Queerly Beloved:
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Matt Wolf

Matt Wolf







136 mins

Queerly Beloved: Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

This screening will be followed by a 45 minute concert of Arthur Russell covers performed by The Holy Oak Family Singers, featuring Robin Dann and Luka Kuplowski.

This impeccably researched documentary traces the life of genre-defying songwriter Arthur Russell, who died from AIDs-related illnesses before most of his innovative and otherworldly music could be released. Filmmaker Matt Wolf (Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project) charts Russell’s journey as the Iowa-born cellist discovers intersections of genre and identity on the dance floors of New York City in the 1970s. Stitching together archival performance footage and interviews with contemporaries David Byrne and Phillip Glass (amongst others), Wild Combination is both an elegy for those lost to AIDs and a joyful tribute to a fearless creative spirit.

Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.

    • “It’s impossible to hear his strange, soulful music without wanting to hear more, immediately.” The New York Times
    • “Gives audiences a window into its subject’s soul while preserving the mystery at the core of his being.” – AV Club
    • “A moving and vital document of an extraordinary artist whose work is only just now beginning to receive the attention it deserves.”  – The Austin Chronicle

Fri Mar 6, 9:00 pm

1006 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

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Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and the single largest promoter and distributor of LGBTQ content in Canada, along with the newly restored historic Toronto cinema Paradise Theatre, are proud to announce a partnership on a new film series entitled ‘Queerly Beloved’, ahead of Inside Out’s upcoming 30th anniversary festival taking place May 21-31. The cinema series, running during March 2020, will showcase eighteen (18) independent and influential queer films at Paradise Theatre, all of which have played an important role in shaping the history and narrative of queer cinema, and challenge norms of gender, sexuality, and desire through storytelling.