Issue: May 2013 - LGBT Cinema

TFS Quickie: Anita Doron, Writer/Director of The Lesser Blessed

Born in Transcarpathia (a place that her website describes as “a little known land of nomadic ghosts, barley mush and apricot brandy”) and now travelling all over the world making movies, Anita Doron is set to become one of Canada’s favourite film talents. A filmmaker since the age of 12, when she produced an environmental protest piece, Doron is about to celebrate the theatrical release of The Lesser Blessed , her latest feature. TFS spoke to Doron in advance of the May 31st release of the film. Describe your film in 10 words or less: A teenage headbanger in...

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Retired Love: an interview with Noah Reid and Melanie Leishman, stars of Old Stock

How often does a coming-of-age story happen in a retirement home? It’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind for a character to find themselves, but that’s exactly what happens to Stock (Noah Reid) in the film Old Stock . Although Stock lives in a retirement home, he’s barely out of high school. After a terrible accident, Stock moves in with his grandfather to escape the outside world and indulge in an early retirement. This is where he meets Patti (Melanie Leishman), a girl doing community service at the retirement home who starts to fall for Stock,...

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TFS Questions: Kris Booth, Filmmaker and CineCoup hopeful

Canadian filmmakers have to come up with all sorts of novel ways to get their films seen…and even then a big screen release is not always a guarantee. Enter The CineCoup Film Accelerator, an opportunity for indie filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films. Filmmaking teams applied to CineCoup with a two-minute trailer then advanced through a social selection funnel designed to help package their projects and build fan support which also provided valuable audience feedback and lessons in social media savvy. One of the Top 10 projects that were optioned for development is Red Horizon by...

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Essential Canadian Cinema: Better Than Chocolate

In honour of this month’s foray into LGBT Cinema, writers Will Brownridge and Liam Volke took a look at Anne Wheeler’s 1999 film Better Than Chocolate , about the passionate relationship between Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) and Kim (Christina Cox) and what happens when Maggie’s recently divorced mother Lila (Wendy Crewson) decides to move in with them, unaware of her daughter’s sexual orientation. Is Better Than Chocolate Essential Canadian Cinema? Let’s find out. Will: So, I watched the film, and it wasn’t bad. The only thing that managed to take it out of the running for great was how it...

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Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro: an interview with Heather Winters, Curtis Shaw and Desmond Child

Heather Winters directed  Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro,  a documentary about Grammy winning songwriter Desmond Child and his partner, Curtis Shaw, and their two sons. The film follows their best friend, Angela, in her role as surrogate and everything that happens before, during, and after, while weaving together home videos of the boys and current interviews with family members. (You can read our review here.) Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro   had its Canadian premiere at the Inside Out festival this past weekend and I was lucky enough to conference call with Heather, Desmond, and...

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TFS Quickie: Kevin Miller, Director of Hellbound?

When people use the term “go to hell!” they rarely really consider if there is such a place and what it would mean to actually end up there. Well, Vancouver-based screenwriter Kevin Miller has thought about it and decided to take the plunge into directing his first feature documentary to explore the matter further. Hellbound? explores today’s highly contentious debate over the Christian doctrine of hell and features interviews with an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators, musicians, exorcists and other high profile participants in the discussion. TFS talked to Miller about Hellbound? in advance of its...

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Devil Women and Ice Pick Queens: the angry lesbian as box office darling

If Hollywood’s good at anything, it’s perpetuating stereotypes. This is especially true in dealing with how the LGBT community is viewed. Over the years, we’ve seen that the fashion-loving, catty comment-wielding “gay best friend” is a mainstay of the romantic comedy and that all transgendered people can be identified because they dress in over-the-top drag or are in constant turmoil of some sort. This is problematic because the moving image has proven to be an effective carrier of ideology, especially if it hits the mainstream. These representations only reinforce irrational and outright false beliefs about the LGBT community. The...

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