Our Reelout/RBC Opening Gala Selection for our 20th year, celebrates the stories and histories of our local LGBTQ communities. Three documentaries and one narrative based on a true story range from 1995 to 2018 tell the stories of humans looking for a place to live and love right here in Kingston,Ontario. This special evening will include the film screenings, a conversation with the filmmakers and guests from the films and then we shift into featuring some truly fantastic artists who will perform for your pleasure including Circus Artist and recent Mayor’s Arts Award recipient Erin Ball, and musical performances by Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hanson and Full Circle. Suspended Disbelief is a piece created by Heidi Latsky and Erin Ball as part of a of a larger show, D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. The music is by Ximena Borges.
ABOUT THE FILMS:
Kingston is Burning by James Fowler/22min/1995/Canada.
In the early to mid 90s, Kingston’s gay community experienced an unlikely boom in drag culture. This short doc explores the gender-bending entertainers of the time including: Jas Morgan, Claudette Demeaner, Elexis Mann, Trudy and Naomi Woods.
Miss Tyffanie- Extreme Close-Up by Sandra Jass, Jessica Lindal, Matt Maclellan/ 17min/2008/Canada.
An intimate portrait of Kingston’s most popular drag queen- Miss Tyffanie Morgan.
Tiny House by Josh Clapp & Isaac Alfie/18min/2018/Canada
Inspired By A True Story – Tiny House is based on the true story of Lee Taylor, a Kingston/Canadian man, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at a young age and learned to come to terms with his degenerative disease by planning and building a house that would allow him to survive on his own. This film provides insight into living with MS and it examines how a person’s outlook on life can impact their circumstances.
Farm Sum Ontario by Jonathan Davies/16min/2018/Canada.
Xiaobing’s discovery of wild bear’s garlic in a Munich park leads to a culinary whim that will alter the course of his life. with footage spanning a decade, Farm Sum Ontario explores the decisions, achievements and trade-offs of a couple making the unlikely decision to farm as they search for a sustainable way of life.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Jenica Rayne is a passionate singer-songwriter, accomplished guitarist, seasoned performer, and music educator. Rayne’s thought provoking songs are about personal and social consciousness. They artfully combine pop melodies with the lyrical sensibilities of the singer-songwriter genre and the storytelling of roots. She has released a number of critically acclaimed CD’s: Hall of Memories (1999), Essential Elements (2005), Live Rayne (2007), Calamity Janes (2013) with the Calamity Janes Band, the 2013 compilation, Love is Love, and her release, Hit the Ground Running (2014).
Lynne Hanson is a Kingston-based singer/songwriter who plays both bass and guitar. Her songwriting is soulful and moving, with pretty melodies and compelling turns of phrase, and her voice is reminiscent of Norah Jones and Alison Krauss, pure and unaffected. Lynne’s debut CD ‘The Garden’ has been aired on CBC shows Fresh Air and Disc Drive, and was named one of 2007’s top albums by Fresh Air’s host, Jeff Goodes. Her second CD, “All the Time”, released in June of 2008, has received nationwide airplay on CBC, including ‘Canada Reads”, and was featured on CBC music librarian Mark Rheaume’s syndicated review column/show in August of 2008.
Full Circle is Anna Rees, Deb Easter, Jo Spence, Robbie Collins and Terrie Easter Sheen. They are sisters, childhood friends and musical soul sisters. Together their love of music continues to grow.. transcending past, present and future.