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Queer Video Mentorship Project

Queer Video Mentorship Project

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A multi-generational video mentorship program 

QVMP Retrospective

2013 marks the 15th anniversary of our Queer Video Mentorship Project (formerly known as the Queer Youth Digital Video Project). In celebration, this year we will present a commission of new short works from five past participants along with a retrospective of their first videos originally produced through the Project. We’ve hand picked previous participants who created videos through the Project that we loved and who have continued to produce film/video work. We are proud to have supported these fine Canadian artists right from the beginning of their careers. Inside Out is thrilled to bring these success stories back to our big screen and share them with you. We have teamed up once again with Charles Street Video, our technical partner from the very beginning of this important Project. We are truly excited to see what our alumnus have in store for the 23rd annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival. 

2013 QVMP Retrospective Participants

Chris Dupuis (2004)

A Toronto-based artist working with performance and video. His works have been presented extensively at galleries, theatres, and festivals across North America, Europe, and East Asia. He has a complete BFA from York University, half an MFA from Concordia University, and currently holds a post-graduate research residency at the Posthogeschool voor Podiumkunsten in Brussels, Belgium. He writes regularly about performance and travels internationally with alarming frequency.

Gabrielle Zilkha (2008)

Gabrielle is a filmmaker and producer that comes from a family of funny people in Montreal, which explains both her interest in storytelling and her lighthearted animosity towards her adopted hometown of Toronto.

Gabrielle’s short films and multimedia projects have been screened at over 25 film festivals around the globe and written up in national and local media outlets such as CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, TO Grid, Canadian Jewish News. Most recently, her multi-media interactive documentary I Worry was exhibited in Toronto in June 2011. 

Currently, Gabrielle is in production on her next film, From the Four Corners of the Earth. The project is a feature-length documentary about a community in a remote rural village in West Africa on a journey to reconnect with their Jewish roots in Israel and uncover the history that led them to who they are today.

Samuel Chow (2003)

Born in Hong Kong, Samuel moved to Canada in 1989. An interdisciplinary artist, his work encompasses paintings, installations, photography, prints, film, video and new media. As part of Inside Out's Queer Youth Digital Video Project, he created his first film "Banana Boy" (2003) which won that year's Reel Asian International Film Festival Emerging Artist Award. Subsequently, CBC Radio commissioned the artist to adapt and direct the short film into radio play format in 2005. "Banana Boy" was also screened in a special shorts program mounted by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York), Another Wave: Global Queer Cinema, Part 2 - Cross-Cultural Jam in 2006. He received a B.A. (Honours) in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto, where he was a National Scholar and an M.F.A. in Film, Video and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first public work in four years will be premiering as part of the Queer Video Mentorship Project Retrospective at the 2013 Inside Out.

Sabine LeBel (1999)

Sabine has made over 37 short films and videos. While some of these have only been seen by her cats, others have been screened in festivals worldwide. Sabine’s first film, The Further Adventures of the Flaming Mommas (1999), was created with Inside Out’s Queer Youth Video Project and went on to be screened in Toronto, Vancouver and Budapest. Subsequently Sabine premiered her films 1-800 Mutants, Park and Oh My God at Inside Out. Sabine received an MA in Film and Video from York University and her academic publications such as, "Camping Out with the Lesbian National Park and Services" and "Locating Baudelaire's Heroic Lesbian" have been presented throughout Canada, in the United States and in Mexico. Currently Sabine is finishing her PhD dissertation in the Communication and Culture Program at York University. She is still making films for her cats.

Nolan Natasha Pike (2002)

An artist and writer from Toronto now living in Halifax. In the last few years his attention has turned from video and performance art towards writing and story telling, but he is excited to be picking up a camera again and grateful that Inside Out has provided him with a much needed deadline. He won the MSVU award for creative writing and in 2012 he was a finalist for the Atlantic Writing Competition. Nolan is currently working on a collection of short stories and attempting to cut down on his intake of Kraft dinner.  

Video Project History:

In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiated the Queer Youth Digital Video Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The Youth Project provided young artists with the hands-on access to the latest video technology - which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the Project provided one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. Often post-secondary programs do not offer safe, supportive, queer and anti-oppressive environments for queer youth to express themselves and be creative. The QYDVP provided this important outlet. Queer youth under the age of 25 were mentored through the process of making their first videos - from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing. In 2009, Inside Out switched to working with high definition camera equipment and produced HD videos, providing young artists access to the latest technologies in video production.

In 2010, Inside Out presented a special edition of the Project called the Legacy Video Project as part of the 20th Anniversary Festival. Much like queer youth, elders also often lack access to professional educational mentorships, new technologies and opportunities to engage with their peers in a supportive, LGBT-positive environment. There is often a gap between the young and older generations. With the Legacy Video Project, our goal was to have youth and elders share their experiences and stories while working together.

After completion the works are screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, over 100 new filmmakers have created work through the Project.


What happens to the videos and how can I see them?

Each year the completed works are compiled onto a compilation DVD, which is distributed to various community organizations that work with queer groups to do anti-homophobia education. Such organizations have included: SOY, ACT, ACAS, LGBT Youth Line, TEACH, Griffin Centre, PFLAG, various LGBT film festivals around the world, various high school GSA's, etc. If your organization is interested in receiving a DVD compilation, please fill out the request form and email or fax to winnie@insideout.ca or 416.977.8025. If you have any questions, contact Winnie Luk at 416.977.6847 ext. 24 or winnie@insideout.ca.

Select films are available in the QVMP Library.