I know, you are all very excited! Well, here it is folks, this is what we have in store for you this year! Be sure to keep checking in for more information as it will slowly reveal itself! Tickets for sale starting in September! They may be bought individually, or in a RITR deal (it’s great), or at the door. This will be the longest, best blog post you have ever read on the internet and probably the most important. Before you start, I would recommend grabbing a coffee or tea and some snacks. Enjoy!
The Queer Lens: Queer representation in the Media (Free)
Wednesday September 15th, University of Lethbridge, PE264 AH116
To start off the festival, RITR will be hosting a panel discussion featuring individuals involved with the art/media/film/queer community and seeing where they stand on the issue of queer representation. What is Queer media? Who makes it? Why is (or isn’t it) important, and how do we fit in?
Your questions are welcome and encouraged.
This Panel will be streamed live so that you can also twitter in questions if you can’t make it to the discussion. We can’t promise to use them all, but if you’ve got a gooder we will definitely bring it up!
More speakers TBA so keep posted!
Thursday September 16th – Opening Night – Sterndale Bennett Theater – 7pm ($10 in advance $12@door)
Taking the Plunge – Ian Gustafson and Chantal Langley (Vancouver)
…A lesbian who is about to get married has second thoughts about the marriage. Her two sides come out to talk about it.
The First – Jeremy Hyler (NC)
A coming of age story for one girl who finds her life in the gay and lesbian lifestyle. She tells her of her personality and her friends who are all in this subculture. She is invited to a drag show and gay bar to see what it is like. from there she goes through a metamorphosis and not only choosing a lifestyle but able to choose what she want and become a woman who finally has a voice.
Falling in Love… with Chris and Greg. Ep: O Canada! (CA)
In the premiere episode of “Falling In Love…”, Chris and Greg tackle the issues of open relationships, Canadianism, and lactose intolerance.
Best Friends – Andi Meiers (Germany)
about the time when you are 15 and you don’t know if you are in love with your best friend or with her boyfriend. The only thing you know is that you wear these doc martens shoes and that you feel like being yourself when you are with your friends, and you know you will always be best fiends – because you had these wonderful moments in the evenings at the lake.
Dish 🙂 – Brian Harris Krinsky (CA)
Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their east Los Angeles neighborhood dishing and “sexting” about their high school classmates. After listening to Louie boast about his sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do.
Baby Shark – Pascal-Alex Vincent (France)
Three teenagers. A precipice.
Communication – Christopher Banks (New Zealand)
An Orthodox Jewish student unexpectedly inherits the estate of his estranged mentor, and discovers a painful truth about their final days together.
Meeskeit – Neil Ira Needleman (NY)
This is the poignant story of two meeskeits and the beautiful relationship they never had. As with virtually all my stories, there are bits and peices of my relatives and family friends here. But these are really personalities that you’ll find in very family. I’m sure you will recognize an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, a parent, a sibling, and -perhaps- even a little of yourself in here.
Talk to your Daughter – Lisa Powell (Lethbridge)
PSA on the dangers of not educating your daughters of the lesbian recruitment agenda.
Public Relations – Gianna Sobol (CA)
A miserable Hollywood assisstant finds romance and a reason for being when her sexy New York counterpart arrives in town. Public Relations is a funny, fresh take on growing up – and getting laid.
Just Another Beautiful Boy – Peter Max Lawrence
A music video for the queer band Carletta sue Kay
Allison, My Love – Richard Paro
A short film about a slip of the tongue…
Fagbug – Erin Davies (NY)
On the 11th Annual Day of Silence, Erin Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her Volkswagen Beetle, Erin’s car was vandalized, left with the words “fag” an “u r gay” placed on the drivers side window and hood of her car. Despite initial shock and embarassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the “fagbug,” on a 58-day trip around the US and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male driver her car. After driving the fagbug for one year, Erin decided to give her car a makeover.
Friday September 17 – Closing Night – Sterndale Bennett Theater ($10 in advance $12@door)
Identities – Vittoria Colonna (will start at 7pm)
…This is a beautifully done piece about, perhaps, the lesser known side of the queer community. Transgendered and Transexual individuals are just two of the groups of people covered in this artistic and integral piece.
To Each Her Own – Heather Tobin (will start at 9pm)
This lesbian romance that deals with tough issues such as homophobic parents and internalized homophobia, is something I’m SURE a lot of people from Southern Alberta can relate all too well to.
Saturday September 18th – Matinee – 2pm – University of Lethbridge PE264 ($2)
Starting at 2pm we will start off with a short and follow with a feature. Both for $2 and suitable for all ages. There will be a cute little activity table for younger members of the family… or older. Who doesn’t love to color?
Fading away from the Stereotypes – LAMP Kids
This film (made completely by a group of kids) deals with gender identity and poses questions abut our preconceived notions of gender.
Transparent – Jules Rosskam
This film features trans-men with children and what they have gone through -and go through- each day to get closer to finding themselves while maintaining their family.
RITR Wrap up Party – 9pm – 2am ($10 in advance $12 @ door)
Music, Dancing and Entertainment Featuring Fake Mustache and The Brazen Hussies
Keep posted for details on our wrap up party!
The “Pink Package” may be purchased in advance and includes all of the RITR festival events for $25!
Tickets go on sale September 1st!