The Capitol Theatre in Windsor. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

Windsor Pride Fest To Offer LGBTQ Films

This year, Pride Fest celebrations in Windsor are teaming up with the Windsor International Film Festival to feature films highlighting the LGBTQ community.

President of Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, David Lenz says four different films will be shown at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Windsor on Saturday, August 11.

“We’ve been thinking about it for the last couple of years, about doing some films and we got a chance to sit down with Vincent Georgie, the executive director at WIFF and we came up with the idea to do some LGBTQ films,” says Lenz.

Two dramas and two documentaries will be shown this year, but Lenz hopes to add more films in the years to come.

“Disobedience” is a lesbian drama featuring Rachel Adams and Rachel Weisz. “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is a teen drama about a teenage girl who is sent away for conversion therapy. The documentaries are, “The Gospel According to Andre”, and “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”.

The LGBTQ community has long complained about the lack of representation in television and film, and asked Lenz if, by showing them to the general public, they will become more mainstream.

“I think the more you have it in the general public, the more it will become that way,” says Lenz. “With WIFF, they’ve had LGBTQ films as part of the regular festival in November for many, many years now. I know I go them when they have them.

“It actually raises awareness of some of the ongoing issues that are still happening. There’s discrimination, cyberbullying, there’s still a lot of issues to overcome,” he adds.

Showtimes for those films are:

* Disobedience at 9am and 7pm.

* The Gospel According to Andre at 11:15am and 5pm.

* The Miseducation of Cameron Post at 1:10pm and 9:15pm.

* Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood at 3pm.