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PechaKucha explores the role of cinema on queer lives

It may sound like Pikachu’s distant gay cousin, but this PechaKucha will help keep the upcoming panel discussion on the role cinema has played on queer lives, concise and fast-paced.

Adam Goldman, the creator of The Outs, is one of the panel members at the upcoming PechaKucha-powered event.

Adam Goldman, the creator of The Outs, is one of the panel members at the upcoming PechaKucha-powered event.

Hosted by Fred Lee, a PechaKucha is a Japanese presentation style that will use 20 slides for 20 seconds each and will help explore how the portrayal of gays and lesbians in film began with a pattern of ridicule and tragedy, but has grown to now portray almost every aspect of queer life. The panel will look to find an answer to what movies say about where we are now and how our lives have been affected, reflected or even consumed.

“It’s a great way to look back to the ways queer cinema has affected so many of our lives and it brings together some of our most treasured performers and creators to get us all thinking and inspired,” says Shana Myara, Director of Festival Programming.

Co-presented by the Queer Film Festival and the UBC Faculty of Education, the panel for the evening’s discussion includes Isolde N. Barron, Adam Goldman, Gwen Haworth, Romi Chandra Herbert, Emma Kivisild, Emilio Rojas, Peggy Thompson and Aerlyn Weissman.

“It’s for anyone looking for inspiration,” says Myara of the target for this unique event. “It’s an evening devoted to queer creators, change-makers, rabble rousers — and our chance to hear how film has changed their lives. I hope we all walk away reinvigorated, with maybe more insight or new purpose for the work we’re all doing individually.”

Who Are We, Cinema?

This PechaKucha-powered event takes place Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the International Village Cinema followed by an optional reception at Kentizen Japanese & Chinese Cuisine. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for tickets and information.

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