My first guest is a Canadian film director whose 1991 short film RSVP was singled out by B. Ruby Rich as being part of the New Queer Cinema Movement. His follow up short film The Fairy Who Didn’t Want to Be a Fairy Anymore won Best Live Action Short Film at the 1993 Genie Awards. He proceeded to write and direct the feature film House, and has directed episodes of a variety of television series including I Was a Rat, Murdoch Mysteries, Ghostly Encounters, Baxter, Good Witch and Schitt’s Creek. 2007 saw the release of Breakgast with Scot which was the first gay-themed film to have the approved use of a logo of a professional sports team, when the Toronto Maple Leafs allowed for their icon to be used. He recently wrote and directed the documentary feature film Killing Patient Zero, which recalls early AIDS patient Gaten Dugas and how he was a scapegoat for the spread of AIDS. He is Laurie Lynd, and I spoke with him a few days ago.
My next guest also got his start on television when he worked as a staff writer on Tower Prep. In 2014, his debut feature “Faults” premiered at SXSW. He found himself back there with his second film “The Art of Self Defense” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots about an account who takes karate classes after he is mugged in the street. The film had it’s wide release last week. He is Riley Stearns, here is our conversation.