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12th annual FAIRYTALES Q U E E R F I L M F E S T I VA L 2 0 1 0 May 27th - June 4th - CaLGaRy, aB www.fairytalesfilmfest.com First, to answer your Queeries… How to Use yoUr Passes: TICKETS & PASSES 1. Guarantee your seat by phoning the advance sales box office at 403-263-0079 at least 24 hours prior to showtime and avoid disappointment! This will ensure that the venue box office will have a ticket waiting for you when you arrive. Your Purchase oPtions: 2. Feeling risky? Come down to the venue Online Advance tickets are also available at box office 30 minutes prior to showtime – from January 2010 at BIRD DOG VIDEO (1333 16th Ave SW), subject to capacity. www.fairytalesfilmfest.com Noon – 11 PM daily, drop in! 3. Bring your ID! All passholders need Call Venue box offices their ID and all passes are non-transfer- 403-263-0079 (open 30 minutes prior to showtime and able. tickets available are for same day In person screenings only): all seatiNG is oN a first-come, 10 AM – 5 PM, weekdays at 2140 May 27 – June 3 – The Plaza, 1133 first-serVe Basis! Pumphouse Ave SW Kensington Road NW refUNDs, eXcHaNGes & Advance ticket sales box office: June 4 – The Uptown Stage and scHeDUle cHaNGes Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Screen, 612 8th Avenue SW Once in a blue moon due to circumstances Pumphouse Ave SW beyond our control, screenings must be changed or cancelled. The only reason we Your ticketing oPtions: offer refunds is if a screening is cancelled. Please read all film descriptions care- FESTIVAL PASS Access to all ancillary events, panel fully and review the film’s rating before ($99 + Pumphouse service charge) discussions and parties purchasing your ticket. We cannot offer This will get you into all films at the refunds once a screening has begun. ADVANCE SINGLE TICKETS TO Plaza Theatre running May 27th – June Exchanges can be made through the INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS 3rd, 2010 advance ticket sales box office only. $10 + pumphouse service charge FULL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS (Available until noon the day of screening) film ratiNGs ($120 + Pumphouse service charge) SINGLE TICKETS AVAILABLE Although not available at the time of Access to all screenings at the Plaza AT THE DOOR print, Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival has Theatre in Kensington running May 27 - $12.50 cash only and take your chances! a trained committee that rates all films in June 3 accordance with the parameters outlined STUDENT/SENIOR PRICES Access to the Opening Night Gala in the Film and Video Classification Act AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ONLY on May 27th, 2010 at Dolce Sapori and Regulations. Fairy Tales Queer Film $10 cash only in Kensington Festival, as a not-for-profit organization, is Advanced tickets benefit you and required to display and enforce the clas- Access to the Closing Night Party at the mean faster entry, guaranteed seats, sifications assigned by our committee and Uptown Stage & Screen on June 4th and no hassle! Alberta Film Classification. theatres Please cHecK oNliNe or witH tHe aDVaNce ticKet sales BoX office May 27 – June 3, 2010: June 4, 2010: to DetermiNe tHe ratiNG for eacH The Plaza Theatre in Kensington The Uptown Stage & Screen screeeNiNG! All screening ratings will be 1133 Kensington Road NW, and the Marquee Room strictly enforced at the door. Calgary, AB 612 8th Avenue SW Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival is presented by Fairytales Presentation Society #2B, 1230A 17th Avenue SW, 1 2 Calgary, AB, T2T – 0B8 fESTIvAl SChEdulE fESTIvAl SChEdulE THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY MAY 27TH MAY 28TH MAY 29TH MAY 30TH MAY 31ST JUNE 1ST JUNE 2ND JUNE 3RD JUNE 4TH oPeNiNG Gala aiDs as catalyst aiDs as catalyst iDeNtificatioN PriDe worlDwiDe closiNG NiGHt 7:00PM 4PM Please? 6:50PM ------ ------ ------ 7:00PM (Contracorriente) SPOON ME YOUTH 5:30PM 6:50PM 6:50PM EDIE & THEA: A 7:00PM ------ THE TOPP TWINS: UNDERTOW GALA Get the scoop after ------ PANEL DISCUSSION: ------ GENERAL IDEA: FIN 6:50PM ------ BEYOND GAY: The VERY LONG EN- GAGEMENT ------ VIOLET TENDENCIES ------ UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS at Spoon Me Frozen Opera as Relevant Art DE SICELE Politics of Pride BOY I AM Yogurt! Form Join us after the Join us after the screening for the screening for a panel PANEL DISCUSSION: discussion hosted Social Action and the by Calgary Police GALA PARTY 9:15PM 6:15PM 7:00PM Queer Aesthetic Service. ------ ------ ------ ------ at Dolce Sapori PLAN B ECLECTIC & ELECTRIC FIG TREES Come celebrate SHORTS Be a team player Followed by a Q & A with us! with Apollo Friends in Sports! with the Directors 9:15PM 9:20PM 8:50PM 8:50PM 9:00PM ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ DARLING! THE PIETER SEX MY LIFE CITY OF BORDERS CHILDREN OF GOD Closing Night Dance DIRK-UYS STORY Party at the Marquee Room 8:15PM 9:15PM ------ ------ EYES WIDE OPEN Join the filmmakers of AIDS AS Dance CATALYST at Dance HIGHER GROUND Dance the night away! 10:30PM ------ A WOMAN’S WAY: STRELLA Pina Romolo Director, Sales & Marketing 1.877.OUT-IS-OK 403.616.0031 - Alberta 204.219.7745 - Manitoba email@example.com (1.877.688.4765) www.piccolacucina.ca ® 2 3 Please respect reserved signs. We reserve seats for filmmakers, sponsors and community partners. Notice these films aren’t rated yet? Please check our website or call the advance ticket sales box office to find out about film ratings. These people make the festival happen each year and Fairy Tales wants to treat them like Prince Charming. All ratings are strictly enforced at the door so it’s imperative you review the rating before purchasing your ticket. What is a Fairy Tale without a Ball…or two…? fESTIvAl dJS PriDe WorLDWiDe PArTIES & gAlAS Wednesday June 2 | 6:50 PM The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW Get loud, GET HAPPY and get BEYOND GAY! This special screen- ing of BEYOND GAY: THE POLITICS OF PRIDE by Vancouver direc- tor Bob Christie co-presented with PRIDE CALGARY will inspire oPening gaLa PartY sPoon Me Youth PrograM & gaLa you and make pride happen! • DJ LISA DELUX OF Thurs May 27 | 7 PM Saturday May 29 | 4 PM June 2 is also Bring-a- Straight-Night: 2 for 1 Offers! THE L WORD FAME | VANCOUVER The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW Available on June 2 only at the venue box office (cash only). The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW Gala to follow at SPOON ME FROZEN YOGURT | #100, 1130 • DJ MOLLYFI | CALGARY You’ll leave the screening with a song in your heart and a spring in your step! Dance on over and join the Fairy Tales team as the Kensington Road NW • DJ FLEUR | U.K. Why Spoon Me? celebrations commence and we eat, drink and gather at Dolce • DJ MICHELLE C | CALGARY Sapori where they are as passionate about their tradition as This gala has the “ingredients” necessary for success. Starting we are. with a youth-friendly program of fun, thought-provoking and sassy queer shorts then come ‘Spoon it like it’s hot’ across the Free admission and refreshments with THE TOPP TWINS: www.pridecalgary.ca street at the chic new Frozen Yogurt joint in Kensington. UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS ticket stub. If I were you…I’d just Spoon Me. $5 suggested donation. Get the scoop at SPOON ME for a toonie with a ticket stub haPPiLY eVer aFter-PartY!! immediately following the Youth Shorts Program. Friday June 4 | 7 PM The Uptown Stage and Screen and Marquee Room | 612 8th Avenue SW It’s been another fruitful festival and now it’s time to party! Don’t www.calgaryfilm.com miss our closing film, VIOLET TENDENCIES (brought to you by ® the team behind THE BIG GAY MUSICAL) starring 80’s child star Mindy Cohn (Natalie from FACTS OF LIFE) as Violet and the drop- www.spoonme.com dead gorgeous Marcus Patrick (DAYS OF OUR LIVES). This film will tickle your funny bone, warm your heart and provide plenty www.pulcinella.ca of eye candy while doing it! The eye candy will continue at the iDentiFication PLease? after-party in the Marquee Room featuring one