Sunday, 25 May 2008

Inside Out 08 Day 10 - Saturday May 24/08

Gwen Haworth, director She's a Boy I Knew

Dir: Michael V. Smith
Canada, 6 minutes

Beautiful and brave short exploring and celebrating the body, and inviting the viewers to do the same.

She's a Boy I Knew
Dir: Gwen Haworth
Canada, 70 minutes

Candid and touching film following the directors transition from male to female, through archival footage and interviews with family and friends. One of the beautiful things about this film is it shows the people involved finding the their way through the process, through deciding how to come to with their memories, terminology, and how to approach the current and the future. All of this is done in such a caring and open environment but doesn't shy away from the truth of their concerns. An extremely powerful film.

Highlights from the Q&A with the director, Gwen Haworth

-one of the reasons she wanted to make the film was during the process of the transition, her family asked if there was anything they could see that was from a positive point of view
-The importance of showing positive stories, as the seeing the same tragic stories keeps people down
-The importance of the film coming from a trans perspective and how it is important to create new narratives


10th Anniversary Queer Youth Digital Video Project
Left to Right: Suzanne Carson (Dear Selection Committee), Phil McCaffrey (Familiarity Unknown), Juan Antonio Llamas Rodriguez (The Coming Out), Jayme Spinks (Gone), Alison Leigh (f[l]ight), Leonardo Zuñiga (Seeking Conclusion!), Marc Cleary (DAY/MONTH/YEAR), Zara Ganj (I Heard It Through the Grapefruit), Gabrielle Zilkha (The Check-Up)

Dear Selection Committee
Dir: Suzanne Carson
Canada, 5 minutes

Artsy and honest audition style video that explores the many ways we try to say 'pick me!'.

The Coming Out
Dir: Juan Antonio Llamas Rodriguez
Canada, 5 minutes

Clever short playing with secrets and assumptions.

Dir: Jayme Spinks
Canada, 5 minutes

A powerful retelling of the experience of living through the Queen West fire of 2008.

Seeking Conclusion!
Dir: Leonardo Zuñiga
Canada, 5 minutes

The story of one man as he fights for the opportunity to live with dignity, and is currently facing possible deportation. Startling statistics and personal reveal the reasons why he wants to stay in Canada.

Click here to read and sign the petition to Let Leo Stay in Canada

Dir: Marc Cleary
Canada, 5 minutes

A heart wrenching tale of fear of identity and acceptance.

The Check-Up
Dir: Gabrielle Zilkha
Canada, 5 minutes

A tongue-in-cheek look at the medical prognosis. Hilarious.


The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Marina said...

First though: "Hey! I KNOW her!" :)

I had the great pleasure of meeting Gwen last week at the Leo Awards talkback event and she was awesome. Still haven't seen her film *sigh* but it will apparently be making its DVD debut this year. Looking forward to it! The clip I saw was very interesting.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

That's so cool Marina!

Gwen was great during the Q&A and the film is really amazing, so honest and touching from everyone involved. I hope you get to see it soon!

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