2019 SCHEDULE & FILM INFORMATION
6:00 PM Opening Art Show
Come celebrate the launch of the local LGBTTQ* art show alongside participating artists (with snacks and beverages available for purchase)!
A foreword from curator Tim Haughian will highlight the collection of art inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and its continued impact on our community.
7:00 PM Dykes, Camera, Action!
14+ | Caroline Berler | USA | English | 2018 | 58 min | Documentary
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich
Awards: L.A Outfest 2018
Winner: Emerging Talent Outshine Film Festival 2019
Winner: Best Documentary Film
9:00 PM Mom + Mom
14+ | Karole Di Tommaso | Italiy | English S.T. | 2018 | 81 min | Drama
Cast: Linda Caridi, Maria Roveran
Award: Guadalajara International Film Festival 2019
Nominee: Best Feature Film
7:00 16th Annual Short Films Competition
Reel Pride is excited to once again be hosting the 16th Annual Canadian LGBTTQ* Short Film Competition. The competition features short films that have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and/or a queer aspect to them.
At the oldest-running queer theatre in the world, Toronto’s most cerebral drag queen and “tragicomedienne” Pearle Harbour prepares to take the stage for her new show “Battle Cry: Songs Of Warfare & Gaiety”.
Four Spirits Walk as One
Two two-spirits go out on a first date on what seems to be a promising relationship.
A Balkan immigrant is forced to face his homophobia in an effort to keep his family together after his son unexpectedly brings a boyfriend to a family party.
After a near-death experience, Henry awakens in an overgrown field and embarks on a reflection of his life by reliving memories of his past loves.
Awkwardly hilarious hijinks ensue when a mother and daughter show up at a queer sex club on the same night, in shaping their ideas of what it means to be fully human.
I Am Skylar
Skylar Côté, a young transgender girl on the precipice of adolescence, is shaped by the support of her family, friends, and community as she gains the courage and the determination to live an authentic life.
Iridescence tells the story of an emotionally repressed, abusive father and his son who struggles to accept himself and his sexuality.
A dive into cinematographic poetry, Stained Lips was shot in continuous one takes utilizing a singular cartridge of Super 8 film.
Take the Dive: Downtown
Downtown dweller Jorge Requena Ramos takes his suburban friend Joanna Braun on an “insider’s list” tour of the coolest dives (hidden gems) in her city with the help of comedian Lara Rae.
Women Not Permitted
While at a gay men’s bathhouse, three men - each harbouring their own latent contempt for women - are visited by a mysterious female stranger who engages them in a battle of wits, exposing the misogyny that lurks just behind the steam.
Queens of Summer
Prairie Sky opens up about queer identity and drag performances in this short, intimate doc.
A woman deals with trauma during a guided meditation session with her therapist.
Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny
Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny explores the nuances of queer Chinese diasporic culture by using the metaphor of
the five elements as a conduit for queer cultural exploration.
7:00 PM From Zero to I Love You
14+ | Doug Spearman | USA | English | 2019 | 106 min | Drama
Cast: Darryl Stephens, Leslie Zemeckis, Al Sapienza, Richard Lawson
Summary: Darryl Stephens plays Pete Logsdon-just a guy in Philadelphia
who happens to have a history of getting involved with married men. His father, played by veteran Richard Lawson and his soon-to-be step mom, Leslie Zemeckis, are on him to find someone who's actually available and to settle down. Instead, he finds a man named Jack who is fifteen years into a perfect marriage with two beautiful children and an enviable wife. (Doug Spearman)
9:00 PM Giant Little Ones
14 | Keith Behrman | Canada | English | 2018 | 93 min | Drama
Cast: Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Peter Outerbridge
Summary: Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, familes and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.
