A short film on the subject of Indigenous Love. What is (romantic) love? And what does it mean to you? 8 couples share their thoughts.
Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story written from the monster's perspective (published by Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of a dream-themed anthology of short stories by Indigenous writers called Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power (published by Exile Editions). He is also an artist and filmmaker, graduating with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC in May of 2020. Nathan was the first-place winner of the 2010 Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient for the Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature in 2017. His writing is published in Redwire, Canada’s History, Shtetl, Kimiwan, Shameless, Prairie Fire/CV2, and Event magazine, as well as various blogs, and anthologies: The Playground of Lost Toys, Those Who Make Us ~ Canadian Creature Myth and Monster Stories, Love Beyond Body Space and Time, and Love After the End ~ Two-Spirit Utopias & Dystopias (Exile Editions, Bedside Press, Arsenal Pulp Press). He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.
A 22 minute profile of a Chinese Canadian restaurateur with a big heart, serving the community, running a successful restaurant, raising money for charities, hosting wild karaoke parties and making people happy as the amazing, flamboyant, wonderful drag queen CHINA DOLL!
Directed by: Dale Windle
Dale is an accomplished professional with 30+ years' experience in business; managing companies, finances, and business development. Dale has two university degrees in architecture and worked as a buildings architect for 15 years. He transitioned to Information Technology in 1993, founding and selling a web hosting startup. After selling that company Dale worked in investment banking assessing, packaging and financing technology company startups.
Dale has a keen interest in film making and in 2010 started Aventus Films, with it's head office in Victoria, BC. He has applied his entrepreneurial vision, business management skills and energetic enthusiasm to the film industry, fulfilling a lifelong dream to be a master storyteller with film.
As soon as I met Ed Kwan (China Doll), I saw and felt immediately his love. I knew I had to tell his story. He has a great family story of immigration, struggling to get ahead in a new world, and a powerful desire to serve and help the community and she does it all as an amazing drag diva: China Doll.
Olivia can feel her relationship slipping away. As she still has a strong desire and a lot of tenderness for Julie, she chooses to keep her feelings quiet during the romantic weekend that Julie organizes for her birthday. With the presence of raccoons in the night as a backdrop, Olivia is overwhelmed by her emotions and can no longer hide anything.
Directed by Rose-Anne Dery:
Rose-Anne Dery has been working for five years in the artistic world mainly as an actress, but also as an author, screenwriter and producer. She was notably the co-author and actress in the play Table Rase, directed by Brigitte Poupart, which was performed three times between 2015 and 2017 at the L’Espace Libre theater. This play, which won the Critics' Award for Best Original Text, was a resounding success. In 2015, with her colleague André-Luc Tessier, she founded the Tableau Noir theater company, which created several works such as Le Terrier (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier and Duceppe), Je ne te savais pas poète (Espace Libre) and Sissi (Théâtre la Licorne). She has also been seen on the small screen in projects such as Family Councils broadcast on Télé-Québec and in Les Invisibles on TVA. She has also participated as an actress in several web series, short and feature films, including Bête à Papa by Fanny Lefort, Fontaineblues by Akim Gagnon and Embrasse-moi comme tu maimes by André Forcier. She wrote, co-produced and stars in The Psychology of the Planets, an Anick Lemay film that toured Quebec film festivals in 2018. Dearly is her first project as a director.
In this 6-minute documentary portrait film, audiences will be compelled by the origin of Ball Culture, as it shines a light on the history of the art and the cultural significance. As our main subject, Jazmine Loubie Miyake-Mugler will tell the story of ballroom in Toronto and address the stigma of queer people of colour, the racism circulating black lives, as well as social justice for the LGBTQ+ community.
Directed by: Directed by Natasha Uhrig and Emilie Peloso
Natasha Uhrig is a third-year Bachelor of Film and Television student at Sheridan College.
Modern Royalty came to life when I asked a close friend of mine if I could tell their story on camera. It highlights important subjects of race and gender, through compelling performance art, known as Ballroom culture. Film became an outlet for me to tell stories that were uncommon or tough to talk about, and I’m able to use my knowledge and skills in art to bring them to life. I want to thank my dedicated and talented crew, as well as my dear friend and subject, Jazmine Loubie – Miyake Mugler – I would not have been able to bring this film to life without them. I am beyond thrilled to share this story of growth, acceptance, and individualism to an audience that is ready to celebrate it.