Lesbian Classics at Toronto's Inside Out Festival

0 Posted by - May 14, 2007 - Blog

Women's programming at this year's Inside Out: 17th Annual Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival boast an impressive showcase. In particular, the CFMDC celebrates 40 years of film distribution with a visual romp through the heady days of hippies, homos and other queer movements on film. This collection of work playfully captures epochal moments and illuminates eras one by. Curated by Lauren Howes, 1967-LEZ BE IN will feature shorts by Madi Piller (Anonymous, 185), Barbara Hammer (Menses), Veronika Soul (How the Hell Are You?) and Liz Singer (Rock), among many others. More information on this screening available on the Inside Out website.

Fans of When Night is Falling can catch director Patricia Rozema's other works: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) and Suspect (2005).

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing's 20th Anniversary Screening will showcase her groundbreaking Canadian lesbian film. It is a quietly amusing and fresh tale told from the point of view of Polly (Sheila McCarthy), a self-admitted “organizationally impaired” temporary secretary. In her videotaped confession, she tells us how she got caught up in a voyeuristic fascination for her new boss, the beautiful and ambitious curator (Paule Baillargeon) of the Church Gallery, an art gallery in downtown Toronto. Polly, innocent beyond her years, witnesses many things quite beyond her understanding: pseudo-intellectual “art talk” and a sexual relationship between the curator and a young woman named Mary (Ann-Marie MacDonald).

Not to miss is the screening for director Patricia Rozema in conversation with Montreal-based writer and lecturer Matthew Hays. Hays has been a film critic for the weekly Montreal Mirror since 1993, and his articles have also appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Advocate and The Hollywood Reporter. He teaches courses in film studies, journalism and communication studies at Concordia University.

Also, Rozema's Suspect (Canada, 2005, Video, 7 min), a gender-swapping adaptation of philosopher Mark Kingwell’s essay “Who is the Suspect?,” Rozema questions our comforting tradition of creating tidy fictional chains of cause and effect that provide the libidinal release of a puzzle solved. Life just ain’t like that.

For more information and complete programming, visit the Inside Out Website at insideout.on.ca.

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