LGBT2Q+

  • Tonguebreaker

    96 mins Turtle Island
    Genre: Poetry
    QueereEvents.ca - Book- Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha - Tonguebreaker

    Synopsis

    In their fourth collection of poetry, Lambda Literary Award-winning poet and writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha continues her excavation of working-class queer brown femme survivorhood and desire.

    Tonguebreaker is about surviving the unsurvivable: living through hate crimes, the suicides of queer kin, and the rise of fascism while falling in love and walking through your beloved's neighbourhood in Queens. Building on her groundbreaking work in Bodymap, Tonguebreaker is an unmitigated force of disabled queer-of-colour nature, narrating disabled femme-of-colour moments on the pulloff of the 80 in West Oakland, the street, and the bed. Tonguebreaker dreams unafraid femme futures where we live -- a ritual for our collective continued survival.

     

    Director: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  • Wild Nights with Emily

    84 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Comedy History
    QueerEvents.ca - Film Listing - Wild Nights with Emily

    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
  • Sweet and Sour

    6 mins USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Wei believes that his traditional Chinese mom would have a hard time accepting his boyfriend. However, it turns out that she is more complex than Wei's supposed.

    Director: Ann Sun
    Cast: Jaime Barcelon, Teresa Kuan, Hale Leon
  • Dykes, Camera, Action!

    58 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.

    “Visually simple as this is, with a mixture of talking heads and film clips, it’s an impressive potted history of an important movement in cinema with an equally impressive list of contributors. It’s a must for film students, and casual film fans who haven’t given the subject much thought before are likely to find that it opens their eyes to new ways of looking at the cinema they know and love.” – Jennie Kermode, EyeforFilm

    Director: Caroline Berler
    Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich
  • White Rabbit

    71 mins 18+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Drama
    QueerEvents.ca - film - White Rabbit

    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
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    91 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

    A FilmRise Release, in association with Beachside Films and Parkville Pictures.

    Director: Desiree Akhavan
    Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle
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