Queering the Interior, a short documentary produced by Touchstones Nelson Museum and Watershed Productions, premieres Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm at the Civic Theatre.
The film, created in conjunction with the 2021 history exhibition Kootenay Pride: We Love a Parade! centres on the people and moments that defined the LGBTQ2S+ community in the Kootenays, while paying tribute to the legacy of activism that led to a diverse and robust queer population today.
Spanning decades, Queering the Interior explores how the discrimination and demands of one generation were transformed into the rights and responsibilities of those that followed.
“Our team at Watershed Productions was thrilled to bring these missing stories into the museum and out into the community,” says Director Amy Bohigian, “as we work to represent the full spectrum of who lives in our region and create social impact through personal stories.”
The 45- minute documentary features the personal stories of Michael Wicks, Christopher Moore, Cindy Henderson, Robert Verigin, Henri Roberts, Sophia Dricos, Norma Kilpatrick, Seán Hennessey, Uli Holtkamp, Jesse Halton, Bobbi Mollenberg, Smokii Sumac, Cheryl Dowden, Jo Caple and the original music of composer Ben Euerby.
“Queering the Interior celebrates the incredible bravery, determination, and love of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community that has contributed so immensely to the spirit and life of Nelson,” says Museum Executive Director Astrid Heyerdahl.
“This film is an incredible addition to the archival record of our community.”
This project was funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Photo Caption: Installation view of the 2021 gallery exhibition Kootenay Pride: We Love a Parade! — Bobbi Barbarich photo