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2017 Inside Out Film Festival Reviews

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It’s time for the 27th edition of the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and I’m back reviewing a selection of the films screening during this year’s event. This is always a highlight for me among the many film festivals that Toronto hosts throughout the year. It always promises to showcase some of the best offerings in LGBT cinema.

Inside Out 2016 Review: Miles

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It is still common for many LGBT people from small towns and remote communities to face resistance and intolerance.  These places are slow to adapt and change and often have close-minded attitudes about anything outside the norm.  It’s usually an unwelcoming, and occasionally unsafe, environment to be openly gay so plans are often made by teens to move to some place more accepting as soon as possible.  So goes the story of Miles Walton, a young gay man stuck in a dead-end town, desperate to get to Chicago in search of a better life.  Nathan Aldoff’s latest film Miles taps into an experience that many outsiders searching for larger things in life can identify with and teaches the lesson to stand firm when you think what you’re doing is right.

Inside Out 2016 Review: Hurricane Bianca

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Campy comedies have long been a part of the LGBT film landscape. Often used as an antidote to the more serious stories that have permeated the community’s history, they pay homage to the sassy, flamboyant nature that developed to counteract the intolerance and oppression. This year’s addition comes from Matt Kugelman and his film Hurricane Bianca, starring Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio. It’s a fish-out-of water story that is silly and loads of fun, and teaches us there’s no reason to fear the things we don’t understand.

Inside Out 2016 Review: First Girl I Loved

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As teenagers, most of us at one point or another struggled to understand who we were.  It’s a common experience at that age while trying to make sense of our new found sense of independence and our search for our identity.  The crucial lesson was to learn how to be honest and truthful and not be what others thought we should be.  What Karem Sanga’s film First Girl I Loved wonderfully captures is that sense of confusion that comes with being that age, especially when questioning your sexuality is part of the journey, and standing up to declare who you are to the world.

Inside Out 2016 Review: Same Difference

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Every day, in schools across the world, LGBT youth face hostile and unsafe environments. They are subjected to bullying, harassment, and often times violence. While much of this comes from their peers, they also face discrimination from the people they are supposed to be able to trust: teachers, schoolboard faculty, and parents. This leaves kids feeling rejected, lonely, and isolated and they hope with all their might that their friends won’t abandon them. When the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota enacted their “No Promo Homo” policy of neutrality and denial, they set off a chain reaction that saw nine students commit suicide within a two-year span. Joshua Sweeny’s documentary Same Difference examines the tragedy first hand through interviews with those who lived through it and by exposing the stunning stubborn and homophobic negligence of those in control. It also accomplishes a rare feat in films about bullying in that it provides solutions that will work. This is an important piece of work that demands to be seen.