Notes from the queerest TIFF ever

Compiling a list of LGBTQ+ highlights ahead of the 47th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by the sheer number of queer films that had been selected, a powerful enough statement from the festival's programmers in itself. But actually being there at TIFF in-person—for the first time in three years—to catch... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Peter Von Kant ★★★★

Following his Teddy Award-winning Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes), based on the play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder which premiered at the Berlinale in 2000, prolific queer filmmaker François Ozon revisits the mighty Fassbinder with a reworking of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von... Continue Reading →

Exclusive: Guillermo Díaz to star in queer horror thriller You Can’t Stay Here helmed by Todd Verow

Guillermo Díaz, star of TV shows like Scandal, Weeds, Law & Order: Organized Crime, and movies like Party Girl, Stonewall (1995), and Billy Eichner's upcoming BROS, will take the lead in Todd Verow's 90s New York set queer horror thriller You Can't Stay Here. The project, which recently launched an Indiegogo campaign, is loosely inspired by real events... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Jared Frieder on Three Months “I set out to tell a story that I really needed as a queer kid, that would have made me feel less alone”

Writer-director Jared Frieder's coming of age comedy Three Months, inspired by his own personal experience, follows a queer teen, Caleb (Troye Sivan), who has just graduated from his South Florida high school in 2011. He's passionate about his camera, his weed, and his loving grandma (Ellen Burstyn) whom he lives with. He continually turns up... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Antonio Marziale on his stunning short film Starfuckers “I was inspired by how drag queens carve out space for themselves”

Antonio Marziale, who has starred in three Netflix series—Alex Strangelove, Altered Carbon, and the upcoming Grendel—makes an impressive debut as a writer-director with his short film Starfuckers, which premiered at Sundance, played the 2022 Berlinale, and screens at the 40th Anniversary Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival on July 17th. The LA-based actor, who also... Continue Reading →

Sundance 2022 Film Review: Living ★★★★★

"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Auntie Mame The Queer Palm-winning director of Beauty and last year's exceptional Moffie, Oliver Hermanus, unveiled his latest feature at Sundance 2022, the poignant and profound, Living. Adapted from the Akira Kurosawa classic Ikiru by Nobel and Booker–winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, the film sees the action transposed from... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: The Novice filmmaker Lauren Hadaway & star Isabelle Fuhrman “it’s rare to see a queer character that’s comfortable in her own skin”

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Texas born and raised writer-director Lauren Hadaway went on to forge a career as a dialogue and ADR supervisor, working on movies like Justice League (both cuts), The Hateful Eight, and Whiplash. Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning film proved particularly impactful on her, and she describes her intense, utterly gripping debut feature The Novice, released in... Continue Reading →

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