– Film Festival 2014

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6th annual Queer West Film Festival

A small, but quality film festival, on a $100 budget and four hours long.

Saturday August 9th , 2014 @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre


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  • Where: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
    Address: 12 Alexander St
    Start Time: 6 PM End Time: 10  PM The Bar will be open though out our programming tonight
    The Cabaret Room holds 100 people
    Cover $5/PWYC Students free, includes  Program Guide
    Hotline: 416-879-7954
    Program Director – Lauren Tenn queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com
    Web Site: http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com/
  • Map & Transit: https://goo.gl/maps/w4aTV Best bet: 506 College Streetcar To Yonge St. or Yonge St. Subway to College, 12 Alexander is two blocks North.

Program Guide Booklet

The 2014 Toronto Queer West Film Festival program guide, has been archived at ISSUU with 15 million other publications.  http://issuu.com/torontoqueerartsfestival/docs/2014_queerwestfilmfestival_program

 Queer West Film Festival donated $200 (Proceeds from this event) to Basement Arts – Producers of the trans film: Both and: The Lee Hicks Story.

Chosen as one of the top 10 film events in Toronto this Summer!

July 3, 2014  – Queer West Film Festival chosen as one of the 10 film events in Toronto for summer 2014 by BlogTO.com  – http://bit.ly/1j1nSQI  Posted by Blake Williams /

Tonight’s Film Directors during  Q & A

guest film directors

 August 9, 2014 Five talented directors welcomed as guest speakers at 6th annual Queer West Film Festival Program Director (Lauren Tenn, in the middle). Left to right Andrew Randall (director Performing Masculinity), Simone Marie Stock (Another Way Out), Eric Casaccio (L.A., Narcissit) and Mary J Daniel.(Bending the Lens, London Ontario Lesbian FF)…Photo by Anna Gutmanis. — at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.

Photo Album from 2014 film Festival


official selection 2014 for queer west film festival in toronto ontarioThe 6th annual Queer West Film Festival is bringing you, an outstanding selection of the most engaging, inspiring and entertaining LGBT films from around the world tonight



CURTAIN UP: 6 PM to 7:15 PM – First half of show

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Dir ::: Reid Waterer | Los Angeles USA | Gay Relationships | Comedy | English | 25 Minutes | Premier Showing in Canada.

Film Synopsis: Recently dumped Tom decides to take a Mediterranean group tour.  Short of the money to get a double room just for himself, he is randomly assigned a roommate for the duration of the trip, a hot Greek guy named Nikos.  Meanwhile, the group’s cute tour guide Armando seems to be getting flirty.  Gradually as he gets to know both, their sexiness, charm and ambiguity slowly drive Tom a bit crazy as he attempts to answer the age-old question:  Gay or European? The inability to always know whether it is a good idea to come out to a particular person, especially someone from a different culture that might be very homophobic, can lead to some awkward dilemmas. Stars Kevin Grant Spencer, Anthem Moss (Greek movie & TV star), Orel de la Mota, Adam Huss (Starz’s “Power”, “Waiting in the Wings”, “Such Good People”, “Is It Just Me?”), and Danny Lopes (“Performance Anxiety”)

reid waterer film directorDirector Reid Waterer is a veteran of 180+ film festivals on 6 continents with his award-winning short films.  Born in San Jose, he moved south to Los Angeles at 17 to attend film school at USC.  After beginning his career with a brief stint working for Peter Bogdanovich, he now works editing movie advertising for films including MAMMA MIA, TRANSAMERICA, THE HANGOVER and DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN.  He likes to think of his queer shorts as funded by Hollywood because in part they are as a result of his day job.  We Screened Reid Waterer’s  Performance Anxiety at our film Festival in 2012,  to loud applause. Contact Information : suncrest@mac.com Premier Showing in Canada

anna gutmanis toronto singer  Ana Gutmanis – Another Way Out (Music Video)

Dir::Simone Marie Stock and music producer, Karen Kane  | Toronto Canada | Documentary Music Video | 4 minutes | EnglishSynopsis: Three generations of LGBT Canadians talk about their life journeys – being bullied, coming out, and coming into their own. Stark black and white visuals highlight these candid, eloquent self-portraits. Award winning Toronto singer and song writer, Anna Gutmanis provided soundtrack for the film Another Way Out. Anna’s critically-acclaimed album “Glimmer In The Dark” (2012) was named the Number One album of 2013, On the international OutVoice Top Twenty Album Chart, and her award-winning single “I Am Who I Am” (2008) remains an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement.  Premier Showing in North America. — Update June 21, 2014…Another Way Out” is now an official selection of the UK Shropshire LGBT Rainbow Film Festival in October 17 to 19, 2014.

