The Other Side of Consciousness:
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Films
This workshop, as part of Session 2 Workshops at the nsjf 2010, will feature 8 short films that combine media, story-telling and honesty to engage with issues of sexuality, race, disability, gender, family, love, loss, Diaspora, home and self-acceptance. This event will be a space for those that identify as LGBTQ, questioning, and/or allies to gather and watch LGBTQ stories. It will also facilitate discussion around filmmaking as a tool for social change, particularly as it applies to marginalized communities. The structure of the event is 65 – 70 minutes of film screenings, followed by a 20 – 25 minute Question and Answer period. *Q & A to follow with directors Onyinyechukwu Udegbe and Cristina Murano.
7 of the 8 films are products of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project (QYDVP) and all films have screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival (www.insideout.ca).
[This event is organized by Cristina Murano, a graduate student in the Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock University and a past participant of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project.]
In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video (www.charlesstreetvideo.com), the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival initiated the QYDVP to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The QYDVP provides young artists with hands-on access to the latest video technology – which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the QYDVP provides one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. LGBTQ youth under the age of 25 are mentored through the process of making their first videos – from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing.
After completion the works are screened at Inside Out and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, 77 youth have created work through the Project.
Description of Films in Accordance with their Stills Above:
Left Row, Top to Bottom:
Onyinyechukwu Udegbe: Everyday Monsters
Canada 2009 VIDEO 9 MIN
One woman watch(ed) – to stay at home within her own skin, navigating spirituality, bloodlines, sex, race and disability.
Karine Silverwoman: Hello, My Name is Herman
Canada 2007 VIDEO 9 MIN
Prepare to meet the filmmaker’s 91 year-old grandpa Herman.
Natalia Eileene Petite: A Refugee’s Refuge
Canada 2009 VIDEO 10 MIN
A refugee struggles with gender identity discrimination in the country she thought would be safe.
Cristina Murano: Chosen Family Love
Canada 2009 VIDEO 13 MIN
This documentary explores one woman’s complex journey through family as she negotiates sexuality, trauma, healing and love.
Right Row, Top to Bottom:
Mohamed Ali: Haram
Canada 2007 VIDEO 6 MIN
A mother wants her son to succeed in life yet finds herself grappling with more immediate issues.
Justine Yang: Cello in the Closet
Canada 2004 VIDEO 5 MIN
Lying in the darkness you will suffer temptation.
Gabrielle Zilkha: The Check-Up
Canada 2008 VIDEO 6 MIN
A patient emerges with an unusual diagnosis after a visit to the gynaecologist.
Krys McGuire: How to Build A Man
Canada 2007 VIDEO 4 MIN
Sound and text blast the message home.