The 15th annual Reelout Queer Film Festival was held January 20th- February 8th, 2014 where we “REELived” stories past. Our RBC/Reelout opening gala film was Anna Margarita Albelo‘s comedy WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF? Guests this year included Eric Henry (Seek), Chase Joynt (I’m Yours), Jason Sharman(Happy Birthday Chad!) , various guests for the IN YOUR POCKET: WHAT’S YOUR SEX? shorts program curated by Marcin Wisniewski at the Union Gallery, Sarah Rotella and Adrianna DiLionardo (Gay Women Will Marry Your Girlfriend and My Lesbian Friends), Dayna McLeod (Ultimate Sub Ultimate Dom, That’s Right Diana Barry You Need Me, Nothing Compares To You), Thirza Cuthand (Helpless Maiden Makes an “I” Statement, Boi oh Boi), Mark Pariselli (Severed), Myriam Fougere (Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution), & Laine Newman (You’re Not My Target Audience).
The 14th Reelout Queer Film Festival was cheekily dedicated as “FOR TEENs” and ran January 31-February 10th, 2013. The cover photo, a queer riff on The Breakfast Club was photographed by Rai Allen. This was an absolutely MASSIVE festival thanks to additional funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation however it was almost a MASSIVE DISASTER due to extreme blizzard conditions. Our opening gala film was Struck By Lightning by Chris Colfer and included an after-screening youth prom called SNOWBALL. Check out the link to our guide to see all the amazing films and guests that attended!
The 13th annual Reelout Queer Film Festival was held January 26 to February 5, 2012. The theme for the festival was “camp” and we incorporated an actual “camp” to tie-in with our 13th annual festival. Our posters and program guides were homages to the Friday the 13th horror film franchise with a drag queen Jason Vorhees.
Thom Fitzgerald‘s Cloudburst was the opening gala film with Thom in attendance. Mark Kenneth Woods and Alexis Mitchell came to discuss camp aesthetic; Mark Pariselli, Beth Mairs, Stephane T. Boutet, I. Alex Abramovich, Jessica MacCormak, Amy Seigel, Michael Allen Angel, Matt Miwa, Lesley Marshall and Sonia Hong attended and engaged with audiences. A special presentation by AGIR Montreal screened 13 different videos made by queer refugees Memories to Reality (Du Souvenir a la Realite). We programmed a silent films program called SHHHorts featuring the film The Glitter Emergency with filmmaker Paul Festa accompanying the film on violin.
The 12th annual Reelout Queer Film Festival was held January 27th to February 5th, 2011. The opening gala film was Korea’s A Frozen Flower followed by our Epic Movie Masquerade at the Renaissance featuring Ottawa’s iconic drag queen, Dixie Landers. Shorts programs included Different Strokes & Sexy Folks that included guest Morgan Sea and Carla Coma (Causality Cluck). Mike Hoolboom presented his documentary Mark ; Tess Vo presented her doc Our Compass; Auden Cody Newman screened their short Tomboys and Indians, Billy Merasty, the star of the quirky Honey Moccasin attended the screening; and Daniel McIntyre attended his screening of It Only Hurts When I Cry. We had a focus on films from India (The Best of Kashish Mumbai) and South Africa (Out in Africa). This year was most notable for controversy caused by screening A Marine Story, a feature narrative that argued to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the U.S. Activists rallied against Reelout to pull the film as they believed it supported the prison/military industrial complex and promoting queer bodies into war. This was also the 2nd time Reelout utilized the commercial Famous Player’s movie theatre downtown where the feature films Violet Tendencies and Undertow were screened.
The 11th annual Reelout Film Festival was held January 28-February 6, 2010. This was the first year with Matt Salton as Executive Director of the organization and Vincent Perez as the festival’s Graphic Designer. Our opening gala film was a series of mostly experimental short films from Vancouver in honour of their hosting of the Winter Olympics with Amber Dawn, the programming director of Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival followed by an opening gala party at the Renaissance featuring DJ Haircut and the Toronto power-pop band Parkside. We also hosted folk music icon Ferron and screened the film Ferron: Girl On A Road by Gerry Rogers and Adam Garnet Jones and his short film Secret Weapons. John Greyson stopped by to host questions after the screening of his film Fig Trees; we had focuses on Spain, China and the United Kingdom; Jamie Travis attended his screening of The Armoire; we held a Sing A Long Wizard of Oz and Owen Eric Wood and Ali El-Darsa also attended screenings of their short experimental works in THE OUTAVATORS hosted by Erik Martinson from Vtape.
