24th Inside Out Festival: Dykes, Local Heroes, and More…

Inside Out is the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and includes film screenings, galas, and parties. This year is the 24th anniversary of the festival, and it runs from May 22 to June 1.

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This year, Dyke March Toronto is sponsoring Lesbian Shorts: A Little Bit Closer. Here’s what Inside Out has to say about this program:

The shorts in this wonderful collection benefit from an emotional honesty that captures the thrill of attraction that can take your breath away and leave you confused, terrified and excited.”

Still from Bachelorette, one of the shorts featured in Lesbian Shorts: A Little Bit Closer

Still from Bachelorette, one of the shorts featured in Lesbian Shorts: A Little Bit Closer

Catch it on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 9:45 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

More details here: http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/lesbian-shorts-a-little-bit-closer

Check out some more of our top pick’s for this year!

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
Saturday, May 24, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

The film follows Bornstein on tour, capturing public performances, intimate conversations and painful personal revelations——all with wit, style and astonishing candour.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/kate-bornstein-is-a-queer–pleasant-danger

Masculinity/Femininity
Monday, May 26, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King Street West

“Experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer’’s Masculinity/Femininity takes over where his short film starring James Franco, Masculinity & Me, left off.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/masculinityfemininity

Derby Crazy Love
Sunday, June 1, 2014
5:15 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

“Preconceptions of femininity and sexuality in competitive sports are redefined in this jam-packed documentary about the adrenaline-filled world of women’’s roller derby.”

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From Derby Crazy Love

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/derby-crazy-love

No Easy Walk To Freedom
Sunday, June 1, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
350 King Street West

“No Easy Walk to Freedom portrays an attempt by diverse groups in India to overturn Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The law, as historians point out in the film, is a remnant of British colonialism and is used to harass, jail and turn LGBT Indians into second-class citizens.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/no-easy-walk-to-freedom

Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Friday May 31, 2014
9:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

Anna Margarita Albelo plays herself in this hilarious queer rendition of the twentieth century classic [Who’s Afraid of Virgina Wolf?], complete with dancing vaginas, insightful glimpses into the filmmaking process, and a killer soundtrack.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/whos-afraid-of-vagina-wolf

The Foxy Merkins
Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:45 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
350 King Street West

The unlikely duo of new-to-the-streets Margaret (Lisa Haas) and seasoned grifter Jo (Jackie Monahan) navigate the mean streets of New York City with hilarious results. The pair cruise Republican ladies outside of conservative clothing store Talbots, accommodate the surreal kinks of their clientele, and negotiate with a shady merkin salesman, all the while trying to reconcile their differing feelings for each other.”

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From The Foxy Merkins

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/the-foxy-merkins

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
Sunday, May 25, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Forbidden Love is a compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious examination of the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Contemporary interviews, archival footage and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and empowering film.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/forbidden-love-the-unashamed-stories-of-lesbian-lives

Outside the Ring
Sunday, June 1, 2014
5:15 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

Toronto’’s Newsgirls Boxing Club is the first all-women’’s boxing club in North America. What makes it so special, however, is its unique violence recovery program in which women and trans survivors of violence are offered classes that aid in the healing process through a reclamation of power and space in a healthily aggressive way.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/outside-the-ring

Drunktown’s Finest
Monday, May 26, 2014
9:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King Street West

Freeland’’s impressive debut moves beyond glib media descriptions as it follows three fully realized Navajo characters and the twists and turns that bring them together. Sick Boy is a troubled father-to-be; Nizhani clashes with her adoptive parents about searching for her biological family, and Felixia (the luminous Carmen Moore) is a trans woman who dreams of winning the local beauty pageant.”

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From Drunktown’s Finest

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/drunktowns-finest

Tru Love
Saturday, May 24, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
350 King Street West

Who knows what attracts us to someone: beauty, a dazzling smile or the way a laugh line crinkles just so. For 37-year-old Toronto dyke, Tru (Shauna MacDonald)——a notorious womanizer with intimacy issues——it happens to be all of those things and more, as she finds herself falling for her friend Suzanne (Christine Horne)’’s mother, the beguiling 60-year-old Alice (Kate Trotter).”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/tru-love

The Last One
Sunday, May 25, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

The Last One is a fascinating and heartfelt documentary that examines the rise of HIV/AIDS in the United States through the legacy of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and The Names Project Foundation.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/the-last-one

Regarding Susan Sontag
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
7:15 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate study of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Endlessly curious and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/regarding-susan-sontag

Open Up To Me
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
9:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King Street West

Maarit (Leea Klemola) leaves a wife, daughter, and job as high school counsellor to move to Helsinki and live her life as the woman she was born to be. But her unflinching honesty about her identity means she must work as an underemployed cleaner.”

