Art Gallery of Mississauga presents: On the Queer Screen
The Art Gallery of Mississauga, sponsored by Starbucks Parkside Village, present On the Queer Screen. Join us in this safe space to watch and engage with artists that create films and videos captured through a queer lens.
Find out more about the Art Gallery: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
Screening: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things (2016)
With Directors Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa
As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.
Read more on the film: www.twosofttwohard.com
Mark Kenneth Woods
Woods is a writer, producer, director, actor and tv host whose films and videos have been broadcast on television in over a dozen countries and have been screened in over 300 festivals and galleries around the world from Tokyo to Sao Paolo to Paris’ famous Centre Pompidou.
A familiar face on Canada’s OUTtv Network, Mark is best known as the creator and star of the hilarious TV sitcom and web project The Face of Furry Creek (OUTtv, Bell Media Fund) and 3 seasons of the world’s first all-LGBTQ sketch comedy show The House of Venus Show (OUTtv, here! Network, Pink TV). Most recently, Woods has gained notoriety for his documentary work (Take Up The Torch, This is Drag) and hugely successful commercial work including Starbuck’s first LGBTQ-themed commercial Coffee Frenemies starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano.
Find more about Mark here: www.markkennethwoods.wordpress.com
Known for his outspokenness as an original cast member on Logo TV and MTV Canada’s 1 Girl 5 Gays, Michael Yerxa has worked behind the scenes as a producer on some of Canada’s most successful factual television shows including The Amazing Race Canada, Canada’s Smartest Person and Still Standing.
He has recently begun to branch out as a documentary filmmaker and producer. In 2015, he collaborated with filmmaker Mark Kenneth Woods on the television documentary “Take Up The Torch“, an inspiring look at past and present LGBT sport trailblazers in Canada actively making the sports landscape more LGBT-inclusive post-Sochi Olympics.
Find more about Michael here: www.twitter.com/mikeyerxa
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