Monday, July 23, 2007

Issue #12 - 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Newsline #12 – July 21st, 2007


Two weekend’s of Booty shakin!
First, with RuPaul last weekend and then a whole lot more last night at Tori’s! Everyone that showed up for the film festival’s Booty Call party had a blast and shook it allllll night long.

But before we even got to the party, we had screenings. Lots of em’ and really good ones at that. There was The Bubble, Rock Haven, Butch Jamie, Holding Trevor, just to name a few. But that was yesterday, we’re focused on what’s happening today right!

Today’s a good day to see some of our many Short films, first is the shorts program It Ain’t Easy Being Green playing at the Wilma Theater at 12:15pm. Featuring 5 different short films, this program takes a close look at teens and young people dealing with sexuality. The second option for short films today is the Love Is Blind program beginning at the Arts Bank at 2:45pm. This one offers 7 shorts each one focusing on lesbian relationships.

If you’re more of a full-length kinda film-goer though, there’s still plenty to choose from, I’d suggest taking a look the much talked about The Witnesses or Nina’s Heavenly Delights, I’ve heard great things about both.

It’s also a great day to play “catch-up.” Maybe your friends have been talking all week long about one of the features you weren’t able to attend. Who wants to be that person? The one that can’t laugh along with the story or take part in the conversation, so here’s your chance to “catch-up” on what you missed. Just a couple of the movies screening for the second time today include Bears, The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Kate Clinton and Two Sides of the Bed.

Once you’ve caught up on all your movies, you’ll have to decide how to spend the rest of the night. We’ve got a couple things lined up for you, take your pick.

You can get started early by joining us right after the screening of Longtime Companion to toast Artistic Achievement Award recipient Craig Lucas at Tavern on Camac at 7:00pm for the Prelude To A Kiss party. We’ll have drink specials till 9:00pm.

Or at 7:00pm you could check out the sounds of singer/songwriter Jay Brennan (also one of the stars of Holding Trevor) at one of my favorite places, L’Etage, 625 S. 6th street.

But if you’re a true die-hard movie-goer (like we are – yeah!) you’ll be in the theaters long past 7:00pm. In which case, we suggest some of our later events. We have the FUSE party at Club XO beginning at 10:00pm (1418 Rodman St) for a ‘Bollywood infused’ after party in honor of Nina’s Heavenly Delights or you could head to the Jamaican Jerk Hut for a special outdoor screening of the classic fave Mommie Dearest beginning at 11:15pm.

One way or another it’ll be non-stop ‘cause tonight’s definitely gonna be an all-nighter!
The big question is ‘How Long Can You Last?’ I guess we’re about to find out.


Ok, so here’s the deal. We’ve been taking pictures… lots of pictures… a ton of pictures!
And I’m just about ready to share some of them with you. But it’s gotta be a fair trade.

Sooo, if you have photos that you’ve taken with friends or celebrities that have been visiting town for the festival, send them to me. Just reply to this email and attach the photo – And if I like it, maybe it’ll even end up on the festival website.

In the meantime, here’s the photos that I’ve posted so, but check back every couple of hours, because there are sooo many more that’ll be going up real soon.

Enjoy and don’t say I didn’t warn you !


We Belong (It Ain’t Easy Being Green SHORTS PROGRAM) (12:15pm, Wilma Theater)
Joe Wilson director
533 STATEMENTS (12:30, Black Box at the Prince) Tori Foster, director, producer, cinematographer and editor
THE GAY BED AND BREAKFAST OF TERROR (2:30pm, Wilma Theater) Jaymes Thompson, director, screenwriter and producer
ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and LONGTIME COMPANION (5:00pm, Arts Bank) Craig Lucas, Award recipient and screenwriter
NINA’S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS (7:00pm, Wilma Theater) Pratibha Parmar, director, screenwriter and producer
BEARS (7:15pm, Black Box at the Prince) Nico Sabenorio, producer and editor Eric Siglin, Mr. Tampa
Leather Bear, and Jay Duckworth, Mr. New York Bear
The Best Men (Short with SUFFERING MAN’S CHARITY) (9:30pm, Wilma Theater) Tony Wei, director


Don’t let it happen to you, get your tickets in advance because the following movies have less than 75 seats available, so if you’re interested in them, don’t wait till the last minute.

