QUEER NORTH FILM FESTIVAL
June 15-18th, 2017

Screening Venues: McEwen School of Architecture Sudbury Secondary-Sheridan Auditorium

where diversity meets acceptance

Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op is delighted to present: Queer North Film Festival, currently the only queer film festival in Northern Ontario. QUEER NORTH celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited communities through quality cinema.

This inaugural year, the festival will span 4 days in June drawing crowds from across the region with film premieres, artist talks, events and parties that focus squarely on queer-themed films from Canada and around the world.

Queer North Film Festival will be of great interest to queer communities across the region as well as film-lovers, as we bring to Sudbury a number of noteworthy works which otherwise would not be seen on the large screen. QUEER NORTH will present a powerful program of international short films, documentary and feature fiction works.

We are also delighted to announce the RBC BEST OF SHOW AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD.


TICKETS AND PASSES ON SALE HERE

CAROL by Todd Haynes

with Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara

DRAMA

Friday 7pm

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.


Nominated for 6 Oscars.
Another 59 wins & 208 nominations.

THOSE PEOPLE by Joey Kuhn

with Jonathan Gordon and Jason Ralph

DRAMA

Friday 9pm

On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.


WINNER NEWFEST 2015 Audience Award
Best Narrative Feature

WINNER OUTFEST 2015 Audience Award
Best Narrative Feature

PEARL OF AFRICA by Jonny von Wallstrom

DOCUMENTARY

Saturday 3pm

In a feature length documentary, we embark on a life-changing journey following Cleo who seeks to shine light on the intricate concepts of her gender identity in Uganda, in the midst of fierce anti-LGBTQ legislation.


Toronto Star  - Three Trans Stories that go beyond Caitlyn Jenner

Daily Xtra  - The hottest gay films at Hot Docs 2016

TWO 4 ONE by Maureen Bradley

with Gavin Crawford and Naomi Snieckus

ROMANTIC COMEDY

CLOSING FEATURE: Sunday 3pm

Two 4 One is a bittersweet comedic drama that sees a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament: when transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together— and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.


With 5 festival wins plus 12 nominations: best actor, best film, best script, best direction… at both mainstream and queer festivals.

PRIDE  by Matthew Warchus

with Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, and Dominic West

HISTORICAL DRAMEDY

OPENING FEATURE Thursday 6:30pm

It’s the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners, but there is a problem: the Union leaders seem embarrassed to receive their support.

But the activists are not deterred. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising partnership.


Nominated for a Golden Globe

Another 8 wins & 16 nominations.

FIRE SONG by Adam Garnet Jones

With Ma-Nee Chacaby, Morteesha Chickekoo-Bannon, Brendt Thomas Diabo, Mary Galloway

DRAMA

Saturday 9pm

Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister's suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family's home and his own future.


WINNER 2015 Air Canada Audience Choice Award, imagineNATIVE

Best Narrative Feature  ReelOut Film Festival

TWO SOFT THINGS
TWO HARD THINGS   by Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa

DOCUMENTARY

Sunday 1:15pm

As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively 'unshaming' their past.


Enjoying its World Premiere this June 3rd at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival- next stop: QUEER NORTH!

SUICIDE KALE by Carly Usdin

With Britani Nichols, Brianna Baker, Lindsay Hicks and Hayley Huntley

COMEDY

Saturday 7pm

A simple lesbian couples lunch turns into a catastrophe when Jasmine and Penn, a new couple with an uncertain future, find an anonymous suicide note at the home of the happiest couple they know. Suicide Kale is an indie gem, smartly written, well-acted, endearing little slice of queer girl life.


BEST FEATURE - Queer Hippo Film Festival

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

All Film Screenings at Sudbury Secondary- Sheridan Auditorium 154 College St, Sudbury


Thursday June 23 - 6:30pm  Opening Feature: PRIDE

9:00PM Opening Gala Party at Sudbury Theatre Centre Lounge


Friday June 24 - 7:00pm  CAROL

9:00PM PARIS 5:59 Theo and Hugo

Tinder/Grinder Party at Zig’s- 9:30PM onwards.


Sat. June 25 - 1:15pm   BEST OF QUEER SHORTS PROGRAMME

3:15pm   PEARL OF AFRICA

7:00pm   SUICIDE KALE

7:00pm   Fire SONG

After-Party at Upstairs After Hours


Sunday June 26 – 9:00AM  Morning Run Lake Ramsey

11:00AM Hangover Brunch: TBA

1:15PM   TWO SOFT THINGS, TWO HARD THINGS

3:00PM   Closing Feature: TWO 4 ONE

Contact

Derek Young

Board Chair

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Beth Mairs

Managing Director

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