By Jill Andrew
BITE ME! FILM FESTIVAL GIVES A BIG “F” YOU TO STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF SEX & GENDER IDENTITY
BITE ME! Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival, July 16-18, 2010
July 16, 6:00-10:00p.m. Launch Party Invites ONLY at XEXE Gallery http://www.xexegallery.com 624 Richmond St. W.
MEDIA WELCOME TO ATTEND FOR INTERVIEW/PHOTO. Contact Jill Andrew, Festival Director email@example.com for accreditation.
July 17-18 Film Screenings, TalkBacks at National Film Board Toronto Mediatheque
150 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C3 http://www.nfb.ca/mediatheque
Saturday Screenings & Talks: 4:30-10:00p.m.
Sunday Screenings & Talks: 12:00-5:00p.m.
Cost: All Access 2-day Festival Pass $20.00 (transferable pass)
Saturday only: $15.00 Flat Rate (transferable on that day only)
Sunday only: $15.00 Flat Rate (transferable on that day only)
Tickets available: ONLINE (PAYPAL) and NFB (site purchase option will be up by July 5)
Festival Director Quotes:
“BITE ME! Film & Arts Fest explores issues of body image, media (re) presentation, identity, survival and our advocacy as active media citizens and social beings through creative mediums.” –Jill Andrew, Ph.D.(c.), Festival Director
“BITE ME! Film & Arts Fest wants to expand the definition of body image…it’s not just about weight or thinness. We are unpacking how issues of the race of sexual and gender identity, of age, of the health of disability…how all of our social identities wrap themselves into our bodies and how we and others perceive it.” –Jill Andrew, Ph.D.(c.), Festival Director.
“I named the festival “BITE ME!” not because I want folks to run around biting each other(other than the kinky folk who get consent to nibble of course!) BITE ME! is a way of talking back to the media, to stereotypical, rigid and stifling gender stereotypes, to social ideals of ‘perfection’ to colourism/shadeism….to homophobia… to fat hatred…to ableism…to all those labels that try to define us external to who we truly are. BITE ME! essentially says ‘F you’ to all of that and more and inspires us to be fabulous and fierce on our own terms.”–Jill Andrew, Ph.D.(c.), Festival Director
Jill’s favourite quote…most applicable to this festival: “If you don’t define yourself for yourself you’ll be crunched into other people’s fantasies for you and eaten alive.”– the late Audre Lorde, Black Queer Lesbian Poet, Essayist, Feminist and Civil Rights Activist
Film Screening Schedule (please click on links below to access more information about FILMS, Photos, Filmmaker contacts etc.)
DAY ONE SCREENING SCHEDULE
Saturday July 17, 2010, 4:30-10:00p.m. National Film Board
1. 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 and how these can lead to a climate that glorifies as validates violence against women.
2.The Story of Furious Pete (2010), 5:30-7:00p.m.
George Tsioutsioulas, Igal Hecht, G.I. Productions
Furious Pete is the story of a young man who battled anorexia at the age of 16 at Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids and is now a world-renowned competitive eater. Agree or disagree on this as a success story? Come see the film and attend the talkback discussion following it.
7:00-7:45p.m. Discussion: Killing Us… & Furious Pete
3. Ebony Chunky Love, B*itch Can’t Get a Date! (2006), 8:00-9:10p.m.
Lonnie Tristan Renteria
Keith Prince takes us into his life a Black gay male and talks about his struggles with family, his weight and finding a date. Ebony Chunky Love explores gay masculinity and how it informs his profession as a comedian and well-known radio host. Enjoy the talkback afterward too.
http://www.torelore.com; http://www.myspace.com/comedydaddy; http://www.myspace.com/ebonychunkylove
9:10- 9:35 p.m. Discussion: Ebony Chunky Love
4. 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.
END OF DAY ONE
DAY 2 SCHEDULE:
Sunday July 18, 2010, 12:00-5:00p.m. National Film Board
1. 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!
2. 65_REDROSES (2006), 1:40p.m.-2:50p.m.
Nimisha Mukerji, Philip Lyall
Chronicles a young woman’s journey with her body as she deals with Cystic Fibrosis and waits for her pager to ring (meaning its time for her lung transplant). Sadly, Eva took her last breath in March of 2010 waiting for her second pair of lungs but the legacy she leaves regarding organ donation is forever.
3. Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project (2006), 3:00p.m.-3:55p.m.
15 year old Sakia Gunn, an African-American girl in Newark was stabbed and killed simply because she was a lesbian, proud of it and didn’t accept the sexual advances of a man who couldn’t take no for an answer. While the media didn’t pay attention, this doc chronicles the hundreds of activist who did. Sakia’s story lives on.
4. Colour of Beauty (2010), 4:00p.m.-4:20p.m.
Elizabeth St. Philip
Ever wonder if there is RACISM in the fashion industry? Hear Torontonians from FLARE, Fashion Television and models of colour speak out on the issue. Talk back after film.
4:20p.m.-4:40p.m. Discussion: Colour of Beauty
5. 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.
Festival Closing Party
Sunday July 18, 6-8p.m. Location: TBA
For More Information, Interviews and Media Accreditation Contact:
Jill Andrew, Festival Director
(site coming soon)
Toronto, ON Canada’
Jill Andrew is an award-winning journalist and currently pens the “Last Word” lifestyles/commentary column in the t.o. night newspaper.She is the producer of Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser, Dining with Dames Leadership Program and the emerging BITE ME! Toronto International Body Image Film/Arts Festival. Jill also facilitates BITE ME! Monologues: Precious Bodies, Priceless Minds–a body image writing/acting retreat. Jill speaks regularly on women’s empowerment such as workplace equity, self esteem, media and female representation and personal development and has appeared on City TV, OMNI, CTV, ET Canada, CBC with print in Metro, Toronto Star, NOW, Vervegirl etc.
Jill was both the national Michele Landsberg Media Activism Award and the Endless Possibilities African-Canadian Women’s Awards recipient. Jill has a masters degree in women & gender studies from UFT and is currently pursuing her PhD in Education at York U. Jill is fascinated with cats, speaking to strangers on the TTC to kill time and plans to host a lifestyle/community television talk show.