Reelout20 Queer Film Festival Line-up: Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2019

jan 31 to feb 14 reelout queer film festival

Reelout is BACK for its 20th anniversary festival, showcasing the best & brightest LGBT cinema from Canada & around the world! 

Highlights

  • Nightly from Thursday, January 31 to Thursday, February 14. Two weeks of non-stop entertainment!
  • 116 films from 14 different countries;
  • animation workshop with San Francisco-based artist Clyde Petersen;
  • a burlesque cabaret called A Briefs History of Time by BoylesqueTO; 
  • Coats of Her dance piece by choreographer Kay Kenney and Movement Market Collective;
  • musical performances by Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hansonand Full Circle;
  • an aerial acrobatics performance by circus artist Erin Ball; 
  • talkbacks with filmmakers including Thom Fitzgerald, Dayna McLeod, Jason Karman, Justin Ducharme and many more!

Click here for details!

Venues

  • All film screenings are at The Screening Room (120 Princess St.) unless otherwise noted.
  • Opening Gala is at The REEL at HARS (844a Princess Street)
  • Drag Queen Karaoke Party is at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre (inside the Tett Centre, 370 King St W)
  • Closing Gala is in Monte’s lounge at the Tir Nan ‘Og (200 Ontario St.).

Festival Line-up

Friday, Feb. 1

7pm-11pmREELOUT / RBC OPENING GALA – tickets: $20. All Ages.

7pm-9pm “Queer Stories, Queer Histories” Short Films Lineup:
Kingston is Burning – “In the 90s, Kingston’s gay community experienced an unlikely boom in drag culture.” [James Fowler/22min/1995/Canada.]
Miss Tyffanie Extreme Close-Up – “An intimate portrait of Kingston’s most popular drag queen.” [Sandra Jass, Jessica Lindal, Matt Maclellan/ 17min/2008/Canada.]
Tiny House – “Based on the true story of Lee Taylor, this film provides insight into living with MS and it examines how a person’s outlook on life can impact their circumstances.” [Josh Clapp & Isaac Alfie/18min/2018/Canada].
Farm Sum Ontario – “Explores the decisions, achievements and trade-offs of a couple making the unlikely decision to farm as they search for a sustainable way of life.” [Jonathan Davies/16min/2018/Canada.]

9pm-11pm – Aerial Circus Performance – feat. circus artist Erin Ball, with musical guests Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hanson and FullCircle.
*at Tett Centre, Malting Tower.

Saturday, Feb. 2

11am20/20 Visionaries JASON KARMAN – Vancouver-based screenwriter and director whose 16 short films have screened internationally, Karman has chosen 20 minutes of his work to screen followed by a 20 min. moderated discussion and questions from the audience.
12pm20/20 Visionaries DAYNA MCLEOD – Montréal performance-based artist uses humour, cabaret, duration, single channel video, and installation practices, Dayna Mcleod’s research includes sexual identity construction, gender, feminism, anti-feminist backlash, homophobia, and media representations of sexuality, queer identity, and the female body as public property. Feat. 20 minutes of her work + a 20 min. moderated discussion.
2pmINDIGI-QUEER SHORTS FROM TURTLE ISLAND & AOTEAROA – Short films screening and a conversation with filmmaker Justin Ducharme.
4pmOCTAVIO IS DEAD! – “A sexy and thoughtful queer film that appeals to women and men and to those who like their gender bent. Tyler (Alias Grace’s mesmerizing Sarah Gadon) is unsettled after learning that her father has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life.” [Sook-Yin Lee / 90min / 2018 / Canada /Mystery/Thriller/Narrative Feature]
7pmAISLES OF LESBOS (1999-2018)A collection of short films celebrating 20 years of female sexuality and relationships in all their glory and mediocrity. 18+

Short Films Line-up:

