BITE ME! Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival launches its inaugural season this weekend. It begins with an invite-only launch on Friday night at the XEXE Gallery, 624 Richmond St W. Then on Saturday and Sunday, films, discussions and workshops take place at the National Film Board (NFB) Mediatheque and theatre, 150 John Street.
A free Saturday workshop, the BITE ME! YouthZone, is free for girls from 12-18. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: BITE ME! YouthZone. A one-day pass is $15 but both days are only $20.
Films being screened include hits from Hot Docs such as 65_REDROSES which examines Eva Markvoort's struggle with Cystic Fibrosis, and The Story of Furious Pete, the story of an anorexic male who becomes a competitive eater. Color of Beauty is an examination by model Renee Thompson of how the world of fashion so often defines beauty as "white." Many screenings will have filmmakers in attendance.
DAY ONE SCREENING SCHEDULE
Saturday July 17, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
BITE ME! YouthZone @ NFB Mediatheque
Free Film Screenings, Media Literacy & Self Awareness Workshops, Books and Lunch for Girls 12-18 years of age.
For registration please contact email@example.com Subject Line: BITE ME! YouthZone
Saturday July 17, 2010, 4:30-10:00p.m. National Film Board
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women (2010), 4:30-5:20p.m.
Jean Kilbourne, Media Education Foundation
Jean explores oversexualized images of girls and women in the media and how these can lead to a climate that glorifies and validates violence against women.
The Story of Furious Pete (2010), 5:30-7:00p.m.
George Tsioutsioulas, Igal Hecht, G.I. Productions
At sixteen years old Peter Czerwinski was hospitalized and nearly died as a result of anorexia. Seven years later, he is one the greatest competitive eaters in the world. This is the inspiring (and ironic story) of Furious Pete.
7:00-7:45p.m. Discussion: Killing Us... & Furious Pete
Ebony Chunky Love, B*itch Can't Get a Date! (2006), 8:00-9:10p.m.
Lonnie Tristan Renteria
In Ebony Chunky Love, the NYC-based stand-up comic and Sirius OUT Q radio personality Keith Price recounts his attempts to find success on the comedy circuit. Keith talks family, weight, gay masculinity and the (mis) adventures of dating as a person of color growing up in Texas.
9:10- 9:35 p.m. Discussion: Ebony Chunky Love
Body Typed: 3 Short Films on Media & Physical Perfection
The Guarantee; 34x25x36 (2008), 9:40-10:00p.m.
Ever wonder how mannequins are made and why they all look the same? Find out here.
You'll also learn about an Italian dancer who thinks his "Italian" nose may keep him from getting dancing gigs.
DAY 2 SCHEDULE:Sunday July 18, 2010, 12:00-5:00p.m. National Film Board
A Question of Beauty (2010), 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m.
So what is beauty? Colleen and about 20 other women try to answer this question in this inter generational piece. Where do our thoughts on beauty come from? How beautiful are our hands? There are a million questions on beauty and this answers quite a few!
65_REDROSES (2009), 1:40p.m.-2:50p.m.
Nimisha Mukerji, Philip Lyall
65_RedRoses is a Canadian documentary that takes an unflinching look into the life of Eva Markvoort as she battles a fatal genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis. At 23, she needs a double lung transplant to live. The film follows her journey to transplant while seeking support from her two online friends Kina and Meg.
Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project (2006), 3:00p.m.-3:55p.m.
"Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project" depicts the homophobia that caused this murder and questions the lack of media coverage of the murder of a Black Gay teenager. This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who was fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in Newark , New Jersey . Sakia was an Aggressive, according to GLAAD, a homosexual woman of color who dresses in masculine attire.
Colour of Beauty (2010), 4:00p.m.-4:20p.m.
Elizabeth St. Philip
Canadian model Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York . She's got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Agencies rarely hire black models. And when they do, they want them to look “like white girls dipped in chocolate.” Colour of Beauty examines racism in the fashion industry. Is a black model less attractive to designers, casting directors and consumers? What is the colour of beauty?
4:20p.m.-4:40p.m. Discussion: Colour of Beauty
Avec Elle (2009) (with English Subtitles), 4:45p.m.-4:55p.m.
Two women meet each other and the connection is immediate... but as with many relationships...you can't always judge the book by its cover.