Weirdos at Christie Pits Film Festival

Toronto auteur Bruce McDonald’s WEIRDOS begins as a seemingly straightforward story of a pair of teenage lovers in 1970s Nova Scotia hitchhiking to the “big city” of Sydney, but is quickly complicated by budding queer sexuality, family trauma, and life advice from the ghost of Andy Warhol (no joke). McDonald’s disarmingly tender film is an ode to the pain and pleasure of growing up and the complexity of parent-child relationships.

Anna Maguire’s quirky short YOUR MOTHER AND I focuses on the relationship between a daughter and a father who never stops telling big fish stories about her late mother, while Toronto Director Charlie Tyrell’s deeply personal documentary MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES uses ingenious animation techniques to literally and figuratively unpack his conflicted feelings about his deceased father. This programme also features a who’s-who of iconic Canadian actors, including Molly Parker, Don McKellar, Cathy Jones, and Julia Sarah Stone.

Films @ Sundown (9:15pm)
Eats & Treats @ 6pm by The Arepa Republic & popcorn at the festival canteen

Free / PWYC (suggested donation $10), not a ticketed event
Accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning
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WEIRDOS (Bruce McDonald, 2016)
With short films MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES (Charlie Tyrell, 2017)
and YOUR MOTHER AND I (Anna Maguire, 2016)

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is grateful to Major Sponsors Warby Parker, Fiesta Farms, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Waterfront Toronto for their support of our signature series, Christie Pits Film Festival.

This screening is co-presented by Canadian Media Guild - La Guilde canadienne des médias, CWA Canada and REEL CANADA.

Weirdos at Christie Pits Film Festival

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