The Housesitter – “Two neurotic dykes describe in hilarious detail how to take care of their 3 cats.” [Melissa Levin/2001/15 min/CANADA]
bed – “Stunning black-and-white images of two women making love are juxtaposed with dreamy scenes of city life, illuminating the contrast between public and private life that many women, lesbian in particular, share.” [Evie Leder/1999/14min/USA]
After Morning – “Things the filmmaker learned about birth control on her trip to America.” [Kelly O’Brien/1999/5 min/CANADA]
You Fake – “In this hilarious short, two women bet on how many lesbians fake orgasms.” [Maureen Bradley/2003/6 min/CANADA]
Watching Lesbian Porn – “Ginger Discovery and Lucky Chopps give a full-on, over-the-top performance that is charged with campy choreography and cheesy slapstick.” [Dayna McLeod/2001/10 min/CANADA]
Interviews with My Next Girlfriend – “The fight to win the title of next girlfriend is the subject of this hilarious short, starring a cast of Toronto celebrities. Nine women are questioned by an unknown interviewer to see if they measure up.” [Cassandra Nicolaou/2001/13 min/CANADA]
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – “An amusing and provocative re-imaging of the 70’s hit single, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” where the artist, playing both roles of Streisand and Diamond, lip syncs the duet as a solo.” [Jess Dobkin/2012/6 min/CANADA]
Rubb My Chubb -“Following the Fat Femme Mafia, their fat co-conspirators and allies in the days leading up to their first and highly anticipated event.” [Alexis Mitchell/2007/9min/CANADA]
Stripped – “The personal, untold story of …one of the most revolutionary urban exotic dancers in the Toronto adult entertainment industry.” [Jevon Boreland and Anthony Hunos/2018/10min/CANADA]
Preslee – “Jo seeks consolation at a costume party after coming out as bi-sexual to her family during Elvis karaoke.” [Sabrina Budiman/2017/10 min/CANADA]
Soft Core – “Two bridesmaids form an unlikely connection over their bizarre sexual awakenings.” [Varun Saranga/2017/7 min/CANADA]
9pmFETISHES & FANTASIES (1999-2018) – A collection of sexy and silly short films showcasing 20 years of kink + whimsy. Nothing says 110% queer film and video than honest and explicit sexuality depicted on screen.  So FAIR WARNING this specially-designed shorts programs has been carefully curated for mature queer audiences that will include explicit nudity and sexual activities. Mature audiences 18+

Short Films Line-up:
I MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES – What’s sexier than a dyke caressing the edge of her glass? A bevy of local ladies lining up to take theirs off!
HELIUM – “A dual-projector work that explores the worlds of competitive bodybuilding and balloon fetish. Helium observes inflation, lust, and explosion.”
LICKED – “A go-go-get-it girl looks for love in the fine features of many a plate, only to end up falling face first into her one true dish.”
PUSSY BUFFET – A raunchy bunch of girls and an innovative way to eat a cupcake. Need we say more?
EAT CAKE – “Drizzled in chocolate sauce and jam-filled for eternity, we are brothers of a sweeter tooth.”
UROPOP – The pause that refreshes. Part of the 2006 Hommage à Jean Genet programme, acknowledging the 20th anniversary of Genet’s death.
GALACTIC DOCKING COMPANY – “Using found and original footage shot on Earth and in near Earth orbit, we find that space wants to have an encounter of the most intimate kind.”
ULTIMATE SUB ULTIMATE DOM: Maria Von Trapp & Mary Poppins – “Imagine Maria Von Trapp crawling on her hands and knees across the jagged cold stone floor of the nunnery to the Mother Superior, begging for mercy and looking for a spanking. Now imagine that Mary Poppins is the Mother Superior, wielding a dildo-sheathed umbrella and a ball-gag…”
GROUP OF SEVEN INCHES – “Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the outrageous alter ego of Cree artist Kent Monkman, forces innocent naked white men to become her figure models, seduces them with whiskey, and when she’s done with them, dresses them up as more “authentic” examples of the “European male.”
LORD COCKWORTHY – “Three Edwardian era men go on a picnic in the English countryside. The delightfully adventurous day has a turning point when they encounter wild lusty nature in the form of a mythological being in the woods.”
RUSALKA – “Imagine Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and throw in an homage to early gay erotic films, and you get the artful Rusalka, set to the music of Antonín Dvořák’s opera of the same name and starring burlesque icons Luminous Pariah and Chris Harder.”
ZOLUSHKA – “A queer rendering of the classic folktale, inwhich ‘Cinderella’ is a lonely janitor at a gay bar and Prince Charming (adult superstar Colby Keller) is a Tom of Finland fantasy come to life.”
Total Running Length: 68 minutes.
9pmBEERS FOR QUEERS social event *at Monte’s Lounge at the Tir Nan ‘Og after the screenings! 19+

