“Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer's marvelously entertaining multi-disciplinary take on the male mid-life crisis. Mixing solo dance, collective scat, humour and pathos, Victorian gothic animation and great music, this Montreal stage adaptation is never less than fiercely alive.” John Griffin-The Gazette
What happens when two people are so unique, so different, that they break every possible convention?
Transfixed tells the story of a highly unconventional romance. Martine Stonehouse and John Gelman are engaged and living with each other - and both living with Asperger Syndrome. Martine is a transsexual preparing for surgery. Her main motivation is her quest to marry John, who is straight identifying and will end their relationship unless she transitions fully.
But before John and Martine can fulfill their dream of living as husband and wife, they will have to overcome Martine's battle to lose weight, John's occasional stubborn-mindedness, medical complications, financial woes, and a stressful race to pull off the ultimate wedding to express their relationship - one that simultaneously celebrates and smashes down convention, one that is as unique and compelling as they are.
Transfixed is a deeply inspiring, humorous and human story about freedom, self-actualization and the quest for happiness - one that anyone who has ever longed for love and acceptance can empathize with and understand.
Baise Majesté s'intéresse aux pratiques sexuelles contemporaines, en donnant la parole à celles qui aujourd'hui mènent le bal : les femmes. Cette série le fait de façon directe, personnelle et irrévérencieuse, c'est-à-dire en écoutant non pas des experts, mais des femmes parler franchement de leur vie sexuelle.
Sex, Truth and Videotape looks at contemporary sexual practices by giving voice to those who are at the forefront of the discussion today: women. The program deals bluntly, personally and irreverently with the topic - by listening not to what the experts have to say but by letting women themselves talk frankly about their sex lives.
Kids today are active players in a sexually-charged popular culture, fuelled by technology. But at what cost? Whether it’s posting sexy photos and raunchy video on the net, ass-grabbing in the school hallway or spreading explicit gossip that shatters high school lives, harassment is commonplace, even acceptable. Through computer screens, inside all-age clubs, with candid personal diaries and in their own short dramas about sexual pressures, It’s a Teen’s World exposes what it’s like for diverse groups of teens in Toronto to navigate a tangled web of sex, lies and power trips.
While the club scene grows, the number of female DJs does not. Through insightful interviews with DJs, producers and radio personalities, Spinsters delves into the ups and downs of being a woman in a scene that, while maintaining its underground position, still objectifies women. What comes up is not resentment or bitterness but a love of the life and passion to share music.
Cat Ladies is a verité documentary that pierces the intimate world of the “cat lady” – women who give and seek love in their world with their cats. Four different women who have been slapped with the same label: “The Crazy Cat Lady”. Through intimate access with Diane, Margot, Sigi and Jenny, we create a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats. Some of these women have only a few cats; others share their small homes with hundreds. They’ve created an alternative society for themselves that they share with their feline companions. It’s not however, the number of cats they possess that defines them, but rather their struggle to find acceptance and value in a society that rejects them. A figure of fun, they’re easily dismissed but these women deal with the issues that all of us face to some degree – rejection, loss and loneliness.
Following the international success of Deepa Mehta’s Oscar-nominated film Water, which has achieved, to date, sales of over $15 million and more than 1,000,000 viewers, Ms. Mehta received thousands of letters from the audience. Set in 1938 Colonial India against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, Water is about eight-year-old child bride Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to an ashram where Hindu widows must live out their remaining days in penitence. After viewing the film, many wanted to know more about the state of widows in India today.
The Forgotten Woman was made in direct response to this interest and aims to bring about an understanding of the destitution and marginalization of many of the millions of widows in India today, who are forced by age-old traditions to live out their remaining years isolated from and shunned by the society at large. The film explores how these widows, coerced by their families to give up their possessions, become non-entities in society.
The Forgotten Woman aims to create greater awareness of the fact that in the 21st century, there are still numerous and wide spread issues surrounding women’s search for economic independence in order to attain a modicum of dignity, self-sufficiency and basic human dignity.
"A short guy who is sensitive is in deep shit." So begins this investigation into the relationship between male height, self-esteem and success. With humour and bite, 5'3" Howard Goldberg tackles the tall issue of heightism. A few sample facts: over a lifetime, a 6' man earns about $280,000 more than his 5'5" counterpart, sperm banks have minimum height requirements for donors, and women could be genetically hard-wired to pick the tall guy. Around the world, the bias seems to hold true. In China, minimum heights are posted in certain job descriptions. The French seem to have more enlightened attitudes-short can still be sexy, thanks to Emperor Napoleon. Most disturbing is "stature-lengthening" surgery, in which bones are broken, then stretched in excruciating increments as they heal. No wonder sales for elevator shoes are so strong. All this won't be news for members of the National Organization of Short Statured Adults, but might teach the rest of us a few things.
An intimate, gritty and poetic adventure following the lives of carnies, travelling fairground workers who have abandoned the security of the "real world" for the refuge and variety of the road. Deep pain is masked behind the huge grin of Hairy, the charismatic lesbian cotton-candy seller. Through her eyes, we see a world of unlikely Romeos, easy love and fierce friendships that obscure personal hardship and troubled pasts. Often from an underclass that has few options, the carnies struggle with addiction, loneliness, poverty and shattered dreams, finding solace only in the company of their own, who accept them as they are. Some have worked the fairs for more than 50 years, some were born or escaped into it, but all are gripped by the romance of the bright midway lights lyrically captured in lush interludes of Kodachrome Super 8.