Nathan Adloff

Nathan Adloff

Miles
Aug 18, 9:00pm, International Village

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

Richard Fung

Richard Fung

Re:Orientations
Aug 15, 9:00pm, Vancity Theatre

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

Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza

Strike a Pose
Aug 19, 2:30pm, International Village

*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 Halikowski

Milan Halikowski

Real Boy
Aug 19, 6:30pm, SFU GCA

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. 

Bretten Hannam

Bretten Hannam

North Mountain
Aug 16, 9:15pm, Vancity Theatre

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.

Ingrid Jungermann

Ingrid Jungermann

Women Who Kill
Aug 13, 6:45pm, International Village

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.

Mark Kenneth Woods

Mark Kenneth Woods

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
Aug 20, 6:30pm, SFU GCA

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.

Hansal Mehta

Hansal Mehta

Aligarh
Aug 16, 6:00pm, International Village

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.

Kerem Sanga

Kerem Sanga

First Girl I Loved
Aug 13, 4:30pm, International Village

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

Kevin Stea

Strike a Pose
Aug 19, 2:30pm, International Village

*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

David Stuart

Chemsex
Aug 14, 6:30pm, SFU GCA

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).

Michael Yerxa

Michael Yerxa

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
Aug 20, 6:30pm, SFU GCA

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things | Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa | Canada | 71 min

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.

 

Ray Yeung

Ray Yeung

Front Cover
Aug 20, 2:30pm, International Village

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.

Jamie Alain

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Collider | Jamie Alain | Canada | 2016 | 10 min Jamie Alain is an award-winning filmmaker and editor, best known for his work on films like Daydream Nation, Flowers in the Attic, and That Burning Feeling as well as the television series Continuum and OlympusCollider is Jamie’s return to directing after a ten year absence. His last short film, Toreador, won the Golden Sheaf for best experimental short film at the Yorkton Film Festival.

Joella Cabalu

It Runs in the Family
Aug 16, 9:00pm, International Village
It Runs in the Family | Joella Cabalu | Canada | 46 min   Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with an Art History degree from the University of British Columbia (2008) and a graduate of the Documentary Film Production Program at Langara College (2013). In 2015, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Hot Docs Shaw Media Diverse Voices training program and was also selected for the BC Arts Council Early Career Development pilot program in which she was mentored by veteran producer, Cari Green. Lastly in June 2015, Cabalu delivered her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family as a producer, director and writer. The film premiered at the Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival in Ontario and screened in major markets in the United States including San Francisco, New York, and Houston, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

Wes Chew

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Vibrator | Wes Chew | Canada | 2016 | 5 min Wes Chew is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who is always looking for new ways of telling stories. Often times he can be found directing and shooting for clients or even editing his own passion projects in a wifi-friendly cave. After graduating from Capilano University’s Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts program, Wes thought he should probably be making films full time and has done so ever since.

Patrick Currie

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Meet Cute | G Patrick Currie | Canada | 2016 | 15 min Patrick Currie studied acting at York University, as a member of the BFA Acting ensemble. He has had a successful theatre, film and TV career and is well-known in the sci-fi community for his work on Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica. In 2016 he made Meet Cute, his second film with Crazy8s. In 2014 he wrote, produced and performed in The Out-Laws which premiered at the 2015 VQFF.

Danie Easton

Changemakers
Aug 13, 7:00pm, SFU GCA
To be a Man | Danie Easton | Canada | 2016 | 30 min Raised in Kamloops BC, Danie Easton pursued the dream of filmmaking at the early age of 14. Danie attended high school film classes and later traveled to Vancouver to attend Capilano University majoring in film. Danie graduated after four years with a degree in motion picture arts and after just one year out of university has been running a production company developing films of all types.

