World Premieres define the 16th Anniversary of Philadelphia’s QFest
Posted: 06/08/2010 - 15:40
• Artistic director Raymond Murray and his team of programmers have selected 125 films, including narratives, documentaries and shorts, from more than 25 countries
Philadelphia’s QFest is setting itself apart by screening world, North American and East Coast premieres this year. Starting July 8th and ending July 19th, this 12-day summer festival will feature the best in LGBTQ cinema.
Artistic director Raymond Murray and his team of programmers have selected 125 films, including narratives, documentaries and shorts, from more than 25 countries. During the festival, Special awards will be presented for Artistic Achievement, to be awarded to Kelly McGillis (Witness, Top Gun), Matthew Montgomery (Socket, Pornography: A Thriller), as well as director Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Women, The Owls). The Barbara Gittings Award, named in honor of the LGBT pioneering activist, will be awarded to Kathy Wolfe, CEO and Founder of Wolfe Video. International filmmakers will also compete for audience and jury awards in a variety of categories.
“Because we play after Frameline and Outfest, QFest has never been that premiere-driven,” says Raymond Murray, Artistic Director of QFest. “But this year, we were fortunate to be closely involved with many of the producers and directors of our World Premiere films. They know they will get sell-out houses filled with a supportive and enthusiastic audience.”
World Premieres are:
- You Can’t Have It All: The Festival’s Opening Night Film, this romantic American comedy directed by Jay Arnold stars Jon Lindstrom and Wendie Malick
- Flight of the Cardinal: Robert (2 Minutes Later) Gaston’s edgy thriller is set in a desolate Smokey Mountains resort lodge.
- You Should Meet My Son!: A hilarious low budget charmer by Keith Hartman about a mom’s desperate attempts to find the right boy for her gay son.
- Seeing Heaven: A stylish British horror/thriller by Ian Powell in which a handsome young escort descends into the dangerous world of pornography.
- Role/Play: Rob Williams (Make the Yuletide Gay) directs this romantic drama starring Matthew Montgomery.
- Strapped: San Francisco-based Joseph Graham’s first full length film is the story of a young hustler whose life is changed by a series of strange encounters in a labyrinthine apartment building.
- Straight & Butch: This documentary charts the making of an unusual calendar: that of one gay man (Butch Cordora) and 12 different straight men who pose together in provocative nude poses
- Shut Up and Kiss Me: David Hamilton’s romantic American comedy about a commitment phobic young man who may have met his match.
- Alex and Leo (Alex und der Löwe) A German comedy by filmmaker Ives-Yuri Garate about the romantic couplings of a group of thirty-something friends.
QFest 2010 is produced by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance (PCA) along with presenting sponsors: TLAgay.com, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Smirnoff Vodka, Smart Water, VitaminZero, TD Bank, Philadelphia Magazine, Bluecoat Gin, Voyeur Nightclub, Kevin J. Lyons Funeral Home, 12th Street Gym, University of the Arts, Modern Eye, FunMaps, Tavern on Camac, Tabu, ICON Magazine, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
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