We still need volunteers!

Hey everyone,

With only a few more days until the festival, we still need to have a lot of positions filled for during the festival. Please, if you have any more shifts that you can sign up for, let us know. It’s true when we say that we can’t run this festival with you. You guys are the backbone of this festival and what makes it great to come back to year after year. Don’t let me start off the festival being a sad panda.

There are many days that need to be filled, but we especially need volunteers during the weekday nights. A lot of you have classes or work, but even if you would need to come in late for a shift, we would still love to have you come in. Just let us know and we set something up. We will have double comps for those that can work during the weekday night shifts and well for Sundays both shifts. You can find the volunteer schedule on the Qfest home page under Festival Extras or on the Volunteer Page. Just send me a email with what shifts you would like to sign up for.

Again, we can’t do this without. Come help us out of this tight spot!

Alila Cornelius-Jordan
Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@phillycinema.org

(215) 733-0608 x277

Events and Parties!

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QFest 2013 Fabulous Events
G.B.F. Opening Night Party @ LIT ULTRA BAR
Lit Ultra Bar, 9:30 pm to 2:00 am
G.B.F.

Presenting Sponsors: TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Underground Arts
“Prom Night Gone Wild” is the party theme in celebration of the premiere of G.B F.
Brittany Lynn will be performing along with the Drag Mafia. Hot body dancers and special guests will excite the crowd dressed in their prom night finery. Wear white if you’re so inclined as your fashion statement Enjoy a guest DJ, dancing, two drink tickets, champagne, drink specials, tasty treats, beverage tastings and the fierce competition for the crowning of the Prom Queen with her Best G. B. F. The red carpet will be rolled out for the film’s guests: Paul Iacono, Xosha Roquemore,and Taylor Frey. Don’t miss the special MINI display inside and outside the club!

 

Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia •www.litultrabar.com
Lit Ultrabar

Lit Ultra Bar features ’90s chic swanky white leather, with state-of-theart dance and lighting system in a fully renovated dance club.
Combination Ticket (Film & Party): $40 Public • $35 PCA Members • 21+, ID Required
Film Only: $15 • all ages

Party Only: $25 Public • 21+, ID required

Film and Party are FREE with All-Access Badge

HOT GUYS WITH GUNS Closing Night Party @ UNDERGROUND ARTS
Underground Arts, 9:30pm to 12:30am
Hot Guys with Guns

 

Presenting Sponsors: TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Underground Arts
Try to stay out of the line of fire when the sexy agents, heavily armed, are in hot pursuit of glamorous damsels (and some gay men) in distress.Brittany Lynn hosts the evening ofDrag Mafia (will they have guns, too?) in the madcap caper a la “Charlie’s Angels” with a twist. Guest DJ, live music from thePhiladelphia Freedom Band ensemble, dancing, drink specials, finger foods, surprise gifts, local celebrity performances, will all be at Philly’s most talked about new venue, Underground Arts!
Come mix and mingle with director Doug Spearman and his Hot Guys with Guns posse.
Don’t miss the special MINI display inside and outside the club!

 

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Philadelphia •www.undergroundarts.org
Underground Arts

Combination Ticket (Film & Party): $40 Public • $35 PCA Members • 21+, ID required

Film Only: $15 • all ages

Party Only: $25 Public • 21+, ID required • Parking $10

Film and Party are FREE with your All-Access Badge

 

Friday, July 12

WHERE I AM, Post-Screening Reception
Knock, 9pm-11pm
KnockFollowing the screening of Where I AM, festival goers can meet and greet the real life subject of director Pamela Drynan’sdocumentary, Philadelphia novelist Robert Drake, who survived a brutal hate crime in Ireland. Filmmaker and artist, now Drake’s caregiver, Butch Cordora, will also be in attendance at Bill “Woody’s Wood’s Knock, Drake’s favorite spot in Philadelphia. Drink specials and complimentary appetizers.
225 S 12th St. (215) 925-1166, knockphilly.com

