Reel Pride

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Gas Sta­tion Arts Cen­tre Tues­day to Sun­day, Oct. 19 $10 per show reel­ 1974 and Jus­tice Ruth Krindle be­came the first fed­er­ally ap­pointed les­bian judge) and then on the cul­tural front, en­com­passed here in in­ter­views with artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Mil­lan, mu­si­cian Heather Bishop and film­maker Noam Gon­ick. “It speaks very much to who we are, as a his­tory of the gay and les­bian com­mu­nity in Man­i­toba with some of the strug­gles and some of the suc­cesses,” says Reel Pride’s di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing Eric Pla­m­on­don.

“It’s es­pe­cially per­fect for the year that the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights is be­ing launched,” he says. “We want to be a part of that dis­cus­sion.” Asked for another rec­om­men­da­tion among the fes­ti­val’s slate of 11 fea­ture films, Pla­m­on­don points to 52 Tues­days (Tues­day at 7 p.m.), the open­ing night fea­ture de­tail­ing the tran­si­tional re­la­tion­ship be­tween a 16-year old-girl and her mother dur­ing mom’s trans­gen­der process over the course of a year.

“It’s an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­fully filmed movie and it’s a story that hap­pens to fea­ture a trans per­son,” Pla­m­on­don says. “I won’t hide the fact that we’ve strug­gled in the past to find good qual­ity trans films,” he adds, at­tribut­ing their com­par­a­tive rar­ity to the fact “it’s harder to get pro­duc­tion money for them. “So with this one, we’re su­per-happy to get some­thing of this qual­ity and we’re un­abashedly pro­mot­ing it. This

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