2018 Program

IMPORTANT FESTIVAL UPDATE - "Hidden Kisses" has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 24, @ 10:00 AM and "Heartstone" has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 25, @ 10:00 AM, both at Plays & Players
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Monday, March 19 @ 7:00pm     Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

OPENING NIGHT

HELLO AGAIN

Director by Tom Gustafson, USA, 2017, 145 mins, Drama, Musical
Philadelphia Premiere

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It’s all about love and lust, in all its varieties, as qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 opens with the groundbreaking musical, “Hello Again” from director Tom Gustafson (“Were the World Mine”) with a star-studded cast, Audra McDonald, Cheyene Jackson, Martha Plimpton, Sam Underwood. The New York Times declared: ‘“Hello Again’ largely eschews dialogue as it leaps among historical eras and song sequences, depicting a series of fraught romantic encounters across decades,” calling Gustafson “an ambitious creator” redefining the genre. The Philadelphia Inquirer named “Hello Again,” the wildest, sexiest, and certainly one of the smartest movie musicals ever made.” Miami New Times wrote “The cast is strong, with Michael John LaChiusa’s score–its stirring evocations of lust and loneliness and fleeting connection–is well played and sung.” Six time Tony-award winning McDonald told The Washington Post: “It’s very musical and. . . one of raciest things I’ve ever done.” It’s sure to be an instant classic!

Tuesday, March 20 @ 5 PM, Plays & Players Theater

BROTHERLY LOVE

Directed by Anthony J. Caruso, USA, 2017, 115 Minutes, Drama, English
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

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The struggle between God and man takes on many forms, challenges many issues, unearths many conflicts, resolves, sometimes in unpredictable and mysteries ways, the turmoil into peace. In this debut feature, a young man’s faith and calling to become a member of the clergy come into question. Though the love of God isn’t inherently questioned and his religious beliefs remain fervent, the meaning of love—spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, humanly—is thrown into chaos when the vow of celibacy and the desires of the flesh are in conflict. Without being preachy or heavy-handed, even with moments of comedy and light-heartedness, one young man’s journey into his soul, mind, heart and spirit are examined and explored. Love conquers all and God’s powers can manifest in strange ways.

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7:15 PM, Plays & Players Theater

OASIS

Directed by Jorge Ameer. Panama, 2017, 71 Minutes, Drama, Romance, English with subtitles as needed.
NORTHEAST PREMIERE       CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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“Oasis” is a thriller which tells the story of two long-lost friends Oliver (Cesar DeFuentes) and Andrew (Matthew Lyn) who reconvene when Andrew visits Oliver on a business trip to Panama. When visiting he walks in on an argument between Oliver and his wife Constancia (Katia Semacaritt) and discovers that his life is far from the perfect world he thought it was in. As a result, he invites him to a tropical getaway, where the two delve into the deepest, and darkest parts of their friendship, uncovering old feelings and something far more sinister in the process.

Preceded by:

LIFE IN COLOR, Directed by Bishal Dutta, 20 Minutes, 2017, USA, Short-Drama, English

An aging, closeted gay man with Alzheimer’s struggles against his strong-willed daughter to hold on to the memory of his long lost lover.

 

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

MY SON IS GAY

Directed by Lokesh Rajavel, 105 Minutes, 2017, India, Drama, Tamil with subtitles
Philadelphia Premiere

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Lakshmi is a simple, no-nonsense school Principal whose life revolves around her kids and the workings of the school. Content with her own uncomplicated and safe world, she is blissfully unaware of the storm brewing that threatens to shake and uproot the foundation of everything she stands for and believes in. Her son Varun is a happy-go-lucky young man who is the apple of her eye. His world begins and ends with his mom. Always aware of how different he is from the other boys, he sleeps well, secure in the knowledge that come what may, he will always have his mother by his side. He could not have been more wrong.  Lakshmi discovers that Varun is gay, something she can never accept. Varun moves on to find love in Karthik and yet his life isn’t as happy as it was. The mother-son relationship that seemed to be so secure till now, suddenly appears fragile. Things go on to only throw the lives of Lakshmi and Varun off balance. Finally there comes a day when Lakshmi decides to find her lost son… will they ever meet again?

