LGBTQ+ highlights at Hot Docs 2021

North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs, will present its 28th annual edition online at hotdocs.ca from April 29th to May 9th 2021, available for audiences across Canada to stream. With over 200 films from 66 countries in 12 programs, 50 per cent of the directors in the festival lineup are women. “Documentaries are vitally... Continue Reading →

Berlin Film Festival 2021 Review: Genderation ★★★1/2

Over two decades after her award-winning documentary Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities premiered at the 1999 Berlinale, filmmaker Monika Treut returns to the festival to premiere Genderation, which sees her reconnecting with the pioneering trans, gender-diverse, and sex positive subjects she encountered in San Francisco in the late 90s for that film. With many... Continue Reading →

BFI Flare 2021 Film Review: Cured ★★★★

Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer's riveting feature documentary Cured, which had its world premiere at Outfest and screens this month as part of the virtual 35th BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, examines the fascinating chapter in queer history that saw gay liberation activists successfully overturn the US psychiatric profession's classification of homosexuality as a... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Transformistas filmmaker Chad Hahne “as a queer person I believe there are unique experiences that connect us all”

Chad Hahne’s undercover documentary, Transformistas, which had its Australian premiere at Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival earlier today, offers a heart-wrenching and eye-opening window into an unexplored chapter of LGBTQ+ history. The film shines a light on Cuba’s drag community, how the HIV/AIDS crisis was handled in the republic, and Cuba's oldest gay bar.... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Gay Chorus Deep South filmmaker David Charles Rodrigues, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s Terrance Kelly & San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Artistic Director Tim Seelig “the whole point of this tour was for us to lift up our brothers & sisters across the South”

In the wake of the 2016 election and the heightened divisive climate, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) was joined by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) on a 2017 tour of the Southern States with the most discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws. The tour was documented in the emotionally potent, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting Gay... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Queer Japan クィア・ジャパン filmmaker Graham Kolbeins on exploring “the breadth & originality of Japanese queer culture in the contemporary moment”

LA-based Canadian queer filmmaker, writer, and designer Graham Kolbeins spent four years directing and editing his vibrant and frequently fascinating debut feature documentary, Queer Japan (クィア・ジャパン), which introduces us to a diverse range of contemporary LGBTQ+ artists and activists through 100 interviews. It is released in the US and Canada on Friday December 11th. Kolbeins'... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ highlights at virtual DOC NYC 2020

The virtual 11th edition of America’s largest documentary festival, DOC NYC runs from November 11th to 19th and will be available online throughout the US. The 2020 lineup of over 200 films, includes 107 features, with 23 world premieres and 19 US premieres. Over half of the features are directed or co-directed by women and... Continue Reading →

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