Battle It Out

I really wish that I was able to enjoy days off, but it always seems like there are so many tasks around the house that I need to get through. Today was no exception. I am suffering the consequences of having moved everything into the dining room and trying to get everything reorganized. My evening was wonderful as I had the opportunity to attend RuPaul’s Battle of the season with Mike T and then headed over to Club 200 for a drink afterwards. There was an interesting emotional moment that happened though when I realized that I was in a gay bar which I have always felt was my safe space.

All Things Must Come To An End

  

Good Morning Friends,

I have talked a lot lately about how much time I have been committing to Reel Pride. It has been an incredible festival and I so rewarding to experience being in the theatre with a group of people and sharing in the experience of watching these films. However, today marks the final day of the festival.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being a part of the Short Film Selection Committee for the 12th Annual Canadian GLBTTQ* Short Film Competition. We had a record number of submissions which we were able to narrow down to a program of 17 different films. In the process of curating this program, building the program and testing the final projection copies of the disks to make sure the program was flawless I have seen the selected films many many times. I think the most fascinating aspect to watching the final program with an audience was how different the experience was. The reaction from the audience was incredible and made all the hard work that I have committed to the project totally worth the time and effort.

As a part of the Short Film Competition, two film makers were able to join Reel Pride this year from Vancouver. I had the pleasure of hosting David C. Jones and another lady graciously hosted Paula Stromberg. It was fun to be a tourist in my own city once again. I had the opportunity to go to the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. I have been so busy lately that I lost focus of my priorities (including blogging). Spending time with them certainly helped to refocus me on what is important to me as well as to inspire me to challenge myself both professionally and personally. I am really looking forward to building off the momentum that these two incredible people that I now have the pleasure of calling my friends have provided me.

Yesterday, I said goodbye to David at the airport and am back at the Gas Station Arts Centre enjoying the full day of programming which Reel Pride has provided. We have three films today as well as two other events taking place. Industry day was a wonderful experience to have a personal discussion with several people that have been successful in the film industry. I feel truly lucky to be in the position that I am and have the opportunity to learn the lessons that Reel Pride has been able to teach me and to make the amazing personal connections with the people that I have through my position on the board.

As I mentioned, today will be the closing day of the 27th Annual Reel Pride Film Festival. We are closing the festival with the film S&M Sally which has been given a PG rating. I am really looking forward to putting my feet up and enjoying this film from beginning to end without any interruptions (I have booked this film off of my volunteer shifts). Monday will be spent relaxing and recovering from my last 17 days of vacation from bus driving all of which have been donated to Reel Pride to contribute to the success of this amazing 30th festival.

With that I am going to wrap up by thanking all the close friends and family I have in my life for their patience with me for the lack of communication that I have had over the past few weeks leading up to the festival. I am looking forward to reconnecting with all of you now that my responsibilities are coming to an end. I also have to thank the friends that have provided me the encouragement to come back to blogging after being discouraged so many times by negative feedback.

Have an amazing day,

-SuperMattyMatt

Time to Change the Calendar Already?!?!?

  

Good Morning Friends,

Did I miss September? I only just changed my calendar from August to September last week (yeah, I missed the boat on that one a little bit). I totally didn’t realize it was October 1 today until the first passenger showed me their brand new shiny monthly bus pass. I almost corrected them before I realized that we are beginning another new month. 
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch the first film of the 2015 Reel Pride Pre-Festival Program at the University of Manitoba. The film was called A Gay Girl In Damasus: The Amina Profile.  It was an extremely interesting film portraying the online lesbian relationship between a woman in Montreal, Canada and a woman, Amina, who claimed to be from Damasus, Syria. Their relationship helped to fuel Amina’s blog as she shared stories about what it was like to be a lesbian in Syria during the government crackdowns. The story takes a strange twist when Amina is suspected of having been detained by Syria forces, but no one can find any record of her arrests. 

I’m not going to tell you anything more because the film is an absolute must see. The film was followed by a discussion led by Drs. Janice Dodds and Liz Millward. It was very interesting listening to all the different perspectives and interpretations of the film. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this event and it helped to remind me why I’m a part of Reel Pride’s board of directors. 

I just got home from work and finished setting up my new bed frame that Shannon, my roommate, rescued from her brother’s house that he was planning on throwing away. I am so happy with it and so thankful that Shannon is such an amazing friend!

I have to get ready to get back to work shortly for my second piece of work. I am really looking forward to seeing what October has in store. I also can’t wait for my Mom to finally start planning Thanksgiving Dinner because I am really looking forward to stuffing my face with her yummy home cooked food. 

On that note, I’m going to find breakfast. Have an awesome Thursday!  

-SuperMattyMatt

You don’t want to skip these commercials!

 If you are like me, you still haven’t made plans yet tonight. Only difference is that I have already made my plans. 

Today is officially the first official day of Pride in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In conjunction, REEL Pride is celebrating by hosting the 2015 Best International LGBTTQ* Commercials! They promise that this program will “make you laugh, make you think and maybe pull at your heart strings.”  

Tickets are available at the door for $10. There are two shows starting at 7pm or 9pm. The event takes place at the Bandwidth Theatre located at 585 Ellice Avenue (across from the West End Cultural Centre). 
You can still reserve your tickets online at http://www.reelpride.org/tickets. 

I can’t wait to see you there! 

Flying into the Future

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Today has been quite an emotion filled day as I said goodbye to my coworkers who have become friends. This was my final day of employment with Canadian North.

It was difficult to end 13 months of employment with an amazing company with such awesome employees. Walking up the stairs for the last time this morning brought me into a reality I wasn’t prepared to deal with at 5am.

This weekend now holds a new adventure as I start training to be a coach bus operator. I’m very excited to be back behind the wheel.

Sunday is moving day into our new apartment. I am also looking forward to celebrating my first Pride in Calgary. Brian is flying in tomorrow from Vancouver for the celebration. I can’t wait to see him.

Shannon is also driving out from Winnipeg for her road trip to the Rockies. I am glad that I have been included in her travel plans!

Tuesday is the beginning of my new adventure with a new airline. I have to make it through 6 weeks of classroom before I get back to flight planning.

Mike has successfully completed his flight attendant training and will be leaving me for the weekend. He has been assigned to walk to Mexico and back twice this weekend.

Hope everyone has an amazing long weekend. Stay safe and HAPPY PRIDE!

Pride Brunch

For those of you that know me, Pride is one of my favourite events of the year. I think that I get equally excited about Pride as I do for Christmas. Part of it might have to do with the fact that Pride in Winnipeg generally coincides with my birthday.

Needless to say, I don’t believe in doing anything small for Pride. The entire weekend hurt a little, but let me tell you the story myself.