They say that a real lady doesn’t kiss and tell. For filmmaker Jackie Hoffart that idiom is thrown out the window with her film short, Kiss and Tell, which receives its premiere at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s The Coast is Queer.
In the aptly named short, Hoffart has taken eight romantic moments from her life and transformed them into what she describes as a five minute experimental documentary short.
“It’s inspired by that feeling when you walk down the street and your mind goes back to a memory of that particular place,” she says. “This is a story of eight specific romantic encounters that happened at eight different street corners in Vancouver.”
Having recently broken up with someone at the time she conceived the film, Hoffart says the initial inspiration came from a specific corner that she drove by multiple times each day on her way to and from her home.
“It reminded me of a very special part of the relationship,” she says. “I felt like I needed to take a look at how that place had an effect on me.”
But before you think it has everything to do with finally being able to move on from the people connected to each of the intersections, Hoffart admits that she has shared the film with a number of the romantic entanglements that are featured in the vignettes.
“I’ve shared the film with four of the people, and they have all been quite pleased by my portrayal of them in film,” she says. “By the time the film screens I will have shared with another two. There are two though that I am not able to contact.”
Claiming that reconnecting with the eight people in the film wasn’t an essential part of the filmmaking process, she does admit it has given her a different perspective on each of the vignettes.
“I completely shifted how I feel about those places and the people,” she says. “It’s helped me to come to peace with what the relationships were about. In some ways it has reconnected me with the people in the film and I hope that emotion comes through.”
The road to the Queer Film Festival for Hoffart has been more than a decade in the making. Having originally graduated from UBC with an arts degree, Hoffart left the country for a number of years and found herself with a marketing job that she found less than inspiring. Returning to Vancouver to attend Langara College’s film arts program, Hoffart is currently working in the growing local film industry. But while she may be working on some exciting projects, like a recent Steven Spielberg motion capture film, she is hopeful that it is a springboard to making her own films.
“There is a difference between paying the rent and being creative,” she says.
Kiss and Tell plays as part of The Coast is Queer at the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Friday, August 14. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for tickets and information.