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Open Up To Me

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/open-up-to-me

Everybody’s Got Somebody…But Me
Sunday, May 25, 2014
7:15 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

When Alejandra, a publishing editor who lives in her own insular world, encounters Maria, a carefree private-school student, sparks ignite. Maria becomes an inspiration to Alejandra, and something of a muse. Alejandra becomes an opportunity for Maria: an escape from frivolous school friends into an exciting new world.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/everybodys-got-somebody…but-me

Happy End?!
Friday, May 30, 2014
9:45 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

As they cross the country to lay Herma to rest, the road trip flips Lucca’’s ideas and values upside down as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Valerie and drifting away from the future that was so carefully planned out for her.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/happy-end

What It Was
Thursday, May 29, 2014
5:15 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

“In director Daniel Armando’’s multilayered film, Adina, a successful Latina actress, returns to New York in the aftermath of her failed marriage and the death of her sister.

Unable to face her mother, Adina finds herself in a fog, drifting through her days. Her memories mingle with the present as she tumbles through a series of intense, complex connections with a sexy, butch body artist, a young college student and a former girlfriend.”

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What It Was

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/film/what-it-was

And check out these shorts!

Local Heroes, featuring the Feminist Art Gallery!

Feminist Art Gallery VIDEO
Thursday, May 29, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
350 King Street West

A musical scrapbook manifesto, the FAG video, recounts the first three years of the Feminist Art Gallery’’s radical happenings, activism and art——dirty dishes, pussycats and all.”

Feminist Art Gallery VIDEO

Feminist Art Gallery VIDEO


For more Local Heroes shorts: http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/mixed-shorts-local-heroes

Lesbian Shorts: Building a Herstory
Saturday, May 24, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

Deftly shifting between comedy, drama and real-life stories, these short films from around the world capture the overwhelming rush of initial desire, the heartbreak of lost love and the enduring attraction that can last a lifetime.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/lesbian-shorts-building-a-herstory

Transplanetarium
Friday, May 30, 2014
7:45 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

“Fifteen years ago, Cat Grant and Boyd Kodak curated the first program of films by and about trans communities——a program that ‘’celebrated our lives and loves.’’ Tran’’ce Romance laid the foundation for a trans presence at Inside Out, and grew into what is now known asTransplanetarium.

With pride and pleasure we have watched a steady increase in the number, and quality, of submissions. This year’’s Transplanetarium showcases inspired animation, artful experimental work, potent drama and soul-stirring documentary. These shorts connect with the multitude of voices in our communities, offering sustenance and reflecting on the wide variety of trans experiences and lives.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/transplanetarium

Lesbian Shorts: The Night is Young
Monday, May 26, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King Street West

When the sun goes down, darkness provides a blanket for clandestine encounters that set our hearts racing with the thrill of the unknown.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/lesbian-shorts-the-night-is-young

Mixed Shorts: World’s Best Docs
Sunday, May 25, 2014
1:45 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
350 King Street West

Join us for a trip around the world where ordinary people live extraordinary lives, in this collection of informative and entertaining documentary shorts.”

Lavender Hill: A Love Story

Lavender Hill: A Love Story

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/mixed-shorts-worlds-best-docs

Lesbian Shorts: Bound by Love
Sunday, May 25, 2014
9:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

That crazy little thing called love is a mighty strong emotion. It brings people together, causes us to act impulsively and sometimes leads us to regret what we’’ve said and done. It can drive us crazy, but could we imagine our lives without it?”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/lesbian-shorts-bound-by-love

Mixed Shorts: Black Boxes
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

Black Boxes is a tribute to the most compelling new voices in black queer cinema post Marlon Riggs, Cheryl Dunye and Karen Robertson. Funny, cinematic and passionate, this exceptional collection of films will leave you yearning for more.”

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/mixed-shorts-black-boxes

Web Series Showcase, including Leslieville!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

“What do Spike Lee, AutostraddleThe Advocate,indieWIREFunny or Die and Variety all have in common? Their love and praise for the titles featured in our Web Series Showcase.

Inside Out is thrilled to present the who’s who of the finest LGBT web series on the Internet. Please join us for a very special showcase of previews, premieres and presentations.

All filmmakers will be in attendance for a panel discussion on the meteoric rise of the web series platform. Get the insider’s perspective on what it takes to develop your story, share your vision and find your audience. It’s Web Series 101 on the do-it-yourself approach to accessible filmmaking and storytelling. Find your inspiration. See for yourself then do it yourself.”

Leslieville

Leslieville

http://insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/web-series-showcase

Tickets on sale May 8! Check out the Inside Out website for more details. http://www.insideout.ca/

This post written by: Andi

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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