TUESDAY, March 20 @ 9:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

JESUS MEETS THE GAY MAN

Directed by Jean-Claude Lafond and Timothy F.H. Douchette, 108 Minutes, Canada, Documentary, Comedy, English.
CENTERPEICE SELECTION

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A story of reconciliation, forgiveness and renewal wrapped in Monty Python-like sketches and a jazzy dance number, “Jesus Meets the Gay Man” is a fun documentary that will have you see Jesus in a new light, while at the same time convincing you to work on your abs. Developed by looking at the questions of what Jesus would have said or done if He had met a gay person, the film aims to bridge the gap between Christians and the homosexual community, who have been at odds on this issue, with critical thinking and humor. In this age of so much information on The Bible and on the topic of homosexuality, can the LGBTQIA and the Christians find forgiveness?

Tuesday, March 20 @ 9:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

HAND GRENADE

Directed by Paul Dangerfield, 91 Minutes, 2017, Australia, Drama, English
Philadelphia Premiere

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Dean naively clings to his apparent youth and the youthful energy of his partner, Pat. They reside comfortably at Dean’s old family home filled with memories. Pat’s sister, Berni, is settling down to raise a child with her partner, bringing new life to the historic house. Forgotten choices strike from the past, threatening the foundations of Dean’s handpicked household. Lies and secrets could shatter it all, and even the truth could land a killing blow. 

Wednesday, March 21 @ 5:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

YOUNGSTOWN METROPOLITAN

Directed by Patrick Naples, 71 Minutes, 2017, USA, Drama, English
NORTHEAST PREMIERE

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A megalomaniac goes on an ego trip while attempting to make a movie based on his life.

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SLEEPOVER, Directed by Jimi Vall Peterson, 8 Minutes, 2017, Short, Sweden, Swedish with subtitles.

Emil has unspoken feelings for Adam – feelings that are tested when they are sleeping in the same double bed.

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LOVE SNAPS, Directed by Daniel Ribeiro and Rafael Lessa, 15 Minutes, Short, Spanish with subtitles.

In today’s day and age, who needs a movie camera to make a film? Based solely on videos recorded on Snapchat, this voyeuristic short film examines the ups and downs of a young man’s fascination.

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:15 PM, Plays & Players Theater

SHADOWLANDS

Directed by Charlie David, 88 Minutes, 2018, Canada, Drama, English.    ADULT CONTENT
WORLD PREMIERE   CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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“Shadowlands” is an anthology style film that explores love in three separate stories – a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend it, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss.  The film begins in 1928 with Alex, a plastic surgeon hell-bent on perfection, hosting a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself.    Fast forward to 1951 and a gay military couple exploring the idea of opening their relationship while on a remote camping trip when they encounter a mysterious stranger.   The stories conclude in 2018 with a painter who in mourning the loss of his lover, becomes obsessed with creating a realistic painting of him. The resulting piece is so beautiful and life like that he is drawn under its spell.

 qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 First-Time Director Award to Charlie David who will be in attendance with cast and crew.

Wednesday, March 21 @ 9:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

A SKIN SO SOFT

Directed by Denis Côté, 93 Minutes, 2017, France, Documentary, French with subtitles.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are gladiators of modern times. From the strongman to the top-class bodybuilder, to the veteran who has become a trainer, they all share the same definition and obsession with overcoming their limitations. They are waiting for the next competition, working hard in the gym and following extreme diets.

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JIM, Directed by Sam Gurry, 8 Minutes, USA, Documentary, English.  ADULT CONTENT   NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

“Jim” is an exploration based portrait of a found object. Jim assembled these floppy disks in the late 1990s with images & chat samples sourced from online chat rooms. How do you connect with someone you can’t see? That you don’t know? When only one short email conversation provides his name.