of Canada’s top Tuesday June 1 | 6:50 PM Come chill with the Fairy Tales Team at our official Lesbian/Queer DJ’s, DJ Lisa DeLux from Vancouver. The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW coMe Be-FrienD the teaM at aPoLLo! FESTIVAL LOUNGE: This event is Adult- Only: 18 years old and up only please. Fri May 28 | 9:15 PM Working in partnership with the Calgary Police Service, Fairy The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW Tales presents a night focused on transgender visibility with the Advance tickets for the screening and after-party are $20 sam’s Bar aND Grill (1167 Kensington Crescent NW) goal of breaking down barriers and promoting dialogue about and can be purchased through the advance ticket sales box Join the Apollo team for their co-presented comedic feature, trans issues. Join us for a full night of docudramas, documenta- office only. Present your ticket stub and receive: PLAN B, and special festivities following the screening. ries, shorts and animation focused on the universal trans experi- $1.50 off a pint of draft or Tickets to the after-party only: $15 ence of finding an identity and gaining acceptance. After the first $1.50 off a glass of wine or screening engage in an empowering discussion led by Calgary Tickets available at the door (CASH ONLY) and take your $1.50 off a regular highball Police Service Diversity Unit Resource Officer, Lynn MacDonald. chances! See you there before or after the show! Admission to the panel presented by the Calgary Police Service HAPPILY EVER AFTER-PARTY is presented by Gay is free with admission to BOY I AM. Calgary Magazine. www.apollocalgary.com www.calgarypolice.ca/community-sexgender.html 4 5 Reminder: All Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. So come early, meet some friends and have some buttery popcorn! Courtesy seating: Designated seats and spaces for people with special needs can be reserved with no additional charge prior to the theatre opening by simply talking to a volunteer usher at the venue 30 minutes prior to showtime. Fairytales Presentation society presents with co-conspirator ted kerr AIdS AS CATAlyST reinventing the subject in artistically innovative Ways May 30 – May 31, 2010 | the Plaza theatre | 1133 kensington road nW advent of AIDS nearly 30 years ago. The crisis of AIDS in the 80’s and 90’s lead luminaries such as John Greyson, Mike Hoolboom and General Idea to redefine artistic boundaries within a socially engaged aesthetic. Rules defining filmmaking and performance were redefined and broken, inspiring generations of artists to oPera as reLeVant art ForM: oPera as a sociaL action anD the Queer aesthetic critically re-examine approaches in narrative, style, presentation Means to teLL our stories Monday May 31 | 6:50 PM and methodology of queer cinema and artistic practice. Sunday May 30 | 5:30 PM The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW The Plaza Theatre | 1133 Kensington Road NW Film presentations will include: John Greyson’s operatic Panelists: John Greyson (filmmaker), Trevor Anderson (Albertan documentary FIG TREES (2009), Mike Hoolboom’s FRANK’S Panelists: John Greyson (Filmmaker), Bob McPhee (General filmmaker), Keith Murray (Calgary, Artist) and Ted Kerr (co-con- COCK (1993), Trevor Anderson’s THE ISLAND (2009), Annette Director and CEO, Calgary Opera) & Kelly Robinson (Director of spirator of AAC) Mangaard’s documentary, GENERAL IDEA: ART, AIDS AND THE Theatre Arts, The Banff Centre) Moderator: Rob Mabee (AXIS Gallery Calgary) FIN DE SIECLE (2007) and DARLING! THE PIETER DIRK-UYS Moderator: Gordon Sombrowski (Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival STORY by Julian Shaw (2007). How has AIDS, society’s responses to AIDS (specifically Queer and Alberta Ballet) response) impacted the practice of those whose work blurs the This panel examines Greyson’s new film FIG TREES from an line between artist and activist? From the ground breaking and teach a Queer to Fish: FiLM actionist suMMit operatic perspective examining the art form’s ability to tell continual work of Greyson to the emerging voices of Murray Sunday May 30 | 1 PM – 3 PM | check our website for culturally relevant stories. Calgary Opera is on the vanguard of and Kerr this panel discussion promises to cram your head with location details commissioning relevant and modern operas such as FILUMENA queer art history knowledge, current multi-disciplinary feats (2003), libretto by John Murrell, music by John Estacio and direct- of fabulousness, and an introspective look at the post modern Panelists: John Greyson (filmmaker), Trevor Anderson (Albertan ed by Kelly Robinson. Telling a truly Canadian story, this modern queer condition in Alberta. Not bad for a Monday night! filmmaker), Sharon Stevens (Arusha Centre) opera is based upon the compelling tale of Filumena Lassandro, Admission to the panel is free with a ticket to GENERAL IDEA: In this two-hour participatory summit, hear Greyson and Ander- a young Italian immigrant to the Crowsnest Pass region of Alber- ART, AIDS AND THE FIN DE SIECLE. AIDS AS CATALYST will promote understanding of the media son speak about their own experience in getting started in film ta, who became involved with the bootlegging trade and was the arts, queer cinema, visual arts, opera and the placement of AIDS making, how they continue to hone their craft and get their per- last woman to be hanged in Alberta. This panel will look at the AAC co-conspirator Ted Kerr has brought to Fairy Tales his work as a catalyst within generations of artists, filmmakers and the spective on if and how art and culture can “make a difference”. challenges in making an age-old art form accessible and relevant with HIV Edmonton and Exposure: Edmonton’s Queer Arts and queer community. Join us for a two-day full immersion in the Stevens will be sharing her journey of the work Arusha does in in order to tell stories to modern audiences. Greyson will look at Culture Festival. www.tedkerr.org works of John Greyson, Trevor Anderson, Keith Murray, Ted Kerr combining art and social justice. You will have a chance to query his use of operatic documentary in which he pioneered a new AAC is generously funded by: and Sharon Stevens, who continue to pioneer new approaches in the filmmakers for your own development, engage in conversa- approach to an age-old art form in order to tell a story of HIV/ queer cinema and art. Intergenerational dialogue is integral to tion with peers, possible collaborators and mentors, and be part AIDS, extremely culturally relevant to our audience. exploring the critical relevance of the milestones and evolution of a community that supports you in your further development Admission to the panel is free with a ticket to FIG TREES. of aesthetics found within queer arts over the past thirty years. as an artist / citizen. Representatives from AMAAS and EMMEDIA will be on hand to answer technical and practical questions. This panel is generously supported by: AAC is also supported by: AAC is a series of screenings, art installations and panel discussions that will explore the key aesthetic innovations and influences on queer cinematic and artistic practices since the 6 7 The Plaza Theatre has been assessed for accessibility of all entrances, restrooms, parking and seating allotment for wheelchairs and they get an A+. Follow Fairy Tales on Twitter: “FairyTalesYYC” Please note that party venues have not all been audited for accessibility at the time of printing. If you have questions please call the Fairy Tales Office. Something for everyone, in Something for everyone,Kensington Roadthe heart of Kensington 403.270.3780 1126 in the heart of Kensington highergroundcafe.ca NW, Calgary 8 9 Did you know that the Festival & Programming Director’s favourite hairdresser is across the street at SwizzleSticks SalonSpa? Go say hi to Emma, Tim and Ross! May 27th, 2010 Dear Fairy Tales Film Festival guests, patrons, and sponsors; It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to the ongoing success of the Fairy Tales International Queer Diversity Film Festival, which is now in its 12th consecutive year! From May 27th to June 3rd, 2010, Albertans will have the opportunity to take in one of Calgary’s foremost film festivals at the Plaza Theatre. As the MLA for Calgary- Mountain View, it is my honour to represent such a vibrant and dynamic constituency. The films featured in this year’s Fairy Tales are as rich and varied as ever, and I am highly encouraged by the scope and educational value of the films being shown. In addition to their well-deserved entertainment value, these inspiring and thought-provoking films help foster a more inclusive, open- minded community that celebrates in its diversity. