Our gay guide to 2013 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

While it might not have the depth and scope of our annual Queer Film Fest, the programmers at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival continue to feature a number of films each year that reflect our community.

Here is our guide to the LGBTQ films that are part of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival which runs May 3 – 12, 2013.

Wednesday, May 8: Straight With You

In Dutch filmmaker Daan Bol’s documentary short Straight With You (Niet Op
Meisjes)
we’re asked to consider questions of what it means to be different
and to have a secret through the eyes of an eleven year boy.

Read our full review.

At Vancity Theatre on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:00pm. Visit http://www.doxafestival.ca for more information.

Friday, May 10: I AM DIVINE

He was born Harris Glenn Milstead, but gays around the world know him simply as Divine. In the new documentary film I Am Divine, we find out that she was at times as big in real life as she was on screen.

From filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz, whose film Vito gave us a fascinating look at the life of Vito Russo at last year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Schwarz’s once again holds the title of the must-see LGBTQ feature this year with I Am Divine.

Read our full review.

At Rio Theatre on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:30pm. Visit http://www.doxafestival.ca for more information.

Friday, May 10: Interior. Leather Bar.

The anticipation that the James Franco, Travis Mathews film Interior. Leather Bar. creates is both its greatest asset and biggest weakness, depending on your expectations.

The very idea of recreating the 40 minutes of missing hardcore footage from the 1980 William Friedkin film Cruising will have homos flocking to the theatres in the hopes of seeing what Friedkin himself called “the most graphic homosexuality with [Cruising star Al] Pacino watching”. But rather than a promised re-creation of those missing sex scenes, Franco and Mathews have concocted a meta film about filmmaking with a great deal less than 40 minutes of onscreen sex.

Read our full review.

At Rio Theatre on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 9pm. Visit http://www.doxafestival.ca for more information. Graphic sexual content. You must be 19+ to attend.

Saturday, May 11: God Loves Uganda

God loves Uganda so much that he sent a religious army to defend it, but ironically, the major foreign threat to Ugandan solidarity are the spiritual soldiers themselves. With unprecedented access, the film follows a group of young missionaries-in-themaking to dusty pulpits in Africa, where they sing, pray and shout about Christian Fundamentalism to anyone who will listen. Tolerance dissipates when they start preaching about the evils of sexual immorality in a country plagued with AIDS. As an American-influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support in Uganda, tensions mount and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold.

At Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, May 8, 2013 at 9pm. Visit http://www.doxafestival.ca for more information.

Saturday, May 11: Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

 

The LGBTQ history books are filled with fascinating people, but those that
have become instantly recognizable are a mere handful.  With Stephen Silha and
Eric Slade’s fascinating new documentary film Big Joy: The Adventures of
James Broughton
, they are helping to raise the profile of one more.

Read our full review here.

At Vancity Theatre on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Noon. Visit http://www.doxafestival.ca for more information.

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