We are excited to announce two of our Spotlights for the 28th Annual Vancouver Film Festival! The Two-Spirit REELness Spotlight, curated by Harlan Pruden, includes the Vancouver premiere of: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things by Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa, and North Mountain by Bretten Hannam. The Black Lives Matter Spotlight is a collaboration with Black Lives Matter-Vancouver, fusing the stories of Black icons such as Miss Major with post-film discussions and a party that’s all about Afrobeats. MAJOR! Black Lives Matter Spotlight Presented with the Vancouver chapter of Black Lives Matter, this spotlight features three films that celebrate the lives of queer + trans* Black folks, a dance party, and a special Skype Q&A with the star of MAJOR! The documentary MAJOR! showcases the inspirational activism of Miss Major, an exuberant, inspiring, formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder, former sex worker, community leader, human rights activist, and veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion – exactly the kind of person who merits a carefully crafted, inclusive biopic all her own. Watch the trailer here! Waiting for B takes us to Brazil where Beyoncé fans camp out for two months to gain early entry to her concert. As they vogue along the sidewalks of São Paulo, we get their witty and profound insights on race, prejudice, poverty, queer culture, and what it means to be a ‘true’ Beyoncé fan. Watch the trailer here! The third film takes the coveted spot as our Festival Closing Gala and will be announced later this month – stay tuned! Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things Two-Spirit REELness Spotlight Guest curator Harlan Pruden of Two-Spirit Journal joins with VQFF to present Two-Spirit REELness, a three film spotlight and workshop on Indigenous stories. Billed as “Brokeback Mountain meets Rambo” and filled with queer hunter brawls, bloody hatchets and arrows, and brave plot twists, North Mountain is a refreshing, Tarantino-esque action thriller rimmed with threads of romance. Watch the trailer here! Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things by Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa explores what happens when a remote Artic community decides to hold an LGBT2Q pride celebration. With insightful historical grounding on how colonization, religion, forced migration, and cultural assimilation have impacted gender and sexuality in Inuit culture, the film attempts to elicit Inuit ways of thinking and being in respect to sexuality and gender that predate colonial notions of pride and queerness. Watch the trailer here! Adam Garnet Jones, a filmmaker of both Cree and Métis heritage, brings us Fire Song. On a northern Ontario Anishinaabe reserve plagued by a high suicide rate, Shane, a closeted high school senior, dreams of leaving for university in Toronto, but money is tight. As Shane tries to deal with the loss of his sister, he is faced with the choice between his family and his future, while also trying to be true to himself. Watch the trailer here! Plus, a free interactive workshop by Harlan Pruden – stay tuned for more info! Tickets will go on sale July 14th – but you can pick up your Scotiabank Super Pass starting July 7th! Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more film announcements!