & A with Lee Hicks and Director Azed Majeed

A Toronto-area teacher and artist, who is embarking on a Canadian first: openly transitioning from female-to-male throughout one school year. Lee and Film Director, Azed Majeed, are festival guests and have agreed to talk about Lee’s life experiences over the past few years. — The production company Basement Arts camera follows Lee into the classroom, as they solicit discussion with his students, inviting them to share their thoughts about Lee, and on being involved in his transition. Lee is actually following in a well documented historical tradition as that of teacher, and that current notion that transgendered people are “new” is a myth.


Battle for Queer Culture in Toronto July 25, 2014 Written by Siobhan McGuirk (UK) Research and collaboration by Michel F. Paré (Toronto) 14 years is a landmark for the Toronto Queer Arts Festival in August 2014. The first Pride event in Toronto took place 32 years ago. It shows how much the visibility and public acceptance of LGBTQ has grown, and how quickly, that Pride Toronto and to a lesser degree Toronto Queer Arts Festival are each as popular as they are now. Of course, there was always a gay scene in Toronto long before then, with bars and cafes situated between drag shows, fetish clubs, alternative nights and cabarets – the type of event now more likely termed queer than synonymous with ‘gay culture’. These still attract audiences year-round, but have shifted further out of the spotlight. They have become niche. The scene, it seems, has been sanitized. It follows a common trend in which liberation rallies commemorating the Stonewall Riots have become Pride parades with organizers able to erect fences and charge entry fees. Pride movements have emerged to bite back, with radical politics and declarations of inclusivity. For its part, Queer West Arts Festival proudly proclaims that only 50% of its audience is defined as lesbian or gay. It is a celebration of diversity. Toronto Queer Arts Festival celebrates and supports artists who create work on their own terms; in their own way… here they can make the work they’re burning to make. They can risk and they can play. Of course, queer movements in general have faced backlash: some see the term “Queer” as offensive rather than reclaimed. Others assert that their sexuality should not be presumed to dictate their politics. Yet queer arts festivals such as Toronto Queer Arts Festival, Performatorium in Regina and the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival among others, at the very least, make space for important questions to be raised. They also offer a platform to unpopular or extraordinary responses. They demonstrate that to be L,G,B, T and/or Q is still seen subversive, even if you don’t want it to be. No matter how “pink” mainstream political parties have become, or acceptable gay marriage or civil partnerships are, society still insists on its norms. The arts can explore the boundaries of equality debates and reveal the tension within them, highlighting the prejudices that persist, both on and off “the scene”: sexism, transphobia, body fascism, ageism, and racism only scratch the surface. When a polyamorous, asexual, mixed race, gender queer artist announces that they will vote Conservative because they, too, believe in “family values”, the audience laughs, recognizing that the joke is on us Many are self-defining queers who feel “the scene” does not cater to their needs or outlooks and see Toronto Queer Arts Festival and the Queer West Film Festival as an annual highlight. Paradoxically, another chunk of friends have no idea the festivals even exists. Pride Toronto, too, splits opinion. Overly commercial and frustratingly political for many, it is the high point of the year for some. There are overlaps between the two camps, of course, but there is still a


discernible divide between the “Gay” and “Queer” festival scenes, and the gulf between them is widening. It will be interesting to see the results, and by the close of these festivals, how far the gay / queer divide has been addressed and whether new ideas will emerge over what it is to be L, G, B, T, I, Q in Toronto. Siobhan McGuirk, is a Freelance Filmmaker / Journalist with lesbilicious.co.uk and Commissioning Editor, for Red Pepper Magazine. siobhan@redpepper.org.uk Michel F. Paré is President of the Toronto Queer West Arts & Culture Centre / queerwestinfo@gmail.com

Sponsors 2014 Toronto Queer Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support in 2014 from; Buddies In Bad Times Theatre; The Press Club, The Sister, Open Roof Festival; Basement Arts; imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Bar 1602 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival DailyXtra.com and IvarDesign.com

Community Friends and Supporters


Queer West Arts Collective The 2014 Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of members from the Queer West Arts Collective. Thank you; Ms. Zoma Maduekwe (Abuja, Nigeria), Ms. Richa Shrotriya (Mumbai India), Ms. Lauren Tenn (Bournemouth England), Philip Cairns (Toronto), Michel F. Paré (Toronto) and Akos Major (Budapest, Hungary).

(Re)claiming, (Re)naming and (Re)presenting the contested spaces of “Queer” through the Arts – The Toronto Queer Arts Festival is committed to ushering in a necessary and more contemporary attitude in reaction to the ever-changing threads of fiber that fashion the notion of “queer” in its entirety. The arts festival views the complexity of queer identity, beyond set places, spaces and community settings and bring diversity to the forefront of all programming. Art and performance will be utilized as the vehicle to show queer identity as a contested space. Toronto Queer Arts Festival emphasizes a sharing of space and the exchanging of ideas as a political act, within and outside of the Queer West Village. Though queers may converge and diverge on particular spaces to create a community, the heart of the festival is to emphasize however different our identities, we all share our humanity. Artists and performers will convey genuine and relative ideas across multidisciplinary forms to entertain educate and enlighten. Gay West Community Network Inc (Queer West) was founded in 2000 and incorporated in 2008, as a not for profit organization. We are dedicated to producing performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops. Mailing Address 562 Dufferin St. 2nd floor B1 Toronto ON M6K 2A9. Visits by Appointment Only. 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com

Film Festival Program Director June 17, 2014. Queer West is thrilled to have Lauren Tenn join us. Lauren is from Bournemouth England. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Arts Management with skills in administration and customer service roles, University of Winchester, U.K and Honours BA (Hons) History degree, from University of Exeter. Lauren will be looking after 2014 Queer West Film Festival; grant writing, screening film submissions and preparing Queer West Film Festival for 2015. queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com

2014 Toronto Queer West Film Festival program guide  

Colored 8 page Booklet for 2014 Film Festival program guide, with description of Toronto Queer Arts Festival; who we are, what we do and the...