Canada Queer: a 20th-Century Cinematic Heritage
QMDCQ Programme Pune 15 January 2016: The Loft
(total 67 min., 3 clusters, each with brief introduction and brief question period, curated and presented by Thomas Waugh, Concordia University, Queer Media Database Canada Quebec)
Cluster 1. The Archive: History, Memory, the Past.(10 min.)
1. A Chairy Tale, Norman McLaren and Claude Jutra, 1957, 10 min. A pixilated parable of relationships from the era of our own 377, by our two founding queens.
Cluster 2. Activism: Out of the Closet and Into the Streets(18 min.)
2. Hookers on Davie [excerpt, 5 min.] Janis Cole and Holly Dale, 1984, 88 min.A groundbreaking documentary on sexwork and its gender spectrum.
3. You Can’t Beat It out of Us, Ronit Bezalel, 1992, 13 min. Montreal: police vs. homos, digital camera vs. nightsticks.
Cluster 3: The Erotic and the Political (39 min.)
4. Ten Cents a Dance: Parallax, Midi Onodera, 1985, 29 min. A triptych on seduction, lust and sales.
5. Two/Doh– Michelle Mohabeer, 1996, 5 min. The visual poetry of desire.
6. The ADS Epidemic, John Greyson, 1987, 5 min. Safe sex is fun! A music video.
Thanks for support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, Concordia University, and Queer Ink, Mumbai. Mediaqueer.ca
“Thomas Waugh has been teaching, programming and writing about international queer cinema since 1976, including both Canadian and Indian. His books include The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations and Cinemas (2006) and Hard to Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from their Beginnings to Stonewall (1996). He is founder of Queer Media Database Canada-Quebec, an online catalogue-archive of Canadian queer films and videos from 1940 onwards. www.mediaqueer.ca.”