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Épopée @ The Queer Arts Festival
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
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Tuesday Aug 05, 2014 7:30 PM - Tuesday Aug 05, 2014 9:30 PM | Free - CA$12.00


Épopée @ The Queer Arts Festival
Co-presented with the grunt gallery.

Initiated by the filmmaker Rodrigue Jean, Épopée is a collection of short films written and made in collaboration with male drug addicts and sex trade workers in Montreal. Set in the district known to residents as "the box," an area bounded by the streets St. Denis, De Lorimier, Viger and Sherbrooke, the project was initiated following the shooting of the film Men for Sale (2008), whose participants expressed the desire to create fictional works in addition to the documentary. Épopée followed from a series of writing workshops held at a drop-in centre for sex workers. The Fictions and Trajets (traces) are stories that often closely relate to the participant's lives, blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction. The two genres merge to yield a raw on-screen truth whose symbolic power gives meaning to the individual events they relate. The films provide us with a picture of our society, which is often impossible to grasp and ruled by exclusion. Translated as "epic poem," Épopée is both a poetic and political gesture of resistance.

Initially presented as a web-based cinema at www.epopee.me, viewers have access to series of open-ended events, allowing complex interactive narratives to arise. grunt gallery will be screening the films as alternating projections in the gallery, as well as this curated selection at the Queer Arts Festival.

Come early, share a drink among friends, and take in QAF's visual arts exhibitions. Bar opens at 6:00 pm.

TICKETS $10 General Admission | $8 Youth/Seniors/Underemployed

This event is scent-reduced, and fully wheelchair accessible. For more information on how to support a scent-reduced event, please visit PeggyMunson.com.

The Radical Accessibility Mapping Project performed an accessibility audit for the Roundhouse in August 2011, and the space has remained the same since.

Access Overview: Just the Basics.

Full Access Audit.

You can learn more about the Radical Access Mapping Project here.

NEW THIS YEAR: Attendance at licensed QAF events requires valid membership in the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are only $2 during the festival, and can be purchased with your ticket. Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.

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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (View)
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2X1


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Other > Festivals
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Queer Arts Festival
On BPT Since: May 27, 2010
Theo Jakob, Managing Director, Queer Arts Festival

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