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The Queer Media Database Canada-Québec celebrates the Rainbow Visions Festival’s inaugural edition with a double bill of archival shorts and canonical features by three unforgettable artists: Stanley Jackson, Claude Jutra, and Bruce LaBruce. From a closeted NFB narrative to 60s vérité hybridity and 80s punk experimentalism, this capsule program is a window into our archive and a rare opportunity to see the remastered Jutra and undead LaBruce. Curated for by Thomas Waugh, who will join LaBruce for presentations at the Metro Cinema Society this October 16 + 17. Check out for more details on the films to be shown, upcoming events, and to submit your own entries to our catalogue.

Proudly brought to Edmonton with the support of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Concordia University Fine Arts, the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, the Cinémathèque québécoise, FAVA Fest and DailyXtra!


Friday, Oct. 16, 9PM:

Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's Home Movies, dir. Bruce LaBruce & Candy Parker (1988, 12 minutes, Super8) Zombies, skins, serial killers, organs, oral, “borrowed” sound: many motifs that will come to define LaBruce’s oeuvre are presented here as a Super8 collage as if made by the children of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. A must-see from the LaBruce/Parker collaboration that has been screened at museums and festivals worldwide comes to Edmonton for the first time ever!


Saturday, Oct. 17, 1:30PM:

PANEL: The Romance of Transgression: the Queer Canadian Archive on Screen with Thomas Waugh & Bruce LaBruce – ADMISSION BY DONATION.

Followed by:

Cornet at Night – Stanley Jackson, 1963, 14 minutes

  Based on a short story by Sinclair Ross (1939), a Prairies queer coming-of-age haunted by operatic melodies.      

  “With Cornet at Night, Ross had still not yet been canonized by McClelland & Stewart – much less come out

  as a geriatric ‘gay lib’ figurehead.”(Thomas Waugh) A pantheistic rural universe hums along to the uncanny

  trumpet blowing by the blonde city boy who doesn’t know how to stook.



I Know What It’s Like to be Dead - Bruce LaBruce, 1989, 15 minutes, Special director copy

A 15-minute triptych presented at the Museum of Modern Art retrospective held in honour of LaBruce, this gritty self-portrait provides insight into the gay cineaste's pre-narrative phase. A collaborative self-portrait and meditation on mortality from one of Canada’s most revered, reviled and enduring mavericks.

À tout prendre - Claude Jutra, 1963, 99 minutes, Cinémathèque québécoise. (FR original with EN subtitles by Leonard Cohen.) 

A semiautobiographical experimental narrative shows a privileged young filmmaker named Claude who is passionately involved with a black model named Johanne, who suddenly guesses that he likes boys. He strolls with Johanne up the Mountain, the famous gay cruising area, where he fantasizes that the couple is attacked by a leatherman biker. Johanne gets pregnant, Claude dumps her, and the relationship dissolves in narcissism, rejection, and bitterness. Canada's first explicitly gay-themed feature film is a nouvelle vague masterpiece that conjures a Québécois Truffaut or Cassavetes.



Saturday, Oct. 17, 9PM *:

I Know What It’s Like to be Dead - Bruce LaBruce, 1989, 15 minutes, Special director copy

(See description in 1:30PM screening above.)

Otto; or Up with Dead People ­- Bruce LaBruce, 2008, 95 minutes

The 2008 zombie flick Otto; or Up with Dead People marks a partial shift in LaBruce's career, from ultra-underground art film and explicit porn to “art-gorn.” Premiered at Sundance, this feature centers on Otto, a teenage vegetarian zombie with an identity crisis. On the road to Berlin, Otto meets the underground director Medea Yarn, who decides to make a documentary on him while she finishes up a gay political zombie porn, Up with Dead People.

Trailer (Strand Releasing):