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all participants of the 12th Annual Fairy Tales Film Festival. The hard work and commitment shown by the organizers have certainly paid off, and the support offered by both guests and sponsors is indispensible to the Festival’s continued success. With over forty short films, documentaries, and features, this year’s Festival is sure to entertain! And so, without further ado, sit back and enjoy the films! Dr. David Swann MLA – Calgary Mountain View Leader, Official Opposition of Alberta 10 11 Kensington is compact and there’s nowhere to park! Well, there’s an LRT station only 4 blocks from the Plaza and the Uptown is a half of a block off the Kensington is compact and there’s nowhere to park! There’s a sturdy curvy bike rack right in front of the theatre and, at our festival, helmet hair is hot. LRT track on 7th Ave. For all transit information visit: www.calgarytransit.com. For bike path information visit: www.calgary-city-maps.com. MESSAgES frOM ThE fAIryTAlES TEAM rEElS On whEElS Message FroM the PresiDent oF FairYtaLes Presentation societY Welcome to the 12th annual Fairytales Presentation Society is continually striving to educate as Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival. well as entertain. Our new REELS ON WHEELS program is working This past year has brought with the larger Calgary Community to bring informative films to continued growth and change to organizations such as churches and youth groups. Screenings are our organization. We bid a sad followed by panel discussions and Q&A sessions to educate and farewell to our Festival Director, inspire open communication. Matt Salton, and wish him every Commitment to the community is also an important part of the success in his new role with the main festival. Thanks to the generosity of the Canada Council Reel Out Film Festival in Kingston. for the Arts, we are presenting a two-day AIDS AS CATALYST We are happy to welcome Jessica installment to foster intergenerational dialogue on the subject of Fairy Tales is proud of its exciting new understanding of the intersections between Dollard as our new Festival HIV/AIDS. initiative, REELS ON WHEELS (ROW)! ROW religion and homosexuality. & Programming Director. Our works with community organizations in the continued growth saw us take our first steps into the Queer arts On behalf on Fairytales Presentation Society I wish to express my ROW is looking forward to screenings with Calgary area to develop public or private film community beyond film. We successfully partnered with the Glenbow sincere thanks to our sponsors and donors. We appreciate that AIDS Calgary Awareness Association, Queers screenings that generate discussion on GLBTQ Museum to present an evening with renowned visual artist Paul Wong you chose to continue your support during recent economically on Campus (U of C), Misc Youth, Alliance to issues. Too often people are marginalized called 2 HOT 2 HANDLE. We are planning to expand this initiative to challenging times. Enjoy the show! End Violence, and many others! because of differences and ROW is mobilized include a greater variety of queer arts in the near future. Mairead Walsh Our public screenings are open to everyone to foster understanding and awareness alongside community groups, whatever and admission is free. Check out our website journey they’re on. Our mission is to facilitate for upcoming screenings! Message FroM the FestiVaL anD PrograMMing Director oF FairYtaLes Presentation societY safe environments by pairing education and If you are interested in partnering with entertainment. We believe that film is the us to host a screening or would like more The 12th Annual Fairy Tales anticipated love story of EDIE & THEA to the unexpected love story perfect medium to reach people and foster information, please contact ROW Project Queer Film Festival (my inaugural of A WOMAN’S WAY: STRELLA; this year’s festival will take you on discussion! Coordinators, Pam Rocker and Michelle festival) is a bold and beautiful many journeys. We recently kicked off the project with Kneale, at firstname.lastname@example.org. reflection of the landscape of Our special programming focus, AIDS AS CATALYST, is near to my our first screening, FISH OUT OF WATER at queer filmmaking throughout ROW is own heart and politics. Featuring John Greyson’s gorgeous and Hillhurst United Church, to rave reviews! the world at this moment. All generously imaginative operatic documentary tackling the smugness of pop Many participants said that they found solace year long your dedicated and funded by: culture HIV/AIDS activism, AIDS AS CATALYST will get you thinking in the film and the discussion afterwards. inspired programming committee about how art can make difference. I am adamant in my belief that Participants also developed a new or different has worked very hard to bring art can have far-reaching effects but don’t take my word for it. I you the best queer films. Fairy encourage you to join us on May 30th and May 31st for a series of Tales always likes to feature local panels, art installations and screenings and decide for yourself. AwArdS talent but this year we were particularly engaged by national and international films as well. We watched exactly 210 films from This festival is full of cheeky, bold and thought-provoking films all over the world with one thing on our minds: bring the best to intended for everyone. Don’t be fooled or frightened by the acronym: Calgary. Luckily, each member of our diverse committee has a very GLBTQA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer and allies). Fairy Tales is different definition of “the best”. for everyone. All awards will be presented at the Closing Gala on June 4th, non-JurieD aWarD Please consider this your formal invitation to this year’s Fairy Tales 2010 prior to the screening of VIOLET TENDENCIES at the THE GORDON SOMBROWSKI/KEVIN ALLEN AWARD FOR The landscape of queer filmmaking this year is rich with films Queer Film Festival. Wherever you fall under the rainbow – I can Uptown Stage and Screen. OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTION from Canada, Australia, Sweden, Israel, China and the USA but particularly with films from Israel, Peru and Argentina. From assure you that it’s drier inside the theatre. auDience seLecteD aWarDs: In preparation for Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival 2011 we are the bold harmonies of THE TOPP TWINS singing out for a cause Snap a photo of the landscape while you can. This view won’t last COURTNEY AARBO AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM seeking award sponsors – if you or someone you know would to the cries for human rights worldwide in BEYOND GAY: THE long. See you there! COURTNEY AARBO AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY like to take part in showcasing and celebrating queer artists POLITICS OF PRIDE and CITY OF BORDERS to the strong currents COURTNEY AARBO AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM let us know at: email@example.com. Jessica Dollard of repression in UNDERTOW and EYES WIDE OPEN to the much Get your ballots in the lobby and cast your vote! 12 13 For reel-time updates on what we’re doing join Fairytales Presentation Society on facebook by searching on: “Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival”. Like Blockbuster… only gayer! Annual Memberships for Fairytales Presentation Society are only $10 and give you access to our library boasting over 700 queer features, shorts, docs and TV series. ThAnK yOu TO Our SPOnSOrS And dOnOrS ThAnK yOu TO Our TEAM Fairy