 

Saturday, July 13

THE HAPPY SAD After-Screening Centerpiece Reception
Tavern on Camac, 9:30pm-12:30am
The Happy SadQFest 2013 is pleased to honor cast members Leroy McClain, Cameron Scoggins, Ken Urban and producer/directorRodney Evans (Brother to Brother) and currently visiting professor at Temple University in a meet-and-greet. The Happy Sad, about the lives of two couples-one black and one white-who collide as they navigate open relationships and sexual identity will resonate with many viewers.
243 S. Camac St. (215) 545-0900, tavernoncamac.com

WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF – Arouse Presents: The V Party
Voyeur Nightclub 10pm-3:30am
VoyeurRed carpet style in honor of QFest! AROUSE will keep your head spinning with incredible music, delicious drinks, and the beautiful LGBTQ crowd who will be partying until 3:30am at Voyeur Nightclub, Philadelphia’s premier after hours club! Director/actor Anna Margarita Albelo will be the honored guest. She will be bringing her vagina costumes from the movie that guests can wear for a fun photo opt with friends! $10 before 1:30am.
1221 St. James St., 215-735-5772, voyeurnightclub.com

 

Thursday, July 18

Romeo Romeo and Tumble Down Joint After-Party
Tavern on Camac, 9pm-2am
Lexy Casano-AntonellisJoin us for an amazing night of dancing combined with a playfully seductive burlesque show and cabaret including performance art and live music with Philly’s multi award-winning Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque. New York-based cabaret singer Lexy Casano-Antonellis from the film Romeo Romeo will perform! The special guest list includes directorLizzie Gottlieb, producer Eden Wurmfeld, and subjects Jessica Casano-Antonellis and Lexy Casano-Antonellis from Romeo Romeo and from Tumble Down, writer/director/producer Todd Verow.

 

Friday, July 19

Visit Baltimore presents I Am Divine Drag extravaganza!
243 S. Camac St. (215) 545-0900, taverononcamac.com Tavern on Camac, 11:30pm-2am
I Am DivineThe extravaganza will be simply divine in honor of the internationally recognized drag superstar, Divine, the subject of I Am DivineJeffrey Schwartz’s documentary about the collaborative creation she shared with gay filmmaker John Waters.Producer Lottie Phariss Knowles will be in attendance. Come as your own version of the iconic Divine for the fierce Divine looka-like contest, hosted by Brittany Lynn and the Drag Mafia. Or dress as your favorite Waters film character! End the evening by having your picture taken with Divine as a forever keepsake!
243 S. Camac St. (215) 545-0900, tavernoncamac.com

 

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Stimulus Presents Queeradelphia Splash Party
North Shore Beach Club, 10pm-2am
Stimulus PhillyPlunge hosted by Stimulus Philly at North Shore Beach Club is the only 21+ private swim party for the LGBTQ community! PLUNGE is the QFest after-party you’ve been asking for! Stimulus is at it again hosting another memorable women’s night out! Come join Queeradelphia, Philly’s finest local filmmakers. Be sure to wear your sexiest suit – it’s guaranteed to be a wet and wild time! $10 all night
1031 Germantown Ave., (215) 600-2584, northshorebeachclub.com

 

Saturday, July 20

Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, 4pm-6pm
Fall to GracePhiladelphia Cinema Alliance, the nonprofit that produces QFest 2013, will host a benefit at the postscreening reception of director Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary for HBO, Fall to Grace, about ex NJ Governor Jim McGreevey who broke the silence and made history with his “I am a gay American.” Guests, donors, sponsors and dignitaries will meet-and-greet McGreevey at this special event while supporting QFest and an LGBT cultural arts nonprofit.
Donation: $25 per person, complimentary appetizers, drink specials at a cash bar.
120 S 17th St (215) 569-8300, sofitelphiladelphia.com

 

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RoadStripping with the CockyBoys 

