Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival

To view any of the screenings at the Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival, you must be a member of the Kelowna Out & Proud Film Club Membership. Memberships are $15 and can be purchased over the phone at 250-717-5304 or online. Memberships will also be made available for purchase before each screening.

The Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival is an 18+ event.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

7PM | A Series of Shorts: Love Intersections 6×6

Love Intersections is a Vancouver based media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour. Developing out of a frustration at the way queer, trans, and intersex people have been represented in mainstream media, their film series 6×6 was created with funding through the Telus STORYHIVE program, premiering at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August 2018. Empowered to tell their own stories in a way they wanted to tell them, Love Intersections’ 6×6 illuminates underrepresented corners of the Vancouver queer community (origins, history, dance, sports, disabilities, and families), bringing visibility to the invisible through a lens of love.
(www.loveintersections.com)

8PM | Feature Documentary: Alone in the Game

Featuring interviews with openly gay athletes like Olympic Skier Gus Kentworthy and former NBA player Jason Collins, Alone in the Game enters the ‘old boys’ club’ world of sports where homophobic and transphobic sentiments persist at professional, Olympic, collegiate, and high school levels. The documentary examines the culture of secrecy that pervades the world of sports, despite the growing acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in America and captures stories of struggle, perseverance, and triumph both on and off the field.
(https://start.att.net/exclusive/audience/alone-in-the-game-documentary)

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20

8:15pm | Feature Documentary: The Fruit Machine

In The Fruit Machine, producer, writer, and director, Sarah Fodey explores a four-decade long purge of homosexual public servants and military personnel in Canada. This ‘gay purge’ began during the Cold War, when an allegedly scientific process to detect homosexuals was enacted in order to screen government workers, out of fear that they would be more susceptible to Soviet blackmail. Highlighting survivors of the purge in their demand for justice, The Fruit Machine is a story of interrogation, manipulation, and betrayal; ultimately rooted in hope and a country’s struggle to do the right thing.
(www.thefruitmachine.ca)

9:45PM | Indie Film: Yūrei Ga Tōru

KKBB (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Collective) is a drag based performance art collective formed in Osaka, Japan in 2009 by Michael Judd (Brisbane, Australia) and Shannon Lester (Vancouver, Canada). Filmed over two months in Osaka, their long-form art film Yūrei Ga Tōru (Ghosts Passing Through) follows Judd and Lester’s main characters and muses – their alter egos, Belgium Solanas and Sasha Zamolodchikova through a non linear dream narrative that mirrors the energy of Osaka itself. This collision of pop culture, art, gender performance, fashion, and horror explores themes like feminist and queer politics, and the nature of perception in relation to the body, time, and place.
(www.kkbbcollective.com)

The Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival is an 18+ event.