Sunday, Feb. 3

1pmTORREY PINES – “a stop-motion animated feature film and a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.” Filmmaker Clyde Petersen in attendance. [Clyde Petersen/60min/2016/USA/Animated/Coming of Age/Feature Narrative] *at The Isabel
2:30pmHANDS-ON ANIMATION WORKSHOP with CLYDE PETERSEN – “Learn the basics of stop-motion animation in this free hands-on workshop presented in collaboration with Reelout Queer Film Festival and Queen’s University. Seattle-based filmmaker Clyde Petersen will share some of his techniques and processes. Adults and children 6 and up are welcome.” Advance registration is required. *at the Tett Centre.
4pmLOVE, SCOTT – “A beautiful tribute to one man as he considers his place in the world. Scott Jones, a gay musician, is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down; what follows is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of a young man’s life.” [Laura Marie Wayne/76min/2018/Canada] *at The Screening Room
6:30pmEVERY ACT OF LIFE – “A must-see film for any Broadway lover. This film shocases the life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally – 60 years of ground-breaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration. With the voices of Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep.” [Jeff Kaufman/94min/2018/USA] *at The Screening Room

Monday, Feb. 4

8:15pmYouTube Made Me a Monster: Documentary Double BillBoth films excellently document how internet fame can be utterly destructive to a creator.

Documentary films:
Samantha Hudson (Samantha Hudson, una historia de fe, sexo y electroqueer). Spanish with English subtitles. Ontario Premiere. – “He was a high school icon and now he’s an Instagram icon. Many people admire him, others hate him, but he doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. Neither will this astonishing documentary film where there is a lot of sex, faith and all the electroqueer in the world.” [D. Joan Purcel, Documentary, 60 min, SPAIN, 2018.]

The Quiet Rebel – “For 28 days, she knit with wool that she pulled out of her vagina as a meditation on fertility. A clip of her performance soon went viral with 7.5 million views on YouTube. A hurricane of negative, violent and sexist comments soon followed.” [D. Carole Cassier/Documentary, 49 min, France, 2018. English]

Tuesday, Feb. 5

5:45pmRAFIKI – Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation: “A tender love story between 2 young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality… Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture.” Film in Swahili & English with English subtitles.
8:15pmSHAKEDOWN – “a series of parties by and for black women… dominated Los Angeles’s underground lesbian strip club scene from the 1990s through the 2000s. This film is equal parts provocative, touching, sexy, and nostalgic for days long gone.” [Leilah Weinraub/ 80min /2018 / USA/Documentary Feature] For Mature Audiences 18+

Wednesday, Feb. 6

5:45pmEVA + CANDELA – “A portrait of two strong, independent women: a female director and the star of her first film, drawn together by a powerful attraction and their shared desire to take on the movie world.” [Ruth Caudeli /90mins /2018/Columbia/Spanish with English Subtitles/Drama]
Note: This film is screening twice, please ensure when buying online you are purchasing tickets for the right date.
8:15pmJUST FRIENDS – “Yad, a handsome Middle Eastern medical student in Amsterdam, quits his hard partying lifestyle to spend the summer in a small Dutch city. A temp job leads to meeting a hunky blonde, Joris. The erotic fireworks between the two are off the charts and their affair is the perfect respite from their respective family problems. But can this be more than just a hot, summer fling?” [Annemarie van de Mond/80min/2018/The Netherlands/Dutch with English Subtitles/Comedy.]

Thursday, Feb. 7

8:15pmSPLINTERS – “Two decades after his inspired feature debut The Hanging Garden won best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) again explores interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town Nova Scotia life, in this intimate drama about a young woman reassessing her relationship with her mother following the death of her father.” [Thom Fitzgerald/94 min/2018/ Canada/Drama/Narrative Feature] *at The Isabel

Friday, Feb. 8

7pmCOATS OF HER“An interactive dance and film performance from Movement Market Collective” *at the Tett Centre
7pm THEY CAME FROM THE CLOSET – “New and memorable short films on the macabre side of the spectrum.” For Mature Audiences 18+ *at The Screening Room
9pmKILLER UNICORN – Danny is your average Brooklyn party boy. This year, he and his friends couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming “Brooklyn Annual Enema Party”; …a place “where you come to get douched and dance”. While the night starts out fun, it quickly takes a turn for the worst when Danny is attacked by a stranger. In the end, his fabulous drag queen and queer friends are able to save his life, but not without deadly consequences.” [Drew Bolton/73 min/2018/USA/Horror/Comedy/Narrative Feature] For Mature audiences 18+ *at The Screening Room

Saturday, Feb. 9

11:30amEMOTION PICTURES – This event is perfect for audiences who are feeling stressed/bummed out. Films that stimulate feelings of harmony and calm.