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 Simone  Stock, right, hands on hips.

Film Director Simone Marie Stock attended alternative high school SEE in Toronto where her enthusiasm for storytelling began to bloom. She created short films, studied drama and wrote fiction earning the school’s top honours. At the University of Toronto she pursued her passion for world cinema and the classics earning an Honors BA. Putting her skills to work  she and her business  partner and husband music producer, Misha Skoric – for the hockey documentary On Frozen Pond. Soon after, she began work in television directing the highest rated episodes of YTV’s successful Ghost Trackers series. Simone directed the short Motoen Morning on location in Los Angeles, which successfully ran the festival circuit and garnered TIFF nomination for Best Short in Canada. More recently Still Light has begun its festival run premiering at Cinefest in Sudbury, Ontario.

candy cravingsmovie posterCandy Cravings

Saara Lamberg Executive Producer | Dark Comedy  | Australia| Run Time 7 Minutes | EnglishPremier Showing in North America. Candy Cravings starring Saara and produced by Lamberg and Bennett Productions. Candy Cravings tells the story of a young woman struggling with the desire of eating people and her girlfriend in particular. This short film was produced in mere 48 hours including pre and post production.  Saara plays a cannibal in this dark romance, also starring Sandy Greenwood (Killer Elite). Charly Harrison received the award of best music at the 48h film project Melbourne for Candy Cravings. Premier screening in North America.Saara Lamberg,film producer

Saara Lamberg originally from Finland, has appeared in films, theatre and television in London, Paris, Brussels, Helsinki, USA and Qatar.  She has received several awards for her work, including ‘Bronze prize’ at the Beverly Hills screenplay contest (Hollywood 2013), ‘The Best Drama’ at the Connect Film Festival (Melbourne 2014) ‘The Best Actor’ (Lithuania 2004).  She lived in England 2006-2010 and studied in the critically acclaimed Dartington College of Arts, graduating with a BA (HONS) degree in Theatre and Choreographic Practices in 2007.  She moved to Melbourne in January 2010 and received a Distinguished Talent Permanent Residency in 2012.  In Australia she has appeared in Underbelly Files, independent features and short films.   Saara Lamberg is a board member of Montsalvat Collective, Australia’s oldest Artists Colony.  Saara’s Blog Saar’s Official Website

 Saara Lamberg Showreel 2014

Jose Antonio Cortes Amunárriz, spain filmmakerDesnudos (Naked)

Dir:: Jose Antonio Cortes Amunárriz | Madrid Spain | Film Short | Drama | Spanish English subtitles | 12 Minutes.

Synopis  – Desnudos is a small budget film short, but big on intent. It speaks of silent battles picture still from spanish film desnudoswaged continuously between  family members. The scene opens with two young adult males Carlos Guerrero (Javier) and Victor Ramos (Fran) naked  in Fran’s  bedroom.  In the next scene Mom and Dad (Rocio Mostaza, as the Mother and Nacho Marraco the Father) are sitting in the living room. A phone rings Mother discovers it belongs to her son Javier. From there,  the action is swift, Father is upset about contents on phone. The real action happens at the dinner table,  opening a well known can of worms; fear, homophobia   and  sexism. Come and see Desnudos,  you’ll be thrilled… (Translation and review by MFP) —

DIRECTOR Jose Antonio Cortes Amunárriz was  born in 1957 in Hondarribia  Basque Country, Spain. He moved to Madrid to late 70s . Study at TAI Escuela Universitaria de Artes Y Espectáculos. Where he learned teaching, writing and theatre directing. In 2007 produced ” Look at me ” his first film short. Released in Sevilla at the International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  Since then,  he has received many awards for his film shorts. Desnudos is his fourth short film.  Premier screening in North America.

