Closing Gala: We Forgot to Break Up

Karen Knox

Karen Knox

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 34 mins

Stream

Galas

Interests

Canadian, Local, Music, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Guests

Karen Knox, Lane Webber, Daniel Gravelle, June Laporte, Jordan Dawson, Hallea Jones, Nicole Hilliard-Forde

Within Toronto’s vibrant bar scene, a diverse group of musicians come together to form
a band with a mission: to ignite a musical revolution. As they channel their individual struggles and experiences into their music, The New Normals create a dynamic rock sound that transcends gender and sexuality. But as they rise to fame, personal and romantic entanglements complicate their journey. A who’s-who of local music featuring
original songs from Torquil Campbell of Stars fame, the soundtrack also includes Peaches, Gentleman Reg, and The Hidden Cameras.

North American Premiere

June 1, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Stories from my Gay Grandparents

J Stevens

J Stevens

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Episodic

Year

2024

Duration

69 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Coming Out, Gay, Intergenerational, Lesbian, Local, Non-Binary

Guests

J Stevens, Perrie Voss, Scott Farley, Jane Moffat, James Kal

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they’re gay. Having lived under the guise of a straight relationship for decades, they’re coming out of the closet, ditching their small-town life, and going after their big gay dreams. First stop, the big city, to learn “how to be gay” from the best gay people they know – their grandchildren. Navigating the queer dating scene, dating apps, queer fashion, and even a gay dodgeball league, this late-in-life coming out story is all about being empowered to love authentically no matter your age.

Join us for a screening of seven episodes and a panel featuring cast and crew.

World Premiere

May 29, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Colette Johnson-Vosberg

Colette Johnson-Vosberg

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 40 mins

Stream

Icons

Interests

Canadian, Family, Lesbian, Local

Guests

Colette Johnson Vosberg, Karen Ford, Linda Ford, Madison Ford, Janice Moore

Have you had the pleasure of meeting Canada’s gayest family? Unusually Normal (Our Gay Family) follows three generations of women in one family who, get this, are all gay. Set against the backdrop of their loving and wholly authentic household, this family, with over 165,000 devoted TikTok followers, invites you into their world – a world where normal takes on a whole new meaning. As we traverse through three distinct eras alongside these extraordinary women, we witness their unwavering resilience in the face of adversity. From navigating the tumultuous waters of homophobia to grappling with profound family loss and navigating the complexities of clandestine love, theirs is a story of triumph against all odds.

World Premiere

May 26, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Regan Latimer

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Canadian, Lesbian, Local, RE:Focus

Guests

Regan Latimer, Jill Golick, Lindy Zucker

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World Premiere

May 25, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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