Thursday October 30, 2014 7pm
York Woods Library 1785 Finch Ave W
TRT: 53:26 min. plus panel
Seventh Grade – Stefani Saintonge
Everyone is growing up except Patrice. But when a raunchy rumor threatens her best friend’s reputation, she’s forced to join the party and embrace adolescence.
Stefani Saintonge is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and documentary cinematographer based in NYC. She is the recent recipient of the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her narrative short, Seventh Grade. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, was named Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto.
Goodnight My Love – Kellee Terrell
Aimee and Cynthia, a Black lesbian couple, try to avoid death – and hash out their relationship issues – during the zombie apocalypse.
Terrell is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker that writes about HIV/AIDS, pop culture, race, feminism, health and LGBT issues. Her interviews and articles have appeared in such publications as The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Colorlines, The Root. Terrell is currently an MFA Candidate in the Cinema Directing Graduate Program at Columbia College of Chicago.
The Break – Alexis Mitchell
In his book “The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire,” Wayne Koestenbaum examines voice as a site of transgression and inherent queerness. He examines how the break in the singing voice from chest to head is inherently gendered – moving from male to female as it breaks. The Break, an experimental, performative documentary focuses on this idea of the “break” to explore the relationship between gender and the singing voice.
Alexis Mitchell is a Toronto-based media artist and scholar whose work utilizes queer and feminist frameworks to re-imagine architectures, environments and ideologies. Mitchell is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of Toronto and is a member of Pleasure Dome’s Programming Collective.
Whatever Happened to Jackie Shane? – Lauren Hortie and Sonya Reynolds
Toronto, 1963. Jackie Shane – a black, cross-dressing, Nashville-born, Toronto-based musician – had a hit song which was also an underground gay anthem. But before being able to enjoy this success, Jackie suddenly disappeared. Uncovering this forgotten piece of Toronto queer music history, Hortie and Reynolds recreate Jackie’s story using shadow puppets, overhead animation and stop motion. Follow Jackie through the 1960s Toronto Yonge Street music scene, the tabloid scandals, to their mysterious disappearance.
Lauren Hortie is an artist, educator and DJ, living and working in Toronto. Sonya Reynolds is an arts administrator and artist working in photography, video and textiles. They share an interest in queer culture, uncovering forgotten local histories, and everything DIY.
Heft – Alexandria
Heft is a film about the daily encounters between one queer woman and the suitors and scoundrels who vie for her attention.
Alexandria Elizabeth Wright is a black feminist, artist, and PhD Candidate in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley. She is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and currently resides in Oakland, California.