Saturday February 4th
Noon Saturday Morning Queer Toons
A popular program from Reelout’s past has returned! This collection of animated, queer works covers a vast array of topics from animators around the globe. Why not attend in your PJs?
The First Shot dir. Brandon Hicks/2022/Canada/0:47/English
Two cowboys are in a standoff.
Everyone Has My Jacket dir. Russell Atkinson/2021/UK/3:10
A 2-D animation focusing on fashion, gender and acceptance, we follow a singular protagonist narrating experiences that occur when a brown corduroy jacket makes it into his closet, and how this coat begins to receive judgmental glares and stares.
A Spot For Frog dir.Evan Bode/2022/USA/16:16
Locked out of the school art room, a creative non-binary teen named Frog grapples with anxiety as they seek a new place to eat lunch. Imagination blurs with reality in this hybrid work of live action and animation about finding a place to belong.
The Girl Behind the Mirror dir. Iuri Moreno/2022/Brazil/12:05
A transgender girl locks herself in her room for fear of the monsters that threaten her outside, until a new reality appears behind the mirror where these monsters do not exist and she is free to be who she is or who wants to be.
The Butch and The Baby Daddy dir. Barb Taylor& Karleen Pendleton Jiménez/2021/Canada/6:12
Alex has wanted to have a baby almost as long as she can remember. But how is a trans/butch lesbian supposed to get sperm? When she considers asking Mateo, a close gay friend of hers, Alex is forced to investigate what she really values. This frank and funny animated short brings home the challenges, humor, and desire of this bittersweet journey. Based on a memoir by co-director Karleen Pendleton Jiménez.
I (Heart) Jack LaLanne: A Cartoon Memoir dir. LeAnn Erikson/2022/USA/14:20
An animated documentary film structured around the life and legend of Jack LaLanne as it explores my personal experiences growing up female and gay in 1960s-70s America.
Will Flowers. dir. Kay Chan/2022/Canada/1:24
Will Flowers? is based on a text message from their Kokum, the artist imagines planting the seeds for future generations.
Envoie Valser: dir. Juliette Peuportier Sitsou, Julie Yllogique /2021/France/3:44
This folktronica song is three stories wrapped into one: it’s a declaration of love, a call to come out in order to live as authentically as possible, and an invitation to escape the grind and routine of daily life. The music video conveys these messages through the story of a couple who leave everything behind for a road trip toward a more peaceful life where they get to enjoy the simpler, more essential things and each other.
Coming Out Autistic dir. Steven Fraser/2022/UK/3:55/English
Coming out Autistic is a short, animated documentary that explores the experience of telling the world that you are autistic when you also identify as LGBTQ+. Queer coming out stories are well documented, but the occurrence of telling friends, family, co-workers and strangers that you are autistic is less explored. Parallels with queer experiences are investigated and a wide range of individuals are interviewed to express the array of feelings and reactions that are encountered.
Wave dir. Wrik Mead/2022/Canada/4:00/English
Tender memories of a first gay embrace, of shock and exhilaration-and disavowal-animated against the waves of a deep blue lake. This animated biography tells the story of the artists’ first encounter with another boy. This was not the way his life was planned, and he hoped that this feeling would eventually pass. He waited years until he finally met someone who would change his life forever.
Dans La Nature dir. Marcel Barelli/2021/Switzerland/5:00
In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always. A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn’t just a human story.
Refugee Arrivals dir. Peter Hopkins/2022/UK/3:30
For those seeking asylum, stepping foot on new soil is the first of many forms of arrival they will negotiate. They also arrive into new political and bureaucratic systems, new medical, educational, and social systems, and new spheres for expression of the self. Arrivals like these can be slow and complex. What does it mean, and what toll does it take, when arrival is a process that’s ongoing?
The Last Anomaly dir. Hamish Downie/2022/New Zealand, Australia/6:04
Daniel is stuck in limbo. He’s not good enough for heaven, nor is he bad enough for hell. When he meets with the Entity known as St. Peter, Daniel must become involved in a battle of wits in order to be reunited with his lover.
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