For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016
CTFF ANNOUNCES QUEER PROGRAMMING
11TH ANNUAL CARIBBEANTALES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 7 – 17, 2016
In 2016, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), returns to downtown Toronto, at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, with an Opening Gala on September 7, then daily from September 14 – 17 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of the Festival please visit http://www.caribbeantales.ca/ctff/
The Festival is proud to bring to this year’s programming a number of notable films representing the Queer community.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 8:30 P.M.
My Silky Blue Frog Shortz
Lezlie Lee Kam, 2015, Trinidad/Canada, 6:20 minutes
An erotic and hilarious story about a brown Trini dyke dealing with getting older and becoming disabled, how she survives and thrives
Community activist Lezlie Lee Kam, is a brown Trini, Carib, callaloo, dyke.
Salvador Sol Valdez, 2016, Canada, 9 minutes
“Elena cannot forget the lucid memories of a past relationship. An effervescent love, full of passion and ardor, pushes her to fall into a state of mind that may impede her to continue. Faced with a precarious situation, Elena will have to make a drastic decision.”
Gilda Monreal is an actress and writer, known for Totem & Taboo (2011), Cold (2011) and Bachata; Judith Rodriguez Perez is an actress and writer, known for Te para Tres (2013), Cold (2011) and Biodegradable (2013); Salvador Sol Valdez is best known for short films Siempre Pa’lante (2011) and Cold (2011).
Christopher Laird, TnT, 2016, 10 minutes
Mas artists, Peter Minshall, producing his first mas for carnival in nearly ten years reinterprets Mikhail Fokine’s classic ballet THE DYING SWAN for a ‘Moko Jumbie’ (a stilt dancer) in drag. This film chronicles the assemblage and performance of this mas at the King of Carnival competition in February 2016.
Christopher Laird has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 40 years garnering a score of national, regional and international awards.
Melanie Grant, Barbados, 2015, 17:48 minutes
A young woman finally returns home to her ill mother to find someone from her past nursing her.
Melanie Grant is a film student from Barbados and a queer and feminist activist
Kaneal Gayle, Jamaica 2016, 50 minutes
Documenting the first ever week of Pride events in Jamaica 2015, a country often labelled as one of the most homophobic countries on earth. The focus was on the face of PRiDE, Simone Harris featuring her life, bravery as well as her contribution to what was Jamaica’s first ever PRiDE week celebration.
Kaneal Gayle has been a working journalist in Jamaica since 2008 with Television Jamaica-TVJ and CVMTV. He chose to document the first Pride celebration in Jamaica’s history to capture the raw emotions of the LGBT community during this history-making occasion
Images can be found at http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/media/
From September 6 – 11, the Festival hosts the 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI). This year for the first time the CTI is sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading TV and communications provider, as part of its commitment to the development of the Caribbean filmmaking industry. For further information please visit http://caribbeantales.ca/CTI/
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/events/ and on-site one hour before each screening at The Royal Cinema.
Ticket prices are:
Opening Night Gala – $25 (includes reception & screening)
Festival pass – $75 (includes all screenings and opening night)
Single Ticket – $10
For more information about the Festival, please call the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Office line on: 416-534-8308 or our mobile line: 647-739-4294 or visit our website http://www.caribbeantales.ca/ctff/
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