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WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival Screens LGBT Programming

by RAYMOND HELKIO

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The WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival (WFFF) is an opportunity for artists to filmmakers to showcase their work and get valuable feedback from a live audience. And for movie-goers this a great way to see some brilliant films for cheap. Held at the Carton Cinemas, WFFF latest screening of documentary shorts included a number of LGBT films. According to Matthew Toffolo, CEO of the festival, they put out a call for submissions last Pride and the response was so great they're continuing the programming.

One of the most exciting things about watching a collection of short films is being exposed to stories we may not otherwise experience. The evenings first indulgence is Until Death Do Us Part, an eight minute film by director Kristine Kirchmeier about a lesbian newlywed couple who have their vows put to the test after one of them is diagnosed with cancer. As touching as it is funny the film is a moving portrait of what it means to be human in face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Then there was part one of The March Sweater, a sweet and poignant doc about two gay seniors who share what they've learned about life and love in the wake of having to care for an ailing parent.

The programming was spit in two, each followed by a moderated commentary with the audience. Perspectives on the films ranged from technical comments, questions about the storylines and plot to displays of dislike, including one person who rightfully found the gender pronouns in a Disney-sponsored documentary to be offensive. This kind of discussion is not only helpful to the filmmakers, it allows an audience to reconsider a film they just saw based on hearing a new perspective. Often, filmmakers are the ones credited with how a film is received but the audience also plays a role in how they receive it. Knowing this, the moderators might be given questions to help frame the discussions and provide an access point for those who may be shy about contributing their views. 

The next short documentary program will be on Monday December 11th, 2017. It's PWYC and promises more great films, discussion and a chance to hob-knob with some of the filmmakers.

Full schedule can be found here.

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