Film Screenings + guided relaxation for the spirit:
Forget Me Not – “Two 70-year-old women go to a cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. A series of coincidences will cause their paths to cross.” [Ferran Navarro-Beltrán/7min/2018/Spain.]
Carlito Leaves Forever – “A short poetic film following Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village at the heart of the Amazonian jungle, who decided to leave and change his life forever.” [Quentin Lazzarotto/7:40min/ Peru.]
You Wash My Skin With Sunshine – “With few childhood memories of her mother’s affection, Mullen mines old home movies for evidence. When she doesn’t find exactly what she’s looking for, she sets out to create a new family movie of her own, starring her surprisingly willing mother. A reflection on memory, loss, reconciliation and love.” [Kathleen Mullen/6min/2005/Canada.]
The Art of the Morning – “A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.” [Nathan Hauch/5:41/2016/Canada.]
2pmGENDER BENDERS: A shorts collection that spans the gender spectrum.

Flash Flood – “Deep within a dream, a cataclysmic flood washes over the planet, and reveals three unique perspectives on gender and identity. The film is animated by volunteer transgender artists and animators from across the globe.”
[Alli MacKay/6min/2017/Canada.]
Sunken Plum – “In Sichuanese with English subtitles. Working at a nightclub in Chengdu, a transgender Chinese woman receives an unexpected visit from her cousin, informing her that the mother she has brushed aside, has died. As the only “son”, she feels obligated to return to her birthplace for the sake of her family, even though she’ll have to hide her true self from those that once shared her past.” [Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi/20 mins CHINA/SPAIN.]
I’m Alex (Soy Alex) – “Documentary portrait of Alex, a YouTuber from Barcelona with more than 30 thousand subscribers who wants to help other trans boys by sharing his experience in the social networks. His activity online discovers a relationship between building his body and developing an online profile.” [Itzuri Sanchez & Joss Manz/ 16min/2018/SPAIN/MEXICO]
Stage Name Victoria – “An intimate look at a drag queen starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation and his relationship with his mother who has always encouraged him in his life choices.” [Taran Morriseau/3:28min/2018/CANADA]
Dani Boi – “Dani is a non-binary ‘dragtivist’ of Sri Lankan heritage. Living in San Francisco, they began to explore their relationship to sexuality and gender. After a lip-sync battle win, Dani Boi emerged: a drag king challenging oppressive gender norms. Between chaotic onstage performances and their own personal struggles, Dani fights to be a vital voice for a community in need.” [Logan Mucha/5min/2018/AUSTRALIA]
From Mars and Venus – “Gijs is a seventeen year old who joins his father as a boatman on an internship from the Netherlands to Wallonia.  During their trip, the teen feels he can’t share that he is a crossdresser with his father.” [Kevin Kok/25 min/2017/THE NETHERLANDS.]
Cold Star – “Magical things can transpire in the most mundane places, like the local swimming pool.” [Kai Stanicke/7min/2011/GERMANY]
Akin – “Akin powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.” [Chase Joynt/8:23min/2012/CANADA.]
Total Running Length: 91 minutes
4pmMAN MADE – “takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film’s director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.” [T Cooper/93 min/2018 / USA/Documentary Feature]
Note: This film is screening twice, please ensure when buying online you are purchasing tickets for the right date.
7pmHOTTER THAN GRINDR (1990-2016)“A memorable collection of down and dirty short films about guys and sex.” For Mature Audiences 18+

