Tag Archives: Documentary

2 New Documentaries Coming This Summer

2 Apr

I’ve been busy over the course of the cold, bitter winter, finishing up 2 new documentaries I directed that are slated to air on OUTtv this summer as part of the “OUTspoken Biography” docuseries.

They Came From Venus takes a look at the last 20 years of The House of Venus art collective and how it shaped LGBT culture across Canada. Yes, yes, I was a part of that collective for a time and spearheaded The House of Venus Show but this isn’t about that! The documentary focuses on co-founder Michael Venus as he prepares for the 20th annual Wiggle show and traces the origins and influence of this unique art collective as it relates to nightlife, music and drag culture. With DJ Dickey Doo, Greg George/Luka, Douglas Coupland and many Venus “kids” from the last 20 years.

Take Up The Torch is an inspiring look at the heroes, past and present, making the Canadian sports landscape more LGBT-inclusive. From Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Tewksbury’s coming out in 1998 to the controversy in Sochi 2014 to the unprecedented growth of the Pride House movement, my pal and co-director Michael Yerxa and I explore the hurdles (awful pun intended obviously!) leading up to a major announcement by The Canadian Olympic Committee. Starring Olympians Mark Tewksbury, Charline Labonté, Anastasia Bucsis and John Fennell.

I will, of course, post trailers and air dates as soon as they are confirmed.

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“This is Drag” to air March 2nd, 2014 in Canada

24 Feb

The time has finally come. My 1 hour documentary This is Drag will premiere on OUTtv right before the premiere episode of Rupaul’s Drag Race – Season 7 on March 2nd, 2014 at 8pm and 11pm EST/5pm and 8pm PST! It provides the perfect closure to the last season of Drag Race as I followed Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act and many more as they schlep from one gig to another during World Pride in Toronto. What resulted is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at performance, glamor, fame, family, love and sacrifice. Not only for these post-Drag Race queens, but many others in various stages of their careers.

Unfortunately, the documentary will not air outside of Canada (it’s complicated!) which makes it a Canadian exclusive. In fact, even the trailer is geo-blocked and can only be viewed in Canada. So if you live outside Canada, you might want to ask your Canadian friends to DVR it or something like that.

It will also air again on Monday, May 18th at 8pm EST before Drag Race and attempts are being made to put it up on iTunes very soon.

MKW To Direct Documentary Featuring Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano and Courtney Act

20 Jun

World Pride will descend upon Toronto next week and throughout it all, my talented crew and I will be following the Season 6 Winner of RuPaul’s Drag RaceBianca Del Rio, as she rushes from one crazy gig to another.

The feature documentary will be a candid and personal look at the art of drag amidst what is shaping up to be the biggest pride celebration North America has ever seen!

Bianca is slated to appear in the Mark Kenneth Woods-directed documentary alongside RPDR Season 6 runners up Adore Delano and Courtney Act, the legendary Christopher Peterson, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, Shangela and many many more!

The documentary is expected to air in the fall of 2014 on OUTtv in Canada. And I suspect our friends in the US will get to see it too 😉

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Courtney Act, Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio

“Outspoken: Is the Village Dying?” to play in Mumbai

17 May

Winning-posterMy documentary “Outspoken: Is the Village Dying?” that aired last year on OUTtv will make its debut outside of Canada at the Kashish Film Festival in Mumbai on Sunday, May 23rd, 2014 at 11:30am at the Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines, Marine Lines, Mumbai 400 020.

The festival will be screening the documentary as part of a larger “Focus On Canada” theme this year and I’m thrilled to be a part of this very important festival for LGBTQ culture in India.

Documentary “Is The Village Dying?” Airing November 28th on OUTtv

18 Nov

I was busy over the course of the summer talking to people in Toronto about the current state of our city’s “gay village“. It has been a hot button topic for a couple years now with little consensus. With equal rights in Canada, including same-sex marriage, and a younger generation of LGBTQ people no longer feeling threatened in the streets or in mainstream bars and nightclubs, I wanted to explore whether or not we still need queer neighbourhoods or queer spaces.

So I ventured out to get a variety of opinions from prominent queer people in Toronto including former The Grid columnist Paul Aquirre-Livingston (who wrote the polarizing article “Dawn of a New Gay” in 2011), city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, former 1 Girl, 5 Gays cast member and party promoter Michael Yerxa and many more. As a number of notable businesses in Toronto’s own Church and Wellesley Village closed their doors during filming this summer and Toronto prepares to host World Pride in 2014, this documentary asks: Is the village dying?

The documentary will air as part of OUTtv‘s new doc-series “Outspoken” on Thursday, November 28th at 8pm ET/9pm PT and repeat throughout the week. Check OUTtv’s website for more details. Also watch out for the documentary at a festival near you. Details TBA.

 

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