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  • Splinters

    94 mins 18+ Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama
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    Synopsis

    Two decades after his inspired feature debut The Hanging Garden won best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) again explores interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town Nova Scotia life, in this intimate drama about a young woman reassessing her relationship with her mother following the death of her father.

    Belle has come home to rural Nova Scotia for her father’s funeral. She came out as a teenager but has never reconciled that fact with her conservative mother, Nancy. Amidst the family’s grief, Nancy’s disapproval of Belle hangs in the air like a dark cloud. Belle neglects to mention to her family that she has been dating a man named Rob for the past two years. She is reluctant to rekindle her mother’s traditional expectations of her and backpedal on hard-won battles to assert her identity. But the secret becomes harder to hide when Rob shows up to be the supportive boyfriend.

    Based on the stage play by Lee-Anne Poole, Splinters is anchored by the rich and layered performances of Sofia Banzhaf and Shelley Thompson as two strong-willed women whose lives are upended when their routine deadlock is disrupted. The constriction of small-town mores is offset by the spacious, rolling rural landscapes of Nova Scotia in this beautifully realized portrait of a young woman’s complicated relationship with her family, her past, and her home.

    Synopsis written by Danis Goulet, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

    Director: D. Thom Fitzgerald
    Cast: Deb Allen, Gil Anderson, Sofia Banzhaf
  • Torrey Pines

    60 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, Petersen is kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

    Director: Clyde Peterson
  • 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
  • Black Divaz

    60 mins unrated Australia
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Black Divaz follows the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant where six Aboriginal drag queens from around Australia battle it out over five days for the coveted crown. This film that goes beyond the glitz, glue guns and glamour of black drag to reveal a fun, fabulous and sometimes fearful place especially if you are an Indigenous man in a country where identity is constantly examined. – “And you thought PRISCILLA was the only Queen in the Desert!”

    Over 5 steamy days 6 contestants will battle it out in fierce lip synching battles, photo shoots with crocodiles and challenges that will see each contestant stretch more than just their wardrobe choices. What does it take to be crowned the winner? We follow each contestant as they talk candidly about what brought them to this glittering stage – their triumphs and tragedies and what being Miss First Nation means for them and their communities.

     

    Director: Adrian Russell Wills
    Cast: Crystal Love, Adriana Andrews, Daniel Cunningham & more
  • 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
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