STORIES OF SEX, IDENTITY AND TRANSFORMATION
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ALASKA IS A DRAG THE CARMILLA MOVIE COBY
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Dir-Scr Christian Sonderegger. Prod Moïra Chappedelaine
Vautier. France 2017. 78min. Sales ALPHA VIOLET
Frank and forthright, this documentary grapples
with how parents and partners adapt to a transition
in the family.
In the Ohio village of Chagrin Falls, 20-something
paramedic Coby changes under the lens of his
half-brother’s camera. Whilst it is becoming a well-trodden
field for documentary, this account of trans
life in small-town America has a certain edge due
to the completeness and overall positivity of the
story. Moreover, it boasts moving contributions from
Coby’s girlfriend and atypical parents, who enjoy
thrashing ideas around, resulting in frank and forthright
interviews. In an age of concern about online privacy,
it’s striking how comfortable this family is in laying bare
their feelings on the broad spectrum of sex, hormones,
surgery and an array of identity politics that have
reshaped and challenged them all. Zorian Clayton
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Dir Milena Salazar, Joella Cabalu. Canada 2017. 7min
A bold visibility campaign against sexist social media
Dir-Scr Shaz Bennett. Prod Shaz Bennett, Jean-Pierre
Caner, Melanie Miller, Diane Becker. With Martin L
Washington Jr, Maya Washington, Matt Dallas. USA 2017.
89min. Prod Co 4248 Productions
Leo and his sister Tristan work menial jobs in a fish
cannery, but have big dreams of ditching the fish,
becoming stars and finding their mother.
The world of boxing, drag and fishing might have
little to do with each other. But they are delightfully
merged in the adorable character of Leo, a young
black queer kid growing up in a trailer with a fabulous
sister and evangelist father. His mother fled to the
big city years ago, reportedly becoming a hairdresser
to the stars. Leo plans to use his skills as a gender
chameleon to train as both a boxer and a drag act
in the hope that one will bring him success. But then
strange and hunky Declan shows up. This fun debut,
made for just $15,000, is perfect for those who know
what it means to be young and are searching for a
way out. Jay Bernard
Dir Eve Dufaud. Canada 2017. 15min
A young man is confronted by his own feelings when the
gay man he attacked appears at his boxing gym.
Dir Spencer Maybee. Prod Steph Ouaknine, Melanie Windle.
Scr Alejandro Alcoba, Jordan Hall. With Elise Bauman,
Natasha Negovanlis, Dominique Provost-Chalkley.
Canada 2017. 94min. Prod Co Shaftesbury Films
Everyone’s favourite lesbian vampire is back,
in a feature length sequel to the hit web series.
And this time around the stakes are much higher.
It’s been five years since Laura and Carmilla
saved the world. Their life together is the picture
of domestic bliss – the happy ending they always
desired and deserved. But Laura has started having
strange dreams of a woman in black haunting the
hallways of an old mansion. While Carmilla, although
human once more, feels her bloodlust returning and
her beloved’s neck is the nearest source. Turning to
their friends for help, all clues to these changes lead
to Carmilla’s centuries-old birthplace and her first
love, the mysterious Ell. Bigger, brighter and sexier
than ever, The Carmilla Movie is one for fans and
novices alike. This is queer storytelling at its best.
Contains flashing images