The dates are set for the 27th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival as organizers announced that local movie screens will once again turn a shade of pink this August.
The 11-day festival, the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver, will take place at various locations around the city this year from August 13-23. Celebrating the independent queer cinema from around the world, in addition to queer films, the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival also features a variety of performances, panels and workshops.
“We’re thrilled to continue to open conversations around gender identity and expression, and queer lives globally,” says Drew Dennis, Executive Director of the festival. “It’s our role to help create inclusive communities through the power of film.”
The 2015 festival will feature 80 films from 20 countries that includes everything from transgender trailblazers to queer con artists.
“Each year the best in queer cinema keeps getting better, driving the conversations deeper and deeper,” says Director of Festival Programming, Shana Myara. “This year, we’re inspired by Peter Greenaway’s latest, and perhaps cheekiest film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato and its theme of personal revolutions.”
Also on tap this year is the documentary The Cult of JT Leroy. A teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, Leroy was encouraged by a therapist to write his life story. Buoyed by a cadre of celebrities, he published three critically acclaimed books, but as his fame skyrocketed, the shocking truth emerged: JT was not what he seemed. Misled like many others, American filmmaker Marjorie Sturm attempts to untangle what really happened.
A third highlight comes from director Erica Tremblay as she explores the world of the roller derby in her documentary film In The Turn. The award-winning documentary follows Crystal, a 10-year-old transgender girl growing up in rural Canada, as she navigates the difficult and complicated world that surrounds her. After being denied the right to join local athletics teams due to her gender, Crystal and her mom serendipitously discover the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players. The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey.
Tickets and the schedule for the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival will be available online soon. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for more information.