Christie Pits Film Festival 2018 - cinematic cities
Sunday, June 24th
FEATURED CITY - BALTIMORE
Short film — Take a Walk on the Wildside
The Cinematic Cities series at Christie Pits Film Festival will premiere with a high camp celebration of life and love on the closing night of Pride Toronto!
Celebrating its 30th anniversary year, Queer auteur John Waters’ cult classic Hairspray presciently tackles race relations and body positivity in 1960s Baltimore. Hairspray centres on “pleasantly plump” Tracy Turnblad who, despite being bullied, is determined to win a spot on the local dance TV show. Tracy uses her growing popularity in conservative Baltimore as a platform to champion integration and diversity, making the film feel years ahead of its time.
Hairspray will screen with the documentary short film Take a Walk on the Wildside, a charming profile of one of Toronto's oldest cross-dressing shops and its compassionate owner, Paddy. With both films featuring colourful, retro couture, CPFF’s opening night is set to be the most outrageously fashionable event of the summer film season. Welcome back to the 60s!
Directed by John Waters, 1988
With short film Take a Walk on the Wildside, directed by Lisa Rideout, 2016
Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown
Free / PWYC (Donations gratefully accepted)
Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible