@ PAVED ARTS (424 20th St. W.)
OVER 20 FILMS SPREAD OVER 2 NIGHTS
Hanna Che & Harry Forbez | 2018 | 10:00 min
Mariana, Jodie-Ann, and Diane are three queer as f*** women of color who discuss their past, present, and future without any filters or taboos.
Diane Obomsawin | 2016 | 8:00 min
In this animated short from Diane Obomsawin, four women reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression. For them, discovering that they're attracted to other women comes hand-in-hand with a deeper understanding of their personal identity and a joyful new self-awareness.
Ben Edelberg | 2018 | 5:00 min
Put the Playboy centrefold in the hands of a Dyke and she will make her into a monster. A pulsating world of bug-eyed lesbian sasquatches and vaginal caves created from reclaimed textiles. Visual artist Allyson Mitchell's shape shifting materials and colors explode off the screen on hand processed and scratched 16mm film.
Evelyn Pakinewatik | 2018 | 8:00 min
Shot during Toronto’s inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week, Emerge: Stone Braids explores the medicine that community and family, as well as forms collective prayer can take.
Diana Khong | 2017 | 10:00 min
Home Made is an intimate, contemplative portrait of two queer tattoo artists navigating an industry traditionally dominated by white, straight, cisgender males. The film weaves together the parallel narratives of Jasmine, a shop owner in Philadelphia, and sally, a stick-and-poke artist in Brooklyn, through their trials and triumphs
Rob Fatal | 2017 | 14:33 min
6 years ago two artists attempted to make a queer, sci-fi porno: it failed. What emerged 6 years later out of its campy/ tragic/melodramatic ashes is this erotic experimental documentary; a meditation on the intersections of failure and fetish as well the meticulous, accidental processes of constructing of cinema and identity.
Blair Fukumura | 2011 | 4:42 min
On the eve of his 30th birthday, Andrew Morrison-Gurza reflected on his life as an LGBTQ man with Cerebral Palsy, and the event that helped shape his identity as a gay man. With wit and candour, Andrew's unvarnished recounting of his loss of innocence shines a light on the culture of desire perpetuated within the LGBT community, and ideas of body image, abelism and gay identity.
Katharine King So | 2016 | 5:30 min
This experimental dance film explores the influence of post-war melodramas on experimental queer filmmakers. It also illustrates the media hysteria surrounding the AIDS crisis as an important time for the destruction of the nuclear home and ceasing the "othering" of minorities in order to move towards a time of queer solidarity and expression.
Dan McIntyre | 2018 | 8:00 min
Peeling back the shrouded image, Exhumation is a reanimation of long lost desire. A response to news of a celebrity paternity suit and the mythology adhered to it, Exhumation obsesses over buried memories to create one’s own monster from memory. Re-composed of images chemically treated to disintegrate, the figures peel their identities away to remain as ghosts of what once was. At once a diary of a death mask and of speculative hope, Exhumation dives through years of hurt feelings to find that although the body was here, you vanished.
Howard Adler, Candy Renae Fox & Leo Koziol | 2017 | 4:00 min
Set in the backdrop of colonial violence and the extermination of the buffalo. The Genocide of the buffalo parallels the loss of Queer Indigenous and Two-Spirit knowledge. In this film a Buffalo Spirit transforms into an Nhiyaw Iskwesis (a young Cree women), and a ghost like apparition sings Maori songs and underscores the links between colonialism on Indigenous peoples across the globe.