QFest Brings Jim McGreevey to Philadelphia

QFest Brings Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey to Philadelphia for Screening of Fall to Grace, followed by a Meet and Greet Reception

This year, QFest is excited to announce that Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey will be in town for the screening of HBO’s Fall to Grace, followed by a cocktail reception where guests will have the opportunity to chat with him about his life as seen in this riveting documentary. Director Alexandra Pelosi catches up with McGreevey nearly a decade after he shocked the world by announcing his resignation as Governor and declaring himself” I am a gay American.” As a strong believer in second chances, McGreevey now spends his time studying to become an Episcopalian priest and mentoring women in the New Jersey penal system.

Following the screening of Fall to Grace (Saturday, July 20th, 2:15pm Ritz East 1), the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance will host a charitable benefit honoring special guest, Jim McGreevey, from 4:00pm- 6:00pm at Liberte at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, 120 S. 17th St. Guests who make a generous donation of $25 will enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials at a cash bar, along with the chance to meet and greet McGreevey up close and personal. A jazz trio from Philadelphia Freedom Band will perform live during the early evening event. This is a ticketed only event, purchased in advance online, by phone, at Giovanni’s Room or at the door. All access badges will not be honored for the fundraising event.

Fifty percent of the donations raised at this event will go to benefit McGreevey’s charity of choice, “All Saints Episcopal Church LGBTQ Mission;” with the other half benefiting QFest 2013.

Host committee includes Stephen Carlino & Dennis Fee, David Schellenberg, Al Besse & Scott Evans, Jim Ounsworth & Lizzy Rimington, Dan McCaffery, John Herzins & Duane Bumb. To join the host committee with your donation of $100 or more, please contact Thom Cardwell at thomcard@aol.com.

Sponsors include: Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, HBO, Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, QUEERtimes.net and Philadelphia Freedom Band.

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.


19th QFest Brings Over 80 Filmmakers and Special Guests to Philadelphia

Each year, QFest introduces directors, producers and actors from around the world to Philadelphia during the 12- day LGBT film festival. As the East Coast’s largest LGBT film festival, guests are encouraged to come and introduce their films, take part in Q&A sessions, and attend special events and programs in order to further promote their films. This year, Qfest is excited to welcome just over 80 filmmakers, actors and other special guests, including:

  •  Alice Walker: Beauty in the Truth (Centerpiece): writer/director Pratibha Parmar and producer Shaheen Haq
  • Big Gay Love: director Ringo Le
  • Birthday Cake: writer/director/actor Chad Darnell
  • Breaking Through: writer/director/producer Cindy Abel, editor/director of photography Michael Bruno. *Plus an extended Q&A with LGBT Liaison to Mayor Michael Nutter, Gloria Casarez and Chair Sims4PA PAC, Rudy Flesher
  • Capital Games: producer/writer Amanda Hauser, editor/post production supervisor Katiene Norton, and actors Shane Keough, Patricia Jimenez, and Emily Layton
  • Chastity Bites: director John V. Knowles and producer/scriptwriter Lotti Pharriss Knowles
  • The Deception: producer Sterling Zinsmeyer and actor Garret Wade
  • Fall to Grace: subject Jim McGreevey
  • First Period: director Charlie Vaughn and actor Dudley Beene
  • Five Dances(Centerpiece): writer/director Alan Brown and actor Ryan Steele
  • G.B.F.(Opening Night): actors Taylor Frey and Xosha Roquemore
  • The Happy Sad (Centerpiece): director Rodney Evans, screenwriter Ken Urban, producer Tory Lenosky, and actors LeRoy McClain and Cameron Scoggins
  • Hot Guys with Guns (Closing Night): writer/director Doug Spearman
  • I Am Divine: producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles
  • It Had to Be You: director Lary Campbell and actors Matt Nicholas, Gerald Prince, Robin Jarrett, Tommi Sztubinski
  • Leather: director Patrick McGuinn and actors Andrew Glaszek, Christ Graham, Sarah Jecko and Jeremy Neal
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart: director/actor Azure Valencia and actor Kaleigh Macchio
  • The New Black: director Yoruba Richen
  • Romeo Romeo: director Lizzie Gottlieb, producer Eden Wurmfeld, and subjects Jessica Casano-Antonellis and Lexy Casano-Antonellis
  • The Rugby Player: director Scott Gracheff and subject Alice Hoagland
  • Sexual Tension: Violetas: director Marcelo Briem Stamm
  • Solo: director Marcelo Briem Stamm
  • Southern Baptist Sissies: director Del Shores and producer Emerson Collins
  • Truth: director/actor/writer Rob Moretti, executive producer Alan Klessig and actors Sean Paul Lockhart and Max Rhyser
  • Tumbledown: writer/director/producer Todd Verow
  • TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro: director Heather Winters, editor Lennon Nersesian, and subjects Desmond Child and Curtis Shaw
  • Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land: director Michael Lucas
  • Violence of the Mind: director Alex Pucci, producer Pete Jacelone , director of photography/producer Bryan Roberts, and actors Jon Flemming and Ryan Kibby
  • The Way to Kevin: co-directors Erin Davis and Nathan Edmondson, executive producer Jim Dattilo, composer Eric Zrinksy, and actor Kevin Mines
  • Where I Am: director Pamela Drynan and subjects Robert Drake and Butch Cordoba
  • Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (Centerpiece) Director/actor Anna Margarita Albelo