Tales survives and thrives because of our generous funders, sponsors and donors! Festival & Programming Director Trailer Filmmakers goVernMent FunDing Partners Jessica Dollard Rob Mitchelson & Angelica Miller Programming & Research Assistant Hospitality provided by Angelica Miller Westways Calgary Guest House PLatinuM sPonsor Administrative Assistant & REELS ON WHEELS Coordinator Fairytales Presentation Society Board of Michelle Kneale Directors 2009/2010 President: Mairead Walsh REELS ON WHEELS Coordinator Pam Rocker Treasurer: Kelly Ernst goLD sPonsors Queer Librarian Secretary: Peter Curtis Morgan Terry Clark Directors: Allison Sears, Mark Hamilton, Juliet Programming Committee Burgess, Krista Sylvester, Barry May Terry Clark, Angelica Miller, Rob Mabee, Mairead Walsh, Karen Past President: Gordon Sombrowski siLVer sPonsors Craig, Leslie Ayers and Farrah Alladin In addition to the above people we extend our Associate Programmers sincere gratitude to: Allison Sears, Rob Mitchelson and Lynn MacDonald Kerri Robinson, Marie Lychak, Jules and Ang for Film Classification Team being Yoginis, Jason St. Laurent and Tina Zafreen Terry Clark, Angelica Miller, Farrah Alladin, Mairead Walsh & Alam at INSIDE OUT Toronto, Ted Kerr, Jennifer BronZe sPonsors MARNIE Melanie Wilmink Alabisco, Trevor Smith and the team at CIFF, NUTV CAMPBELL Kathy Thackray, Brad Rodzinyak, Rob Murray, Realtor® NEW UNIVERSITY TELEVISION Publicity & Media Relations the staff at the Plaza Theatre, Keith Murray, Jason Krell Communications EMMEDIA, Kevin Allen, the staff at the Uptown Stage & Screen, Jeffrey Winter at New American REELS ON WHEELS Advisory Committee Vision, Krista Thibodeau, Jervis Ang, Alexander Jane Oxenbury, Lynn MacDonald & Tracie Sweetapple FestiVaL FrienDs Bradley, Jacob Sussman, James Demers, Kelly Box Office Manager Shaw, James Tweedie, Dallas Barnes, AJ Demers, FestiVaL suPPorters Kathryn Waters Karen Gallagher-Burt, Tamrin Hildebrandt, Mark Hopkins, John Iocchelli, Melody Jacobson, Alyssa oFFiciaL FestiVaL Lounge Volunteer Manager Julie, Sherry Koehler, Linda Kopec, Marilyn Olynek, ® Michelle Kneale Alex Mitchell, Charles Netto, Christy Nicholson, Don Poilievre, Tony Reis, Kara Swanson, Dale our coMMunitY suPPorters Print Traffic Coordinator Turri, David van Belle and anyone we may have Pete Harris inadvertently missed, we apologize and thank Marketing, Program Guide and Web Designer you. our Print sPonsor Justin LaFontaine We would like to thank all the volunteers for the Bookkeeper 2010 festival who are not listed above due to print Brennan Tilley deadlines and space. our Donors Grant Coordinator Kari McQueen Chris Post & Troy Mayes, Kelly Ernst, beej and SwizzleSticks SalonSpa 14 15 Fairy Tales couldn’t live happily ever after without our festival volunteers. To see the festival to fruition we need over 75 volunteers each year. Did you know that the Festival & Programming Director’s favourite hairdresser is across the street at SwizzleSticks SalonSpa? Mucho Gusto to all of you …we love our team! Go say hi to Emma, Tim and Ross! Proud to be all inclusive 16 17 Check out our favourite gallery – AXIS GALLERY at www.axisart.ca! OPEnIng gAlA thursDaY, MaY 27th | 7 PM | the PLaZa theatre | MusicaL/Doc/coMeDY frIdAy MAy 28 7 PM | the PLaZa theatre | DraMa the toPP tWins: untouchaBLe girLs Directed by Leanne Pooley 2009 | New Zealand | 84 mins Co-presented with Calgary International Film Festival AWARDS: Cadillac People’s Choice Award – Documentary (Toronto International Film Festival 2009), Audience Award – Documentary (Melbourne International Film Festival 2009, Australia), Audience Dragon Award – Best Feature Film (Gothenburg International Film Festival 2010, Sweden), Best “Sometimes getting people to laugh is the Feature Documentary (Portland International Film Festival most political thing you can do.” 2010, USA) – Jools topp “True love is the best tool we have to free people from their THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS is the first time that a Nuclear Free New Zealand, Maori Land Rights, a halt to the fears, to make them confident and strong to accept with the irrepressible Kiwi entertainment double act, Jools and Lynda 1981 Springbok Tour and Homosexual law reform, the Topps conviction who they really are, first to themselves, and Topp’s extraordinary personal story has been told. The film are also hardcore political activists. In the film, former New then to the people around them. offers a revealing look into the lives of the World’s only comedic, Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark states, “I think the Topps -Javier Fuentes-León country singing, dancing, and yodeling lesbian twin sisters. The being so proudly who they were helped make (gay) issues more twins have morphed from radical activists into Kiwi “national mainstream… That helped carry the day.” treasures”, “cultural ambassadors”, and finally, according to the (contracorriente) unDertoW THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS is a big story. It’s not Glasgow Herald, into New Zealand’s “finest artistic export since Directed by Javier Fuentes-León just the story of two sisters but also of half a century of seismic AWARDS: lamb cutlets!” 2009 | PERU, COLOMBIA, FRANCE & GERMANY | 100 mins cultural changes and the foundation of a national identity. Part World Cinema Audience Award (Sundance Film Festival 2010) With a career that spans two decades, eight albums and a documentary, part musical and part comedy, the Twins share prime time TV series, the twins are entrenched in the cultural their journey from coming out to Jools’ recent brush with Breast Miguel is a handsome, young and beloved fisherman in Cabo Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, landscape of their homeland. On the forefront of campaigns for Cancer with much laughter, honesty and wisdom. You’ll laugh, Blanco, a small fishing village in the Northern coast of Peru, revealing their relationship to Mariela—and the entire village. you’ll cry…you might just yodel! where the community has deep-rooted religious traditions. (Contracorriente) UNDERTOW is the emotional intersection of Preceded by: Miguel is married to the beautiful Mariela, who is 7-months contemporary sexuality, confronted by tradition and belief. This pregnant with their firstborn. All is not picture perfect however oPening gaLa to FoLLoW sexy and redolent love story is the feature film debut of Javier as Miguel harbors a scandalous secret: he is having a love affair at DoLce saPori Fuentes-León and stars a sizzling international cast. Strikingly with another man, Santiago, a painter who is ostracized by the 1147 Kensington Crescent NW (above Pulcinella) photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian coastline, this townsfolk for being agnostic and open about being gay. After a sexy, haunting love story transcends place and time. You’ll leave the screening with a song in your tragic accident occurs, Miguel must choose between sentencing heart and a spring in your step! Dance on over Preceded by: and join the Fairy Tales team as the celebrations commence and we eat, drink and gather at Dolce BeLieVe it Sapori where they are as passionate about their Directed by Chris Scherer Dancing to haPPiness Anna is working as a cleaning lady where every tradition as we are. 2009 | Australia | 7 mins Directed by Barbara Seller night she cleans Helen’s office. Helen is a high- 2008 | Sweden | 17 mins level broker working in the stock exchange. The BELIEVE IT is an experimental work exploring the two women live in different worlds and normally relationship between Christianity and homosexuality, would never meet each other, however, their worlds collide unexpectedly when they inspired by the perspectives of queer people living in South happen to enroll in the same salsa course. DANCING TO HAPPINESS is a gorgeously Australia. Movement has been generated as a response to colourful modern lesbian fairy tale with traditional messages about overcoming the findings of audio interviews and is presented through a Free admission and refreshments with THE social borders and letting love ring triumphant. hybridization of film, dance and documentary. TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS ticket stub. $5 suggested donation. 