SALAZAR film

Changemakers
Aug 13, 7:00pm, SFU GCA
Handsome and Majestic | Jeff Lee Petry, Nathan Drillot | Canada | 2015 | 12 min SALAZAR film is a 5-year-old collaboration between Jeff Petry and Nathan Drillot. Their partnership galvanized over a mutual interest in telling unique stories of individuals and their communities, capturing sublime landscapes, and experiencing filmmaking as an integrated part of life. They’ve had the privilege to film world-renowned kinetic artist Theo Jansen, travel the Deep South photographing over 1500 portraits of LGBTQ Americans for the project ‘Self Evident Truths’, and create Grammy and Juno-nominated documentary work on Tegan and Sara.

Lisa g Nielsen

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Like a Cannon | Lisa g | Canada | 2016 | 3 min Lisa g Nielsen is an artist/filmmaker based in Vancouver. She is a founding member of Vancouver’s Iris Film Collective, which promotes the creation and sharing of analog film—single channel, expanded, sculptural and installation. Lisa is continually inspired by the community project Our World that mentors youth to create films and video celebrating First Nation culture and language in an effort to replace colonialism with empowerment.

Kate Green

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Not a Stranger | Kate Green | Canada | 2015 | 14 min Kate Green has worked on numerous award-winning documentary television programs, from CBC’s Keeping Canada Alive, to W Network's Game of Homes. Kate is a recent recipient of a BRAVOFactual grant for her newest documentary, Melting Stars, about the death of sea stars along the West Coast.

Jessica Han

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Ne T’en Vas Pas | Jessica Han | Canada | 2016 | 4 min Jessica Han is a filmmaker, theatre and audio-visual technician, stage manager and camera operator in Vancouver. Her last short film, Bill, Please! was a crowd favourite at the 2013 VQFF, taking home all three short film awards offered at the Festival. She obtained a BFA from Simon Fraser University.

Love Intersections

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Amar: Deaf is an Identity | Love Intersections | Canada | 2015 | 4 min 10,579 KM: A Queer Journey from Damascus to Vancouver | Love Intersections | Canada | 2016 | 10 min Jen Sungshine and David Ng, co-founders of Love Intersections, are artist-activists based in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded, occupied and ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Nations. Since their film project’s inception in 2014, their short films have screened in 13 film festivals across the globe. This year, the AKS Film, Art & Dialogue Festival brought David to Lahore, Pakistan to present—bringing to life the intersecting dimensions of queerness, Indigeneity, racial and cultural identity, family, allyship and love. Now growing into a family of cutiepocs who dream and eat together, the Love Intersections team insists on finding creative and meaningful ways to build solidarity across communities. Instead of calling you out, they want to call you in, to make artful social change together, preferably over a dinner table.

Jason Karman

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Caravan Park | Jason Karman | Canada | 2015 | 12 min The Promise | Jason Karman | Canada | 2016 | 5 min Two-Sided Ride | Jason Karman | Canada | 2016 | 9 min Jason Karman graduated in Cinematography and has written/directed/produced over 13 films, which have screened at festivals across Europe, United States and Canada. He received the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award at Vancouver Queer Film Festival in 2011 and in 2015 was recipient of the Jury Choice Award at Reel Pride Winnipeg.

Christine Lord

Changemakers
Aug 13, 7:00pm, SFU GCA
In Alliance | Christine Lord | Canada | 2015 | 16 min Christine Lord is a transgender independent filmmaker living in Vancouver Canada. She began her creative process in the early 90’s using still photography as a medium. Recently she has progressed to documentary filmmaking.

Clark Nikolai

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Troublemaker on the Frequency | Clark Nikolai | Canada | 2015 | 5 min Clark Nikolai lives in Vancouver and has been working in video and film for decades. His work encompasses many genres and has been exhibited around the world.

Jaedyn Starr

Coast is Queer
Aug 13, 8:45pm, SFU GCA
Honey, Wine and Kettle | Jaedyn Starr | Canada | 2016 | 3 min Jaedyn Starr questions and challenges traditional representations of relationships, consent, and gender through film and as an independent workshop facilitator. Jaedyn’s goal as a filmmaker and facilitator is to provide opportunities for everyone to reflect on how we can contribute to a culture of safety and social inclusion for all.