Documentary

  • Love, Scott

    76 mins 14+ Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    How do you find meaning, hope and love after becoming victim to a crime that forever changes the course of your life? Laura Marie Wayne's directorial debut, Love, Scott poetically explores this question and more.

    Love, Scott follows the life of Wayne's friend, openly gay musician Scott Jones,three years after he was the victim of an attack outside of a club in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Now paralyzed from the waist down, Jones's curiosity, charm and sense of humour remain intact, as do the family and community that surround him. While this documentary addresses small-town homophobia and the failings of the justice system (the assailant was never charged with a hate crime), Jones's incredible resilience is very much the heart of the film.

    Using old family photos and moving music that includes a soundtrack by Sigur Rós, Wayne creates a tender tribute not only to her dear friend, but to the human spirit.

    Director: Laura Marie Wayne
  • Man Made

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

    Man 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 in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.

    The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be—on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of Man Made , it's not about winning—it's about being seen.

    Director: T Cooper
    Cast: Rese, Dominic, Mason, Tommy, Kennie, Shawn
  • 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
  • Shakedown

    72 mins R USA
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    Synopsis

    Shakedown, 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.  Director Leilah Weinraub captures the glamour, grit, and joy of club life at Shakedown, from welcoming the birth of the first Shakedown baby, to dancers being harassed and arrested by the LAPD. We meet a captivating crew, including Miss Mahogany, a black house mother who has organized parties since the ’80s; Egypt, a femme performer with an alter ego as dominant Sasha Fierce, but a voice so soft you’d never know it was coming from the same person; and Ronnie Ron, Miss Mahogany’s butch lesbian protégé, a brilliant MC and the founder of Shakedown Productions.

    It’s a celebration of a unique time and space, crackling with footage that (amazingly) was shot and has survived. So settle in and grab some dollar bills. These girls know how to put on a show.

    Director: Leila Weinraub
  • Every Act of Life

    93 mins unrated USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Frankie and Johnnie): 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. Rich with rare footage and photos, the film features interviews with and performances by Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Edie Falco, F. Murray Abraham, Billy Porter, Tyne Daly, Chita Rivera, John Slattery, Rita Moreno, and Christine Baranski—among others—as well as the voices of Bryan Cranston (as John Steinbeck) and Meryl Streep (as Terrence’s high school English teacher). Director Jeff Kaufman’s exploration of the four-time Tony-winning playwright’s life is packed to the rafters with theater luminaries, making it a must-see film for any Broadway lover.

    Director: Jeff Kaufman
    Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury
  • Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

    100 mins unrated USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical Straight Outta Oz. From a small town in Texas to big-time show business, comes an inspiring documentary of grit, perseverance and the redemptive power of art.

    Described as "if Willy Wonka and Pee-wee Herman had a black child," Todrick Hall is a YouTube celebrity, recording artist, songwriter, Broadway actor, "Drag Race" judge, and much, much more. But right now he has only four weeks to write, record, choreograph, film, stage, and design his upcoming "Straight Outta Oz" album and tour. Inspired by Beyonce's "Lemonade" and spurred by not getting a hard-fought role as the Scarecrow on NBC's "The Wiz Live!", Hall imagines "Straight Outta Oz" as a confluence of L. Frank Baum's oversized universe, Hall's story of growing up as a gay black male in Arlington, Texas, with a Christian mother, and a rousing piece of activism. As every set piece, costume, bit of choreography, and note is painstakingly created, Hall and his wide-reaching team pull 16-hour days to create "something epic, but for less than epic price." Behind the Curtain—as open-hearted and frantic as documentaries get—mixes this behind-the-scenes tour with a look back at Hall's own career and an examination of LGBTQ culture in the wake of the Pulse shooting, a nightclub near and dear to Hall's heart. The result is an inspiring film about grit, perseverance, and the redemptive power of art.

    Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright
    Cast: Todrick Hall, Brittanie Brant, Christopher Caldwell , Chester Lockhart & more
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