Inside Out 2008: Grade School And Gaybourhoods
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Inside Out 2008: Grade School And Gaybourhoods

It’s Day 3 at the excellently-programmed Inside Out festival. One of the more interesting films to catch this afternoon is It’s Still Elementary: The Movie and the Movement (pictured) over at the National Film Board. It’s actually a documentary about another documentary, 1996’s It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School, a groundbreaking film that showed elementary school teachers discussing homosexuality with children. But don’t worry if you haven’t seen its predecessor: It’s Still Elementary is still a really fascinating doc exploring the controversy and the impact of the earlier film. It’s also evidence that arguments that younger children “won’t understand” these kinds of conversations are entirely bogus, and the now-grown-up kids from It’s Elementary have only good things to say about being involved in the project.
For something fun later on tonight, try the Spanish flick Boystown. A totally crazy black comedy that plays with horror/thriller conventions, Boystown is the unlikely story of a homicidal real estate agent who strangles old ladies with great apartments in Madrid’s slowly-gentrifying gaybourhood, Chueca. Once they’re dead, he renovates their flats and sells them to trendy gay couples with the dream of creating a hip, artsy guppie community. Things get complicated when one of the old ladies leaves her apartment to bear-ish gay couple Rey and Leo, who both get dragged into the murder plot. A comedy with brains, Boystown satirizes both urban planning and gay stereotypes. Serial killer Victor is an impeccably-groomed gym-bunny who goes to all the hottest events in Madrid, while protagonists Rey and Leo are chubby guys who’d rather talk about X-Men comics in their sweats than go to the spa. Though it steers clear of the emotional depth of his more recent work, Boystown happily achieves a frenzied zaniness in a similar style to Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s madcap 80s comedies.
Voodoo Woman, 12:00 p.m. at the ROM
Free to Be…You & Me, 1:00 p.m. at the NFB
A Jihad for Love, 2:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Before I Forget, 2:15 p.m. at the ROM
It’s Still Elementary: The Movie and the Movement, 3:00 p.m. at the NFB
Gag Reflex, 4:45 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
This Kiss, 5:15 p.m. at the ROM
Boystown, 7:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Vivere, 7:15 p.m. at the ROM
Were the World Mine, 9:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Trans Entities: The Nasty Love of Papí and Wil, 9:45 p.m. at the ROM