Did you see I Do? We see big things coming from David W. Ross – our Rising Star Award recipient. Also, how about seeing Haley Joel “I See Dead People” Osment all grown up? The films definitely made it hard to tear ourselves away from the screen.You will need to tear yourselves away from the Ritz theaters tonight though for our parties at Sisters and iCandy. Both of them are bound to be jumping!
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12pm: Ritz East 2: Taking a Chance on God. Director Brendan Fay’s moving and inspirational documentary chronicles the beginning years of the Catholic organization Dignity and it’s founder Father John McNeill. Director Brendan Faye will
attend to discuss the film during an extended Q&A with Judge Ann Butchart and Martie Gillen founder of AIDS ALIVE. The Q&A debate will be moderated by Kelly Burkhardt- Dignity.
12:15pm: Ritz East 1: Somefarwhere. A young American travels to the dangerous Iraq-Pakistan boarder in search of his missing Marine boy friend in this ambitious thriller, from veteran filmmaker Everett Lewis.
12:15pm: Ritz at the Bourse: Kiss Me. This captivating Swedish lesbian love story follows two thirty-somethings as their instant attraction ignites a volatile chain reaction of self-discovery.
2:15pm: Ritz East 2: I Do. Scriptwriter & star David W. Ross attends.
2:30pm: Ritz East 1: North Sea Texas.
2:30pm: Ritz East at the Bourse: Molly's Girl. When an unconventional woman serendipitously hooks up with a lesbian activist, both of their worlds turn upside down in this fun film that has a big heart. Kristina Valeda-Viars (Molly), Ellen Dolan (Ginger, Molly's mom), Producer Kimberly Busbee and Cinematographer/Editor Kaitylin Busbee will attend.
4:45pm: Ritz East 1: Our Paradise. Dark, dangerous and supremely sexy, Our Paradise casts a thrilling glance at the lives of two rent boys in the heart of Paris.
Artistic Achievement in Directing: Rose Troche And Career Tribute Interview
4:45 p.m. Ritz East Theater 2: Artistic Achievement in Directing: Rose Troche And Career Tribute Interview.
For all of her achievements, we are excited to welcome and present Rose Troche (Go Fish, "L Word") with the Artistic Achievement in Directing as part of this year’s QFest. The award presentation will be followed by a career retrospective including clips from her feature and television work, as well as never before seen shorts directed by Troche, and an interview with film journalist Gary Kramer. As a special sneak peak for fans, we will also be showing clips from the film Concussion, which Troche is producing.
5pm: Ritz at the Bourse: Facing Mirrors. The first transgendered film from Iran is this excellent character driven drama which features two people of opposite backgrounds and social class who are accidentally brought together to share a journey.
7pm: Ritz East 1: A Perfect Ending. Director Nicole Conn, Executive Producer Marina Rice Bader, Lead Actress/Producer Barbara Niven and Producer Melanie Rice will attend. Join the filmmakers at the after-party at Sisters! 10pm-2am Denise Cohen & her army of fabulous staff as they host the most anticipated women's party for QFest. A Perfect Ending listed on ELLEN's Top 20 list, will soon be one of your favorites!. DJ’s spin on both levels & plenty of skin to keep you dancing till the wee hours. Free Cover with QFest VIP Badges or tix stubs. 1320 Chancellor Street: 215-735-0735
7:15pm: Ritz East 2: Keep the Lights On. One of the exceptional films of 2012, Ira Sachs’s captivating and sexually-charged narrative is about a gay couple’s intimately intense and vulnerable relationship. Director Ira Sachs will attend.
7:15pm: Ritz at the Bourse: I Want Your Love - SOLD OUT! There will be a wait line. This is a festival favorite screening again Monday 7/23 Ritz at the Bourse at 8pm.
9:30pm: Ritz East 1: Men to Kiss. A fast-paced German comedy about a buttoned-up banker who finds his life in a tailspin after meeting the adorable, but unpredictable, performance artist, Tobi. Short filmmaker Brian Benson (Love and Anger) will attend.
9:30pm: Ritz East 2: Au, Pair Kansas.
Surprise Screening! 9:30 PM, Ritz at the Bourse: Sexual Tension: Volatile. From Marco Berger the young director of Plan B and Ausente and Marcello Monaco comes this special Work-in-Progress Sneak Preview screening. Sometimes you don't always get the guy but you can always lust after him! Six short stories of gay men not always getting what they want. TLA will ask for audience feedback after the screening.
BearCity 2: The Proposal
Talent Alert: Joe Conti (“Twink” Tyler/lead actor) &
T. Doyle Leverett (“Bear” Big Dan) will attend QFEST's Closing Night – film and after-party on Sunday July 22nd!
7/22 7:15 p.m. Ritz East Theater 1: BearCity 2: The Proposal. Those loveable, hilarious bears are back for another helping.
7/22 9:30 p.m. SugarHouse Casino: Closing Night Party. After the screening head to SugarHouse Casino (1001 N. Delaware Avenue) where the Drag Mafia attend under the helm of Mr. Telly “Style” Simmons and Mandance: Rehoboth presents DJ Stephen Durkin spins all night.
A combination ticket (Film and Party) is $35 Public, $30 PCA Members. Party Only: $25 Public, $20 PCA Members. Film Only: $15.
7/22 11:30 p.m. Bike Stop: When The Bears Come Marching In: The Last Shout. If you are still looking to party after SugarHouse, then head back to the gayborhood for the official after party at the Bike Stop (206 S. Quince Street). DJ Barney Medunic spins as we help to raise funds for our partner, “Liberty Bears.”
For cover information, call the Bike Stop at 215-627-1662.
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Thanks to the generous support of 2012 QFEST sponsors:
TLAgay.com, Smirnoff, Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, Table 31, SugarHouse, TLA Releasing
TD Bank, Smart Water, Sofitel Philadelphia, GPhilly, Coors Light, DoubleTree by Hilton, The Prime Rib, Smart Water, Vitamin Water Zero, terra, LinguiSearch, Uncles, Tavern on Camac, Sheraton Society Hill, Barefoot Wine, University of the Arts
Wells Fargo, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sisters, Philadelphia Fight, Atlantic City Alliance, Queertimes.net, Café Nola, Stimulus Philadelphia, Tashan, Acquisit, The Contarino Association, Breaking Glass Pictures, QC Cinema, Allied Mortgage Group, North Shore Beach Club, The Havana Room, LOGO
Equality Forum, Philadelphia Freedom Band William, Way Community Center, phillygaycalendar.com, Resorts Atlantic City, Mauckingbird Theater Company, Mac’s Tavern Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parking Authority, Twisted Life, Philly AIDS Thrift, 12th Street Gym, Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media, Arts & Design, MANdance, Optimal Sport Health Clubs, I-Candy, Drag Mafia, Liberty Bears, Bike Stop and Woodmere Art Museum