AWOLdirected by Deb Shoval | November 5th
A young woman is in search of direction in her small town. A visit to an army recruiting office appears to provide a path, but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipates.
BETTER HALFdirected by Michelle Clay | November 6th
For years, Tony and Leo have been a happy couple. They had always talked about having a child… someday. So when a sickly infant is abandoned at a local hospital, Tony sees it as a sign. Suddenly, Leo imust face his deep-seeded fears of being a father, or risk losing Tony altogether.
FIRST GIRL I LOVEDdirected by Kerem Sanga | November 4th
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton – who has always harbored a secret crush – he does his best to get in the way. WINNER: 2016 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Award.
MULTIPLE MANIACSdirected by John Waters | November 3rd
John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theatres at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.
PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGOdirected by Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau | November 5th
Theo and Hugo meet each other in a sex club in Paris. After building a special connection while having sex, the meet outside the club where they realize they had unprotected sex. Think BEFORE SUNRISE…with an orgy!
SLASHdirected by Clay Liford | November 4th
Freshman Neil’s Vanguard stories are all he cares about…until he meets the older Julia, who pushes him to put his own fan fic online. When the website’s moderator takes a special interest in Neil’s work, it opens up a whole new universe.
Congratulations to Eric Schaeffer and the entire cast and crew of BOY MEETS GIRL – facing some great competition this weekend, BOY MEETS GIRL has emerged victorious as our first-ever Rainbow Visions Audience Award WINNER!
RAINBOW VISIONS is thrilled to be partnering with the QUEER MEDIA DATABASE to present an exciting weekend of programming for our first edition! Here’s what we have in store…
The Queer Media Database Canada-Québec celebrates the Rainbow Visions Festival’s inaugural edition with a double bill of archival shorts and canonical features by three unforgettable artists: Stanley Jackson, Claude Jutra, and Bruce LaBruce. From a closeted NFB narrative to 60s vérité hybridity and 80s punk experimentalism, this capsule program is a window into our archive and a rare opportunity to see the remastered Jutra and undying LaBruce.
DIRECTOR BRUCE LABRUCE IN ATTENDANCE!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th @ Metro Cinema (Times TBD)
I Know What It’s Like to be Dead – Bruce LaBruce. 1989, 15 minutes.
Recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art retrospective held in honour of LaBruce, this gritty self-portrait provides insight into the gay cineaste’s pre-narrative phase. A self-portrait and meditation on mortality from one of Canada’s most revered and enduring mavericks.
Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy’s Home Movies – Bruce LaBruce & Candy Parker. 1988, 12 minutes.
Zombies, skins, serial killers, organs, oral, “borrowed” sound: many motifs that will come to define LaBruce’s oeuvre are presented here as a Super8 collage as if made by the children of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. A must-see from the LaBruce/Parker collaboration that has been screened at Museums and festivals worldwide comes to Edmonton for the first time ever!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th @ Metro Cinema – 9:00pm
Otto; or Up with Dead People - Bruce LaBruce, 2008, 95 minutes
The 2008 zombie flick Otto; or Up with Dead People marks a partial shift in LaBruce’s career, from ultra-underground art film and explicit porn to “art-gorn.” Premiered at Sundance, this feature centers on Otto, a teenage vegetarian zombie with an identity crisis. On the road to Berlin, Otto meets the underground director Medea Yarn, who decides to make a documentary on him while she finishes up a gay political zombie porn, Up with Dead People.
À tout prendre – Claude Jutra, 1963, 99 minutes, Cinémathèque québécoise. (FR original with EN subtitles by Leonard Cohen.)
A semiautobiographical experimental narrative shows a privileged young filmmaker named Claude who is passionately involved with a black model named Johanne, who suddenly guesses that he likes boys. He strolls with Johanne up the Mountain, the famous gay cruising area, where he fantasizes that the couple is attacked by a leatherman biker. Johanne gets pregnant, Claude dumps her, and the relationship dissolves in narcissism, rejection, and bitterness. Canada’s first explicitly gay-themed feature film is a nouvelle vague masterpiece that conjures a Québécois Truffaut or Cassavettes.
Cornet at Night – Stanley Jackson, 1963, 14 minutes
Based on a short story by Sinclair Ross (1939), a Prairies queer coming-of-age haunted by operatic melodies. “With Cornet at Night, Ross had still not yet been canonized by McClelland & Stewart – much less come out as a geriatric ‘gay lib’ figurehead.”(Thomas Waugh). A pantheistic rural universe hums along to the uncanny trumpet blowing by the blonde city boy who doesn’t know how to stook.