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Film festival to celebrate and support Pride community

​Dr. Stephanie McKenzie is bringing Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Pride film Festival to the Rotary Arts Centre from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, 2020. Eight films--some block-buster, some unknown gems--will be shown throughout the two-week period.


The first festival of its kind in the province, Dr. McKenzie is hoping the film festival will bring some lesser-known works to a greater audience and provide an opportunity to re-watch some movies significant to people in the Pride community and beyond. If successful and if there is significant interest, this will be the first of an annual Pride film festival in Corner Brook, and will  work toward becoming a true independent Pride film festival.


Dr. McKenzie teaches in Grenfell’s English program and chose to teach “Small Town Queer” - a locally written and produced play, by Josh Connors- as part of Introductory English. Her students in Pride Literature in Canada (the first queer literature course at Memorial University), a course she designed and is offering for the first time, expressed interest when they learned it was being taught in other classes. They too, now, will be studying this play this term. “Small Town Queer” is being remounted at the Rotary Arts Centre on Feb. 15 and 16, 2020.


“Queer literature has been a serious field of study at other universities for well over a decade now,” said Dr. McKenzie. “Hopefully this course will not only provide a sense of inclusion for queer students and allies but will also offer awareness of options students might have to study queer literatures at a higher level.”


On Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m., after the end of the festival, a student-organized conversation with the public will be held to discuss issues raised by the film festival, as well as other issues.


Admission to the film festival is free and  transportation from campus to the theatre is complimentary. The schedule is below, and tickets are available through the Rotary Arts Centre.


The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Jan. 26

Boys Don’t Cry: Jan. 28

Love, Simon: Jan. 29

The Danish Girl: Jan. 31

Sidney and Friends: Feb. 4

Velvet Goldmine: Feb. 5

Bound: Feb. 7

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Feb. 8

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