Nathan Adloff will be attending both screenings of Miles.
Nathan Adloff made his feature film debut with NATE & MARGARET (Director/Co-Writer/Producer). It sold for worldwide distribution prior to completion. It also received a commendatory review from Roger Ebert. MILES is his second semi-autobiographical feature film, starring Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Missi Pyle, Stephen Root and Yeardley Smith.
Miles | Nathan Adloff | USA | 2016 | 90 min
Re:Orientations | Richard Fung | Canada | 2016 | 68 min
Richard Fung is a video artist/filmmaker and writer, and a Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, Toronto. Among other honours, he received the 2000 Bell Canada Award for outstanding achievement in video art and the 2015 Kessler Award for significant contributions to LGBTQ studies.
*Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza will be in attendance at the Aug 17 screening of Strike a Pose only, as well as SpaceMelt and the Black Lives Matter Dance Party.*
Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza is an award-winning, VMA-nominated performer/choreographer from New York City. Jose started his dance studies at the age of 11. He has modeled for Jean Paul Gaultier and Helmut Lang, been photographed by Francesco Scavulo and Bruce Weber, and has choreographed for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Madonna. Jose is the Father of the House of Xtravaganza. He teaches vogue/ballet at dance institutions around the world.
Milan is a 14 year old superstar transboy who lives in Prince George, B.C. He transitioned two years ago, with the full support of his family – but NO support from his school. Milan was bullied so badly that he missed more than a year of classes. And the whole thing started up again this spring when he was bullied again. Milan was out of school for nearly 8 weeks. Even though the school system has completely failed Milan, and even though he missed almost two months of school this semester, he has still finished his year with flying colours.
There is a video about Milan called Handsome and Majestic. The video has won prizes at film fests already, was shown on a gigantic screen over the street during Toronto Pride, and will be shown again at the Vancouver Film Festival. Milan has given talks to professionals, led the Prince George Pride Parade, gotten the Phoenix award from PG Pride, and served as a wonderful public role model for other trans kids, especially in Prince George.
North Mountain | Bretten Hannam | Canada | 2016 | 75 min
Bretten Hannam is a metis writer-director based in Nova Scotia, Canada. His films focus primarily on First Nations and LGBT/Two-Spirit perspectives dealing with themes of identity, tradition, and community. He is a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, as well as an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre.
Women Who Kill | Ingrid Jungermann | USA | 2016 | 91 min
Ingrid Jungermann created the WGA-Nominated web series F to 7th. Her debut feature, Women Who Kill, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where she won Best Screenplay. She is in development at Showtime for a half-hour version of F to 7th. Ingrid earned her MFA at the NYU Graduate Film School.
Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things | Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa | Canada | 71 min
Mark Kenneth Woods is a writer, producer, director, actor and TV host whose films and videos have been broadcast on television in over a dozen countries and have been screened in over 300 festivals and galleries around the world from Tokyo to Sao Paolo to Paris’ famous Centre Pompidou.
A familiar face on Canada’s OUTtv Network, Mark is best known as the creator and star of the hilarious TV sitcom and web project The Face of Furry Creek (OUTtv, Bell Media Fund) and 3 seasons of the world’s first all-LGBTQ sketch comedy show The House of Venus Show (OUTtv, here! Network, Pink TV). Most recently, Woods has gained notoriety for his documentary work (Take Up The Torch, This is Drag) and hugely successful commercial work including Starbucks first LGBTQ-themed commercial Coffee Frenemies starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano.
Aligarh | Hansal Mehta | India | 2016 | 114 min | Hindi with English subtitles
Hansal Mehta is an award-winning Indian film director, writer, actor and producer. His more recent films come from a concern about religious/class-based/racial intolerance around the world. Hansal won the 61st National Award for Best Direction for Shahid. His latest film, Aligarh, is a continuation of this intention and practice.
Please note: the visit by director Hansal Mehta listed in our program guide has unfortunately been cancelled.
First Girl I Loved | Kerem Sanga | USA | 2016 | 91 min
Kerem Sanga is the writer/director of three features. His previous film, The Young Kieslowski, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Kerem attended film school at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow. Prior to that, he studied math at the University of Texas, Austin. He lives in Los Angeles.
*Kevin Stea will be in attendance at the Aug 17 screening of Strike a Pose only, as well as SpaceMelt*
Kevin Stea has been one of the most well-known and highly recognized dancers in the industry. After only 18 months of training, Kevin was hired as associate choreographer and then dance captain for Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour, which was the genesis of both the movie Madonna: Truth or Dare and the video for Vogue. Kevin has performed in movies such as Sister Act 2 and Rent, and has appeared in music videos for David Bowie, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Rihanna.
David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at London’s 56 Dean Street sexual health centre, where he addresses the sexualized drug use by gay men that is commonly referred to as “chemsex.” He has been instrumental in placing chemsex issues firmly on international public health agendas. David’s work is featured in the Chemsex documentary (VICE-UK).
Known for his outspokenness as an original cast member on Logo TV and MTV Canada’s 1 Girl 5 Gays, Michael Yerxa has worked behind the scenes as a producer on some of Canada’s most successful factual television shows including The Amazing Race Canada, Canada’s Smartest Person and Still Standing.
He has recently begun to branch out as a documentary filmmaker and producer. In 2015, he collaborated with filmmaker Mark Kenneth Woods on the television documentary Take Up The Torch, an inspiring look at past and present LGBT sport trailblazers in Canada actively making the sports landscape more LGBT-inclusive post-Sochi Olympics.
Front Cover | Raymond Yeung | USA | 2015 | 86 min
Ray Yeung’s first feature, Cut Sleeve Boys, premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival. Front Cover, Ray’s second feature, recently won Best Screenplay at the FilmOut San Diego Film Festival. Front Cover will be theatrically released in New York City this August.