 Performing-Masculinity film still   Performing Masculinity

Dir :: Andrew Randall | Toronto  Canada | 2013 | 15 minutes | English. Filmmaker — Andrew Randall combines a talking statue of David, performance art, drag, and candid interviews with young men to explore how males feel compelled to perform their masculinity in order to gain social acceptance.  As Ru Paul so eloquently put it: “We’re born naked.  The rest is drag.” This film was produced as part of SkyWorks Charitable Foundation’s “Real Change Boys Filmmaking Project”, examining gender issues facing boys and young men. Premier screening in North America. —

toronto filmmaker andrew randallAbout – Andrew Randall is a fourth year social work student at Ryerson University and has a keen interest in creating positive social change through film, art and documentary. Born on March 26th, 1992, Andrew has grown up in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and graduated from Cawthra Park Secondary School with a Regional Arts Diploma in Visual Arts.  Upon graduating with a BSW in April 2014, Andrew will be employed in Mental Health Services.  He also plans to continue to create further film projects. Read Andrew’s new Blog on Tumblr.com http://troublingmasculinity.tumblr.com/


10 minute Intermission



 lesbian documentary film  Je suis lesbienne Montréal

Dir :: Tina Fichter | Paris, France | 2013 | 45 min | French (English subtitles)|Premier showing in English Canada.”I am a lesbian” is what the 22 Montreal women proudly and eloquently affirm in Tina Fichter’s documentary. Behind the statement lie their experiences, their perspectives and their unique lives. The stories are personal and sensitive, proud and engaging. However, it is the words, “I am a lesbian” that are at the centre of the film, giving voice to the often ignored and unheard. These words are a testimonial to the power of self-identification. tina paris france filmmaker dfilm director

Tina Fichter, film student in Paris, came to Montreal in 2012 as part of a university exchange program.

Tina’s Story: “I am a lesbian and I assume my lesbianism but I do not interact much with lesbians other than my companion, my curiosity is piqued… What are their journeys?  Do we share the same experiences?  What about their relationships with their families?  What are their links to lesbian communities?  I experience my lesbian life in Paris, the looks, the remarks, insults at times… But Montreal seems to be a city where lesbians can have a good life.  But is it really?  I ask myself.  I meet 20 women, we talk and they become the subjects of the story, their personalities, their histories, their different points of view… I am passionate, I feel a very strong desire to film them, almost a need.  They have so much to say and above all, they all wish to participate in this film.”  I welcome you to write to me (tina.fichter@hotmail.fr) if the film interests you, if you know of places which would like to show it, or if you have any questions or comments.”

Video Ours will be sub titled in English


Waiting-03a  Waiting

Dir :: Rhoda N. Wainwright | Madrid Spain | 2013 | 4.5 Minutes |  DramaPremier Showing in North America. Waiting is a tale of oppositions. Day and night. Passion and lust entwined with pain and heartbreak. The beginning, the end. It’s a reflection of different moments within a relationship. The protagonist waits in desperation tormenting her thoughts as the minutes tick by and her partner fails to return.  Screen at LesGaiCineMad – LGBT International Film Festival in Madrid 2013.  Premier screening in  North America

Rhoda N. Wainwright, Born in Madrid in 1980, by a British mother and a Spanish father, Rhoda N. Wainwright has captured the head and shoulders film dir rhoda Wainwraightrich culture from both countries and portrayed it in her work. Graduating from the University Complutense of Madrid obtaining a degree in Audiovisual Communication her interest in human psychology, anthropology and professional experience in fields relating to photography, fashion, publishing and film, has motivated her to write various scripts creating new television formats and the internet series “El Vlog de Greta” which she also directed.This year Rhoda N. Wainwright has published her first novel, She Loves you, winner of the Escriduende Award for the most enticing novel of 2013 and has directed the short film Waiting, starring Maru Valdivielso. Official Website http://rhodanwainwright.com/

We haven’t got a Trailer but it can be viewed HERE.


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Rob & Evan

Dir :: Eric Casaccio | USA | 2014 | Painful Relationships | English | Runs 17 MinutesPremier Showing in Canada.

“Narcissist” is the story of a kind soul (Evan, played by HUNTER LEE HUGHES) who attracts a dark knight (Rob, played by Brionne Davis)) into his life. It’s almost as it’s meant to be until Rob goes from a charming man to a manipulative individual who suddenly pulls the carpet out from under Evan, smashing his heart into a million pieces. Evan’s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ends up taking him to a place of truth while Rob spirals into his own midlife crisis.Sometimes one must experience darkness to find a true authentic light.

