Katie Stewart’s Queers in Canoes is as simple as its title

A self-professed sucker for alliteration, filmmaker Katie Stewart says her new film Queers in Canoes is as simple as its title.

Receiving its premiere as part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s shorts program The Coast is Queer, Stewart says the idea for the film came after the footage had already been shot.

“The incident was completely spontaneous and I was in a very good position, luckily with a camera, to capture the scene,” explains Stewart. “The footage itself was so hilarious … that a few of us joked that that we should make it into a feature film for private viewing only. It was only after the film was actually made that talk of a film festival submission came into the picture.”

Described as a “riveting story of survival”, Stewart says that the crux of the film comes from the fact that despite the character’s extreme terror there really was no real danger.

“My goal in post-production was to play on this, intensify the suspected tragedy that is expected to ensue” she says. “That’s where the eerie soundtrack created by Lise Monique of Manhug and The Wintermitts comes in.”

A scene from Katie Stewarts film Queers in Canoes that will screen as part of the 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival
A scene from Katie Stewarts film Queers in Canoes that will screen as part of the 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

While Queers in Canoes is Stewart’s sophomore short, it is her first time at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, a platform she says that is not only important for new filmmakers such as herself, but an integral part of the queer arts community.

“It’s a forum to expose and evaluate the realities of what it means to be queer outside of the confines of our rainy little city,” she says.  “It’s also an excellent opportunity to see some incredible work, all in one venue. With popcorn.”

Admitting that trying to make an audience laugh is hard, Stewart hopes audiences will find the film as awe-inspiring as she does and perhaps even want to see a sequel.

“Depending on the audience’s reaction to Queers in Canoes, I may start editing the footage for the sequel, Hiking with Homos.”

Queers in Canoes

Screens as part of the 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s Coast is Queer evening of short films by Vancouverites. Visit http://www.outonscreen.com for more information.

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