18 19 Did you know that Fairy Tales coincides with FREEDOM TO SEE WEEK? The Films this evening are shown in honour of ‘Freedom to See Week.’ Thank you Stay in Calgary on the Labour Day Weekend! Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival’s next event is Thursday September 2, 2010 at the Uptown Stage & Screen. for watching gay films, films that continue to be stopped by Canada Customs officials under the claim of “Obscenity law infractions”. Co-presented with PRIDE CALGARY this screening and dance party will be the best way to show your pride. frIdAy MAy 28 9:15 PM | the PLaZa theatre | coMeDY This program of shorts is created with people ages 12 years old – 17 years old in mind but all youth- at-heart are welcome to attend. Please check our website for specific details about each film’s rating. SPOOn ME yOuTh gAlA saturDaY MaY 29 | 4 PM | the PLaZa theatre sPokes Dear DaD, LoVe Maria non-LoVe song Directed by Peter Ireland Directed by Vince Mascoli Directed by Erik Gernand 2009 | Australia | 7 mins 2009 | USA | 5 mins 2009 | USA | 8 mins Nasty school girls, an old lady, and This beautifully animated film is a On the last day of summer before heading off to French insects, oh my! Obstacles all, love letter to a father from a little college, two 18-year old best friends attempt to but can they stop a boy from reaching boy who has grown up to become a connect as adults and for the first time in their the objection of his affection? strong woman. lives share a real moment. “A cruel story in the style of Marivaux where the ex- lover courts the new boyfriend of the girl who dumped him...the script unfolds with intelligence.” –thomas sotinel, Le MonDe neW skin the YeLLoW tent son oF the Preacher Directed by Brett Hannam Directed by Rafael Lessa Directed by Jasmine Gervais PLan B 2008 | Canada | 19 mins 2008 | USA | 7 mins 2008 | Canada | 5 mins Directed by Marco Berger When Paul’s brother dies, his parents The friendship between two boys is Billy, the son of the preacher, secretly falls for a 2009 | Argentina | 103 mins AWARDS: Best Feature (Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2010) send him to live with his grandfather jeopardized when they share secrets mysterious and pretty new parishioner. Constrained in a trailer park. He soon makes friends inside a yellow tent. only to be able to look at her during Mass, he slowly with a local boy, Keith, who introduces lets himself punctuate the ceremonies with bits of Argentinean director Marco Berger repurposes the conventions woman. But, along the way, the possibility of a plan B arises, a more him to shop lifting, guns and homemade his fantasies, giving rise to a succession of electric, of a Shakespeare-styled comedy in his clever, witty and poetic effective plan, one that puts Bruno’s own sexuality into question. A pornography. often romantic, but sometimes naughty thoughts. feature film debut. When Bruno is dumped by his girlfriend beautifully shot reflection on male foibles and friendships, PLAN B he hides behind his usual calm, indifferent expression, but is grounded in two outstanding performances from Manuel Vignau beneath his polished and playful exterior his mind plans a cold, and Lucas Ferraro.With an amusing twist at the end, this modern- sweet revenge. Unknowingly his ex-girlfriend keeps on seeing day love story set among the rooftop terraces, gyms and apartments him once in a while and even confides in him about her new of contemporary Buenos Aires will appeal to anyone with a wry boyfriend named Pablo. Bruno befriends Pablo, with the idea of sense of humour. eroding the couple, even conniving to introduce him to another Preceded by: the girL Bunnies. hockeY. JaMes BeLieVe it Directed by Françoise Doherty Directed by Connor Clements Directed by Chris Scherer the goLDen Pin This evening co-presented by: 2009 | Canada | 6 mins 2008 | Ireland | 17 mins 2009 | Australia | 7 mins Directed by Ngo Cuong Filmmaker-songwriter Françoise Doherty Focusing on a boy in Northern BELIEVE IT is an experimental work exploring 2009 | Canada | 15 mins has created a strangely charming world Ireland isolated by his sexuality and the relationship between Christianity and Long, a young Vietnamese-Canadian swimmer of love and adventure. In this second alienated from his family due to homosexuality, inspired by the perspectives of finds himself struggling between the installment of the musically animated his parent’s marital troubles, James queer people living in South Australia. Movement expectations of his family and the demands of series called GIRL BUNNIES, the reaches out in desperation to his has been generated as a response to the findings his heart. His father wants him to marry soon, character of Coco returns and she loves teacher for support and guidance. of audio interviews and is presented through a but his mother, haunted by a past romance, hockey but she really likes hockey girl… hybridization of film, dance and documentary. hopes her son will stand up for what he believes. 20 21 Check out our favourite gallery – AXIS GALLERY at www.axisart.ca! If you bought a membership at last year’s festival – it’s expired! Spend $10, support an organization you care about and gain access to our queer library. It’s the reel-deal…. Ask a volunteer about how. Memberships are on sale in the lobby. SATurdAy MAy 29 6:15 PM | the PLaZa theatre | ecLectic & eLectric shorts Join us for an eclectic and electric mix of short films exploring acceptance, survival, “living the dream” and even some of the dark corners of the erotic imagination. PunchLines Directed by Trevor Anderson 2009 | Canada | Edmonton| 5 mins This film was originally produced for the “cell phone self-portrait” assignment as part of Talent Lab 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Featuring Peking turkeY ain’t no sunshine eL aBueLo original music composed for the film by Directed by Michael Mew Directed by Angelo Bonafide Directed by Dino Dinco Doug Organ, the filmmaker considers 2006 | Canada | 12 mins 2010 | Canada | Calgary | 13 mins 2008 | USA | 4 mins an early motivation to become an artist. Cleverly shot entirely on an Chris Wong takes his French An anniversary celebration goes Shot on location in San Antonio, Texas, EL ABUELO iPhone, Fairy Tales is proud to showcase Canadian boyfriend “homo” for awry after an unplanned present is a lyrical, visual adaptation of the words of poet Alberta’s own beloved Trevor Anderson’s Christmas, despite his traditional from a stranger leaves a husband and teacher, Joe Jimenez, who reveals intimate newest film. Chinese parents’ disapproval. With with a shoeless wife. A story of elements about his upbringing whilst methodically the dramatics of three languages desire and retribution filled with our ironing his clothes and speaking of his love for Director in Attendance (English, French, and Chinese) own familiar and beautiful Calgary another man - his “first vato.” Of all domestic swirling around the table, Pierre tries locations. chores, ironing is the only one a “homeboy” is more to make a bond with Chris’ parents than happy to master, as perfect creases work and find the approval he wants. hand in hand with the power of attraction. Do not BenD BLue coVers g.i.M.P Boot caMP Directed by Pierre Bonhomme Directed by Indira Allegra Directed by Melissa Brittain & Danielle Peers 2007 | Canada | 7 mins 2008 | USA | 4 mins 2009 | Canada | Edmonton | 8 mins Dancing to haPPiness the sheeP anD the uLtiMate suB uLtiMate Sometimes even a monster home in When the adult survivor of sexual From Edmonton, G.I.M.P. Boot Camp is a satirical Directed by Barbara Seller ranch hanD DoM: Maria Von traPP the suburbs isn’t big enough to contain abuse meets her lover, she struggles exploration of how co-filmmaker Danielle Peers 2008 | Sweden | 17 mins Directed by Loretta Hintz & MarY PoPPins the baggage of one complicated couple. to remain present. She must navigates between the social expectations of being Anna is working as a cleaning lady where 2009 | USA | 12 mins Directed by Dayna McLeod Newlyweds Catye and Jason