Friday, June 22 | 1:30pm
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport
This year's Celebration of Courage - Short Film Showcase features five powerful and resonant stories from emerging filmmakers all with a Canadian connection. You're invited to open your mind (and your heart) and help select the winner from among these honored finalists.
When Amy arrives home from university, 12-year old Logan sees changes in his sibling for the first time - his brother Isaac is a few months into the process of becoming Amy. Each family member reacts differently: Jane thinks it's cool she has a new sister; Mom is forced to confront a reality she's put off dealing with. But this story is Logan's – chronicling his difficulty accepting his brother's transformation, and the idea that Isaac is gone.
Directed by J. Adam Brown
17 minutes | CANADA | 2018
For several years now Marguerite, a diabetic woman in her seventies, has been getting daily visits from Rachel, her home health nurse. In spite of her declining condition, Marguerite has been gradually emerging from her loneliness as she experiences moments of tenderness and sensuality, under Rachel’s care. Discovering Rachel’s homosexuality plunges Marguerite into her own unacknowledged desires and unfulfilled longing. As Rachel becomes aware that Marguerite was never able to surrender to her heart’s desire, she is moved to help her make peace with her past in a moment of unalloyed intimacy.
Directed by Marianne Farley
19 minutes | CANADA | 2018
Directed by Marc-Antonie Lemire
23 minutes | CANADA | 2018
Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.
SILVIA IN THE WAVES
Directed by Giovana Olmos
13 minutes | CANADA | 2018
Noa struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.
THE THINGS YOU THINK I'M THINKING
A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, ten years ago