Shorts: Local Heroes

This program has 10 films.

May 27th, Noon (ET) to June 6th, 11:59 PM (ET)
Online

Cruz

John Dela Cruz

John Dela Cruz

Cruz is an experimental documentary about what it is like to be a person of colour in the LGBTQ+ community.

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

6 mins

Interests

Activism, Asian, Canadian, Experimental

Language

English

Unity Mosque

Nicole Teeny

Nicole Teeny

Imam El-Farouk leads Unity Mosque, one of the world’s first queer-affirming and gender-equal mosques in Toronto.

Country

United States

Year

2020

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Canadian, Muslim / Islam, Queer, RE:Focus

Language

English

International Dawn Chorus Day

John Greyson

John Greyson

Director

On International Dawn Chorus Day (May 3, 2020), birds from six continents join a Zoom call.

Country

Canada

Year

2021

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Activism, Canadian, Experimental, Queer

Language

English

I Do, But I Don't

Marlee Druker

Marlee Druker

A visual essay that explores weddings, marriage, and societal expectations with a look back on a childhood that set up unattainable standards.

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Religion

Language

English

I Am Gay

Ajahnis Charley

Ajahnis Charley

After working abroad for five years, filmmaker Ajahnis Charley returns home to Oshawa, Ontario, in the age of quarantine.

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Black, Canadian, Gay

Language

English

You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow

Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley

A gay, married man is continually forced to come out to his father, who suffers from late-stage Alzheimer’s.

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Aging / Elders, Canadian, Gay

Language

English

Parry Riposte

Goldbloom Micomonaco

Goldbloom Micomonaco

Upon arriving at their fencing studio, the Trans-National fencing team finds their space destroyed. The team prepares for competition while addressing the trauma.

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

17 mins

Interests

Activism, Canadian, Non-Binary, RE:Focus, Sports, Trans

Language

English

6 Feet Apart

Zheyu Liao

Zheyu Liao

A quirky love story set in the midst of a pandemic.

Country

Canada

Year

2021

Duration

4 mins

Interests

Canadian, Lesbian, RE:Focus

Language

English

St Clair W

Emily Ryder

Emily Ryder

A short experimental film about love, loss, and the relationship we have with our memories.

Country

Canada

Year

2021

Duration

3 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, Queer, RE:Focus

Language

English

Between Us

Cailleah Scott-Grimes

Cailleah Scott-Grimes

Kei longs for a “normal” life in rural Japan. But for a transgender man who is jobless in his own hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb.

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

17 mins

Interests

Asian, Canadian, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Language

Japanese (English Subtitles)

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