The state of queer cinema: we asked 5 LGBTQ filmmakers to tell the stories of their latest work

Each artist has a film premiering at Canada's largest LGBTQ cinema event, Inside Out.

Each artist has a film premiering at Canada's largest LGBTQ cinema event, Inside Out

The Empress of Vancouver, one of the many Canadian films screening at the Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival. (Inside Out)

The 32nd annual Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival kicks off May 26th, with a massive lineup of queer films running both in-person (in Toronto) and virtually (all across Ontario) until June 5th. In anticipation, we asked a selection of the Canadian filmmakers bringing their work to the event to tell us about their projects. 

As part of CBC Arts's Cutaways series, these five essays collectively offer the stories of five projects premiering at Inside Out. They are only a handful of the 128 films from 28 different countries screening at the festival, so do check out the festival's website for more information about everything they have to offer. 

'Out in the Ring': How professional wresting has become an LGBTQ friendly space

Pro wrestler Mike Parrow in Out in the Ring. (Jahlen Barnes)

Ry Levey's new film explores the sport's storied history of queer representation. Read his essay here

For many queer people of colour, walking away from the Church isn't an option

With Wonder. (Inside Out)

Sharon Lewis's Latest film is With Wonder, where she explores intersections of race, religion and queerness. Read her essay here

How this filmmaker bended genres and found funders to tell the story of Vancouver trans icon Oliv Howe

Oliv Howe plays herself in Empress of Vancouver. (Lantern Films)

After a long road to the screen, Dave Shortt's The Empress of Vancouver is premiering at Inside Out. Read his essay here

TRAMPS! looks at the art movement behind the The New Romantics

TRAMPS! (Game Theory Films)

The New Romantics are so often associated with pop music, but Kevin Hegge argues in his documentary TRAMPS! that it was so much more than that. Read his essay here

Director Tara Thorne would rather you feel strongly about something than nothing about anything

Lou (Kathleen Dorian) and Wally (Lesley Smith) on their first date in Compulsus. (Jessie Redmond)

With her "me too" revenge drama, Compulsus, Thorne wanted to make an homage to her favourite film. Read her essay here

The Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival runs in person and across Ontario from May 26 to June 5.

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