The reviews are in on our first Queer Movie Night
McCann Q kicked off Pride Month Tuesday night by hosting their first Queer Movie Night and we’re already very excited for the next one!
The night kicked off with a screening our very own Mike Harmon’s short film, Second You, followed by director Karishma Dube’s short film Devi. After that, wescreened with 2 episodes of the hilariously funny web series Queering. The two lead actresses in the series, Sophia Grassoand Diana Oh, joined us as well.
After the screening, Mikey, Karishma, Sophia and Diana sat down with our moderator Mel Senecal to discuss all things queer cinema.
When asked how important it is to cast a queer actor in your film, Karishma said she feels that the focus should be on making sure that the community is represented in the correct way. Whether the actor/actress actually queer in their private life means less to the film’s authenticity.
Mikey then chimed in expressing it’s more important for him to have a crew from the community than the cast itself.
Mel: Who is your favorite queer character in film/television?
Sophia: Arizona’s Character in Grey’s Anatomy and Bette Porter from The L Word
Diana: After watching Devi, Diana expressed her love for the main character in Karishma’s film
Mikey: Not necessarily my favorite of all time but very important to me at a young age was Zane from Degrassi.
A few reviews from our audience:
Carolyn Johnson: What an amazing evening! Damn that was a blast! Both films and the web series were EXCELLENT.
Second You was clever as hell and so beautifully executed. Performances were killer, every shot so considered… Mikeyyy!! What a talent!
Devi just totally slayed me as well. Such a beautiful, important film and so perfectly, gorgeously executed. Absolutely adored it!
And Queering… okay… how have I not binged this sooner? It is HILARIOUS and so real and so wonderful.
The screening was a blast! I was so impressed by the quality of the films. They were all so unique and entertaining, and it was an added bonus to get to spend time chatting with the film makers and actors after the screening. I hope McCann makes this a recurring event!