FULL BLAST + WELCOME TO AFRICVILLE at OUTeast with SMU Art Gallery
MediaQueer.ca X OUTeast screens FULL BLAST + WELCOME TO AFRICVILLE in Collab. w/ the SMU Art Gallery 15 June 2016 – 8PM: FREE screening at Saint Mary’s University Sobey Building, room 255, (located at 903 Robie Street, in Halifax). This screening is made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
MEDIAQUEER.CA’s first collaborative screening with OUTeast will bring a feature and a short to one of Canada’s youngest, coolest queer film festivals. Staying true to our interest in showing lesser-seen and hard-hitting work – and never, ever shying away from the daring humour, love, lust, social critique and visual power of queer-made film and video – the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec is proud to present Halifax audiences with Rodrigue Jean’s Full Blast and Dana Inkster’s Welcome to Africville. Outstanding works both shot in the Maritimes and released in 1999, these films reach into a recent past so similar to our current era, where political inertia and the lives of the social/racial/sexual precariat seem always at odds. Passion, story-making, and the brazen act of queerness itself all stand as a bulwark against erasure and other forms of loss. Sexy, brilliant, and important, we know these works will stay in the minds of OUTeast festival-goers for years to come. Curated by: Jordan Arseneault, Thomas Waugh, and Andria Wilson. Followed by a Q&A moderated by the SMU Art Gallery's Robin Metcalfe
Full Blast (Rodrigue Jean, 1999, 92 minutes, K-Films Amériques/Ian Boyd/Domino Films)
Rodrigue Jean’s feature film debut, Full Blast (1999, 92) was based on the prizewinning Acadian novel L’Ennemi que je connaîs by Martin Pître. A blast of fresh sea air when it hit mainstream theatres and queer festivals 1999, 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. http://www.mediaqueer.ca/film/full-blast
Check out our trailer here: https://vimeo.com/168388773
Welcome to Africville (Dana Inkster, 1999, 15 minutes, Groupe Intervention Vidéo).
Dana Inkster’s Welcome to Africville is a “docufiction” that 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.
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