Doc looks at LGBT strug­gles, suc­cesses in Win­nipeg

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - RAN­DALL KING

IF any film de­serves to be a cen­tre­piece of this year’s LGBT-fo­cused Reel Pride Film Fes­ti­val, it’s One Gay City: A His­tory of LGBT Life in Win­nipeg, an MTS Sto­ries from Home doc­u­men­tary get­ting its world première next Satur­day at 4 p.m.

In a lit­tle over one hour, the doc by Aaron Florescu of­fers a neat sum­mary of gay life and progress in Win­nipeg from the early 1960s to to­day. The film is not quite com­pre­hen­sive enough to in­clude in­for­ma­tion from, say, the early half of the 20th cen­tury, let alone prior to that. But what there is makes for one of the more im­por­tant docs to come from the MTS Sto­ries from Home banner. The bulk of Florescu’s most dra­matic ma­te­rial comes from the 1970s and ’80s, en­com­pass­ing the rise of the gay rights move­ment, and the great leap for­ward rep­re­sented by the elec­tion of Glen Mur­ray as mayor of Win­nipeg in 1996 — at that time the first openly gay mayor of a large North Amer­i­can city. The ti­tle is some­what ironic given that, in the ’70s and ’80s, gay lo­cals de­parted Win­nipeg in large num­bers for the live­lier gay scenes in ci­ties such as Toronto, Mon­treal and Van­cou­ver. But in Win­nipeg, as the doc demon­strates, the scene was heat­ing up on the po­lit­i­cal front (ac­tivists Chris Vo­gel and Richard North put gay mar­riage on the na­tional agenda as early as is the kind of film that pro­motes di­a­logue.” Also on Reel Pride’s 2014 pro­gram: Ap­pro­pri­ate Be­hav­ior (Tues­day at 9 p.m.) A young woman strug­gles to be a good Per­sian daugh­ter, a hip Brook­lynite and a po­lit­i­cally cor­rect bi­sex­ual, learn­ing the hard way that it’s im­pos­si­ble to be all three. Tiger Orange (Thurs­day at 9 p.m.) Two brothers are re­united in their small town. Both are gay, but where one has stayed clos­eted while work­ing in their dad’s hard­ware store, the other has moved to L.A. and em­braced a more con­fronta­tional, unashamedly sex­ual life­style. BFFS (Fri­day at 7 p.m.) In this com­edy, two pla­tonic girl­friends take ad­van­tage of a week­end cou­ple’s re­treat by pass­ing them­selves off as les­bian, only to dis­cover the ex­pe­ri­ence is caus­ing them to reeval­u­ate their re­la­tion­ship. Eat With Me (Fri­day at 9 p.m.) A Chi­nese-Amer­i­can mom leaves her hus­band and moves into the loft of her gay son, a chef hav­ing his own trou­bles with his re­la­tion­ship with his lover. This dram­edy re­places the pre­vi­ously sched­uled John Lith­gowAl­fred Molina com­edy film Love Is Strange, which was pulled from the sched­ule, Pla­m­on­don says, due to “distrib­u­tor is­sues.” Tru Love (Satur­day, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.) Bed-hop­ping les­bian Tru, 37, is asked to babysit Alice, the 60-year-old wid­owed mom of a friend, only to face the fact their re­la­tion­ship is be­com­ing some­thing more than any­one an­tic­i­pated.

The full pro­gram is at reelp­pride.org.

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