In its 20th year, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival will present over 100 screenings, exhibitions, performances, panels, concerts, and social events. The festival will open with the Canadian premiere of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl.” The pair, who is well-known in the queer film community for their documentary work (“The Celluloid Closet,” “The Times of Harvey Milk,” and “Paragraph 175”), will bring their Allen Ginsberg biopic, which stars James Franco as the poet, to the fest Thursday May 20. The closing night film of the fest, another biopic, “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,” will screen Sunday May 30. Other films include Sundance favorite “Undertow” and “Candy Darling.” The fest will also spotlight some of the most important directors in the past twenty years of queer cinema by screeing Todd Haynes’s “Poison,” John Greyson’s “Lilies,” and Cheryl Dunye’s “The Watermelon Woman.”
On the announcement of the fest’s lineup, Jason St-Laurent, Inside Out’s Director of Programming said, “The galas at our 20th anniversary Festival are significant premieres for Canada and we’re absolutely thrilled that the directors will be coming to Toronto to celebrate with us. 2010 is an important milestone for the Festival and we’re treating our audiences to 20 per cent more programming, including retrospective screenings, live performances and exhibitions. We’re celebrating the best of queer culture over 11 action-packed days.’’ For the complete lineup, visit the fest’s website here.