Christie Pits Film Festival 2018 - cinematic cities
Sunday, x date
Short films — titles
CPFF’s Cinematic Cities series will premiere with a female-driven, body-positive programme about racial and gender inclusivity, identity pride, and eye-popping outfits. With CPFF’s opening night scheduled on the heels of Pride Toronto’s culminating parade that same day, we are proud to select the iconic cult comedy classic from Queer auteur John Waters, Hairspray, a film that tackles racism - and, allegorically, gay rights - in 1960s Baltimore. Hairspray centers on an idealistic teenager named Tracy Turnblad who, despite enduring bullying related to her plus size, is determined to win the dance competition on the local hit TV dance show. Tracy uses her growing popularity in conservative Baltimore as a platform to champion racial integration and on-screen diversity, thus promoting intersectionality before the term was even coined. Hairspray exhibits the work of LGBTQ artists in numerous creative roles, including a key performance by legendary drag queen Divine.
Hairspray (1988) will be preceded by the documentary short Take A Walk on the Wild Side (2016), a charming profile of one of Toronto's oldest cross-dressing stores and its compassionate owner, Paddy. Like Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Paddy is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, inclusive space for all. She opened her doors at a time when the LGBTQ community was ostracized by much of Toronto, but, still to this day, she helps her customers to feel at home in their own skin. With both films’ backdrops centering on colourful, retro couture, CPFF’s opening night is set to be the most outrageously fashionable Toronto event of the summer. Welcome back to the 60s!
Baz Lurhmann, 1992
With short films Duelo de Duendes, directed by Ivy Yukiko Ishihara Oldford, 2013
Lost in Motion II, directed by Ben Shirinian & choreographed by Guillaume Côté, 2014
Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown
Free / PWYC
Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible