This year’s Philadelphia QFest is sure to please everyone, especially the locals, as this year’s lineup boasts many connections to the City of Brotherly Love. Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite hangouts and hot spots up on the big screen? Festival attendees will enjoy several films featuring plenty of Philadelphia scenery and maybe even some familiar faces, brought to us by local filmmakers. Diehard Philly fans will want to add these screenings to their QFest itineraries:
It Had to Be You – Saturday, July 20th, 7:15pm at the Ritz Bourse: This East Coast Premiere, brought to us by local director, Lary Campbell, was filmed entirely in Philadelphia and features a full cast of local actors. The story follows the intertwined stories of six different characters who are brought together through substance abuse, religion, coming out at work, family, and living with HIV. Lary Campbell will be in attendance for the screening of the film.
The Happy Sad – Saturday, July 13th, 7:30pm at the Ritz East 2: This Philadelphia Premier, directed by Temple University Professor, Rodney Evans, takes a look at two couples (one white and straight; the other black and gay) as they attempt to redefine their ideas of sexual identity and emotional fulfillment. Director Rodney Evans will be at the premier, along with screenwriter, Keith Urban, producer Troy Lenosky, and actors Leroy McClain and Cameron Scroggins.
Queeradelphia – Friday, July 19th, 7:00 at the Ritz at the Bourse: Whether you are saying goodbye to a misguided friend, rising above a toxic relationship, picking out the perfect mattress, or understanding the importance of a kiss, Queeradelphia is an exciting collection of short films that highlight veteran and emerging filmmakers from the City of Brotherly Love. Shorts include:
- Cool – Joy is stuck in a horrible rut of school, work and abusive girlfriend, until she meets Rayvn who helps put things into perspective and gives her the courage to get her life back on track.
- Lucy – It’s the last day of school and rebellious teenager Lucy is anxiously awaiting her beautiful photography teacher, Sheila, to come and take her away from her boring suburban world.
- Sexy – Relationships can be tricky, but not to Dana and Sunni who have a newfound commitment to each other – except when they disagree on showing how deep their love is.
- Spooners – After convincing his husband to retire their lumpy, old futon, Nelson is forced to come out in a huge way, while shopping for a new bed at Drowzy’s Mattress World. This charming comedy was directed by Philadelphia native Bryan Horch.
- The Night I Died – Philly native Christof Lombard directed this dark, low-budget short about two lovers whose lives have been destroyed by their mutual addiction to drugs.
- Unbitten – Shot entirely in Bucks County with a fully local cast, Unbitten is a crazy, supernatural comedy that features three vegan vampires, one stoner water nymph, two evil sorcerers and a mansion lease in limbo.The Way to Kevin – Sunday, July 21st, 4:30pm at the Ritz East 2: This touching documentary follows the story of North Philadelphia native, Kevin Mines, whose personal resume includes minister, mime, singer, businessman, and gay porn star. We watch as Kevin struggles between his strong religious beliefs and his unapologetic desire to be a part of the gay adult film industry. Co-directors Erin Davis and Nathan Edmondson will be at the screening of the film, along with executive producer, Jim Dattilo, composer, Eric Zrinksy and the star subject, Kevin Mines. The film includes the short, Finding Me the Series: Minisode. This webisode is a tease for the 75-minute series to be out on DVD later this summer. The multi-character drama-dy from Roger Omeus, takes a look at the romantic and emotional engagements of a group of young men as they attempt to navigate through the challenges of love.
Where I Am – Friday, July 12th, 7:15pm and Friday, July 19, 5:15pm at the Ritz East 1: This powerful documentary, directed by Pamela Drynan, follows the amazing story of gay Philadelphia writer, Robert Drake. While living in Ireland, Drake was the victim of a brutal hate crime which left him completely paralyzed. We see him return to the scene of the crime twelve years later, where he expresses his forgiveness to his attackers and explains that this was his destiny in life. Robert Drake will be at the screening of the film, along with his long time caretaker, Butch Cordoba and director Pamela Drynan.
Philly fans may also be interested in checking out the script reading for the film Beautiful Something on Saturday, July 15th, 5:15pm at L’Etage, 624 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The film follows the stories of four gay men from different generations, all trying to navigate their way through love on a hot, steamy night in Philadelphia. Join local, award-winning director Joseph Graham, QFest programmer Kelly Burkhardt, and a few Philadelphia actors for an intimate staged reading which portrays the City of Brotherly Love in a way you have never seen before.
QFest 2013 is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsors: TD Bank, TLA Gay, PCA, Underground Arts, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Upstairs Inn
Official Sponsors: G Philly, The Prime Rib, Philly Gay Calendar, WWCC, Drag Mafia, Sofitel, Double Tree, Lingui Search, Hoopskirt Productions
Partner Sponsors: Mini Cooper, Visit Baltimore, Sisters, Philadelphia Fight, Queertimes, Breaking Glass Pictures, Philadelphia Freedom Band, Philly Aids Thrift, Mazzoni Center, GPTMC, Atlantic City Alliance, Stimulus, Arouse, QC Cinema
Patron Sponsors: PPA, Drexel U, Macs Tavern, 12 St Gym, Mauckingbird, L’Estage, Independence Squares, Independence Business Alliance, Pennsylvania 6, Liberty City Drag, Temple U LGBT Alumni, Revel Atlantic City Hotel, Resort, and Casino, Israeli Consulate of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Barefoot Wine, City of Hope, Resorts Atlantic City
Screening locations for QFest 2013 are the Ritz East Theatre 1 and 2 and the Ritz at the Bourse. For more information on QFest, visit www.qfest.com or call 267.765.9800. Also be sure to follow the festival @QFEST on Twitter, and Facebook: www.facebook.com/qfestphilly.