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Jess MacCormack & Alexus Young | 2011 | 6:00 min
An experimental animated documentary about criminalization in Canada. In “Feeling Reserved” Alexus shares her story of a ‘starlight tour’, a practice of police brutality against First Nations peoples in Canada where individuals are driven out of town, stripped of their coats and shoes and left to freeze to death. This work highlights the systemic violence at play and the silencing effect it produces.
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.
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.
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.
Shelley Niro | 2015 | 5:00 min
A simple story of love and loss. Niagara originally called Ongniaahra, a Mohawk word, from the Haudenosaunee Nations.
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.
Alli MacKay | 2017 | 6:00 min
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.
Thirza Cuthand | 2015 | 4:47 min
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Glenn Gear | 2014 | 4:19 min
Cry of the Loup-garou is a modern-day gothic short set against the skyline of downtown Montréal. Created in a striking silhouette animation style, it tells the tale of an unlikely connection between a remorseful werewolf and an enchanted gargoyle who comes to life one fateful night. Agitated emotion and bestial desire emerge from the backlit city gloom.
Dorian Wood and Graham Kolbeins | 2019 | 8:00 min
PAISA is an immersive fever dream that celebrates the beauty of queer brown sensuality, body positivity and individuality. Says Dorian – "…I wanted to create a permanent reminder for us queer, trans and non-binary folks of color that our beauty stretches within and far beyond our times, in either direction…sex positivity grounded in mindfulness and consent. We are wiser than this world gives us credit for. We are powerful and plentiful. We are forever."
Lyle Ashton Harris | 2014 | 7:07 min
Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2014: ALTERNATE ENDINGS / Selections from the Ektachrome Archive 1986–1996 is a snapshot chronicling the moments—now memories—of this charged decade. This selection features over one hundred images taken by Harris from his extensive archive of Ektachrome photographs. Bedroom scenes and personal mementos punctuate public presentations and social gatherings, as a register of Harris' life during the height of the AIDS crisis and its impact.