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Leo Award Nomination and Festival Awards

1 May

BestDocFilmBlackSince our amazing experience at BFI Flare in London where our documentary “Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things” was extremely well received, we managed to garner a couple new awards! The film won Best Documentary (Long) at the Cinhomo: Muestra Internacional Cine y Diversidad Sexual in Spain and the Audience Award for Best Native Cinema Film at the Durango Independent Film Festival in Colorado (which we graciously pass on to the subjects of the documentary).

bMore locally, we have just been nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary Program at the 2017 Leo Awards, British Columbia’s creative arts awards. We are in incredible company and look forward to celebrating documentary with everyone on June 3rd in Vancouver.

We have a few more screenings coming up in Calgary (where I’ll be in attendance), Juneau and Mumbai so make sure to check our website’s screening section for up to date information. We also have a screening at one of the world’s most prestigious venues planned for the fall and are working to getting the film shown in another pretty high place. All will be revealed this summer!

Free Screening + Artist Talk at Never Apart Montréal

20 Feb

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I will be in my hometown of Montréal for the Québec premiere of “Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things” on Saturday, March 4th 7pm at Centre Never Apart. The screening is free and the venue is one that is close to my heart so I’m really looking forward to engaging with the community after that screening.

Instead of asking the usual questions to promote the screening, Never Apart asked me to write an article about any aspect of the film I wanted for their magazine. I decided to take up a little space to discuss our process, successes and failures in thinking about allyship throughout the making of the film. You can read the full article at neverapart.com. Talented photographer Saad Al-Hakkak also did a portrait for the magazine while I was there ☺️. Hope to see March 4th!

“Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things” Wins Award and International Praise

18 Jul

QNFF - Best Two-Spirited Film v2We are very happy to announce that “Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things” won the “Best Two-Spirited Film – Audience Choice” Award at the 1st ever Queer North Film Festival. We’re thrilled we won but even happier to see a festival include such a category and hope that it will encourage more Indigenous-themed LGBTQ2 work.

Since our sold out World and International premieres, we’ve also been the focus of some amazing articles from CBC, Vice, Toronto Star, Fusion and been featured on CTV News and APTN. For an update on all articles and press clippings, you can go to our website’s press section.

We’ve also got plenty of screenings coming up including our Western Canadian Premiere as a spotlight film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (yay hometown!). We’ve also got a free outdoor screening in Dundonald Park as part of Centretown Movies/Canadian Centre for Gender And Sexual Diversity event for Ottawa Pride and 4 screenings in Mexico City for MicGénero! Plus we have Asian, African and UK Premieres coming up so make sure to check our website’s screening section for up to date information.

The Face of Furry Creek Goes Online, Worldwide and Free!

1 Jun

Furry Creek is “hooking you up”. With The Face of Furry Creek series that is. Starting today, you can watch all 12 full episodes completely free on faceoffurrycreek.com. No strings attached!

It’s just like Netflix but with only 1 show so it’s totally not at all like Netflix. Also, unlike Netflix, you can also explore the rest of the Furry Creek website to find crazy amounts of bonus material!

Hook up now and “swipe right” to watch what Blouin Artinfo called “gutsy satire that needs more attention”, Homorazzi called “clever and entertaining” and Daily Xtra exclaimed “If you missed it, you’re clearly not smoking weed or laughing enough”. Huh?

So get to know the world of Furry Creek!

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MKW’s Starbucks Commercial Now Airing

29 Oct

It took a while but it’s finally out! This past summer I was happy to have been asked to write and direct Starbucks’ very first LGBT-themed commercial! “Coffee Frenemies” features a couple familiar faces if you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. That’s right, Adore Delano is having a hectic day and needs her coffee pretty bad. She flirts her way through the line up but Bianca Del Rio ain’t having it. Deb from The Face of Furry Creek also has a voice cameo as Adore’s assistant 🙂 I actually made 3 different endings and they will be rotated when airing on partner OUTtv. But you can watch version #1 online below.

“The Face of Furry Creek” – Episode 206

12 Oct

It’s the last episode of The Face of Furry Creek! Find out what happens and where our characters may be headed next. In this week’s final TV episode entitled “Das Ende“ (“the end” in German), the final 3 contestants are asked to prepare their own news segments for Channel 12. Meanwhile, Sisi and Deb hit a major low in their relationship, Petunia is picketing outside Deb’s house and the whole town hates Deb for cheating. And, of course, a new winner is declared!

Episode 206 airs Monday, October 13th on OUTtv at 8:30pm ET/ 7:30 PT with re-runs throughout the week. Check their website for details. The winner’s new commercial will be uploaded at faceoffurrycreek.com right after the TV episode airs so check out that video after. For now, you can watch a short preview of the finale below.

“The Face of Furry Creek” – Episode 205

5 Oct

In this week’s TV episode of The Face of Furry Creek entitled “Freedumb“, the contestants are asked to make a commercial refuting Furry Creek’s awful reputation and a contestant pushes the limits of freedom of speech when they say a derogatory word on TV. Yep, just like Duck Dynasty. And just as ugly too.

Episode 205 airs Monday, October 6th on OUTtv at 8:30pm ET/ 7:30 PT with re-runs throughout the week. Check their website for details. The finalists’ “Freedom Furry Creek” commercial will be uploaded right after the TV episode airs so check out faceoffurrycreek.com to watch that video after the show. For now, you can watch a short preview of tonight’s episode below.

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