Monday, July 23, 2007

Newsline #10 - 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Newsline #10 – July 19h, 2007


Last night was a very special night for the film festival. We were honored to present Farley Granger with an award for Artistic Achievement. Mr. Granger is a class-act all the way and it’s no wonder that the world was enraptured by his presence after watching him on the silver-screen.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Carrie Rickey enjoyed a delightful conversation with Mr. Granger after he received his award and then introduced the festival’s special presentation of ROPE in 35mm.

Up the street at the Wilma, writer/directors Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear presented the first three episodes of their series the DL Chronicles Episodes and engaged the audience in Q&A afterwards.

Then the Bears were let loose… running rampant all over the Arts Bank. Yup, a full house crowded the venue and welcomed several guests including the film’s director Nico Sabentorio with special guest Mr. Leather Bear from Tampa Bay.

I’d love to get into the details about the Bear Bash that ensued shortly after the movie at the Bike Stop (114 South 12th Street) but the partying and mayhem is just too much to describe. You’ll have to see the photos to believe it. Check them out at

It may take a day for our staff photographer to get them posted… she’s still recovering herself after all!


Cock-tail loving festival guests are invited to our 3 hour Happy hour event, the “Riverfront Reception” from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Keating’s River Grill at the Hyatt Regency Hotel by Penn’s Landing.

After that, just a quick stroll down the street, will be our free, outdoor screening of To Wong Foo… Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar at Penn’s Landing beginning at 8:30pm.

For the folks staying up towards Center City, you’ll have quite bit to choose from yourselves. You can choose to spend the entire night at the Prince and would enjoy the Centerpiece film The Witnesses, followed by the sold-out screening of Hairspray starring John Travolta and an encore presentation of Gus Van Sant’s directorial debut Mala Noche.

Although, If you missed the first screening of The DL Chronicles last night because you couldn’t miss out on the Farley Granger events, this is your chance to see them. The chronicles will be shown again tonight at 5:00pm at The Wilma Theater. Following them, will be your shot at seeing The Picture of Dorian Gray, which has been selected as the opening night in at other festivals and has quite a following.

Also, if you’re a true Philadelphian, you don’t want to miss Two Minutes Later, filmed right here in Philly, with a cast of Philadelphians, this movie gives you a chance to see your beloved city up in lights!

Finally, if you’ve been following the sold-out films below, you know that Kate Clinton is very close to a sell out show for this coming weekend. If you want to ensure that you get to see this hilarious comic at work, you can see it tonight at the Arts Bank at 7:15pm.


Two Minutes Later, Thursday, July 19th, Wilma Theater, 9:30pm – Producer Lindsey Grow
Prenuptial Tango (Short with 2 Minutes Later), Thursay, July 19th, Wilma Theater – Director Harvey Silberman, Producer Heidi Mastrogiovanni


Tonight’s special advance screening of Hairspray has sold out for the Prince Music Theater. We hope that you were able to get tickets in advance, but if not, we encourage you to see this over the weekend when it’s released in theaters nationwide.


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 Kate Clinton: 25th Anniv Black Box at the Prince 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 Rag Tag Black Box at the Prince 7:15pm


The weekend is just about here. We can’t wait. We know that you can’t wait, but you’d better be ready. We’re gonna be hitting you hard and fast! This weekend packs in soooo many great movies, soooo many late night parties and sooo special presentations.
I’m not sure how we’re gonna keep up!!! Oh, who am I kidding?!?! We live for this stuff and so do you! It’s gonna be a blast.

We’ve got Two Sides of the Bed, One Night Stand and Men In The Nude – 3 films we’d all see just because their titles are so enticing. Plus, we’re showing The Bubble, Rock Haven, Butch Jamie and Holding Trevor, movies that everyone’s been talking about since the program guide came off the printing press.

Plus we’re all headed to Tori’s (no, not Tori Spelling, that’ll be closing night) for the Booty Call Party from 9:30pm – 2:00am. Tori’s is 119 South Street.

And that’s just the first day of the weekend!


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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