have it all: remember that the hands of her lover able-bodied and having a disability. Through a every night she cleans Helen’s office. Helen This brilliantly funny, Technicolor tale 2009 | Canada | 4 mins looks, excellent jobs, and a great big are not the hands of her childhood dramatic “CRIP Awards” ceremony, an infomercial- mortgage they can handle no sweat. is a high-level broker working in the stock will take you to places few films dare Imagine Maria Von Trapp from THE SOUND OF abuser, and so, the separation style guide to survival, and a touching testimonial There’s only one hitch - they haven’t exchange. The two women live in different to go. Join our binge-eating, ranch MUSIC crawling on her hands and knees across between past and present begins to from a recovering inspiration addict, G.I.M.P. Boot consummated their marriage. DO NOT worlds and normally would never meet hand-dreaming heroine as she takes the jagged cold stone floor of the nunnery to blur. Narrative and experimental, Camp uses satire to deconstruct stereotypes BEND is the story of what happens when each other however their worlds collide a provocatively edgy romp through the Mother Superior, begging for mercy and BLUE COVERS is an emotional, around disability. two people try to replace reality with unexpectedly when they happen to enroll fantastical greener pastures. THE SHEEP looking for a spanking. Now imagine that Mary psychological and spiritual journey. a fantasy that is the opposite of their in the same salsa course. DANCING TO AND THE RANCH HAND is a story of Poppins is the Mother Superior, wielding a dildo- wildest dreams. HAPPINESS is a gorgeously colourful love, a story of erotic imagination, and a sheathed umbrella and a ball-gag. ULTIMATE modern lesbian fairy tale with traditional story of the power of dreams to change SUB ULTIMATE DOM pits Andrews against herself messages about overcoming social borders your life. Best of all, it has a happy to satirize homophobic theories of homosexual and letting love ring triumphant. ending --in more ways than one. narcissism, which dismisses same sex attraction as a treatable narcissistic disorder. 22 23 Wondering about a film? Anyone donning a Programmer nametag was a part of a committed and wonderful team that helped select the films for this year’s Join the team at Apollo: www.apollocalgary.com festival. You may want to THANK them too…they watched over 200 films to ensure we are bringing you the best local, national and international queer films! SATurdAy MAy 29 8:15 PM | the PLaZa theatre | DraMa SATurdAy MAy 29 10:30 PM | the PLaZa theatre | DraMa “Haunting, languorously paced tale of a doomed “Defies the taboos of the ancients to end up portraying Orthodox Jewish gay couple.” a happy alternative family. The production combines – critic’s Pick, new York Magazine dingy realism, the divine Maria Callas and plenty of sex and campy dialogue”. eYes WiDe oPen – Variety Directed by Haim Tabakman AWARDS: Best First Feature (Palm Springs International Film 2009 | Israel/France/Germany | 90 mins Festival), Official Selection (Cannes Film Festival) a WoMan’s WaY: streLLa Directed by Panos H. Koutras AWARDS: Official Selection (Berlinale International Panorama) EYES WIDE OPEN is a love story set in the heart of the ultra- EYES WIDE OPEN skillfully captures the duality of living in a close- 2009 | Greece | 113 mins Official Selection (BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem. knit community where there’s no such thing as free will. People may look out for one another, but their generosity comes with Looking for assistance in his kosher butcher shop after his father’s A post-modern Greek tragedy unfurling against the glowing Portraying people who live on the fringes of society, questioning strings attached. Aaron must choose between personal freedom death, Aaron (veteran stage actor Zohar Strauss), husband and nights of Athens, A WOMAN’S WAY: STRELLA follows a man, preconceived ideas, feelings and the collective imagination; this and religious responsibility, and in this part of the world, the laws father of four young sons, meets a handsome and homeless Yiorgos, on his first evening out of prison where he meets a touching film presents a parallel world, generally considered as of desire do not reign supreme. Eventually the community acts Yeshiva (religious school) student, Ezri (Israeli heartthrob Ran young transsexual prostitute, Strella, with whom he falls in love. immoral and suspect by the larger masses. But this is a world and, unwilling to tolerate Ezri’s presence, the “Modesty Guards”, Danker), and dormant feelings are awakened. But the past is catching up with Yiorgos and with Strella on his that doesn’t for a moment doubt its own core values: humanity a radical authority in the Ultra-Orthodox community, threaten Hidden under layers of piety, unknown desires suddenly rise in Aaron. Under enormous pressure from his wife and the community, side he will have to find a new way out. and compassion. A WOMAN’S WAY: STRELLA is an extraordinary Aaron like an all-enveloping tide. Grounded in a realist aesthetic, Aaron comes to a decision to commit an irreversible act. and spellbinding film worth staying up on Saturday night to see. Preceded by: Preceded by: tongZhi in LoVe How many lives can one man lead? Dear DaD, LoVe Maria 同志 tong- Directed by Ruby Yang Three young men navigate the Directed by Vince Mascoli 2008 | China | 30 mins dilemmas of being gay in modern 2009 | USA | 5 mins China, torn between the lure of big [pron: tung-jee] city life and the demands of Chinese tradition. “Frog” Cui and This beautifully animated film is a love letter to noun his friends live and work in cosmopolitan Beijing, reveling in the a father from a little boy who has grown up to 1. companion, buddy, friend freedom that it affords them. But does their happiness come at become a strong woman. 2. comrade, as in fellow Communist the expense of their mothers and fathers? Can they be gay, and 3. (slang) a gay man still be good sons? 24 25 Stampede is coming but opt for ARGRA instead: www.argra.org Edmonton may not have a queer film festival but the do have a queer arts festival! It’s worth the trip: www.exposurefestival.ca SundAy MAy 30 5:30 PM | the PLaZa theatre | aiDs as cataLYst Preceded by: AIdS AS CATAlyST the isLanD Directed by Trevor Anderson 2009 | Canada | Edmonton | 6 mins The filmmaker considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received. This colourful and biting look at a “homo utopia” that satirically ponders the idea of “giving each other AIDS” will provide much fruit for thought in the context of the evening. Frank’s cock Directed by Mike Hoolboom 1993 | Canada | 8 mins FRANK’S COCK tells the story of a relationship severed by AIDS. In a beautifully modulated performance, Callum Keith Rennie plays a character whose lover, Frank, is dying. The visuals are Fig trees "[We] see a smugness in society, thinking that we've dealt with it. We're buying hypnotic: the stark beauty of an individual shot in black and Directed by John Greyson iPods to save people in Africa. What we've got to do is see through that complacency." white is juxtaposed with a stream of impressionistic colour 2009 | Canada | 104 mins – Director John Greyson images. The emotional tenor of Rennie’s monologue builds delicately, but steadily, as the details of his relationship with Frank unfold. Taking those sentiments to heart, FIG TREES challenges the Now, who has been living with AIDS for 25 years, and Zackie complacency and smugness of red iPods and takes a global Achmat, who went on a treatment strike in 1989, refusing to take perspective on AIDS activism. Director John Greyson’s operatic anti-retroviral drugs until they were made generally available in tour-de-force smashes conventional barriers of form and genre to South Africa. McCaskell and Achmat’s un-daunting commitment reinvent the documentary. In collaboration with singer/composer to AIDS activism propels FIG TREES through a critical David Wall, Greyson’s part opera, part documentary is largely examination of the epidemic from the 1980s to present day. inspired by the avant-garde opera FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS Greyson puts the smugness of ineffective governments, greedy written in 1934 by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson. A fictional pharmaceutical companies and pop culture AIDS campaigns Directors will be in attendance. Please join us by remaining in your seats after the screenings for a Q & a with directors John greyson and Gertrude Stein (played by Vancouver-born contralto Deborah under the microscope, while employing stunning visual images, trevor anderson. to engage in a more personal setting, you are invited to join the artists of aiDs as cataLYst and the Fairy tales team at Overes) is just one of the unexpected characters in this visually innovative storytelling and original music to convey his message. higher grounD (1126 kensington road nW) for a casual reception after the screenings. stunning film narrated by an albino squirrel. The story is a grand-scale narrative of personal heroism in the face of evil as personified by politicians and pharmaceutical The protagonists of FIG TREES are two of the patron saints of AIDS company executives, with millions of lives hanging in the activism: Tim McCaskell, a founder of the Canadian AIDS Action balance. at 5:30 PM prior to the screening there will be a panel discussion called oPera as reLeVant art ForM: oPera as a Means to teLL our stories (see page 7 for details). admission to the panel is free with a Fig trees ticket stub and all patrons are encouraged to attend. Latecomers will not be seated until the panel is complete. those who wish to attend the screening only will be held in the lobby until the panel discussion is complete. 26 27 Don’t miss Calgary International Film Festival this year running September 24 – October 3, 2010. The Festival & Programming Director loves the belts and buckles created by creamdreamy! go to: www.creamydreamy.com. 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Click the "Register" link at ffwdweekly.com to sign up for your subscription. ffwdweekly.com 28 29 MOndAy MAy 31 6:50 PM | the PLaZa theatre | aiDs as cataLYst MOndAy MAy 31 9:15 PM | the PLaZa theatre | aiDs as cataLYst “ Annette Mangaard’s documentary provides a comprehensive overview of the work generated by General Idea and contextualizes it in terms of the growing “We owe a great deal to him, and we are greatly awareness of AIDS and its impact on the enriched. I am glad he is on my side … We need art world and culture in general.” to give thanks to God for Pieter.” – archbishop Desmond tutu – oksana Dykyj, educational Media arts online generaL iDea: art, aiDs anD the Fin De siecLe DarLing! the Pieter-Dirk uYs storY AWARDS: Audience Award (Hamburg International GLBT Film Directed by Annette Mangaard Directed by Julian Shaw Festival), Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary (The Lisbon 2007 | Canada | 48 mins 2007 | South Africa | 53 mins International GLBT Film Festival), Special Jury Mention and Audience Award (Torino International GLBT Film Festival) It is 1969, the summer of love, and Toronto is the meeting place New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Amsterdam. GENERAL for a trio of young artists who change their names and adopt IDEA continues to tour Europe and North America with massive Controversial South African political satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys work educating school children about their country’s greatest new personas to become Jorge Zontal, AA Bronson and Felix political installation pieces that chronicle the devastating spread allows writer/director Julian Shaw into his previously off-limits threat, HIV/AIDS, and an unforgettable portrait of the power of Partz. They are gay. They are irreverent. And through “The Miss of the disease and its impact on their community. The “AIDS” inner world. The result is a startling document of Pieter’s individual will. General Idea Pageant,” they “investigate” the nature of glamour pieces help to raise public awareness of a disease that changed and celebrity. In Europe, in the 1970s, GENERAL IDEA become the sexual consciousness of the world and, sadly, took the lives of celebrities, treated like rock stars and exhibited at major two members of GENERAL IDEA. Preceded by: museums in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris. They are invited to unDressing Vanessa GENERAL IDEA: ART, AIDS AND THE FIN DE SIECLE provides a make video-art for Dutch television, which, ironically, refuses to Directed by Matthew Pond perfect platform to discuss how AIDS and society’s responses show the work based on the tenet that it is “too much like real 2008 | Australia | 23 mins to AIDS (specifically Queer responses) have impacted, affected television.” and informed the practice of those whose work blurs the line Vanessa Wagner is true blue – an Aussie larrikin with razor In the 1980’s it didn’t take long for AIDS to hit the art world full- between artist and activist. sharp wit. Vanessa uses the anti-drag, drag queen persona force, killing thousands. GENERAL IDEA responds by making art that she has created to make her politics heard, to give voice after the screening there will be a panel discussion called sociaL that addresses the virus plaguing their world. In an unforgettable to the disenfranchised and to agitate for change. Underneath action anD the Queer aesthetic (see page 7 for details). coup, they appropriate the well-known LOVE painting by Robert all the frivolity and fun lays a steely inner strength and a admission to the panel is free with a generaL iDea: art, aiDs Indiana and replace those four letters with “AIDS,” creating the sobering reality that belies her zany exterior. When Vanessa is anD the Fin De siecLe ticket stub and all patrons are invited now world-famous logo. By 1989, the “AIDS” pieces have infiltrated underdressed, we see that all is not what it may appear to be… to remain in their seats and engage in the discussion after the screening. 30 31 The official Festival Lounge is Sam’s Bar and Grill! Go to Sam’s before or after your film and enjoy the benefits of being a Fairy Tales patron. Check out Ted Kerr, co-conspirator of AIDS AS CATALYST, newest projects at: www.tedkerr.org. TuESdAy JunE 1 6:50 PM | the PLaZa theatre | iDentiFication PLease? TuESdAy JunE 1 9:20 PM | the PLaZa theatre | iDentiFication PLease? “It is a well made, intelligent documentary that inspires healthy and much needed discussion between different but very connected communities.” An emotionally charged docudrama about six – kirsten schaffer, senior Director outFest transwomen and a transman revealing a bold exposé of a society’s unfeeling stand on being transgendered. BoY i aM Directed by Sam Feder & Julie Hollar AWARDS: Audience Favorite Doc Feature (Seattle Lesbian & Gay 2006 | USA | 72 mins Film Festival 2006) seX MY LiFe Three young transitioning FTMs in New York City (Nicco, Norie contentious questions raised within the queer and feminist Directed by Bahman Motamedian and Keegan) go through major turning points in their transitions, communities, rarely discussed openly. Situating these struggles 2008 | Iran | 76 mins AWARDS: Brian Award (Venice Film Festival) discussing everything from their relationships with their bodies, and stories as inextricably linked to queer and feminist struggles, feminism and the intersection of race and class with their BOY I AM presents an empowering chronicle of queer resistance SEX MY LIFE is set in Tehran and tells the story of six gender reassignment is permitted under Iranian law (yet transgender identity. Their stories are woven together with that challenges all viewers to rethink their concepts of activism transwomen and a transman who live out pieces of their own homosexuality is punishable by death) this doesn’t mean the interviews with lesbians, activists and theorists who address and identity. lives on the screen. Cleverly blurring documentary and scripted general public and families welcome trans people with open reality-based fiction, scenes from real lives are recreated by arms. SEX MY LIFE tells the story of young people estranged from Preceded by: the trans people themselves rather than professional actors, their own bodies and spirits living in a society that denies them Dear DaD, LoVe Maria after the first screening all audience members are invited to engage producing a fast-paced, emotionally charged film. Although their basic human rights. Directed by Vince Mascoli in a panel discussion led by calgary Police service Diversity unit 2009 | USA | 5 mins resource officer, Lynn MacDonald. Preceded by: This beautifully animated film admission to the panel presented by the calgary Police service is the Bath is a love letter to a father from free with admission to BoY i aM. Directed by Lee Mi-rang a little boy who has grown up 2007 | Korea | 20 mins to become a strong woman. The relationship between a transwoman, her mother and sister is strengthened by a visit to a public bathhouse. 