As our world evolves and LGBT rights are won and enshrined in law, we’re seeing changes in our community that our elders could only dream of. OUTspoken is a series of one-hour documentaries made by a mix of new and established LGBT filmmakers. Each documentary looks at different perspectives on what it means to be a member of the LGBT community in the early part of the twenty-first century.
Episode 01 — Hometown Pornstar by Charlie David
Charlie David’s “Hometown Pornstar.” There are an estimated 370 million pornographic websites online. Porn is now a thirteen BILLION dollar business. So who’s doing all this moonlighting? Turns out it is probably some people you know. Homegrown Porn Star follows the lives of guys in the neighbourhood who are likely a lot more famous than you – at least on the Internet.
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Episode 02 — Made With Pride by Tamara Jones
Made With Pride illustrates love, determination, and the primal urge to procreate. Martin and Maxim have been together for 10 years. Maxim, 36, grew up in Russia and Martin, 41, grew up in a small northern Ontario town. They now live in Ottawa. Martin and Maxim have succeeded against all the odds. They welcomed Sasha and Lucas home in January 2012 after years of research, planning, surgery, waiting, expenses, and miscarriages. These brave young men set off on a road less traveled. They are paving the road for other gay couples as our society changes and our laws rush to catch up with societal changes.
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Episode 03 — Back to the Land by David Geiss
For much of recent history we’ve had a tangible connection to the land beneath our feet and the food that we eat. 21st century life is gradually eroding this bond as we leave the countryside and flock to the cities. This film explores the intersection of prominent agricultural and queer movements that attempt to counter this trend by coming out, packing up and going Back to the Land.
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Episode 04 — Is The Village Dying? by Mark Kenneth Woods
In 2011, writer Paul Aguirre-Livingston published an article in the Toronto paper “The Grid”, declaring that this was “the dawn of a new gay”. With acceptance and technology, he argued, queer bars, business and a central queer village seemed unnecessary for his generation of 20-somethings. Mark Kenneth Woods explores the changing face of Canada’s largest queer enclave and asks “is the village dying?”
Episode 05 — Why Go Through That? by Hannah Gordon, Monika Mitchell & Jack Fox
Why Go Through That? asks six transgender individuals to share their personal stories of their transition process. This documentary by Jack Fox, Monika Mitchell & Hannah E. Gordon explores the transition of 4 MTF and 2 FTM individuals, each at a different stage of life and transition. The current climate for transgender individuals and the historic changes over the past 10+ years are also explored.
Episode 06 — Safe Country by Rob Easton
Safe Country tells the story of three queer identified refugees starting new lives in Vancouver.
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Episode 07 — It Runs In The Family by Joella Cabalu
It Runs In The Family, follows Jay Cabalu as he sets off on a journey from Vancouver, Canada to meet with queer cousins Monica in Oakland, California and Jazz in Manila, Philippines. All raised with with a similar Roman Catholic upbringing, the Filipino cousins share their coming out stories, which range from surprising to heartwarming.