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: www.facebook.com/qfestphilly.

Guests from QFest short films include:

  • Brighton: director Pierre Stefanos
  • Chaser: director Sal Bardo
  • The Closest Thing to Heaven: director Ryan B. Levey
  • Cool: director Danielle Erwin
  • Deflated: producer Robert Gomes
  • Lucy, 4:57 PM: director Michael Vassallo
  • Sexy: director Danielle Erwin
  • Spooners: director Bryan HorchOther special event guests include:
  • Bear City: The Novel – Meet the Author: Author Lawrence Ferbers
  • Beautiful Something – Script Reading: director Joseph Graham and producer Kelly Burkhardt
  • Roadstrip: Cockyboys exclusive models Max Ryder, Jake Bass, Levi Karter and Ricky Roman, along with Cockyboys owners Jake Jaxson, R.J. Sebastian and Benny Morecock and event host Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director of PAPER Magazine 

QFest Brings 12 Nights of Themed Parties, Meet and Greets, and Other Special Events

What is a film festival a without a few parties? As the East Coast’s largest LGBT film festival, QFest brings the best events and entertainment to the hottest venues in Philadelphia. Whether you are looking for some glamorous Prom Night fun or a hip poolside bash, QFest has something for everyone and promises to keep you partying throughout the festival!

Following the prom themed Opening Night film G.B.F. (7:15pm in Ritz East 1), festival goers will head over to Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. 2nd Street, from 9:30pm to 2:00am, for the official “Prom Night Gone Wild” Opening Night party, presented by TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Barefoot Bubbly, and Underground Arts. The popular DJ Jimmy DePre will be playing the hottest music for guests to dance the night away. There will be a special performance by Brittany Lynn and the Drag Mafia and don’t miss some hot bodied dancers dressed in their sexiest prom night attire. The red carpet will be rolled out for the film’s special guests, G.B.F. actors Xosha Roquemore and Taylor Frey, arriving in Mini Coopers. The night will end like any traditional prom would: with the crowning of the fiercest Prom Queen and her fabulous G.B.F.!

Tickets are $40 for combos (film and after-party); $25 for party only at the door, with two complimentary drink tickets for beverages from our generous sponsors.

On Sunday, July 21st, following QFest’s Closing Night screening of Hot Guys with Guns, (7:15pm in Ritz East 1), festival attendees will head over to the official “Hot Guys with Guns” Closing Night Party at Philly’s most talked about new venue, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St, from 9:30pm- 12:30am. Presented by TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Mini Cooper, Barefoot Bubbly, and Underground Arts, and hosted by Brittany Lynn and the Drag Mafia, bringing their hot troop of undercover agents and private eyes, there will also be a special guest appearance by director Doug Spearman, who will have his own Hot Guys with Guns posse in tow. The Closing Night Party will feature live jazz music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band ensemble, a pianist on a grand piano and the well-known DJ Carl Michaels bringing the festival to a close in a blaze of glory!

Tickets are $40 for combos (film and after-party); $25 for party only at the door.