The 10th anniversary of the Reelout festival ran from January 29th to February 8th in 2009. The festival and programming director was Carla Henderson. This was the year that Reelout in Schools officially became a working project thanks to the help of our coordinator Agatha Zarzycka. The opening gala film was Were The World Mine by Tom Gustafson with the short film DINX by Trevor Anderson followed by A Midwinter Night’s Dream party at The Grad Club. Reelout hosted Gentleman Reg with P.S. I Love You at the Next Church; the feature film Mulligans was screened with the film’s star/director Charlie David in attendance, Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott attended their screening of their doc Punch Like A Girl; and a special Centrepiece Gala focused on Kingston’s homegrown talent (KINGSTON’S STILL BURNING) including films by James Fowler, Brian O’Neill, Jim Verburg, Thomas Rogers, Rafaela and Faryl, Matt Salton, Sandra Jass, Jessica Lindal, Matt MacLellan and Ryan Crouchman.
The 9th annual Reelout Queer Film Festival was held January 24th-February 3rd, 2008. The theme this year was Coast to Coast. The opening gala film was Nina’s Heavenly Delights and the short film No Bikini by Claudia Morgando Escanilla based on a short short by Ivan E. Coyote with Coyote in attendance. The after-party was held at The Grad Club featuring food catered by Paulina’s Curry Mix. Filmmaker Gwen Haworth engaged with audiences after her film screening She’s A Boy I Knew; Halifax filmmaker Jacob Owens presented his heart-warming Copain Trilogy; former Reelout collective member Matt Salton, at this time, the Festival Director of Calgary’s FairyTales Film Festival curated a shorts package called Fairies From The Prairies; Loree Erikson (Want), Alexis Mitchell and Chelsey Lichtman (Rubb My Chubb: Fat Activism and the Fat Femme Mafia), Michelle Pearson Clarke (Black Men & Me) Roewan Crowe (Queer Grit) were in attendance for their shorts in the program “Sugar & Spice & Everything Naughty” with a panel discussion at the Agnes Etherington Gallery.
The 8th annual Reelout Queer Film Festival was held January 25-February 4, 2007. It was the first festival helmed by Festival Director, Pam Thompson and Directors of Programming Lenny Epstein and Carla Henderson. The opening gala film was The Gymnast and was screened at the Empire Capitol 7 cinema (another first). Filmmaker Tori Foster was in attendance with their film 533 Statements; Rowan Ramsay presented their doc Coming Out Again about lesbians living with cancer; filmmaker Denis Langlois presented his feature film Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma. Shorts compilations included “Rug Burn” (women’s shorts); “Queer and Abroad” (local and international shorts). There was also a Gender Blender party after a screening of Filthy Gorgeous, The Trannyshack Story at Shay Foo Foo.
The 7th annual Reelout Film Festival took place January 26th to February 5th, 2006. The festival was split up into two weekends, the first was held on Queen’s University campus and the 2nd weekend was held at the downtown movie theatre, The Screening Room. Visiting filmmakers in attendance included Maya Gallus whose film Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality was followed by a panel discussion lead by Dr. Sue Hendler that also included Toronto artists Lisa Foad and now bestselling author Zoe Whittall. The opening gala film was Neil Jordan‘s Breakfast on Pluto with the gala party at The Grad Club with DJ Tiger Stylez with the 2nd floor featuring a cabaret by the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP). We had our first digital youth project workshop instructed by Colleen Ayoup and James Greatrex with help from Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre. We had a shorts program called “Canadian Beaver Tales” with filmmakers in attendance Martha Newbigging (Solo), Thomas Rogers (Janice), Alexis Mitchell (Gender ProNone), and Carla Henderson (Love Without Limits) followed by a cheesecake reception in the Biosciences Atrium. Justine Pimlott came to the festival to present her documentary Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men; Scott Berry and Chris Kennedy from Pleasure Dome presented archival queer classics on 16mm and Super 8 at the Kingston Public Library (When We Were Very Young); there was a focus on shorts from South Africa, filmmaker Richard Bell presented his feature narrative Eighteen; we threw a Midnight Moustache Masquerade where everyone got a fake moustache with admission and we had our version of The Dating Game; we screened a shorts compilation called “The Hung & The Restless” and we shone the spotlight on the works of Cassandra Nicolaou including her feature thriller Show Me and other short works including Interviews with My Next Girlfriend.
The sixth annual Reelout Film Festival took place January 27-February 5, 2005. This would mark the first time the festival moved to our current time of year in the dead of winter. This would also be the first post-reelout collective and first festival as a non profit with a paid Festival Director – Lenny Epstein and paid Programming Director – Matt Salton. The opening gala film was the Canadian feature Everyone by Bill Marchant (in attendance) with an after-party at Shay Foo Foo Martini Lounge & Dance Bar. Short film compilations included “Lust, Love & Laughter” (a lesbian Triple “L” adventure), Sex, Guys & Videotape (sexy guy shorts) which included the jaw-dropping short The Milk Man by Ken Takahshi. The festival amped up its feature presentations over shorts programs featuring the horror film Hellbent, the comedies Eating Out, Merci Docteur Rey and Goldfish Memory and documentaries that included Let No One Put Asunder with filmmaker Alexis Fosse Mackintosh in attendance.