The State of Queer Cinema: We Asked 5 LGBTQ Filmmakers to Tell the Story of Their Latest Work

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The Empress of Vancouver, one of many Canadian films screened at the Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival. (Upside down)

The 32nd annual Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ film festival kicks off May 26, with a massive lineup of queer films streaming in person (in Toronto) and virtually (across Ontario) through June 5. In anticipation, we asked a selection of Canadian filmmakers bringing their work to the event to tell us about their projects.

As part of CBC Arts’ Cutaways series, these five essays collectively offer the stories of five projects premiering at Inside Out. They’re just a handful of the 128 films from 28 different countries screened at the festival, so check out the festival’s website for more information on all they have to offer.

Professional wrestler Mike Parrow in Out in the Ring. (Jahlen Barnes)

Ry Levey’s new film explores the history of queer representation of sport. Read his essay here.

With Marvel. (Upside down)

Sharon Lewis’ latest film is With wonder, where she explores the intersections of race, religion and homosexuality. Read his essay here.

Oliv Howe plays himself in Empress of Vancouver. (Lantern Movies)

After a long road to the screen, Dave Shortt’s The Empress of Vancouver premieres at Inside Out. Read his essay here.

BELLS! (game theory movies)

New Romantics are so often associated with pop music, but Kevin Hegge defends it in his documentary TRAMPS! it was much more than that. Read his essay here.

Lou (Kathleen Dorian) and Wally (Lesley Smith) on their first date at Compulsus. (Jessie Redmond)

With his “me too” revenge drama, Compulsus, Thorne wanted to pay homage to his favorite film. Read his essay here.

The Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival is taking place in person and across Ontario from May 26 to June 5.

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