Short Films:
Masturbation: Putting the Fun Into Self-Loving – “Dr. Sigmund Winston, along with the help of his trusty sidekick Billy, teaches the students of the ’50s how to put more excitement into self-loving. Boys from the local YMCA and visual aides give the audience a simple step-by-step approach to masturbation.” [J.T. Tepnapa/8min/2002/USA.]
1000 Cumshots – “A fast-paced meditation on race and gay pornography. YOU do the math.” [Wayne Yung/2003/1min/CANADA.]
I’d Rather Be Looking at Gay Porn – “An anthem for the disenchanted. When the respectable and desirable activities of modern society have turned to rot and stupidity, one voice calls out for a retreat to that which is supposed to be so disreputable.” [Jared Mitchell & R.M Vaughn/3:05min/2010/CANADA]
Spilt Milk – “There’s no use crying over this hot and heavy glimpse into one man’s early morning activities. There’s a lot more cooking in this kitchen than just breakfast.” [Alexander Edwards/ 5:45 min/2009 /AUSTRALIA]
Pine – “An experimental portrait of a queer man’s internalized sexual desire.” [Ali El-Darsa/6:11min/2009/CANADA]
Saturn Devours – “A young man suffers a surreal string of bad luck around the same time an ancient god starts following him around town.An offbeat magical realist comedy about astrology, gay sex, and millennial ennui.” [Johnnie Walker/14min/2016/CANADA]
Peter and the Wolf – “A sexy new retelling of the classic fairy tale juxtaposed with Sergei Prokofiev’s original score.” [Wes Hurley/5min/2013/USA]
In Their Room – “The film ventures into the bedrooms of eight different men where you see them doing everything from the most banal to the most erotic. Complementing the revealing nature of their everyday activities are confessional interviews about fantasies, turn-ons and vulnerabilities.” [Travis Mathews/20:10 min/2009/USA]
Steam Clean – “Two men perform this safe sex public service announcement.” [Richard Fung/1990/3:30min/CANADA]
I Want Your Love – “two best friends playfully negotiate their way toward having sex together for the first time. It’s a familiar scenario that most gay men can relate to, and one not as uncomplicated as these two friends would prefer.” [Travis Mathews/ 13:55min/2010/USA]
7pmCOATS OF HER (encore performance) – An interactive dance and film performance from Movement Market Collective.
11pmA BRIEFS HISTORY OF TIME – A BoylesqueTO sexy and comedic cabaret burlesque performance *at The Mansion. Mature Audiences, 19+ only

Sunday, Feb. 10

12:30pmFAMILY FUN FOR EVERYONE (2000-2018) – “New and memorable short films from Reelout’s 20 years for all-ages.” Children 12 and under FREE.

Please be advised that this screening PRIORITIZES parents/caregivers of children including babies and toddlers and that the volume for these screenings will be reduced, and lighting will be dimmed but not at full darkness.  

Do Wok A Do – “Growing up in a small town, young Joanne must come to terms with the slow disintegration of her family…struggling to understand, she calls upon the spirit of her grandfather to guide her.” [Michelle Wong/14min /2000/Canada.]
Christine – “With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.” [Jessica Adler & Kate Montgomery/10:03min/2016/USA]
Reach the Sky – “On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road. Reach the Sky is a stop-motion short with heart, fantasy and a whole lot of yarn.” [Daniel Sterlin-Altman/6min/2018/Canada.]
Beauty – “explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their own sense of what it means to be fully human. Whether it’s dealing with bullies, explaining themselves to their parents, or navigating the uncharted waters of relationships, Bex, Lili, Fox, Tru and Milo talk about their experiences and struggle to live in authenticity.” [Christina Willings/23min/2018/Canada.]
Heather Has Four Moms – “When Mom Number Four reads Heather’s diary, she discovers 14 year old Heather’s plan to lose her virginity. Mom Four must persuade the other moms that it’s time to talk to Heather about birth control. While the moms come to terms with the fact that Heather is no longer a little girl, Heather comes to realize she still needs her moms. It’s a Mother-Daughter Story times four.” [Jeanette L. Buck/14min/2018/US/UK]
Girl Bunnies: Rocketship – “Two girl bunnies separated by outer space, meet on a block of ice, become romantically smitten and look for a way to cross the galaxy. It is a story of love and transition.” [Francoise Doherty/8min/2016/Canada]
The Queen – “Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents’ dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby creates his own night to remember.” [Christina Choe/9min/2009 /USA/English & Korean w/ English Subtitles]
Handsome & Majestic – “follows the story of Milan Halikowski, a teenager from the rural city of Prince George, BC. As a recently transitioned transgender boy, Milan deals with discrimination and abuse from his peers and teachers at school, as he seeks to find other kids like himself. Throughout these hardships, he becomes a role model and an advocate for trans people in his small community and beyond.” [Jeff Lee Petry & Nathan Drillot/11:57min/2016/Canada]
Total Running Length: 96min
2pmREELOUT FOR TEENS (2007-2018) – “New and memorable short films from Reelout’s 20 years for teens/youth.”

