Sunday, February 2nd 4pm The Screening Room Cinema 1
Reel Peeps Shorts
Chances are, the subjects of these short docs aren’t familiar house hold names yet their stories resonate with the filmmakers enough to provide the platform to share their stories through their craft.
Pierre Khoury is a Montreal born belly dancer of Syrian origins. Belly dance is an art that is mainly performed by women, but men also have a role in the history of this dance.This short documentary presents Pierre’s story as well as an overview of men’s role in this field. Pierre tells us about how he came to be becoming a belly dancer despite his family’s misgivings.
Stavros is looking for love and acceptance by entering the ‘Mr Gay UK’ beauty pageant, a showcase for some of Britain’s hottest men. At 420 pounds, Stavros weighs 3 times as much as his competitors. Undeterred he signs up, but things don’t go to plan- for Stavros or the pageant organizers.
A conversation with Canadian painter Stephen Andrews returns us to a pre-cocktail moment, when being HIV+ afforded us the consolation of certainty.
Bill Pusztai is a photographer who does portraiture and plants. Originally from Ontario, he now lives in Vnacouver and continues his practise. He talks about his interest in botany, the relationship between his photography and feminism and his process of portraiture.
This documentary uncovers Howard’s complex and conflicted life as a gay man troubled with piety and low self worth, which drove him towards success, yet, ultimately led to self-destructive behaviour and his murder in 1995.
A beautiful snapshot of current issues, struggles and strengths of transexual, transgender and gender fluid parents (and parents-to-be) in North American society today.
Simply Rob is a portrait of Bronx based Poet and Activist Rob Vassilarakis. Estranged from his family when he was just a teenager because of his sexuality, Rob fell into a world of self-hatred and drug abuse. In 1993 he was diagnosed with HIV, he was 22 years old. After years of rehabilitation Rob now uses his eloquence and honesty to inspire and educate others. Told through his poetry the film weaves lyrical imagery with Rob’s resonating words to tell a personal journey of a man coming to terms with his sexuality and living with HIV.
(Total Running Length of this Shorts Program is 100 mins)