Comedy

  • Wild Nights with Emily

    84 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Comedy History
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    Synopsis

    So you think you know Emily Dickinson? Well, Wild Nights with Emily is here to tell you that you don't. Not even a little bit.

    History has painted Emily Dickinson as a sad, reclusive spinster, too sensitive for the world. But Madeleine Olenek (Co-Dependant Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, The Foxy Merkins), with her signature brand of comedy, sets fire to that old canvas and shows us the real Emily, played to perfection by Molly Shannon. Detailing the author's struggle to have her poetry published and her lifelong romantic relationship with her brother's wife, Susan (Susan Ziegler,) this is absurd comedy with a real agenda.

    Playing out like an extended episode of Drunk History, Wild Nights with Emily unveils a vivacious and talented woman who is full of life but living in a time that doesn't allow her to be seen for all that she is.

    Director: Madeleine Olnek
    Cast: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz
  • White Rabbit

    71 mins 18+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Drama
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    Synopsis

    A dramatic comedy following a Korean-American performance artist who struggles to be authentically heard and seen through her multiple identities in modern Los Angeles.

    White Rabbit stands out as intersectional feminist gold in today’s political climate, where we are encouraged to identify and point out social inequalities.

    Sophia (Vivian Bang) is a struggling Korean-American performance artist whose work, which she describes to her mother as “not art that people can buy,” explores racial tensions in Los Angeles. She posts videos and performs in pop-up shows for no particular audience, while simultaneously juggling her paying job as a TaskRabbit. A series of chance encounters brings Sophia and photographer Victoria (Nana Ghana) together, and the quick arc of their friendship culminates into what Sophia believes could be more.

    Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards, Lola Versus) invites us to experience what moved him so deeply upon first discovering Bang and her performance art: we are confronted with the harshness of institutional racism and our gut responses to such injustice.

    Director: Daryl Wein
    Cast: Vivian Bang, Nico Evers-Swindell, Nana Ghana & more
  • I Live for Menopause

    5 mins unrated Canada
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Comedy Shorts
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    Synopsis

    In I Live for Menopause, Dayna McLeod uses her queer, aging, body to confront ageism with humour to imagine a menopausal future that is full of promise. Based on Lady Gaga’s 2013 Applause, Montreal musician Jackie Gallant scores a slamming dance track full of throbbing beats, synth, and underwater majesty.

    Originally staged as a performance, this work has evolved into a video featuring over-50 heroines, a singing bottle of lube, an adventurous pink unicorn, and an animated vagina who has an underwater bathtub solo.

    Director: Dayna McLeod
  • Grace and Betty

    12 mins unrated USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    When 23 year old Grace decides to come out of the closet to her grandmother Betty, she discovers something she wasn't expecting.

    Director: Zoe Lubeck
    Cast: Kathleen Alton, Isa Arciniegas, Hanna Dworkin
  • The Shiva Callers

    12 mins USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    When a closeted woman's girlfriend shows up unexpectedly to her grandfather's shiva, she must do anything in her power to stop her family from finding out.

    Director: Emi Schaufeld
    Cast: Neil Fleischer, Jake Gold, Nora Kaye
  • Foxy Trot

    15 mins USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Shorts
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    Synopsis

    A married couple unexpectedly face their relationship issues when they take ballroom dance lessons in a very heteronormative class.

    Director: Lisa Donato
    Cast: Laura Zak, Elizabeth Frances, Julia Aks
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