Are you ready for a big screen experience that will be
cause for celebration, pride, tears and arousal? Welcome to the 14th Annual
Vancouver Queer Film + Video Festival. This year’s selection consists of
almost 160 films in 45 screenings.
“We’ve searched far and wide to find the best and most
brilliant queer film and video,” says festival director of programming
Michael Barrett. “These works promise to educate, shock, move, entertain and
The long-awaited documentary
Little Sister’s vs. Big Brother makes its world premiere as the
opening gala film for this year’s festival at the Capitol 6 Aug. 8. Since
opening its doors in 1983, Vancouver’s Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium
has resisted bigotry, bombings and books being held at the border. In their
fight for freedom of expression, owners Jim Deva and Bruce Smyth, manager
Janine Fuller and book buyer Mark Macdonald took their fight as far as the
Supreme Court. Director Aerlyn Weissman’s camera was there at all the key
moments in this battle against censorship.
This year’s features include
Notorious C.H.O., a riotous comedic romp filmed at Seattle’s
Paramount theatre with Margaret Cho at her unbridled, uncensored best
(you can win tickets to see this closing night gala
by entering here); Lifetime
Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic, the tale of the lesbian punk folk
singer who found her dreams selling Tupperware; director David Secter’s 1965
Winter Kept Us Warm, Canada’s first gay-themed film; Desiree Lim’s Sugar
Sweet, a rare glimpse of Japanese urban dyke culture; The Business of Fancy
Dancing starring Vancouver’s Evan Adams, a deep and evocative work that
gives voice to the diversity of Native experiences in America; and Keeping
it Real, the Tale of Greg Walloch, a gay comic with cerebral palsy, who
moved to New York City to follow a dream: “[I want] to become the most
beloved disabled performer in America.
This year’s festival also features the debut of the DIY
Digital Project in which six filmmakers are given 48 hours to create an
in-camera edited film on the theme: Brought to You by The Letter Q and the
Number 14. The winner will be selected by a secret audience ballot Aug. 18.
It’ll be a nailbiter.
Vancouver Queer Film + Video Festival is western Canada’s largest
gay and lesbian arts event and the city’s second largest film festival. This
year, upwards of 8,000 people are expected to attend screenings, forums and