Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Newsline #8 - 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Newsline #8 – July 17h, 2007


Monday proved to be a terrific start for the weekday portion of the festival. If the pattern proves correct, each day should grow larger and larger until we’re flaming hot and on fire again this weekend!

Last night, Bob Smith and Eddie Sarfaty, two of the comedians featured in the film joined the crowded theater at the Wilma for Laughing Matters…The Men before taking the stage for a comedic Q&A with the guests. Over at the Arts Bank, Maria Roman was welcomed as the guest of honor at the screening of Trantasia, while the Prince Music up the street pulled in a full house for the Shorts Program International Male.
This Shorts presentation featured six short films, each one representing a different country (Spain, Australia, Germany, Israel, Sweden and Japan).

The evening climaxed at the Trocadero, where Movie Mondays partnered with the festival for a showing of everyone’s favorite cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9:00pm.

Today offers a look at the “not always glittery ride through Hollywood and identity” with a screening of Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother at the Wilma Theater. If your schedule seems a bit flexible tonight, check this one out now, as the weekend screening of the film is closing in on a sell out.

Also, don’t miss the festival’s special presentation of Mala Noche, Gus Van Sant’s 1985 directorial debut taking place at 9:30pm at the Prince Music Theater. This is a rare event that we’ve all been looking for and something that you don’t want to miss.

Screening at the same time at the Arts Bank Theater is Dead Boyz Don’t Scream, another film that looks like it might sell out before showtime.

For those looking for a great place to grab a drink tonight, look no further. Valanni’s Restaurant and Lounge offers Queer Kinky Quizzo every Tuesday night at 10:30 and we’ll all be there drinking our fill.

But speaking of festival films nearing a sell out.


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.

7/17/07 Dead Boyz Don’t Scream Arts Bank 9:30pm
7/19/07 Hairspray Prince Music Theater 7:15pm
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

Just kidding! That just happens to be the title of Farley Granger’s new book. Written with his partner Bob Calhoun it takes a good look at his career and his many love affairs with Hollywood’s most prominent leading men and women.

Farley’s will be joining us tomorrow night at the Prince Music Theater for a conversation with Philadelphia Inquirer critic Carrie Rickey after receiving an award for Artistic Achievement from the Philadelphia Film Society.

We’re also thrilled to be showing a brand new 35mm print of Alfred Hitchcock’s ROPE starring Farley in most of his most memorable roles.

All the fun begins at 5:00pm at Nineteen Café inside the Park Hyatt Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets before swinging over to the Prince Music Theater at 7:00pm for the award and screening.

Get your tickets now and don’t worry about stopping at the book or video store. We’ll have copies of Farley’s new book INCLUDE ME OUT along with his films ROPE and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN available for sale at the event.


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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