Voyeur Nightclub 10pm-3:15am
RoadStrippingTo celebrate the world premiere of RoadStrip you’re invited to come to Voyeur Nightclub immediately following the screening for RoadStripping with the CockyBoys – a night of debauchery certain to go down in party infamy. Appearing live and in person will be gay porn superstars Jake Bass, Max Ryder, Levi Karter and Ricky Roman; producing and directing team of Jake Jaxson, R.J. Sebastian and Benny Morecock; and fashion icon Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director of PAPER Magazine. Admission is a mere $10 for Voyeur members; $15 for guests. Drink specials run from 10pm to midnight, with deeply delicious and sleek swirling beats by DJ Carl Michaels. Come watch in slack jawed awe as the CockyBoys get cocky right before your very eyes.
1221 St. James St. (between 12th & 13th and Walnut & Locust Streets), 215-735-5772, voyeurnightclub.com

 

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Sisters hosts Chastity Bites 

Sisters 11pm-2am
Chastity BitesThe Virgin never lasts till 2am! Join Denise Cohen and her army of fabulous staff as they host the most bloody of a good time women’s event! Chastity Bites will bring out the sexy and sassy vampire fantasy in us all! Celebrity guests in attendance will include: director John V. Knowles and writer Lottie Pharriss Knowles. DJ spins on both levels & plenty of $4 vampire cocktails will keep you going till the wee hours. $3 Happy Hour 9-11pm, Free cover with QFest VIP badges or tix stubs.
1320 Chancellor St., (215) 735-0735, sisternightclub.com

 

OFFICIAL WATERING HOLES

 

TAVERN ON CAMAC: GAYBORHOOD CENTRAL
Tavern on CamacStephen Carlino, Dennis Fee and staff invite everyone to visit two of The Official QFest 2013 Gayborhood Watering Holes. This summer everyone is welcome to enjoy the airy, light, cool and totally renovated U Bar.Visit the ever-popular entertainment complex, Tavern on Camac, with its piano bar, upstairs dance club, Ascend. Or, for quieter moments, the cozy downstairs bar and inviting restaurant, Tavern, introducing new executive chef Mackenzie Hilton with her own signature menu items. Festival goers at either venue are bound to meet a visiting actor from Los Angles or a shorts film maker from New Jersey. Both properties open from 4pm-2am daily. Serving food late night.
243 S. Camac St., 215-545-0900, tavernoncamac.com & ubarphilly.com

 
MAC’S TAVERN: OLD CITY HISTORIC DISTRICT
Mac's TavernThe Star of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” Rob McElhenny & the infamous new hotspot, Mac’s Tavern, will become a bit gayer this summer as the popular bar/restaurant is The Official Old City Watering Hole. Out-of-towners will mix and mingle with locals to discuss films at QFest or even talk about sports. Serving food late night. Open from 11am-2am daily.
226 Market St., 267-324-5507, macstavern.com

 

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QFest explodes all over the PGN

The Philadelphia Gay News has been printing up a flurry of articles celebrating our fabulous fest! Three amazing articles came out just this week alone.

GBF

Let’s talk about Opening Night first, shall we? G.B.F. shows off just how fabulous it is to have the best accessory in the world, a gay best friend. You can get more info about our opening night movie and prom-themed afterparty on our website HERE and read the PGN article HERE, featuring PGN’s interview with director Darren Stein!

 

PGN posted a great quick summary HERE for those who need to know what’s what in a flash.

For a more in-depth look at some of the featured films this year at QFest, read PGN’s reviews HERE. It includes eight reviews of films you should know about and their reviewers’ opinions. (Don’t just take it from us!)

QFest 2013 Announces Philly-Centric Films

Philadelphia festival goers are in for a special treat this year, as many films have local tie-ins.

-Thursday, July 11, 2013 – Monday, July 22, 2013-

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.

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 http://www.qfest.com or call 267.765.9800. Also be sure to follow the festival @QFEST on Twitter, and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/qfestphilly.