In this issue: ▪ Scott's Festival Picks▪ Get 'Em Before They're Gone: Bestsellers▪ Celebrate in Style: Pink Carpet Package▪ Look Who's Coming to T

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Scott's Festival Picks


Scott Ferguson, Executive Director

I’ve had my wrist slapped and been sternly told to only pick five highlights from the 2015 program. I’ll try to show restraint but there are countless gems in this year’s Festival. Here's a quick intro to some of the finest.

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Limited Partnership
(Tuesday May 26, 5:15pm)

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on same-sex marriage in June, this intimate and emotionally moving portrait of the 40 year love affair between an American and Australian is more that just another gay love story. Over four decades, Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan fought the American government for their relationship to be recognized and to stay together, most of that time with Tony living illegally in the U.S and under constant threat of deportation.

1140 dontacceptdreamsfromstrangers

Don’t Accept Dreams From Strangers
(Tuesday May 26, 7:30pm)

This love story between a swimmer and the Russian translator he meets while at a competition in St. Petersberg is a subtle yet powerful examination of identity, migration, and the ever-present threat to personal safety that is part of everyday life for LGBT individuals living in Russia.

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The Chambermaid
(Wednesday May 27, 7:45pm)

Quirky and completely charming, The Chambermaid tells the story of Lynn (Vicki Krieps in a captivating performance), a young woman who is trapped in a mundane routine, in which she lives vicariously through others by hiding under the beds of guests at the hotel where she works. When she spies on an encounter between a guest and a dominatrix, she becomes obsessed with the gorgeous sex worker and she sees a chance for a new life.

1140 butterfly

(Thursday May 28, 7:15pm)

Marco Berger takes a huge artistic leap forward with his latest film that is based on the butterfly effect and how one small decision affects the lives and loves of a group of young Argentines. Butterfly’s young cast is charming and immensely likeable and the film is overflowing with quiet moments and expressive gestures that often reveal more than the dialogue itself.

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Gay Shorts: Drama Queens
(Sunday May 31, 1pm)

I’m a huge fan of shorts programs in general – they provide an opportunity to see a diverse selection of work and you’re bound to find something to love. The films in Drama Queens navigate the trials and tribulations of coming out, staying in, hooking up, trying to make it work and facing the reality that sometimes it’s just not meant to be.


Get 'Em Before They're Gone: Bestsellers

1140 grandma

GRANDMA (Thursday May 21, 8pm) *Extremely Limited Tickets Remain*

1140 fourthman

FOURTH MAN OUT (Tuesday May 26, 9:30pm) *Limited Tickets Remain*

1140 portraitofaserialmonogamist

PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST (Sunday May 31, 8pm) *Limited Tickets Remain*

1140 inthegrayscale

IN THE GRAYSCALE (Sunday May 24, 9:30pm)

1140 eisenstein

EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (Saturday May 23, 7:15pm)

1140 nastybaby

NASTY BABY (Saturday May 23, 10pm)

1140 dontacceptdreamsfromstrangers



Celebrate in Style: Pink Carpet Package

Pink Carpet VIP

Join Inside Out for an unforgettable evening with a private reception, Opening Gala screening of GRANDMA and our not-to-be-missed Opening Gala Party. Kick off the 25th anniversary of the Toronto LGBT Film Festival and get in a celebratory mood for the upcoming 11 days of film festivities.

Pre-Screening Reception featuring:
Bryce Kulak (Toronto). Kulak grew up onstage, acting in theatre and playing classical piano. An award-winning composer, he has performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical world premieres.

Opening Gala After Party featured DJ sets:
JD Samson (New York City). JD is best known as leader of the band MEN and as one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre.

Bruce LaBruce (Toronto). The talented filmmaker, writer, photographer, artist and notorious bad boy brings his eclectic music taste to Inside Out to kick off the party.

Special performances by Storefront Theatre

Projection by Roxanne Luchak
Pink Carpet Package:
* Private Pre-Screening Reception (with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres)
* Priority seating in Cinema 1 for Gala Film GRANDMA
* Opening Gala After Party (with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres)
* Commemorative gift

$80 Public / $70 Members (Extremely Limited Tickets Remain)


Reception and After Party features a Silent Auction in support of Inside Out programs.

Some featured items include:
Kelly Clarkson concert tickets (courtesy of Live Nation)
One-of-a-kind Festival artwork (courtesy of John Sissydude Webster)
Dinner for four prepared by an in-home chef (courtesy of Cardinal Rule)

Plus, fantastic silent auction lots with donations from Tanja-Tiziana, TIFF, Hot Docs, AGO, NewFest: The NYC LGBT Film Festival, Elmwood Spa, Gladstone Hotel, ASLAN Leather and much, much more!


Look Who's Coming to Town: Festival Guests

2015 poster

Inside Out will be hosting over 100 filmmakers, actors and industry guests during the 11 days of the 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival. Here's a small selection of talent that will be in attendance:

A SINNER IN MECCA: Parvez Sharma (director)

DRAG BECOMES HIM: Jinkx Monsoon (subject), Alex Berry (director)

FRESNO: Karey Dornetto (writer), Jamie Babbit (director)

GAME FACE: Fallon Fox (subject), Terrence Clemens (subject), Michiel Thomas (director)

PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST: John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler (co-directors) and cast members

TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL: Tab Hunter (subject), Allan Glaser (producer), Jeffrey Schwarz (director)

THAT’S NOT US: Derek Dodge (producer), Mark Berger (actor/producer), Sarah Wharton (actor/producer), William C. Sullivan (director)

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Mark Tewksbury (subject), Noam Gonick (director)

TWO 4 ONE: Gavin Crawford (actor), Maureen Bradey (director)

WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE, A FILM ON ELIZABETH BISHOP: Barbara Hammer (director/producer)

YOU’RE KILLING ME: Jack Plotnick (actor/International Juror), Drew Droege (actor), Matthew McKelligon (actor), Jeffery Self (actor/co-writer/producer), Jim Hansen (director/producer/co-writer)


It's Not Too Late: 2015 Membership

By becoming an Inside Out Member you’ll get great benefits, expanded access and unforgettable experiences. Membership gets you discounted pricing on screenings and events plus priority access in the corresponding member lineup. Learn more and become a member.
(Note: Membership purchased after May 5 are to be picked up at TIFF Bell Lightbox box office.)

Become a member today:
Phone: 416.599.TIFF (8433) or toll free: 1.888.599.8433 - 10am to 7pm daily
In Person: TIFF Bell Lightbox Reitman Square, 350 King Street West - 10am to 10pm daily
Online: Join Now

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