2016-06-15

VenusEnvy

7:00pm
Remember Your Life: Writing Workshop For LGBT Folk
You know you're a great storyteller. But every time you sit down to write, it just doesn't come out like it did in your head. Writing crisp, fresh stories is hard. But you need to, because telling your story is political. As 2-Spirit, trans folks and queers, our stories are routinely erased from history. Luckily Elisha has spent years stealing great writing techniques from authors they love. Come and try them out, and you're guaranteed to leave this workshop with at least one taut, vivid tale from your childhood.
At VenusEnvy, 1588 Barrington St.

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5:30PM - 7:30PM
Outlasting the Tides: Who + What is Missing from the Queer Archive?
Open to artists, educators, cinephiles, students of queerness and anyone interested in Canada and Québec’s queer moving image history and contemporaneity.
At Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (5865 Gorsebrook, Room 199, Halifax.) Facilitated by MediaQueer Coordinator Jordan Arseneault. FREE, all are welcome. Please RSVP to: mediaqueer@concordia.ca or call Jordan Arseneault at 514-848-2424 x5756 by June. 13 (registration not required. Snacks and refreshments will be served).
8:00pm
Two short films shown at the SMU Sobey Building, room 255, (located at 903 Robie Street, in Halifax)
Full Blast by Rodrigue Jean. Full Blast is a downbeat art film with a pop feel about five hinterland characters whose lives are going nowhere. Blast was shot in Bathurst NB’s beautiful setting on Chaleur Bay, where the pulp and paper mill is closed and everyone smokes way too much (tobacco and otherwise). Three down and out buddies, Piston, Charles and Steph reunite and dream of starting up their old band again. Piston’s ex Marie-Lou is a superb singer, the only thing the band has going for it but she’s resisting, because Piston makes life complicated. Jean’s superbly directed, contemplative and sexually transgressive film was embraced by audiences who know too well the feeling of being “off the beaten path.” The film revolves less around Charles the gay man returning to the setting from which he once escaped, than Steph, the beautiful bisexual who seems to have just a little more resilience and integrity than his pals and who seduces–and is seduced by–almost everyone else in the circle but can’t find what he’s looking for.
Welcome to Africville by Dana Inkster. A “docufiction” about the African-Canadian community in Halifax that was razed for “urban renewal” in the late sixties. Against a backdrop of black and white archival footage of this neighbourhood under demolition unfolds a slice-in-time narrative set on the eve of destruction. Highlighted are three generations of women in an Africville family, including a proud and lustful, thirty-something dyke, plus the friendly and queer local bartender (Alexander Chapman, known for his starring role in J. Greyson’s Lilies). Lushly photographed against brightly coloured settings, the film raises the question, not only of a lost community history, but also of sexual histories and identities only memory-making art can recover.