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April 23 2015

April 23, 2015
April 23 2015
April 23 2015


First Titles Announced for 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival


Opening Gala 
May 21 | TIFF Bell Lightbox

Paul Weitz (USA)

In GrandmaLily Tomlin plays Elle, a silver-tongued misanthrope coping with the loss of her long-time partner. When Elle’s teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner) needs her help with an unwanted pregnancy, the two of them go on a day-long journey that forces Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.

The film features an all-star cast including Marcia Gay HardenSam ElliottJudy GreerLaverne Cox and up-and-coming actress Julia Garner.


Closing Gala 
May 31 | TIFF Bell Lightbox

John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler (Canada) World Premiere

Elsie, a fortysomething television producer and serial monogamist, is beginning to feel restless in yet another long-term relationship. She decides it is time to break up with her girlfriend and pursue the young DJ/barista she has had her eye on. After successfully landing who she thought was the girl of her dreams, Elsie is faced with the disapproval of her friends and family and the growing realization that she may have broken up with her soulmate.

Stellar cast of Canadian talent featuring Diane Flacks, Vag Halen’s Vanessa DunnGavin Crawford and Sabrina Jalees.

Other Festival Highlights Include:

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Sophie Deraspe (Canada)

When Montrealer Sandra Bagaria met Syrian Amina Arraf on an online dating site, she fell hard. When Amina is kidnapped in 2011, Sandra frantically does everything she can to help her girlfriend. Seamlessly meshing together news footage, interviews and atmospheric scenes, Sophie Deraspe’s documentary is filled with more twists and turns than a fast-paced Hollywood thriller.


Parvez Sharma (USA/Saudi Arabia/India)

Is it possible for a gay man to be a good Muslim? Filmmaker Parvez Sharma (A JIHAD FOR LOVE) turns the camera on himself, documenting his journey on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which all Muslims are required to fulfill at least once in their lifetime. A SINNER IN MECCA is a captivating portrait of a man struggling to integrate religion and sexuality, and a moving call for Islam’s reformation.

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Jim Chuchu (Kenya)

Made by The NEST Collective, a Kenyan multidisci- plinary collective, the film is based on an archive of stories from LGBT Kenyans. Shot in luminous black and white, these universal but specific vignettes give urgent voice to LGBT people who so rarely have the chance to represent themselves.

Teddy Special Jury award, 2015 Berlin Film Festival.

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Shonali Bose (India)

Laila is a rebellious aspiring writer with cerebral palsy. When she wins a scholarship to NYU she packs her bags and moves to Manhattan. At university she meets Khanum, a blind Pakistani woman whose unabashed queerness awakens Sapphic feelings in Laila. As their love blossoms, Laila struggles with opening up to her mother but, as it turns out, her mother has a secret of her own—one that will lead to a crisis for Laila and Khanum.

Winner of the NETPAC award, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Mark Christopher (USA)

In 1998, director Mark Christopher created a cinematic ode to the lavish excesses and drug-fuelled hedonism that took place behind the velvet rope of the world’s most glamorous nightclub. Producers demanded changes to the film following test-audience reactions and ultimately cut forty-five minutes, replacing it with twenty-five minutes of new scenes.

Complete Festival Programming Revealed April 30

Tickets will be available at insideout.ca or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Member Only Box Office: May 5 & 6 | Public Box Office: May 7


25th Anniversary Launch Party on April 30th

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New Launch Party Venue: St. James Cathedral Centre

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Launch Party 
April 30, 2015 | 7:30PM 
St. James Cathedral Centre (65 Church St. Toronto)

Save the date, films fans!

The 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival kicks into full gear with ourLaunch Party on April 30th. Celebrate 25 years of Inside Out and the Toronto Festival at our new venue: St. James Cathedral Centre. Be the first to see our complete Festival programming and party with the who's who of 
Toronto's film community.

Very special guests The B-Girlz and DJs Craig Dominic,Sammy Royale and Regina the Gentlelady will be out and about to keep the party going.

Projections by Roxanne Luchak.

Please RSVP to festival@insideout.ca by April 29.

