Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Newsline #9 - 13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


13th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Newsline #9 – July 18th, 2007


That’s right! The perfect adjectives for a Tuesday night during the film festival. Everyone that attended Quizzo at Valanni last night got Queer & Kinky – and had a great time doing it! Sponsored by the film festival, last night’s winner received complimentary passes to 10 films and events taking place between now and July 24th.

But before getting drinks at Valanni, festival guests enjoyed a rare screening of Mala Noche, Gus Van Sant’s 1985 directorial debut, they also took a penetrating (pun intended?... maybe) look into the sexual reassignment of Alexis Arquette in She’s My Brother and saw quite a bit of flesh from the top models of Playgirl and Men’s Workout in the film Dead Boyz Don’t Scream. Not bad for a Tuesday night, huh?


Getting over the “Wednesday Hump” seems to take on a whole new meaning, when you say it during the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, now doesn’t it. Not to worry though, we’ve got the perfect recipe for the mid-week blues you’re used to.

Tonight’s a big night, Hollywood legend of the silver-screen Farley Granger, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Strangers on a Train, will be presented with the festival’s Artistic Achievement Award. He’ll also be joined on stage for a public discussion with Philadelphia Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey to discuss his career on (and off) screen.

After gossiping about love and life, Farley will introduce a special screening of ROPE shown on the big screen in glorious 35mm.

More than a handful of “Short” presentations will be offered tonight as well. On the list, will be the DL Chronicles Episodes 1, 2 & 3 along with Night Moves a shorts program featuring 8 abbreviated films from the US, Brazil, Denmark and Australia. You can catch them all by sticking around at the Wilma Theater between 7:15 and 11 o’ clock tonight.

The much anticipated Bears also makes its festival debut with a roar tonight at the Arts Bank, beginning at 9:30pm. This title is selling very well and could be a sell-out, so don’t wait till the last minute to secure your tickets. Afterwards, join everyone at the Bike Stop (114 South 12th Street) for the Bear Bash Afterparty… we won’t tell you what can happen there, but I’m sure you can just imagine.
Of and don’t think we’d try showing all these great movies without having the celebrity guests for you to meet up with as well. Let’s take a look.


Lez Be Friends, Wednesday, July 18th, Arts Bank, 5:30pm – Director Glenn Gaylord
Artistic Achievement Award / Rope, Wednesday, July 18th, Prince Music Theater – Recipient Farley Granger with partner Bob Calhoun.
The DL Chronicles, Pars 1, 2 & 3, Wednesday, July 18th, Wilma Theater, 7:15pm – Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear, co-directors, writers and producers
Nightwood (Night Moves Short Program), Wednesday, July 18th, Wilma Theater, 9:30pm – Director Chris Maher
Bears, Wednesday, July 18th, Arts Bank, 9:30pm – Nico Sabenorio, Producer & Editor


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.

7/19/07 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


If you don’t get your fill of hairy men tonight with our screening of Bears, we can try again tomorrow by putting John Travolta into a huge wig with our offering of Hairspray at 7:15pm at the Prince Music Theater.

We’ve also planned to start the weekend early with a 3 hour Thursday Happy hour event from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Keating’s River Grill, called the “Riverfront Reception.”

After that you can walk right down the street for our free, outdoor screening of To Wong Foo… Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar at Penn’s Landing at 8:30pm.


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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