A House is Not a Disco

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Guests in Attendance

Brian J. Smith, Blake Pruitt, Jeremy Truong

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 SXSW Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Activism, Gay, HIV/AIDS, Intergenerational, Queer, Trans

A year in the life within the world’s most iconic homonormative community: Fire Island Pines. Situated 50 miles from New York City, this storied queer beach town finds itself in the midst of a renaissance, as a new generation of millennial homeowners reimagine The Pines for a new, more inclusive era. Filmed like a Frederick Wiseman movie on magic mushrooms, a large cast of unforgettable eccentrics, activists, drifters, and first timers reflect on the legacy of The Pines, while preparing their beloved village for the biggest challenge it has faced since the AIDS crisis: rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Toronto Premiere

Please note: This film will screen with Closed Captions.

June 1, 2024 4:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening* Available June 2

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*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsors

Leadership Circle | Larry Hughsam

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Laurie Townshend

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Hot Docs Festival

Stream

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Interests

Activism, Asian, Black, BOLD, Canadian, Family, Performing Arts, RE:Focus

Guests

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TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Claire Burger

Claire Burger

Director

Country

Belgium

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

Stream

Premieres

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Family, French Language, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Romance, Youth

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North American Premiere

May 31, 2024 9:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
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Year

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Duration

1 h 45 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

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Tickets on sale February 26 at noon ET.

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