32 33 Please respect reserved signs. We reserve seats for filmmakers, sponsors and community partners. Notice these films aren’t rated yet? Please check our website or call the advance ticket sales box office to find out about film ratings. These people make the festival happen each year and Fairy Tales wants to treat them like Prince Charming. All ratings are strictly enforced at the door so it’s imperative you review the rating before purchasing your ticket. wEdnESdAy JunE 2 6:50 PM | the PLaZa theatre | PriDe WorLDWiDe wEdnESdAy JunE 2 8:50 PM | the PLaZa theatre | PriDe WorLDWiDe BeYonD gaY: the Politics of Pride Directed by Bob Christie 2009 | Canada | Vancouver | 85 mins “this superb documentary, a festival must-see, is more than a call to action for the LgBt community. it’s as much a plea for freedom, respect and basic human rights for everyone regardless of sexual orientation.” – times columnist The Pride movement is globalizing. Yet despite the hundreds of thousands of people cheering in the streets, Pride is much, much more than a parade and a party. This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride remains steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the world’s largest gay parade and to New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement. Back in Vancouver, where celebration has overtaken political citY oF BorDers “When I read in the bible that I could be killed for being gay, I action, Ken struggles to remind his community that Directed by Yun Suh understood what it was like to be Palestinian.” Pride is, at its heart, a global fight for human rights. 2009 | USA | 66 mins – israeli bar patron In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that CITY OF BORDERS follows the daily lives of the Israeli bar owner defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay and four Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the Preceded by: bar called SHUSHAN. CITY OF BORDERS goes inside this vibrant minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love underground sanctuary on the East/West border of the Holy openly. Set against the construction of the separation wall between get haPPY City, where people of different nationalities, religions and sexual Israel and the Palestinian territories, and the struggle for a gay Directed by Mark Payne orientations create a community among people typically viewed pride parade in Jerusalem, these four interwoven stories reveal the 2008 | USA | 27 mins as each other’s “enemy.” contradictions and complexity of the struggle for acceptance. The world would be a happier place indeed if everyone could celebrate their pride as Mark Payne always has! GET HAPPY is Preceded by: a coming-of-age musical extravaganza about Mark Payne, who DeeP reD became a singer, clothing designer and stage performer alongside Directed by Eddie Tapero Bob Hope and Milton Berle, all before puberty. 2009 | Israel | 19 mins Pride Worldwide is Also set in Jerusalem, Gur and Yuval will stop at nothing co-presented with Pride calgary to make enough money for a fresh start in Berlin. As they approach their goal, tension between them grows until an June 2nd is Bring a Straight unexpected event causes Gur to question both their plan Night 2 for 1 offer. See the and their relationship. venue box office for details 34 35 Please respect reserved signs. We reserve seats for filmmakers, sponsors and community partners. Notice these films aren’t rated yet? Please check our website or call the advance ticket sales box office to find out about film ratings. These people make the festival happen each year and Fairy Tales wants to treat them like Prince Charming. All ratings are strictly enforced at the door so it’s imperative you review the rating before purchasing your ticket. ThurSdAy JunE 3 6:50 PM | the PLaZa theatre | LoVe stories ThurSdAy JunE 3 8:50 PM | the PLaZa theatre | LoVe stories A politically bold and beautifully photographed examination of identity and sexuality in the Bahamas. eDie anD thea: a VerY Long engageMent “Their forbidden love would last a lifetime…” Directed by Susan Muska & Gréta Ólafsdottir chiLDren oF goD 2009 | USA | 61 mins Directed by Kareem J Mortimer 2009 | Bahamas | 103 mins It’s the stuff of legend, woven into one of our deepest most gay and lesbian couples was unthinkable at the time and would not universally held desires; that of finding an all-encompassing, come to pass for another four decades. passionate love that will last a lifetime. The story of Edie and Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself. All three of AWARDS: Audience Award for Best Documentary (OUTFEST LA homophobic crime and offering a scathing examination of the these characters head for the spectacularly beautiful and tranquil Thea is a documentary about two soul mates whose love begins with an instant magnetic attraction and lasts through sickness 2009), Jury Award for Best Documentary (Three Dollar Bill Cinema, underlying hatred for gays rampant in Caribbean societies, island of Eleuthera with a different reason for escaping their and health for 42 years. But like the great love stories of literature Seattle 2009), Award for Best Documentary (Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Bahamian Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the current circumstances. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in and lore – Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, Gertrude and Film Festival 2009), Jury Award for Best Documentary (Madrid Gay & stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, unexpected and affecting ways. This uncommon portrayal of love, Alice – Edie and Thea’s story is one of forbidden love. Shortly Lesbian Film Festival 2009), Audience Award for Best Documentary deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and self-acceptance takes viewers on a after they meet in New York’s West Village in the early 1960s, (FICGLB, Barcelona 2009) a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his poignant multifaceted journey that is enlightening, courageous, and they become “engaged”, though the idea of a civil marriage for close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and disquieting all at the same time. It will shock to the very core with its startling conclusion. Preceded by: Preceded by: MY naMe is LoVe caught What i FounD in great aunt neLL’s cLoset Directed by David Färdmar Directed by David C. Jones Directed by Melissa Bouwman 2009 | Sweden | 20 mins 2008 | Canada | 9 mins 2008 | USA | 2 mins Love and Sebastian meet each other by coincidence on Snapping a portrait in time, CAUGHT juxtaposes the story of an Finding an old movie-scope device in Aunt Nell’s closet a street on a romantic summer night. They happen to unexpected intimate encounter during a sleepover with the story reveals something very special about great Auntie! share the same secret, but their encounter is going to of an 80-year-old gay man who spent 50 years in a passionless cause severe consequences for the both of them when an marriage. CAUGHT provides a nice contrast to Edie & Thea’s story innocent flirt turns into a dangerous liaison. of triumphant forbidden love. 36 37 The Plaza Theatre has been assessed for accessibility of all entrances, restrooms, parking and seating allotment for wheelchairs and they get an A+. 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