It's stories that speak to the gay and lesbian community, but because the strength of the characters and the strength of the movies, there are some movies that will speak to everyone.
—Eric Plamondon, event organizer
Reel Pride is turning 25. And it's celebrating with screenings of 15 films from Canada and all over the world, including dramas, love stores and comedies.
They're movies you wouldn't necessarily see on the big screen anywhere else which is what a film festival should strive to do," says Eric Plamondon, one of the organizers of Reel Pride.
"It's stories that speak to the gay and lesbian community, but because of the strength of the characters and the strength of the movies, there are some movies that will speak to everyone," he says.
There are also movies that inspire thought, so a number of panel discussions will be held. For example, Saskatchewan filmmaker Charlie David travelled around the world to interview youth with HIV and AIDS. "You would think it's a very heavy subject, but it's actually a very uplifting movie, so we'll have a panel discussion to follow that," says Plamondon. David's film, Positive Youth, will be screened on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Plamondon also says that it is important to give voice to the youth, so they are partnering with Gay Straight Alliance and Rainbow Resources Centre. "We are creating a slot especially for them so they can tell us how they're making things better, how they're making the community better, how they're making themselves more comfortable in the community," he says.
Reel Pride runs at the Gas Station Arts Centre until October 14.