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August 7-9, 2015 | QUEER WEST FILM FESTIVAL

WELCOME! This year is a special one for the Queer West Film Festival as we move from an annual evening screening to a three day festival. In previous years we’ve had to turn down a number of fantastic films, so this weekend we are excited to be able to share with you some of the best Canadian and international queer cinema from both emerging and established directors. From shorts to documentaries to full length features, we hope not only to entertain but to highlight the myriad of issues that continue to affect our community, both at home and abroad. Thank you for joining us. Lauren Tenn Michel F. ParÊ President & Program Director Artistic Director

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OUR PURPOSE The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival exists to produce performing and visual arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts. We also work to engage with and educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops. We also strive to provide outreach programming for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, questioning and two-spirited community. We at the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival have consistently produced an arts festival in some capacity since 2001, and our annual film festival launched in 2008. Our film festival is still growing and is already the second largest LGBT film festival in the city. In 5 years, we would like to emerge as one of the go-to festivals in Toronto for New Generation queer film artists to develop and showcase their work, as well as for others in the film industry to discover new talent.

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A Brief History of the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival began life as an alternative to pride week events in 2001 for those living west of the city. With the support of local businesses and volunteers it had expanded to a three day event by 2006 and a full festival week by 2010. Evolving to meet the needs of the queer community it serves, the range of festival event has never remained static. From family picnics, live music events, queer heritage talks, poetry and literary readings, and from 2008, a film festival, the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival has strived to produce something a little bit different. We have been indebted to our past volunteers, performers and event managers, all of whom continue to contribute to queer academia and alternative queer culture in Toronto. The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival has taken a year off for 2015, but we are always looking for new volunteers, event ideas and locations. If you have a suggestion for an event for 2016 please email us at queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com.

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August 7-9, 2015 | QUEER WEST FILM FESTIVAL

Friday Films GAY HEALERS Director: Christian Deker | Germany | 30 min

A documentary on conversion therapy (also known today as reparative therapy), a treatment dedicated to the “curing” of one’s homosexual proclivities.

TOMORROW Director: Leandro Tadashi | Brazil | 13 min

New Year’s Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor’s wingman ensures things will never be the same again.

LONGING Director: Nadav Mishali | Israel | 20 min

Longing is a human portrait of an introverted woman who loses her feminine image and burns in her own desires.

GAY HEALERS

LONGING

LONGING

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August 7-9, 2015 | QUEER WEST FILM FESTIVAL

Friday Films

NO FACE

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: PHATIMA RUDE

NO FACE Director: Daniel Kulle | Germany | 6 min

We are surrounded by commercial images. Everywhere we look, everything we touch is already marked with economical value. Things become even more complicated if our identity is a gay one, an identity constantly needing to rearrange its relation to straight mainstream culture and constantly searching for a centre to form a reassuring subculture.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: PHATIMA RUDE Director: Paul R. King | U.S.A. | 35 min

Phatima Rude has been an icon for more than twenty years on San Francisco’s performative alternative queer punk drag scene. Living in a van, and driving from performance to performance, we follow Phatima discussing addiction, illness, poverty, addiction and gender identity. 416-879-7954 : artsfestival.queerwest.org | 6


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Saturday Films

FRAGILE Director: Juliana & Juliet Mango | Australia | 9 min

8 year old Alex moves in permanently with his Dad and is forced to suppress his true identity as he struggles to live up to the expectations set for him.

ELECTRIC INDIGO Director: Jean-Julien Collette | Brussels | 24 min

A little girl faces peer pressure and becomes aware of her own identity.

FRAGILE

ELECTRIC INDIGO

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Saturday Films

SEVEN DRINKS SCOUT’S OATH

SEVEN DRINKS

SEVEN DRINKS

SEVEN DRINKS Director: Madison Thomas and Kevin P. Gabel | Canada | 15 min

A romantic drama about two young men, Mitch and Bobby, who meet for coffee one afternoon and quickly fall for each other.

