We Are Family: Shorts Program
This afternoon we explore the dynamics of what it means to be “family” in all its facets– affirming and not-so affirming. Filmmaker Katia Café-Fébrissy will be in attendance. Please note this program deals with mature subject matters including the death of a child/parent, sexuality and abortion and is not intended for children.
Still Waters dir. Katia Cafe-Febrissy/Canada/10:50/2023 The most terrifying thought for a parent is the loss of their child. Feelings of unfairness, despair, guilt take over and consume entirely. Especially when an accident happens. This is what this mother Gabrielle and her wife Raquel have to navigate in the short film Still Waters, adapted from a theatrical play by the same title.
Hey Darling dir. Elliot Walker/Canada/9:59/2023 Dorian is a transgender teen boy who lives at home with his single dad, Barney. Dorian feels trapped in a mirage of masculinity by his father and the gendered expectations of the world around him. One day a mysterious figure leaves behind a flyer advertising an amateur drag competition and a spark ignites in Dorian’s mind.
Colours of the Lake- dir. James Cooper/Canada/11:02/2023 A father-son fishing trip gets awkward for Chase when his glamourous secret life comes to light.
Hi Ading -dir. Dinaly Tran/Canada/2:07/2023 “hi ading” is a poetic short that provides a glimpse into a love story. Speaking to their parents’ past selves, Dinaly asks and hopes that these past versions might help them realize that the decisions they may not understand are still made out of love.
Moonboy – dir. Rachel Kwan/Canada/21:14/2023 Following the tragedy of their mother’s passing, class clown Aidan Lee is forced to navigate a world without her in it. Unable to identify with their traditional Chinese father and goofy high school friends, Aidan dresses up in their mother’s drag in hopes of reconnecting.
Mom Doesn’t Want to Go to the Beach- dir. Ana Belén Barragán Castañeda/Spain/16:00/2023 A transgender woman resumes her hormone treatment while her daughter begins puberty and menstruates for the first time. Mother and daughter experience changes, doubts about their bodies, and face the fear of going to the beach for the first time.
Tripping -dir. Amelia Xanthe Boscov/USA/11:24/2023 A flirty-butch, lesbian mom (Dot-Marie Jones – GLEE, BROS), goes on a road trip with her pregnant high schooler daughter in order to get an abortion at the nearest women’s health clinic.
Sisters Don’t Fight dir. Clementine Lesley/Canada/8:27/2023 Sisters Don’t Fight is a queer coming of age comedy set in the late 2000. The film explores sibling relationships and dynamics with emphasis on queer sibling relationships and navigating a heteronormative world.
Dandelion Green – dir. Kathleen Burgess/Canada/25:00/2023 Weeks before aging out of the foster care system, 17-year old Kay falls into an electric friendship with Olivia, transforming the way they see themselves, and their future.
Katia Café-Fébrissy is an award-winning filmmaker, director, producer and playwright based in Toronto, Ontario. Coming from the worlds of documentary and theatre, with her very first narrative short film STILL WATERS, Katia pushes the boundaries of her storytelling repertoire.
Through her body of work rooted in emotional realism, Katia brings us into her world as she sees and feels it, where she lets her poetic streaks bleed into her visual aesthetics. With STILL WATERS, her goal is to foster candid conversations around the difficult topic of loss and grief, and its impact on a relationship.
Katia is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, she holds a Masters in Documentary filmmaking from the Varan Doc Film Centre, France as well as a Masters in Languages and Literature from the Université Paris VIII, France.