Awards: Göteborg Film Festival 2019
- Winner Audience Award
- Winner Dragon Award
Toronto International Film Festival 2019
- Nominee Best Canadian Feature Film
7:00 PM The Garden Left Behind
14A | Flavio Alves | USA | Spanish-English | English S.T. | 2018 | 88 min | Drama
Cast: Michael Madsen, Edward Asner, Carlie Guevara
Awards: Boston LGBT Film Festival 2019
Winner Audience Choice
Bentonville Film Festival 2019
- Winner Best of the Fest
SXSW Film Festival 2019
- Winner Audience Award
Sunscreen Film Festival, US 2019
Winner Best Screenplay
Winner Best Feature Film
Winner Best Actress (Carlie Guevara)
Summary: The Garden Left Behind traces the relationship between Tina, a young transwoman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
9:00 PM Sell By
14+ | Mike Doyle |USA | English | 2019 | 94 min | Romantic comedy
Cast: Scott Evans, Christopher Grey, Patricia Clarkson
Summary: Does every relationship have an expiration date? Adam and Marklin are about to find out. Their 5-year relationship has gone from a passionate flame to a medium burn, forcing them to reconcile with each other’s shortcomings all while watching their support network crumble around them. Best friend Cammy’s latest beau checks all of her boxes – if you don’t count that he actually lives in a box; Haley’s student is more interested in studying her than for the SATs; and Elizabeth and Damon – the “stable” ones – are on the brink of divorce after 15 years of so-called bliss. But, in this mess, hope springs eternal as they all muddle their way through to try and make life work. (Mike Doyle)
11:00 PM Sauvage/Wild
18A+ | Camille Vidal-Naquet | France | French | English S.T. | 2018 | 99min | Drama
Cast: Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Philippe Ohrel
Cannes Film Festival 2018
Winner Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award
FEST International Film Festival 2019
Winner Merlinka Queer Film Award Best Film
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2019
Winner Jury Award Best Performance in a Lead Role
Jerusalem Film Festival 2018
Winner FIPRESCI Prize International First Film
Summary: Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here... longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.
1:30 PM Gautham & Buddha
84 min./2019/Dir. Shayok Mukhopadhyay/Doc.
Best friends Gautam and Buddha are the cross-dressing stars of the New Conquerors, a risqué, all-male traveling theater in rural India. While Buddha is openly gay, Gautam has a wife and a son back in the village. Set in a milieu far from the court battles that recently overturned India's anti-gay law, this feature-length documentary finds nuance, tolerance, and complexity in an unexpected corner of the world.(IFP Press Releases)
Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPeObxRE4SE
GAUTAM & BUDDHA premiered at the Transilvania International Film Festival in 2019. It was previously selected for the 2016 IFP Doc Lab, and awarded an Individual Artist grant by the New York State Council on the Arts.
4:00 PM Fire Song
Cast: Andrew Martin, Brendt Thomas Diabo, Mary Galloway
Summary: Shane, a gay Anishnaabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister’s suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family’s home and his own future.
7:00 PM The Happy Prince
G | Rupert Everett | UK-Belgium-Italy-Germany | English- French-Italian 2018 | 99min | Drama
Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson
Summary: In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed. The past floods back, taking him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. Travelling through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed. It is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love. (Beta Film GmbH)
Bavarian Film Awards 2018
Winner Bavarian Film Award Best Production (Produzentenpreis)
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2019
Winner ALFS Award British/Irish Actor of the Year (Rupert Everett)
Satellite Awards 2019
Winner Special Achievement Award Best First Feature
9:00 PM RBC Gala
11:00 PM Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts
G | Nicholas Zeig-Owens | USA | English |2019 | 91min | Documentary
Cast: Brian Firkus, Reuben Asberry Jr, William Belli, Ru Paul
Clip shot a Tribeca Film Festival 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivRaqCi5Fhk
Summary: The film follows Mattel's "rise to fame and subsequent country music career", as well as life after her win of season three of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, including the struggles of performing and touring.
1:30 PM The Stanley County Cutups
Warm up with southern gospel music, delivered by the official bluegrass band of Winnipeg’s West End.
2:00 PM Gay Chorus Deep South
G | David Charles Rodrigues | USA | English | 2019 | 100 min | Documentary- Music
Cast: Tim Seelig, Chris Verdugo, Ashie Blow
Summary: In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.
Tribeca Film Festival 2019
- Winner Audience Award
Pink Apple 2019
- Winner Audience Award
- Winner Audience Choice
Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF)
- Winner Audience Award