The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Fest goes where no man has gone before.
Each year the DOXA Documentary Film Festival brings Vancouver audiences some of the world’s best documentary films. This year DOXA continues to grow with more than 90 films and 78 screenings over its ten days in May. Included among the offerings are a number of films for the LGBTQ community.
Television’s most famous Star Fleet helmsman and Facebook phenom turned gay activist, George Takei is the subjecct of filmmaker Jennifer Kroot is the subject of the film To Be Takei (Thu, May 8). Exploring Takei’s personal and professional life as an actor, a politician, and an activist, the insightful documentary may just surprise you.
In The Case Against 8 (Sat May 3 & Wed, May 7), directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White distill months of legal wrangling that took place when Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage law in California was struck down. The film follows two couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple from Berkeley with four sons; and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo from Burbank, who were at the center of legal battle.
From Swedish filmmaker Stefan Haupt comes the docu-drama The Circle (Fri, May 8) that blends recreations with real-life interviews with the actual participants in this story about the first gay rights organization in Switzerland.
The modern roller derby gets a lens in Derby Crazy Love (Fri, May 9) from Canadian filmmakers Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott. Now largely women led and organized, the modern roller derby has come a long way from its male-dominated roots to be inclusive, queer-positive, and community oriented, embracing anyone who can slap on a pair of skates and take to the flat track.
Dutch filmmaker Menna Laura Meijer follows on her 2007 documentary Sexy in which teenagers talked about love and sex with her newest documentary 69: Love Sex Senior (Sun, May 11), in which seniors talk about love and sex.
In Garden Lovers (Sun, May 11), Finnish filmmaker Virpi Suutari pays homage to gardens and lovers as couples muse about first love, reincarnation, and mortality. While they may bicker about garden chores and argue about the best way to get rid of goutweed, mostly they talk about their plants and their gardens and marvel at the grip of their mutual obsession.
The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 2-11. Visit http://doxafestival.ca for more information.