Monday, February 27, 2017
I'm thrilled this morning after last night's win by Moonlight as the surprise Best Picture winner at the Oscars, which is now the first LGBT-themed film to take the top prize ever!
It's also the first film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture at the Oscars! Bravo!
After previous disappointments, especially Brokeback Mountain's sad loss to a far lesser film in 2005, one might have assumed a queer movie would never earn the consensus of a body of voters known for their traditional choices and love of grandiose epics. But last night that changed as the best film of 2016 prevailed, as far as I'm concerned.
We can also probably thank the Academy's preferential balloting system which allows the film with the most widespread support in the Best Picture category to rise to the top with subsequent ballot counts over polarizing or flawed front runners. It happened last year when Spotlight beat out The Revenant. And it happened last night too.
It's also wonderful that this win is shared both by people of colour and queer people together. That was the magic of Moonlight as it presented African-American characters that are marginalized in our society, including the LGBT community itself, and made their struggles and loves universal. This is exactly what the world needed at this moment of increasing and alarming hatred and ignorance.
I'll soon buy a copy of this classic film. Maybe I'll even go see it again in the theatre to celebrate. If you haven't enjoyed the poetic beauty of Moonlight, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
I've mentioned before my side gig as a filmmaker. I finally decided to make my own film as director in 2015 and recruited some talented friends and artists in Toronto to make Tri-Curious, a short film that explores the awkward and anxious moments between a couple about to embark on their first threesome together.
The whole conflict between between traditional, strict monogamy versus more open-minded, experimental relationships intrigues me greatly.
I tried to embed a bit of that conflict in this film with this couple, along with some humour. It was my first film as director (as well as full-fledged producer, writer and editor.) I learned much from the experience and I look forward to making many more films.
Tri-Curious played in a handful of film festivals in 2016 and early 2017. It also got picked up by U.S.-based, LGBT-focused streaming service Dekkoo.
But it was always my plan to put it on YouTube for the wider world to see it for free. I posted it on January 30th and I'm proud to say that it's garnered over 50,000 views since then, and counting.
Please check it out and let me know your thoughts, either here or on the YouTube page itself. I hope you enjoy it!
And remember: if you want to get into movies as an artist, learn the craft and start making them yourself!