Museum + Arts Pass
Museum + Arts Pass (MAP)
This year Inside Out is thrilled to partner with the Toronto Public Library’s MAP (Museum + Arts Pass) Program!
Toronto Public Library MAP Pass holders are eligible for up to 2 free tickets to a select screening at the 2018 Toronto LGBT Film Festival, subject to availability.
If you are a MAP Pass holder, do the following:
- Click on one of the program titles below
- Fill in and submit the pop-up form
- An e-receipt will be emailed to you with your ticket reservation confirmation
To redeem tickets, you must bring in your MAP Pass, e-receipt, and 1 piece of photo ID to the TIFF Box Office at least 15 minutes before the start of your screening.
Note: Ticket reservations close Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
Sunday, June 3, 4:45PM
While Finland is known for its relaxing saunas, a heated stay in one at a summer cottage ignites an affair between two men in Mikki Makela’s steamy and intimate debut feature.
Leevi revisits his hometown of Finland to help renovate the family’s lake house, with the company of Tareq, a lonesome Syrian refugee employed by his father. By way of handy labour and broken language, Leevi and Tareq ‘s affections begin to grow. When Leevi’s father is called away on business, their connection deepens and they discover a shared need to distance themselves from their families in order to live openly. However, the stakes associated with keeping this distance are much higher for Tareq than Leevi is able to grasp.
Capturing the stunning, sun-kissed beauty of the Finnish countryside, A Moment In the Reeds is a tender romance that also digs into the challenges LGBT refugees face in adapting to life in a new country.
Sunday, May 27, 2:15PM
Can drag and boxing meet head on? Set amid the vast, pastel skies of the northwestern landscape, Alaska is a Drag digs deeper into breaking down this hard-hitting query.
After being discovered and recruited by a boxing coach, outsider Leo (Martin L. Washington Jr.) sees an opportunity to break free of the small-town burden of fish canning and getting beat up by bullies. Not to mention the potential of impressing the cute new boy in town, Declan (Matt Dallas.) With the help of his resilient sister Tristen (Youtube star Maya Washington), Leo sets out to pack a good punch but without losing sight of his real dream, drag superstardom.
Shaz Bennett's feature debut stirs a charismatic blend of the joys of friendship, liberty and drag extravagance with the spirit of fighting, perseverance and the will to survive.
Friday, June 1, 7:15PM
Meet Brazilian musician Linn da Quebrada, devoted Black and Trans activist, a self-described gender terrorist and a fierce performer. In Bixa Travesty she bursts onto the screen in all her righteous glory.
Emerging from the favelas of São Paolo, Quebrada is a startlingly original voice who, along with her friend and collaborator, Jup do Bairro, smash gender assumptions and racism with their electrifying live performances. In a series of frank interviews, Quebrada speaks candidly about her experiences as a black trans woman and about her steadfast commitment to self-love. But
Quebrada’s vulnerable side is also revealed through intimate archival footage, including home movies that document her recovery from cancer. Quebrada’s love for her body is especially vital in a society that doesn’t value black or trans bodies. She is bold, confident, and here to stay. The message in Bixa Travesty is one we all need to hear.
Saturday, June 2, 4:45PM
It is a grim truth that Trans women, especially Trans women of colour, are at a disproportionately high risk of violence. Call Her Ganda is a heartbreaking insight into one woman behind these tragic statistics.
In 2014, Jennifer Laude was murdered by an American Marine. This senseless crime revealed the day-to-day dangers Trans women face in the Philippines, compounded by American imperialism; the Visiting Forces Agreement made prosecution of her killer difficult. Three women – Trans activist and journalist Meredith Talusan, lawyer Virgie Suarez, and Jennifer’s mother Julita – search for answers while fighting and seeking justice for Jennifer.
“My life has value,” Julita proudly states, quoting her beloved daughter. In documenting her life, Call Her Ganda magnifies that value in the face of transphobia and post-colonial dissent.
Official Selection, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection, 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
Thursday, May 31, 5:00PM
With Edie Windsor’s case as the catalyst, this rousing documentary takes a closer look at the journey to marriage equality in America.
The great love story of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer first captivated audiences in the documentary Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a recount of the couple’s long journey to legally marry in 2007. However, their story was far from over. When Thea passed away in 2009, Edie was faced with a monstrous estate tax bill of $363,053. Edie was treated like a stranger in inheriting her beloved’s estate. And so began the fight.
Like the diamond brooches Edie and Thea secretly wore as a symbol of their love, To A More Perfect Union encapsulates full-circle moments of LGBTQ civil rights history and will leave audiences feeling inspired to keep on fighting.
Tuesday, May 29, 5:00PM
Genderbende is a one-of-a-kind documentary that holds space for people who don’t fit the gender binary, allowing them to talk freely about their everyday lives.
The film profiles five young people in the Netherlands who identify as non-binary or gender queer. They discuss important issues in their lives such as which bathroom to use, whether to take hormones, and how to accurately reflect their identity on dating apps where male or female are the only gender options. We witness their daily struggles as these young people are constantly besieged by curious strangers.
Recent arguments about pronouns have brought to the world’s attention that not everyone identifies as male or female. But much mainstream coverage ignores the humanity of the people in question. Genderbende pushes against that trend by revealing the human faces and ordinary lives behind these debates.
Friday, May 25, 5:00PM
How do you find meaning, hope and love after becoming victim to a crime that forever changes the course of your life? Laura Marie Wayne’s directorial debut, Love, Scott, poetically explores this question and more.
Love, Scott follows the life of Wayne’s friend, openly gay musician Scott Jones, three years after he was the victim of an attack outside of a club in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Now paralyzed from the waist down, Jones’s curiosity, charm and sense of humour remain intact, as do the family and community that surround him. While this documentary addresses small-town homophobia and the failings of the justice system (the assailant was never charged with a hate crime), Jones’s incredible resilience is very much the heart of the film.
Using old family photos and moving music that includes a soundtrack by Sigur Rós, Wayne creates a tender tribute not only to her dear friend, but to the human spirit.
Official Selection, 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Saturday, May 26, 12:00PM
More than your average competition documentary, Man Made takes us into the heart of transgender male culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love.
Man Made follows four men who are training for Trans Fit Con, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world. The strength on display, however, transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin; Kennie admits to himself and to his loved ones who he is for the first time, and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works continuously to be the man he's always wanted to be, inside and out.
As we follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys, we learn that for each one of them competing is not about winning—it's about being seen.
Sunday, May 27, 12:00PM
Mr. Gay Syria follows two Syrian refugees trying to rebuild their lives and create the largest platform possible to shed light on the refugee crisis and how it effects the LGBTQ community.
Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTQ movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty pageant as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?
With roadblocks at every corner, we witness the struggle for one gay Syrian vying for the title of Mr. Gay World in order to live freely.
Sunday, June 3, 12:00PM
Some actions can never be forgiven, while other inactions are equally unforgivable. Paternal Rites, a searing, personal experimental film by trans filmmaker, Jules Rosskam, sensitively examines how histories of abuse can haunt a family long after the perpetrator has died.
In 1974, Rosskam’s parents set out on a four-month cross-country road trip. In 2013, Rosskam and his partner Alex retraced this trip in an effort to understand the complex dynamics of Jules’ dysfunctional family. Footage from the trip is interspersed with home movies, animation, and audio from interviews with Rosskam’s parents and his partner. Throughout these startlingly intimate dialogues, Jules tries to reconnect with his parents, despite their inadequate responses to his trauma.
Paternal Rites is a thoughtful, nuanced examination of the aftermath of abuse.
Saturday, May 26, 9:30PM
Working closely with director Nicolas Videla to create an authentic and highly entertaining script, Manu Guevara shines as a trans immigrant living through her final days in France before returning to her native Chile.
Piloting the occasionally hostile Parisian streets, dancing through traffic, or ruminating on the necessity of mascara or the travails of sex, Manu is a genuine eccentric. Dressed in a fur coat and sunglasses, and with a whole lot of sass, she navigates former and potential lovers with grace and wisdom beyond her years.
It is Guevara’s performance, underlined by the film’s impressive understanding of the human condition, that makes The Devil’s Magnificent so fresh. Even in the film’s darkest moments, Manu sparkles.
Friday, June 1, 4:45PM
Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada’s public service and military homosexual purge are now united and determined.
After the Second World War, Canada, and much of the Western world, became preoccupied with national security. Against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia, Canada began investigating federal employees who might be susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality, along with drunkenness and adultery, was considered a “character weakness” and became grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the directive of the newly established Security Panel. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined.
The despair born in those pop-up interrogation rooms has long-paralyzed these public servants and military members. The Fruit Machine is their film, a story of hope and of a country’s struggle to do the right thing.
Wednesday, May 30, 5:00PM
Sometimes the decisions we make when we are young are meaningless and will have no effect on our lives as adults. But sometimes these decisions mean everything. They is a groundbreaking film that takes a penetrating look at one teenager who is at a very significant fork in the road.
Fourteen-year-old J (Rhys Fehrenbacher) lives in the suburbs of Chicago with their parents. They have been taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty, but after two years of medication and therapy they must decide whether or not to move forward with their transition. One crucial weekend, J’s sister Lauren (Nicole Coffineau) and her partner Araz (Koohyar Hosseini) arrive to look after them and, in the process, help and hinder as J prepares for a life-changing decision.
Executive-produced by Jane Campion, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s feature debut is a beautiful and intimate examination of one young person’s path to living authentically.
Saturday, June 2, 11:45AM
Between 1972 and 1980, at the height of its popularity, Ms. Magazine was being read by women from all walks of life, thousands having written letters to the publication expressing both gratitude and annoyance at the magazine’s take on feminist issues.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Irene Lusztig collects a sampling of these letters (most of which were never published) and captures everyday women reading them out loud. This simple concept delivers profound results. Although much has changed in the past forty years, societal issues—and issues within the feminist movement that include racism, homophobia and transphobia—still plague the lives of women today.
Director Lusztig calls Yours in Sisterhood as much a study in “unfinished business” in the work of feminism as it is a cinematic love letter to the powerful resolve of women whose voices are finally being heard.
Official Selection, 2018 Berlin International Film Festival
BOLD celebrates voices outside the mainstream. This program offers a fresh perspective, exploring the complexities of the black experience in all its diversity, humour, pain and triumph.
Talk the Ting
Director: Shelby Zoe Coley
USA | 2017 | 44:00
Talk the Ting follows the London-based podcasting collective SISTREN, rendering an intimate portrait of black sisterhood.
A Drop of Sun Under the Earth
Director: Shikeith Cathey
USA | 2017 | 9:00
In this short experimental film, a shy black boy turns emotional and sexual trauma into dreams about love.
Fran This Summer
Director: Mary Evangelista
USA | 2017 | 10:00
Teenage lovebirds, sensitive Francis and skater girlfriend Angie, spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.
Director: Jevon Boreland
Canada | 2018 | 10:00
Go behind the scenes with Mz. Lady Ice as she reveals the struggles and triumphs that come with being a female exotic dancer.
This collection of trans short films celebrates the diverse voices of the trans community. From Austria to Tonga, from France to the Philippines, witness global trans activists as they take a stand in these inspiring stories of perseverance, courage and strength.
Director: Clara Stern
Austria | 2017 | 30:00
German with English subtitles
Mathias must find his way in his new identity as he struggles in a new job and a long-term relationship.
Director: Adam Golub
USA | 2017 | 9:00
Portuguese with English subtitles
This experimental portraiture seeks to preserve the spirit of Dandara Zainabo, a 19-year-old trans activist living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Directors: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
USA/Tonga | 2017 | 11:00
In the Kingdom of Tonga, traditional culture clashes with modern religious zealotry. On the eve of the biggest day in her life, a young transgender beauty contestant is given an ultimatum by her Mormon family.
Director: Benjamin Lemaire
France | 2017 | 3:00
French with English subtitles
Months ago, I came out to my parents as transgender. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful.
Astri and Tambulah Director: Xeph Suarez
Philippines | 2017 | 19:00
Filipino with English subtitles
Astri and Tambulah are deeply in love. Everything seems perfect except that Bajao traditions require Astri to marry a woman she hardly knows.
Director: Shelley Thompson
Canada | 2017 | 10:00
Miranda realizes that her child can only become the woman she is by defying her father and leaving their farm, but not without first gifting her daughter a beloved heirloom.
For Nonna Anna
Director: Luis De Filippis
Canada | 2017 | 14:00
As a young trans woman cares for her Italian grandmother,she discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.
Director: Mahaliyah O
USA | 2018 | 23:00
A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family when a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.
Director: Ellie Rogers
UK | 2017 | 16:00
Sarah arrives at her father’s apartment earlier than expected, only to come face to face with his hired escort.
The Morning After
Director: Lauren Minnerath
USA | 2018 | 14:00
A young woman introduces her African-American girlfriend to her conservative father on the morning after the 2016 election
Director: Ria Tobaccowala
USA | 2017 | 13:00
While packing up her daughter's apartment, a single mother discovers how little she knew about her only child’s life.
Directors: Sean Horlor, Steve Adams
Canada | 2017 | 11:00
Brunch Queen follows a hilarious gay couple (who can't stand each other's company but are still very much in love) as they prepare for the opening night of a musical based on their infamous insult diner.
3 Siblings (3 Irmãos)
Director: Sheena Rossiter
Canada | 2017 | 23:00
Three siblings of varying gender identities and sexual orientations bring us into their world during São Paulo's LGBT Pride Month.
USA | 2017 | 10:00
Home Made is an intimate, contemplative portrait of two queer tattoo artists navigating an industry that is traditionally dominated by white, straight, cisgender males.
Director: Erin Batchelder
USA | 2017 | 26:00
This handmade documentary sheds light on the multigenerational impact of the AIDS crisis on one Irish Catholic family.
Directors: Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira
Sweden | 2018 | 18:00
Swedish with English subtitles
Juck follows the Swedish movement created by a group of women seeking to exercise their freedom of expression and expand perspectives on femininity and gender.
Lions in Waiting
Director: Jason Karman
Canada 2017 18:00
The newest member of a minor league hockey team fights for ice time after being hazed, and ultimately finds the courage to be comfortable in his own skin.
Director: Gabrielle Demers
Canada 2017 10:00
French with English subtitles
As the storm outside rages, a special lust for Laura grows inside Emanuelle.
Director: Daniel McIntyre
Canada 2018 8:00
Peeling back the shrouded image, Exhumation is a film that reanimates lost desire.
Director: Lesley Johnson
Canada 2017 8:00
Two high school girls navigate the blurred lines between friendship and love.
Everything Must Go, My Love
Director: Jocelyn Roy
Canada 2017 10:00
A young intellectual and his boyfriend witness the destruction of the neighbourhood movie theatre where they fell in love.
Director: Marc-Antoine Lemire
Canada 2017 23:00
French with English subtitles
Longtime best friends, Alexe and Carl resolve to take their relationship to a new level where they have sex for the first time.
Silvia in the Waves
Director: Giovana Olmos
Canada 2017 13:00
French with English subtitles
Through mourning, a family is finally able to truly know Silvia.
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