LGBT2Q+

  • Octavio is Dead!

    88 mins 14+ Canada
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Things are not quite what they seem in Octavio Is Dead!, a moody and sexually charged supernatural tale from multitalented director Sook-Yin Lee. Tyler (Alias Grace’s mesmerizing Sarah Gadon) is unemployed and unsettled after learning that her father, a man she’s never met, has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life. Her mother Joan, played by the legendary Rosanna Arquette, doesn’t even want to talk about it. Impulsively deciding to explore her father’s stomping grounds before the apartment is sold, Tyler’s curiosity about her father slowly evolves into a sensual exploration of her own identity and desires. With incredible performances from an excellent cast that includes hunky newcomer Dimitris Kitsos, Lee has produced the seemingly impossible: a sexy and thoughtful queer film that appeals to women and men and to those who like their gender bent.

    Director: Sook-Yin Lee
    Cast: Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette, Raoul Max Trujillo
  • The Fruit Machine

    93 mins R Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada's public service and military homosexual purge are now united and determined.

    After the Second World War, Canada, and much of the Western world, became preoccupied with national security. Against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia, Canada began investigating federal employees who might be susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality, along with drunkenness and adultery, was considered a “character weakness” and became grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the directive of the newly established Security Panel. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined.

    The despair born in those pop-up interrogation rooms has long-paralyzed these public servants and military members. The Fruit Machine is their film, a story of hope and of a country's struggle to do the right thing.

    Director: Sarah Fodey
    Cast: Diane Pitre, Martine Roy, John Sawatsky & more
  • Season of Love

    105 mins unrated USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Comedy Romance
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    Synopsis

    Season of Love is a new take on a classic holiday romantic comedy, featuring a diverse cast of LGBTQ characters. Each couple's journey offers intrigue, taking us on a path through their holiday season, bringing people together to celebrate with family, friends and new and old loves. Will they or won't they? Why can't she seem to get the girl next door’s attention? Will everything come together on time? Season of Love has something for everyone.

    Director: Christin Baker
    Cast: Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Sandra Mae Frank, Jessica Clark
  • 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
  • Little Fish

    320 mins Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Fiction
    Author/Creator

    Casey Plett

    Casey Plett is the author of the novel Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press) and the short story collection A Safe Girl to Love (Topside Press), and co-editor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers (Topside Press). She wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney's Internet Tendency and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Maclean's, The Walrus, Plenitude, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. She lives in Windsor, Ontario.

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    Synopsis

    Little Fish is the stunning debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love.

    It's the dead of winter in Winnipeg and Wendy Reimer, a thirty-year-old trans woman, feels like her life is frozen in place. When her Oma passes away Wendy receives an unexpected phone call from a distant family friend with a startling secret: Wendy's Opa (grandfather) -- a devout Mennonite farmer -- might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, but as Wendy's life grows increasingly volatile, she finds herself aching for the lost pieces of her Opa's truth. Can Wendy unravel the mystery of her grandfather's world and reckon with the culture that both shaped and rejected her? She's determined to try.

    Alternately warm-hearted and dark-spirited, desperate and mirthful, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined.

    Director: Casey Plett
  • I Hope We Choose Love

    A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World

    144 mins Canada
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Author/Creator
    QueerEvents.ca - Author image - Kia Cheng Thom

    Kai Cheng Thom

    Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and community healer in Toronto. Her novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir was released by Metonymy Press in 2016. Her first poetry book, a place called No Homeland, and her children's picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li, were both published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. An essay collection entitled I Hope We Choose Love is forthcoming in 2019. Kai Cheng won the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.

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    Synopsis

    What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?

    In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, acclaimed poet and essayist Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

    Director: Kai Cheng Thom
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