7/21/07 Alexis Arquette Black Box at the Prince 2:45pm
7/21/07 Picture of Dorian Gray Wilma Theater 4:45pm
7/21/07 Kate Clinton: 25th Anniv Black Box at the Prince 5:00pm
7/21/07 Longtime Companion Arts Bank 5:00pm
7/21/07 Bears Black Box at the Prince 7:15pm
7/21/07 In The Blood Black Box at the Prince 9:30pm
7/22/07 Out in Philly – Shorts Arts Bank 2:30pm
7/22/07 Born Again Black Box at the Prince 2:30pm
7/22/07 Underneath Arts Bank 7:00pm
7/22/07 Rag Tag Black Box at the Prince 7:15pm
7/24/07 Closing Night Party Twenty21 10:00pm


For those of you that ripped your shirts off on the dance floor during the opening night party and put a dent into your wardrobe, not to worry. The Philadelphia Film Society has thought of everything. We’re selling Official Film Festival T-shirts at the Prince Theater, Wilma Theater, TLA Video Store locations and online.
T-shirts cost $15 for M, L & XL and $18 for XXL sizes.


To purchase Festival tickets, visit, call 267-765-9700 ext. 4 (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.) or visit any Philadelphia area TLA Video store (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.).

In order to put together any festival of this caliber, we rely primarily on the help of volunteers. But, if you don’t feel like volunteering out of the goodness of your heart, do it for the tickets. Volunteer for the film festival = see movies for free!

Ushering is an easy - but ESSENTIAL – volunteer job. You will tear tickets and hand out ballots with a friendly disposition, representing the festival to all of our attendees! Shifts generally begin an hour before the first show of the day and end 1/2 hour after the last show.

In exchange for your time, you will receive a complimentary pass to exchange for a ticket to the film of your choice. Earn double comps on Sundays – Work any shift on Sunday and receive TWO comps for the shift!

Please email your information contact information and scheduling requests to Pari Patel at

The Philadelphia Film Festival is produced by the Philadelphia Film Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting outstanding film and video in the greater Philadelphia region. To become a Society member, visit, or call Timothy Ferretti, PFS Interim Membership Coordinator, at 267-765-9700 x.296.

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Since its conception in 2001, the Philadelphia Film Society remains dedicated to the presentation of film and video in the Greater Philadelphia area as a powerful form of artistic expression and a unique force for cultural diversity and international understanding. Founded in 1995, the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival presents a rainbow of GLBT films and video images from around the world.

This year’s festival has been made possible by the generosity and support of the Members of the Philadelphia Film Society and our Presenting Sponsors: Avis, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Pennsylvania Film Office, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, here! Networks and TLA Entertainment Group; Official Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Tylenol-PM, Sundance Channel, Eventions Productions, Scion, Triumph Brewing Company, Twenty21, Penn’s Landing Corporation, Parrot Bay, Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Cashman & Associates and University of the Arts; Partner Sponsors: Plumer & Associates, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Modern Eye, Fest In Philly, Crowne Plaza, Sofitel Hotel, B-Side, Mixto, Hoffman Design Group, Haru, Hangar 1, PA Festivals and Premier Tours; Patron Sponsors:Jennifer Angelo Design, Marathon Grill, Sisters, Campus Philly, PhillyCarShare, Lucky Strike Lanes, P.I.N.K., The Restaurant Collection, Caviar Assouline, Vitamin Water, Philadelphia Trolley Works, Neff Associates Inc., Philly Fringe Festival, Vesuvio, Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, McCormick & Schmick’s, Allied Advertising, The National Condominium Residences, 12th Street Gym, Whole Foods, FuntasticFotos, Prince Music Theater, Bluecoat, American Apparel and Philly Aids Thrift; and Media Sponsors: Gaydar Magazine, Where Philadelphia, Metro, Philadelphia City Paper, Philly Gay Calendar, HX Philadelphia and Queer Times.

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