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 →

Exclusive Interview: Max Pelayo & Reese Gonzales on starring in Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

One of the LGBTQ+ highlights at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), was writer-director Aitch Alberto's adaptation of Benjamin Alire Sáenz bestselling YA novel, Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe. Produced by Alberto, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eugenio Debrez, and Kyra Sedgwick, the powerful coming-of-age tale explores the bond that builds between... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Joe Bell star Reid Miller “it’s an honor to tell the world about Jadin’s legacy, how kind he was & what a light he was”

One of the standout acting performances at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival came from 21-year-old Reid Miller who portrays gay teenager Jadin Bell opposite Mark Wahlberg in Joe Bell. Based on true events, with a screenplay by the Oscar-winning duo being Brokeback Mountain, Diana Ossana and the late Larry McMurtry, the film follows the... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: No Ordinary Man filmmakers Chase Joynt & Amos Mac on reclaiming & reframing the narrative of jazz musician & trans icon Billy Tipton

One of the highlights of last month's Toronto International Film Festival was the extraordinary No Ordinary Man, which world premiered at TIFF's semi-virtual 45th edition. The thought-provoking and emotionally potent feature documentary takes an innovative approach to reclaim and reframe the life story and legacy of popular 1940s and 50s jazz musician—and transmasculine icon—Billy Tipton,... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2020 Film Review: Falling ★★★1/2

Thrice Oscar-nominated actor and Renaissance man Viggo Mortensen makes his writing and directing feature film debut with the poignant family drama Falling, also composing the film's beautiful piano led score. Currently in the running for Best Canadian Feature Film at TIFF, Falling had its world premiere earlier this year at Sundance. Mortensen plays John Peterson,... Continue Reading →

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