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Eric (red T) directing

Eric Csaccio is a Producer / Editor / Cinematographer / Writer & Director, born on April 5th, 1972 in Malden, MA, USA. In addition to studying abroad with the London Theatre Program, Eric received his Bachelors Degree from Roger Williams University graduating with honors. He has studied acting at the Michael Chekhov Connection and has appeared in several award winning short films as a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Eric’s most important accomplishment is Psychic Glitter, an onstage charity event production responsible for raising $1978.20 for The Trevor Project honoring the memory of Lawrence King, a teenager shot and killed in school for his sexual orientation and gender expression.  Eric wrote, produced, co-directed and even played a feature length lead role while spreading awareness for an unforgettable tragedy.  Eric has acted in several films, including Walk A Mile In My Pradas (Glen), Temps (Carl), The North End (Rico), Ravenous Souls, Sometimes, David’s Walls (Randy’s boyfriend), The Wedding Dance (2012). Contact Eric Casaccio via his website www.ericcasaccio.com

 Narcissist Trailer


london ontario lesbian film festival logo  Bending The Lens

Dir :: Mary J. Daniel | Documentary |  20 Years of the London Lesbian Film Festival  | Canada | 2012 | 33 mins. / English. —  Bending the Lens: documents the inception, growth and impacts of the longest running Lesbian Film Festival in North America since May 4, 1992. Through a variety of interviews, what emerges is the passion put by women in this both public and private battle started twenty years ago in the conservative town of London. Thanks to their enthusiasm, strength and determination, local lesbian, queer and bisexual women have succeeded in creating not only a powerful annual three-day event but also, and more importantly, a positive sense of community and belonging. First and only showing 2013,  Feminist Eye Film Festival. 

Mary J. Daniel filmmakerFilm — Director Mary J. Daniel is a media artist and educator, with a 20-year history of making hard-to-categorize works focussing on the poetry and artistry of everyday experiences. She has a background in experimental film, intertwining interest in educational and community-based video, and several years experience teaching time-based media production, including at Purdue University, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Her body of work encompasses an award-winning anthology of experimental shorts, a feature film, and a series of collaborative documentaries. Her films and videos have travelled international, queer, women’s, and experimental festival circuits; screened at Cinematheques, micro-cinemas, universities and galleries; and featured in curated programmes of Canadian works, including at the Kassel Documentary Festival and the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Her Website: http://www.mjdaniel.ca/index.html

eeva putro, finland filmmaker  Buying a Dildo

Written and directed by Eeva Putro | Finland | 7 Min. | :Finnish with English subtitles.Premier Showing in North America. A short fiction film edited by Blooming Rock(Finland)  about an uptight banker lesbian whose girlfriend sends her to a porn shop to buy a dildo.Winner of the audience award at Out Here Now Kansas City LGBT Film festival (USA) 2013, Screened in following festivals:  Queer Film Festival, Rostock (Germany) 2013, New Cinema for the Edinburgh Film Guild (Scotland) 2013 Premier screening in North America.

Eeva Putro is an actress/screenwriter who’s making her directorial debut with Buying a Dildo. She was born on March 30, 1978, in Finland, and received her MA in acting in  film acting and theatre from St.Petersburg State Academy of Theatre in 2008. She has acted in various films and theatres in Finland. .

Eeva Putro Showreel 2013

teacher Lee Hicks photo by metro nws.ca9:15 PM to 10PM


Exclusive to Queer West; live panel discussion about  making the film  Both/And: —  The Lee Hicks Story..

Human Rights Unconference with special guests: Toronto teacher Lee Hicks & Film Director: Azed Majeed

A Toronto-area teacher and artist, who is embarking on a Canadian first: openly transitioning from female-to-male throughout one school year has agreed to presentation of film clips from (Film still in production and Crowd funding), and a Q &A with Lee and Film Director, Azed Majeed, talking about Lee’s life experiences over the past few years. — The production company Basement Arts  camera follows Lee into the classroom, as they  solicit discussion with  his students, inviting them to share their thoughts about Lee, and on being involved in his transition. The film will also explore the historical role of transgendered individuals, across cultures and in other contexts, as that of “teacher”, “seer”, “guru” and/or “mystic” — in light of which, we learn that Lee is actually following in a well documented historical tradition as that of teacher, and that current notions that transgendered people are “new” is a myth. This will take place at about 9:15 pm to 10 pm.:

Also in attendance to will be Film Director Eric Casaccio, from Los Angeles we are screening his film “Narcissist” and Andrew Randall Toronto, who directed “Performing Masculinity.”

Lee (Hicks) is an artist and designs wearable art. Visit his website today to see the 6 new designs, as of July 21,  that now exist there! (many shirt styles and colours!)

Animation video by Lee Hicks

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Queer West  was founded in 2001, incorporated as a Gay West Community Network Inc. not-for-profit Ontario charity in 2008, #1752698. We have fun producing performing and visual arts festivals and events for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing and visual arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related art workshops.

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