High Altitude – “explores what it means the be an Indigenous artist in the modern world. Being a youth in a fast paced digital arts scene, Inglis poetically explores the ideas of decolonization, racism, creativity, and life on lands of broken agreements. Though poetry they explore ways to go back to the land and heal.” [Victoria N. Inglis/3:59/2017/Canada]
Silvia in the Waves/Silvia dans les vagues – “Noa struggles to honour the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.” [Giovana Olmos/13min/2017/Canada/French w/ English subtitles]
Olivia – “Two girls, four strings and a bathroom are all it takes for a seduction.” [Sarah Louise Wilson/8:40min /2010/USA]
Kali Ma – “When a suburban Indian mother finds out her son is the victim of a vicious bully, she delivers her own brand of vigilante justice. Starring popular Bollywood star Kamini Khanna (Monsoon Wedding), and the follow-up to director Soman Chainani’s acclaimed 2006 short “Davy & Stu”, Kali Ma plunges us into a battle of mythic proportions, where we discover the secrets that divide mothers and sons and the love that binds them together.” [Soman Chainani/15:40min/2007/USA]
Turn It Around – “When 15-year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.” [Niels Bourgonje/9:24min/2017/ The Netherlands]
33 Teeth – “Eddie is a hormonal 14-year-old boy with a curiosity for his school, he accidentally spies on his attractive older neighbor, Chad.” [Evan Roberts/7:41 min/2011/USA]
Hello, My Name Is Herman – “poignantly and humorously describes the relationship between a 91-year-old Jewish man, his lesbian granddaughter and her girlfriend. It explores intergenerational and interracial relationships, coming out, aging, and the process of accepting difference and love.” [Karine Silverwoman/9:18min /2007/Canada]
Total Running Length: 67 minutes
4pmRAFIKI (encore screening) – initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case. Film in Swahili & English with English subtitles.
6:30pmTELL IT TO THE BEES – “Love has a way of finding us when we least expect it. This tender period drama, set in small-town, postwar Scotland, depicts the emergence of a love that while rescuing two women from isolation, also places them in danger.” [Annabel Jankel/106min/2018/United Kingdom/Narrative Feature/Drama]

Monday, Feb. 11

5:45pmMAN MADE (encore screening) – “this film takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love” [T Cooper/93 min/ 2018/USA/Documentary Feature]
8:15pmTUCKED (encore screening) – “When veteran drag queen, Jackie Collins, receives a diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations.” Winner! Outfest 2018 Audience Award and Jury Prize for Best International Film [Jamie Patterson / 120min / 2018/UK /Dramatic Comedy / Narrative Feature]

Tuesday, Feb. 12

5:45pm TELL IT TO THE BEES (encore screening)
8:15pm EVA + CANDELA (encore screening)

Wednesday, Feb. 13

8:15pmLA CARTE DE TENDRE – A collection of French language short films with English subtitles. For Mature Audiences 18+

Short Films:
Different (Je Suis Different.e) – “I came out to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.” [Ben Lemaire/2:20min/2017/FRANCE]
Marguerite – “An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.” OSCAR NOMINATED for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT 2019 [Marianne Farley/19min/2017/CANADA]
Trois Mois – “Three Months follows the romance of two young men, Marc and Andreas, which wavers when Marc reveals belatedly that he is HIV positive and undetectable.” [Sasha Alcoloumbre/17:03min/2018/CANADA]
Predrink – “Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.” [Marc-Antoine Lemire/23min/2017/CANADA]
Enter – “During a night of drinking, Raphael arrives by chance in an apartment where an orgy takes place. Embarrassed, he locks himself in the bathroom where he will find a sleeping guy he knows pretty well.” [Manuel Billi and Benjamin Bodi/19 min/2018/FRANCE]
Ballet Jazz – “Karine and Karine share one dream: to dance in the musical Cats on Broadway. But on audition day, their road trip from a remote Quebec suburb to New York City goes horribly, hilariously wrong.” [Maxime Robin/16min/2017/CANADA]
Total Running Length: 97 min

Thursday, Feb. 14

5:45pmClosing Gala! World Premiere! STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE with THE HANDYMAN

Films:
The Handy Man – “A single gay man (Nicholas Downs) schemes inventive ways to keep his sexy handyman around.” [JC Calciano/2019/USA]
STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE – PRESENTED IN CINEMA SCENT – yes that’s right, Scratch and Sniff along with the film! – “Sally and Neil are on a jungle expedition in search of The Fountain of Youth. She purchases a map that reveals the location of the Ancient aquifer to be underneath a gym… and sends Neil to obtain a sample of the water from the steam room.” [J.C. Calciano/95mins/2019/USA]

*at The Screening Room. Hold on to your ticket stub for this film as it gets you free admission to the Closing Gala Party.
8pmKARAOKE FOR YOUR LIFE: Closing Gala & F**k Valentine’s Day: Hosted by Miss Tyffanie Morgan with KJ Garyoke. $5 at the door, free with a Festival Pass. 19+ only. * at Monte’s (Tir Nan ‘Og)