Tonight at Toronto’s Pride, an imperative new online catalogue of queer cinema will launch.
Queer Media Database — which you can check out here — wants to get the history of queer Canadian cinema out of the archives and onto the screens of folks who may not have had the chance to see them. Like David Secter’s difficult to find “Winter Kept Us Warm,” which is Canada’s first explicitly gay film and also the very first English language film ever accepted to Cannes.
The database will launch at Buddies in Bad Times theater tonight with a free 90 minute screening of films, curated by academic Thomas Waugh and filmmaker Kim Simard. It will be the first of 7 screenings across the country.
“There are hundreds of films to rescue from oblivion in making this project,” database co-ordinator Jordan Arseneault told The Globe and Mail. “We want to make sure these films live on for future generations of queer people and cinephiles alike.”
And we thank you for it.