Monday, July 23, 2007

Newsline #11 - 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Newsline #11 – July 20th, 2007

Last Night We Kicked Off The Weekend Early

Cock-tail loving festival guests enjoyed a 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 before strolling down the street for the free, outdoor screening of To Wong Foo… Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar at Penn’s Landing.

Pre-show entertainment included drag queens and flaming hoops jumpers, you would have to see it to believe it – and we did! The threat of rain didn’t stop movie-goers for second, we’re willing to get wet n’ wild if necessary.

For the folks who stayed up towards Center City, they had quite a bit to choose from. The sold out screening of Hairspray starring John Travolta packed the house at the Prince along with other festival hits The Witnesses and Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche.

But that wasn’t the only sell-out. Fans also seemed to enjoy the experimental Picture of Dorian Gray and packed that house for that one too! Before it was all said and done, not a single ticket was left. Crowds also gathered for the Philadelphia made 2 Minutes Later, which debuted at our other festival in April. We just can’t get enough of this one.


The weekend’s here. We hope you’re ready, because the whirlwind is about to begin. 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.

Tonight we’ve got Two Sides of the Bed, One Night Stand and Men In The Nude – 3 films we’d all attend 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 moment the program guide came off the printing press.

ANNNNDD! Before the night is over, 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 this non-stop, down and dirty, final festival weekend!


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 !


Holding Trevor, Friday, July 20th, Wilma Theater, 5:00pm – Director/Producer Rosser Goodman, Cast Member Jay Brennan
Rock Haven, Friday, July 20th, Arts Bank, 7:45pm – Writer/Director David Lewis
Kali Ma (Short film preceding Rock Haven), Friday, July 20th, Arts Bank, 7:45pm – Director Soman Chainani
Wrong Bathroom (Short film preceding One Night Stand), Friday, July 20th, Wilma Theater, 9:30pm – Director Shani Heckman


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 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 Underneath Arts Bank 7:00pm
7/22/07 Rag Tag Black Box at the Prince 7:15pm


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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