Hosted by Charlie David

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2015 Membership Deadline: April 27 for Guide Home Delivery

Getting the 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival Program Guide delivered to your door is just one of the many benefits of being an Inside Out Member. The deadline to become a Member to ensure home delivery is April 27—this gives you ample time to check out this year’s fabulous program and take full advantage of Member-Only Box Office on May 5 and 6. There’s a membership to meet everyone’s needs and budget.

Become an Inside Out Member now to enjoy great benefits, expanded access and unforgettable experiences.

Waiting for your Membership card and package?

Membership packages will be mailed out the week of April 27.


Inside Out 25th Anniversary Retrospective Series: THE HANGING GARDEN

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Wednesday, May 6 | 7:30pm 
TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto)

The Hanging Garden 
Thom Fitzgerald | Canada/United Kingdom | 1997 | 91:00

Special Intro and Q+A with Thom Fitzgerald

After ten years of being estranged from his family, Sweet William returns home to Nova Scotia for his sister's wedding. The past lingers as his sister’s new husband, Fletcher, flirts shamelessly with William, bringing back memories of the painful relationship they once shared. When his mother disappears, William must confront the haunting visions of his past and the unfinished business he left behind.

Winner of three 1997 Genie Awards 
Winner, 1997 TIFF People’s Choice Award 
Winner, 1997 Atlantic Film Festival Audience Award – Best Film


Funding for Retro Series provided by:

Through the Pride and Remembrance Run, the Foundation provides financial support for projects of registered charities that benefit the LGBTQ community.

Funding for 25th Anniversary programming provided by:

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Ottawa Screening: Francois Ozon's THE NEW GIRLFRIEND

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Thursday, May 7 | 6:45pm 
ByTowne Cinema (Ottawa)

The New GIrlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) 
François Ozon | France | 2014 | 107:00

The latest film from French auteur Ozon is a layered meditation on friendship, loss, desire and identity that skilfully shifts between psychological drama and playful farce.

Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) is grieving the recent loss of her lifelong best friend, who has left behind a husband, David (Romain Duris), and a newborn baby. Battling through a fog of depression and a lack of responsiveness from her own husband, she feels an obligation to support David and help take care of his child.

When Claire unexpectedly drops by at David’s suburban home she makes a startling discovery about the form his grief has taken. At first shocked and resistant, then progressively seduced, she ultimately finds an outlet for her own crippling anguish and repressed desires in David’s new and carefree expression.

French with English subtitles

Tickets - available at ByTowne Cinema 
$12 Public / $8 ByTowne Members


Seeking: Festival Volunteers, Photographers, Videographer


Inside Out is now seeking Homestay Hosts and Festival Drivers

Friends, Torontonians, film-lovers... lend us your homes, lend us your time!

Next month, Toronto will be invaded by filmmakers from all corners of the planet and they will be in need of shelter. If you have an extra bed that you could make available to an out-of-town guest, please let us know! Any availability is good - one night, two nights, or even the entire run of the festival. Our Homestay Program is a very special part of our festival hospitality and it's a great way to meet the artists and be involved with the Festival.

As well, volunteers with a car that would be willing to make trips to the airport are needed to help welcome our guests to Toronto as a part of our Festival Drivers Program. All volunteers will be rewarded with undying gratitude and tickets to screenings at this year’s festival (as well as gas/parking money for drivers).

If you are able to host a festival guest at your home and/or offer driving time, please get in touch with our Guest Relations Coordinator, Kat Hidalgo at 416-977-6847 ex. 26, or via email atguest@insideout.ca.

The 25th Annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival runs from May 21 to May 31, 2015.

Volunteer Orientation Sessions

Orientation sessions for NEW volunteers to our Festival are coming up: 
Saturday, May 2 (2:30pm-4:30pm) 
Monday, May 4 (6:30pm-8:30pm) 
Thursday, May 14 (6:30pm-8:30pm).

Please contact Steen Starr at volunteer@insideout.ca to register!

27 and Under? Become a Youth Reporter!

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1. 2015 Insider Pass, providing access to Festival events, parties and screenings 
2. Two tickets to the Closing Night Gala

Application Deadline: May 6, 2015