Reelout 22 promises globetrotting adventures for the mind – Kingston News
The Reelout Queer Film Festival promises to take you around the world at the end of the month as they kick off their 2022 season with “International Points of View”.
From Thursday, January 27 through Monday, February 7, 2022, Reelout home audiences can get cozy and entertained with over 60 films from 19 different countries and diasporas.
With physical travel restricted in Ontario, this year’s festival is travel-themed, offering multiple “cinematic adventures” to explore.
There’s something for almost everyone, said Matt Salton, executive director of Reelout: “If people go to the [event] site, there’s a button that says “Your Cinematic Route”, and I think that’s the easiest way for people to go through the 22 different “Adventures”.
“I think every [‘Adventure’ or program] will speak to individuals,” he explained. For example, “There is a Thriller/Horror program, then there is a Family program, and so on.”
“Reelout is a 12-day international, independent celebration of queer film, right here in Kingston. We’ve been running now for 23 years, and we’re really trying to not only represent as many people as possible within such a disparate and marginalized community, but we’re also trying to promote films, types of films that you wouldn’t normally see , like experimental films, shorts and documentaries, bringing this unique culture to Kingston,” Salton explained.
Salton added that his favorite movie this year is called Potato Dreams of America. “It’s a feature film, an American film by filmmaker Wes Hurley…it’s a true story about the migratory experiences of Wes and his mother coming from the former Soviet Union in the 80s and moving to Seattle, Washington , when her mother becomes a mail-order seller the bride. It’s serious, it’s a true story, but it’s also told with a lot of humor, creativity and flair… there’s a lot that went into to make the film and I really enjoy it.
Salton said that with the new format, some people might find it overwhelming with so much to choose from, “But you have 11 days to watch everything you buy a ticket for.”
“I think the most important thing about [an independent queer film festival] it’s that we all want to see ourselves represented. And the media has come a long way when it comes to portraying LGBTQ+ characters, but only in a sort of traditional way,” he explained. “While the movies we show are not just mainstream movies, but movies from around the world…that sums up for me what Reelout is for so many people in our community; they see themselves represented and they don’t feel so alone.
Despite the virtual nature of the festival, each of your 22 possible film adventures allows for a limited number of viewers in their online theater, so be sure to “book your film travel plans in advance” to avoid sold-out screenings. .
Reelout Queer Film Festival: Points Of View content is geoblocked. Only audiences in the province of Ontario will have access to the films, with the exception of all short film collections, which are available to all residents of Canada.
Tickets for individual cinematic adventures are $15 including fees. Please note that your “Movie Adventures” unlock on specific dates and you have until February 7, 2022 to begin each journey for which you have purchased a ticket. Once you click “Play” on your movie, you have 48 hours to complete this experience.
A Frequent Fiver pass is $69 including fees. With this pass, you can choose five cinematic adventures in advance at a discounted price.
All-Access Passports cost $139, including all fees, and you can book all 22 “film adventures” in advance. Once you have purchased your passport, you will receive an email asking you to pre-book the “film adventures” you wish to experience. This is important, as your passport alone does not guarantee you a place on any of your 22 possible journeys. As mentioned above, each program always only has a finite number of virtual “seats”, so you should make sure to reserve yours after purchasing your passport.
You can buy passports on the Reelout Eventive platform and check out the program and festival details on their Eventive virtual platform.
You can download the Eventive app and browse the festival on your Roku, AppleTV, or Smart TV app. You can also stream your “cinematic adventures” to your TV using Chromecast or airplay or by connecting your device to your TV with an HDMI cable.