SCOUT’S OATH Director: Ryan Rambach | U.S.A. | 12 min

A controversial short documentary film that examines the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) existing anti-gay policy towards the organization’s one million adult volunteers in the wake of the Boy Scout’s decision to permit participation by gay youth. 416-879-7954 | artsfestival.queerwest.org | 8


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Saturday Films HACIA UNA PRIMAVERA ROSA (TOWARD A PINK SPRING) Director: Mario de la Torre | Spain | 18 min

A documentary film created in collaboration with Amnesty International and The Human Rights Program at the University of Rey Juan Carlos in Spain. It’s about young clandestine gay young people; living, working, and playing in Tunisia, seeking the same LGBT Human Rights and Freedoms enjoyed in other parts of the free world. The film has never been screened in North or South America.

SANDY Director: David Churchill and Frank Livingston | Canada | 4 min

Follow an aging puppet (Sandy) as he cruises tunnels, hallways, library stacks, and washrooms for an illicit moment of erotic possibility.

A LITTLE CHINESE DRESS Director: Caroline Fournier | France | 17 min

In Chinatown, Paris a queer young man meets his clandestine Chinese neighbor.

SANDY

A LITTLE CHINESE DRESS

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Sunday Films

CHANCE

END OF SEASON SALE Director: Eli Glazer | Israel | 35 min

Late at night two aging strangers fail to obtain Viagra for a one night stand.

CHANCE Director: Jake Craf | England | 16 min

A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own past jarringly reawakens lonely man and forces both men to once again start to live life again.

OPEN WINDOWS Director: Michèle MassÊ | France | 70 min

In Madrid and in Paris, Boti, Empar, Micheline and Jocelyne, four lesbian women in their seventies, tell of their fears, their desires, their differences. 416-879-7954 | artsfestival.queerwest.org | 10


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A New Generation... of Queer Film Artists and Festivals Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and one of the most multicultural cities in the world. As one of the main creative hubs in Canada and host of the Toronto International Film Festival (one of the largest and most influential film festivals worldwide), Toronto is home to a great wealth of creative talent. This is strengthened by its three world-class universities and countless film college programs. As North America’s third largest screenbased production center, film makers at every stage of their career have access to a diverse and well-developed filmmaking community along with all the tools they need to develop their work. It also guarantees Toronto’s 35 film festivals (and counting!) with a never-ending stream of emerging talent. Indeed, Toronto’s film festival circuit is booming, drawing a consistently high volume and variety of talent from around the world. The Toronto queer film scene owes a lot to the success of TIFF, Inside Out and Hot Docs, with the first, in addition to its annual festival, acting as a year-round hub for film discovery and appreciation. Each of Toronto’s festivals responds to a need within a community such as representation, activism or education. Just as the Queer West Arts Collective responded to the need for alternative events outside of Toronto’s traditional gay village, our film festival has grown out of a desire to share films and media that may not have found a home at other festivals.

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A New Generation... of Queer Film Artists and Festivals Social media has allowed us much greater insight into the lives of members of our community around the world. It has also inspired a new wave of film making and queer film makers to broaden the reach of their work. We hope that our film festival, which is still in the early stages of its growth, helps to represent and document the changes and challenges representative to the queer community around the world. This means celebrating universal themes such as discovery of new love and giving voice to those who continue to remain voiceless within our community. Currently, we are working towards partnering with other film festivals and cultural organizations, to be able to more widely promote our unique offering to the local and international community. ~ Michel F. ParĂŠ and Lauren Tenn, July 2015

END OF SEASON SALE

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2016 Submissions Interested in submitting your film for next year’s festival? Our submission platform will open on December 1st 2015 and close on April 1st 2016. Keep an eye on our festival website queerwest.org for news and updates.

Thank you! A big thank you to the combined efforts of our weekend volunteers, the Queer West Arts collective, and to: Caitlin Foster Donna Elliott Ted Scarf Emily Siu Jamie Lavin Paul Bradley Antoinette Schokman-De Zilva and Marc de Zilva Queer West Arts Festival Board of Directors: Lauren Tenn (President), Richa Shrotriya (Treasurer) and Michel F. ParĂŠ (Secretary). 416-879-7954 | artsfestival.queerwest.org | 14


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Queer west film festival programme guide 2015  

Our 16 page, full color Queer West Film Festival Programme Guide for 2015 August 7-9, 2015. Design by: Emily Siu, emy.siu@mail.utoronto.ca...