That’s not all! Other QFest special events and parties include:

Friday, July 12, 9:00pm- 11:00pm: Where I Am Post-Screening Reception
After the screening of Where I Am (7:15pm in Ritz East 1) head over to Knock, 225 S. 12th St., for a post-screening reception at Robert Drake’s favorite spot in Philly and a meet and greet with the documentary’s subjects Drake, Butch Cordoba and director Pamela Drynan. Drink specials and complimentary appetizers.

Saturday, July 13, 9:30pm- 12:30am: After-Screening Centerpiece Reception for The Happy Sad
After the centerpiece screening of The Happy Sad (7:30pm in Ritz East 2), join director Rodney Evans and cast/crew members LeRoy McClain, Cameron Scoggins, and screenwriter Ken Urban at Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. for a special meet and greet.

Saturday, July 15, 5:15pm: Beautiful Something Script Reading
QFest attendees looking to get a look behind-the-scenes should check out the Beautiful Something script reading at L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St. The story follows the lives 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 group of Philadelphia actors for this intimate, staged reading that portrays the City of Brotherly Love in a way you have never seen before! $5 in advance at http://www.QFest.com or $8 at the door.

Saturday, July 13, 10:00pm- 3:30am: Arouse Presents “The V Party”
Following the centerpiece screening of Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (7:15pm Ritz East 1), join us at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St., for a red carpet style party! Director/actor Anna Margarita Albelo will be in attendance with the film’s vagina costumes that guests can try on for a fun photo op! $10 cover before 1:30am.

Thursday, July 18, 9:00pm- 2:00am: Romeo Romeo and Tumbledown Joint After-Party Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St., presents an amazing night of music and dancing combined with a playfully seductive burlesque show performed by Liberty City Drag Kings. Cabaret singer Lexy Casano-Antonellis from the film Romeo Romeo will also be performing! Special guests include director Lizzie Gottlieb, producer Eden Wurmfeld, and subject Jessica Casano-Antonellis, and from Tumbledown, writer/director/producer Todd Verow. See http://www.QFest.com for film times.

Friday, July 19, 10:00pm- 2:00am: Stimulus Presents Queeradelphia Splash Party

We’re queer, fierce and local! Philadelphia filmmakers are taking over the Ritz Bourse at 7:00pm., then heading to North Shore Beach Club, 1031 Germantown Ave., for the official Queeradelphia after party! Come join Stimulus for the only 21+ private swim party for the LGBT community and be sure to wear your sexiest swim suit! $10 cover all night.

Friday, July 19, 11:30pm- 2:00am: Visiting Baltimore Presents I Am Divine Extravaganza Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St., will host this exciting extravaganza to honor the internationally recognized drag superstar, Divine, the subject of Jeffrey Schwartz’s documentary, I Am Divine (9:45pm Ritz East 1). Come watch the ‘Divine’ lookalike contest where people will be competing for fierce prizes. There will also be a chance for revelers to get a one of a kind photo with Divine! Producer Lottie Phariss Knowles will be in attendance.

Saturday, July 20, 5:15pm: BearCity Book Reading
L’etage, 624 S. 6th St., will host an afternoon full of furry fun with Lawrence Ferber, author of “BearCity: The Novel”. The book recounts the funny, romantic and often dramatic adventures of a close knit pack of (two-legged) bears, cubs, and friends in New York City, who you might remember from the Bear City movies, as they gear up for a big party weekend. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. $5 in advance at http://www.QFest.com or $8 at the door.

Saturday, July 20, 4:00pm- 6:00pm: McGreevey Benefit

The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance will host a special benefit meet and greet with former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, 120 S. 17th St. This event will take place after the screening of director Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary Fall to Grace (2:15pm Ritz East 1), which features McGreevey as the main subject. Donation: $25 per person, complimentary appetizers and drink specials at a cash bar.

Saturday, July 20, 11:00pm- 2:00am: Sisters Hosts Chastity Bites Bash
Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St., will host this fabulous ladies late night out with Chastity Bites (9:30pm Ritz Bourse) special guests, director John V. Knowles and writer/producer Lottie Pharriss Knowles. $4 Vampire cocktails all night, $3 Happy Hour 9:00pm-11:00pm, free cover with QFest VIP badges or ticket stubs.

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.

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.