Shorts: Icons

Carabiners, karaoke nights, climbing legends, drag royalty, and resilient communities come together to create a program that highlights the power of queerness. Celebrate our past, present, and future through the stories of inspiring real-life icons.

Guests: Gianna Mazzeo

This program has 5 films.

June 1, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available on June 2

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The History of the Carabiner

Gianna Mazzeo

Gianna Mazzeo

Director

A tongue-in-cheek, historical documentary / fashion film hybrid that takes viewers on a journey through queer history to trace the origins of the carabiner as a lesbian symbol.

Country

Netherlands

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Lesbian, Queer, RE:Focus

One Night At Babes

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Director

At a rural Vermont dive bar called Babes, Cribbage tournaments overlap with afternoons of karaoke and nights of raucous Queer dance parties.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

29 mins

Interests

Gay, Trans

Jardines

Alfredo Torres

Alfredo Torres

Director

While waiting in limbo, displaced LGBTQ folks hoping to cross into the United States find support and healing with one another.

Country

Costa Rica

Year

2023

Duration

26 mins

Interests

Activism, Gay, Latinx, Lesbian, Trans

Sultana's reign

Hadi Moussally

Hadi Moussally

Director

Palestinian drag queen, performer, and artist, Sultana of New York, reflects on her journey from Jordan, to Egypt, Lebanon, and New York.

Country

France

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Aging / Elders, Drag, Intergenerational, Middle Eastern

Jamie

Darcy Hennessey

Darcy Hennessey

Director

Alpinist Jamie Logan has taken on some of the most dangerous climbs in the world but nothing felt as life-threatening as admitting that she wanted to begin a new life as a woman.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

19 mins

Interests

Family, Lesbian, Sports, Trans

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Shorts: F*ck the Pain Away

From leather daddies to cruising newbies, from bisexual friends of friends to celebrity crushes, this program delves into the vast world of queer intimacy, one hookup at a time.

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Shorts: I U She

From being haunted by the past to going undercover on a drug bust, from struggling with a new dynamic in a relationship to diving headfirst into a new sexual experience, these films are a roller coast...

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Shorts: Talk to Me

Anxiety on a first date, a plethora of miscommunications, and a pesky apocalypse – relationships aren’t easy at the best of times, and life has a way of throwing many challenges our way. But throu...

A Mother Apart

Laurie Townshend

Laurie Townshend

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Hot Docs Festival

Stream

Icons

Interests

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

How do you raise a child when your own mother abandoned you? In a remarkable story of healing and forgiveness, Jamaican-American poet and LGBTQ+ activist Staceyann Chin, renowned for performances in Def Poetry Jam and hit solo shows like MotherStruck!, radically re-imagines the essential art of mothering. In seeking her elusive mother—a trail that leads to Brooklyn, Montreal, Cologne and, finally, Jamaica—Staceyann and her daughter forge a new sense of home.

June 1, 2024 1:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Opening Gala: My Old Ass

In this fresh coming-of-age story, an 18th birthday mushroom trip brings free-spirited Elliott face-to-face with her wisecracking 39-year-old self. But when Elliott’s “old ass” starts handing ou...

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Desire Lines

Past and present collide as an Iranian American trans man time-travels through an LGBTQ+ archive on a dizzying quest to unravel his own sexual desires. Director Jules Rosskam blends reality and imagin...

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Closing Gala: We Forgot to Break Up

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 exp...

The First Women

Adriana Yañez

Adriana Yañez

Director

Country

Brazil

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 18 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Audience Award, 2024 Mostra Tiradentes

Stream

Icons

Interests

Latinx, Lesbian, RE:Focus

The First Women follows a group of women nearing their 60s who live in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and share a common past: they were a part of the first ever women’s soccer team in Brazil. However, travelling around the world playing football in the 1980s and ‘90s did not guarantee them any notoriety. Today, most of them make their living from informal jobs, such as street vendors, Uber drivers, chefs, and construction workers. The film intimately reflects on the past, while following present day routines alongside consecutive matches played by the Brazilian men’s team in the World Cup. What is revealed is the incredible, and previously ignored, history of the first female national team to represent the country of football.

North American Premiere

May 26, 2024 4:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Leadership Circle | David Carter

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Opening Gala: My Old Ass

In this fresh coming-of-age story, an 18th birthday mushroom trip brings free-spirited Elliott face-to-face with her wisecracking 39-year-old self. But when Elliott’s “old ass” starts handing ou...

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Desire Lines

Past and present collide as an Iranian American trans man time-travels through an LGBTQ+ archive on a dizzying quest to unravel his own sexual desires. Director Jules Rosskam blends reality and imagin...

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A Mother Apart

How do you raise a child when your own mother abandoned you? In a remarkable story of healing and forgiveness, Jamaican-American poet and LGBTQ+ activist Staceyann Chin, renowned for performance...

Unusually Normal

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

Digital Screening Available on May 27

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Stories from my Gay Grandparents

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...

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Bulletproof: A Lesbian’s Guide to Surviving the Plot

Filmmaker Regan Latimer takes an insightful, immersive, and deeply personal look at Queer representation in television, and the power of the media to shape how we see ourselves. Witty, fast-pace...

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Closing Gala: We Forgot to Break Up

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 exp...

Dalton's Dream

Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto

Director

Franky Murray Brown

Franky Murray Brown

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Stream

Icons

Interests

Black, Family, Gay, Music

Singer Dalton Harris’s dreams came true when he won The X Factor in the UK in 2018. But the joy of winning was mixed with pain when people back home in Jamaica threatened boycotts and violence against him, perceiving Dalton to be gay after seeing a photo of him sitting on a man’s lap. This compelling and honest documentary by acclaimed director Kim Longinotto and newcomer Franky Murray Brown looks at a talented artist working to overcome a childhood filled with poverty and violence and find success in the face of mental health challenges, amidst the struggle to be open about his sexuality.

This film contains discussions around homophobia.

Canadian Premiere

May 25, 2024 4:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available May 26

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Chuck Chuck Baby

Helen lives with her ex-husband, his girlfriend, their new baby, and her ex-mother-in-law, who luckily remains her trusted ally. As she goes back and forth between working at the chicken factory...

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Bonus Track

The year is 2006 and George, a small-town sixteen-year-old who’s convinced he’s a gifted musician, can’t seem to get anyone’s attention long enough to prove it. When the son of a famous ...

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Closing Gala: We Forgot to Break Up

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 exp...

Teaches of Peaches

Philipp Fussenegger

Philipp Fussenegger

Director

Judy Landkammer

Judy Landkammer

Director

Country

Germany

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 42 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Hot Docs Festival

Stream

Icons

Interests

Canadian, Music, Queer

Filmed during The Teaches of Peaches anniversary tour in 2022, this documentary seamlessly weaves together exclusive archival gems with dynamic tour footage, capturing the transformative journey of local superstar Merrill Nisker into the internationally acclaimed cultural powerhouse Peaches. From the inception of the stage show to the rigorous rehearsals and riveting performances, the film provides an intimate look at the inner workings of a tour led by this beloved and globally celebrated icon. Her fearless originality has challenged social norms, dismantled stereotypes, and confronted patriarchal power structures. Through biting wit, she advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights and tackles issues of gender and sexual identity, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

May 25, 2024 1:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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A House is Not a Disco

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 renai...

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