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Inside Out 2012 – quick picks

Inside Out, May 17-27

Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival starts May 17, 2012. Are you thinking of going to see some films at the fest this year? Need some help picking a few? Well, you’re in luck. Here is my list of quick picks (with trailers) for all the lady-loving queer audience types out there.

(*FYI: clicking on the blue film titles will take you to their respective Inside Out description pages so you can read more about each film.)

For the drama lovers:

Top flicks in this category include the punk-rock-all-grown up Bye Bye Blondie, the tentative coming-of-age Mosquita y Mari (Official Sundance Selection) and the emotionally honest Scandinavian standout Kiss Me. All strong, interesting films, and all very different from one another.

Bye Bye Blondie

Sun, May 27, 7:30pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 1 (350 King St W)

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Mosquita y Mari

Sun, May 20, 9:45pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Kiss Me

Fri, May 25, 9:30pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 1 (350 King St W)

Another film you might want to consider, especially for those who are looking for a taste of the UK scene, is Stud Life. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m looking forward to checking it out, and we’ll have a full review of it before it screens on Mon, May 21, at 9:15pm.

Stud Life

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For the documentary buffs:

It’s a strong year for documentary films at IO, especially docs about musicians. My top picks include She Said Boom, which is about the mothers of queercore, Fifth Column. There is also the confessional coming-out doc about Chely Wright, called Wish Me Away, and the must-see for ’90s grunge/rock fans out there, Hit So Hard, the life (and almost death) story of Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

She Said Boom

Here is an interview on xtra.ca with the director Kevin Hegge:

You can check out our full review here.

Sun, May 20, 5pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Wish Me Away

Sat, May 26, 7:15pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Hit So Hard

Fri, May 18, 5pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Also, consider the local doc about successful Canadian 1920s author Mazo de la Roche in the Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, and gain some insight into life for gays in Uganda in the Hot Docs hit Call Me Kuchu.

Call Me Kuchu

Sat, May 19, 4:45pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche

Sat, May 19, 2:15pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Interested in something lighter?

Kathleen Turner’s new film, A Perfect Family (which features Emily Deschanel as Turner’s lesbian daughter), has just been added to the lineup; Olympia Dukakis’s Cloudburst is set as one of the women’s spotlight films; and Margarita is a lighthearted film made by the same team that brought you the previous festival fave Finn’s Girl (Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert).

A Perfect Family

Fri, May 18, 10pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Cloudburst

Fri, May 25, 7:15pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 1 (350 King St W)

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Margarita

Margarita

Sat, May 19, 7:15pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2 (350 King St W)

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Short attention span?

I haven’t checked out advance screenings of the shorts this year, but I have seen Renee Olbert’s hilarious homegrown web-series, Seeking Simone. Seeking Simone will be up on the big screen as part of the Local Heroes lineup. From my experience, the Local Heroes screening is always a good time, and the party afterward is a festival hotspot, so it is easily my pick when it comes to a night of short films.

Seeking Simone

Thurs, May 24, 7pm
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 1 (350 King St W)

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If you’re game to check out a few films, suss out the sexy crowd and have some fun at the parties, do let me know what your personal highlights are.

Here is the link to buy tickets online.

See you at the fest!

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