#INSIDEOUTTO: INSIDE OUT’S LGBTQ FINANCE FORUM
Now in its 29th year, the 2019 INSIDE OUT LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL is set to kick-off later this month. The 11-day Festival ranks third only behind TIFF and Hot Docs as the largest Film Festival in Toronto!
In advance of the Festival is the LGBTQ Finance Forum, taking place on May 30 – 31, 2019, providing LGBTQ-identified producers and/or producers creating LGBTQ content an opportunity to pitch their projects directly to top decision makers.
These projects include:
BLUE JEAN (UK) / Director: Georgia Oakley, Producer: Hélène Sifre
Logline: In 1988, a closeted teacher is pushed to the brink when a student threatens to expose her sexuality.
BOYFRIEND (CANADA & INDIA) / Director: Ashim Ahluwalia, Producer: Kelly Balon, Anand Ramayya
Logline: A middle-aged gay production manager, has his privileged world jolted when he picks up a 19-year-old lower class hustler in a popular cruising area in South Mumbai.
DISCLOSURE (USA) / Director: Sam Feder, Producer: Laverne Cox (exec.), Amy Scholder, Sam Feder
Logline: Disclosure is an unprecedented look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television, revealing how Hollywood has simultaneously reflected and manufactured our deepest anxieties about gender. Over 100 years of footage, from A Florida Enchantment (1914) to Pose (2018), is woven together with the personal stories of prominent media figures like Laverne Cox, showing both the consequences of depicting marginalized communities without their participation, and the liberatory potential of the medium when their voices are centered.
ERIN’S GUIDE TO KISSING GIRLS (CANADA) Director: Julianna Notten, Producer: Claire Allore
Logline: In the emotional world of middle school, Erin, a spunky 12 year-old and the only out person in her grade, panics when her best and only friend, the brilliant Liz, is accepted into a private high school and instead of confronting all her big feelings about this, redirects her energy towards the mysterious new girl and instant-crush, Sydni, but in working towards her first real relationship, realizes she could be losing Liz in the process.
GOLDEN DELICIOUS (CANADA) / Director: Jason Karman, Producer: Kristyn Stilling
Logline: 16 year old Jake Wong is a people pleaser caught between living out his father’s dreams of becoming a basketball star, his girlfriend’s dream of their future together, and his newly awakened feelings for the boy next door. As his life spins out of control, Jake must realize his own hopes, dreams, and sense of self, before his self-sabotage ruins his relationships with the people who love him the most.
LAVENDER (UK) / Director: Jake Graf, Producer: Andee Ryder
Logline: Gay. Transgender. Pregnant. All Matt needed was an elderly French catholic to show him it was the most normal thing in the world. Lavender is a character-driven drama about a trans man’s struggle to accept the impending birth of his child, his revised role in society and most importantly himself, with only an old French spinster for support. An examination of the duality between mind and body, self identity and perceived identity.
UNTITLED DOCUMENTARY PROJECT (USA) / Director: Rita Baghdadi, Producer: Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall
TRIBE (CANADA) / Director: Joseph Amenta, Producer: Alexandra Roberts, Daniel Sedore
Logline: Three adolescent boys become enraptured with life in the queer world as they experience it for the first time. It isn’t until a loss of life forces them to acknowledge the reality they have chosen to leave behind.
BEFORE I CHANGE MY MIND (CANADA) / Director: Trevor Anderson, Producer: Alyson Richards, Katrina Beatty
Logline: In 1986 Red Deer, an androgynous 12-year-old enters a clandestine relationship with the school bully, making increasingly dangerous choices to get popular.
WHAT I CALL HER (CANADA) / Director: D.W. Waterson, Producer: Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs
Logline: The estranged mother of 25-year old Kate is on her death-bed. Kate drafts a scathing obituary for her that reflects Kate’s view that her mother was abusive.
The 2019 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival runs from May 23 – June 2, 2019. Click here for more.
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