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  • Boy Culture

    88 mins unrated France
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama Romance
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    Boy Culture is the candid confessions of "X", a wildly successful male escort who describes his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates—one of whom he's in love with—and an enigmatic older client who challenges him to find his heart before he will consent to sex.

    Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Matthew Rettenmund, the film takes on issues of sexual mores and emotional risk with a witty and incisive voice, revealing the leap of faith that love demands. 

    Director: Q. Allan Brocka
  • Boy Erased

    115 mins R Australia
    Language: English
    Genre: Biography Drama
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    The teenaged son of a Baptist pastor is forced into a gay-conversion program by his parents, in actor-director Joel Edgerton’s emotive drama starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges.

    Everyone wants to belong — but what good is belonging if you can't be yourself? Starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (also at the Festival in Mid90s and Ben is Back) and Oscar winners Nicole Kidman (at the Festival in Destroyer) and Russell Crowe, actor Joel Edgerton's second feature as writer-director plunges us into the cloistered world of conversion therapy and tracks a young man's uphill journey from ostracization toward self-acceptance.

    Jared (Hedges) belongs to a loving middle-class Arkansas family, with his mother, Nancy (Kidman), and Baptist minister father, Marshall (Crowe). Jared gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in a steady — but chaste — relationship with a girl from school. Everything in his life is going according to plan, until a college friend outs Jared as gay.

    Surprised, but attempting to be supportive in their own way, Jared's parents send him to Refuge, a church-supported program predicated on the notion that homosexuality is an affliction, curable through confession, and the reinforcement of gender stereotypes. Overseen by Victor Sykes (Edgerton, in a superbly cagey performance), the program's bullying and bigotry fosters an environment that is anything but a refuge. Though Jared begins the program desperate to be healed, he begins to wonder if it's really others who need healing.

    Boy Erased, which is based on Garrard Conley's eponymous memoir, doesn't take potshots at religious conservatives. Bolstered by uniformly superlative performances — including memorable supporting turns from Flea and Xavier Dolan — the film considers what it means to reconcile one's upbringing with one's own self-respect and moral truths. In so doing, Edgerton contributes to a larger conversation that might help heal us all.

    Director: Joel Edgerton
    Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton
  • Giant Little Ones

    93 mins R Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Ray Winter (Kyle MacLachlan) leaves his wife, Carly (Maria Bello), for another man. Ray's popular, athletic son, Franky (Josh Wiggins), refuses to talk to his father despite Ray's pleas.

    Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life – until the night of Franky's epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.

    Franky begins to piece his life back together by befriending potentially transgender friend Mouse (Niamh Wilson). He also rekindles his friendship with Ballas' sister, Natasha (Taylor Hickson), whom everyone (including Franky) ostracized some time ago as a "slut" after she had sex with another boy. Franky finds himself romantically involved with Natasha. Franky realizes that being pushed into a straight relationship is just as bad as being bullied for being gay, and that he should put off a serious relationship or sex until he's ready. The insight helps Franky come to terms with his father's homosexuality.

    Giant Little Ones is a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery and the power of love without labels.

    Director: Keith Behrman
    Cast: Maria Bello, Taylor Hickson, Kyle MacLachlan
  • 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
  • Killing Patient Zero

    100 mins PG Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    1981: A mere seven years since homosexuality had been de-classified as a mental illness in North America. There was progress and a feeling of gay liberation in the air—and then, suddenly, a new disease was killing gay men. Initially called the "gay plague," AIDS became a shocking illustration of the entrenched homophobia of the time, with thousands of gay men dying before media attention and medical resources were brought to bear.

    At the centre of this storm stood Patient Zero, the man accused of spreading AIDS in North America, vilified as the embodiment of gay hedonism and promiscuity. Director Laurie Lynd peels back the layers of homophobia and misinformation to reveal the person behind the epithet, Québécois flight attendant Gaétan Dugas.

    Based on Richard McKay's groundbreaking book Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, this is a fascinating portrait not only of a man, but of a crisis that shocked a community into action.

    Director: Laurie Lynd
  • Steam Room Stories: The Movie

    95 mins 18+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy
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    Synopsis

    Cosmetics magnate Sally Fay (Traci Lords) and her loyal assistant, Neil (Nicholas Downs), are on a jungle expedition in search of The Fountain of Youth. She uses her fortune to purchase a map that reveals the location of the Ancient aquifer to be……underneath a gym in Encino, California. Sally sends Neil to obtain a sample of the water from the steam room. In the meantime, they set out to find some “dirt”on the gym. It turns out the gym owner, Old Man Johnson, has an unpaid tax bill. When he defaults, she’ll swoop in and buy the gym for pennies on the dollar. The Tax Man tells Old Man Johnson he must pay the IRS $25,000 or they’ll foreclose on the gym. Neil returns to the steam room to keep an eye on things and discovers that the Steam Room Guys (Wade, Balton, Beau, Tad and Ryan) are hatching a plan to save the gym- and their precious steam room. Neil befriends the Guys in order to secretly thwart their plans.  But he doesn’t count on becoming romantically involved with Wade. The Guys attempt several cash earning endeavors: some successful, some failures, but all sexy and insane.

    Director: J.C. Calciano
    Cast: Traci Lords, Paris Dylan, Chris Boudreaux, Forrest Kiyoshi Hoffman
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