Thursday, March 22 @ 5:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

DISCREET

Directed by Travis Mathews, 79 Minutes, 2017, USA, Drama, English    ADULT CONTENT
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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After years in hiding and struggling to control his demons, an eccentric drifter returns home and discovers that his childhood abuser, the center of his pain, is still alive. Armed with this knowledge, the drifter plots his revenge, all the while navigating the perilous land of masculine fragility in modern-day America.

Thursday, March 22 @ 7:15 PM, Plays & Players Theater

DRAGGED

Directed by Christopher Birk, 2018, 127 Minutes, USA, Documentary, English.
WORLD PREMIERE – CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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A Documentary team follows a group of drag queens and their lives. This film has so many celebrities and performers, it would be easier to list who isn’t in this film. So we’ll just mention that this film includes footage of a very young (and drunk) Ru Paul.

Thursday, March 22 @ 7:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

DADDY IS PRETTY

Directed by Park soo-min & Kim seung-hyeob, 62 Minutes, 2017, Republic of Korea, Drama, Korean with subtitles. 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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There is a family which is united under the name of a family, and their interest has disappeared from each other. In the everyday life of Duckjae, ‘Hawaii’ becomes a different kind of friend. One day, Jung-ah found out DUK-jae is wearing a dress.

Thursday, March 22 @ 9:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL

Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright, 100 Minutes, 2017, USA, Documentary, English
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE      CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical Straight Outta Oz. From a small town in Texas to big-time show business, comes an inspiring documentary of grit, perseverance and the redemptive power of art.

Thursday, March 22 @ 9:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

BODY ELECTRIC

Directed by Marcelo Caetano, 62 Minutes, 2017, Brazil, Drama, Portuguese with subtitles ADULT CONTENT
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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The summer is coming and Elias has been dreaming of the sea a lot. In the factory where he works, his responsibilities increase as the holiday season approaches. After one more night working overtime, Elias and the workers decide to go out and have some beer. That is when new encounters and desires open up to his horizons. 

Friday, March 23 @ 5:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

1:54

Directed by Yan England, 106 Minutes, 2017, France, Drama, French with subtitles.
NORTHEAST PREMIERE

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Tim, a shy 16 years old athlete, is both brilliant and talented. But the pressure he undergoes pushes him to the edge, where human limits reach the point of no return. 

Friday, March 23 @ 7:15 PM, Plays & Players Theater

VOYAGE

Directed by Scud, 100 Minutes, 2018, China, Drama, English.  ADULT CONTENT
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE         CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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“Voyage” centers on a young psychiatrist who embarks on a lone voyage from Hong Kong along the coast of South-East Asia to overcome his depression. On the sea, he records stories of people departed from this world prematurely, and reflects on the sad experiences he encountered with former patients. Meanwhile, what awaits him on the shore is the ultimate irony of life. 

qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 Artistic Achievement Award in Directing to SCUD who will be in attendance with cast and crew.

Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

A MOMENT IN THE REEDS

Directed by Mikko Makela, 108 Minutes, 2017, Finland, Drama, Romance, Finnish with subtitles.     
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.

Friday, March 23 @ 9:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

FOAM PARTY!

Directed by Roberto Pérez Toledo, 93 Minutes, Spain, Drama, Spanish with subtitles.  ADULT CONTENT
NORTHEAST PREMIERE

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A message circulates from mobile phone to mobile phone. A bunch of strangers meet in a mansion. They come searching for sex, but never has an orgy been so full of love. (Or feelings?)

Friday, March 23 @ 9:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

PRIDE – MIXED SHORTS

Philadelphia Premiere

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This international collection of nine shorts is a funny, serious, and sexy celebration of queer experiences. Two guys meet for a comic coming out in Pico de Orizaba. Coming out is also featured in Wes Hurley’s documentary, Little Potato. The poignant Last Night (Anoche), provides a vibrant response to the horrific Pulse shooting. Muxes is a dynamic portrait of mixed gender people in Oaxaca, Mexico. Shift gears for the World Premiere of Hairy Tales, a naughty animated tale about a date that gets, well, hairy. Dating gets another twist in You. Me. Bathroom. Sex. Now. A young man has a steamy tryst with an older guy in an adult bookstore in the explicit entry, Davy & Goliath. From Portugal, comes Pedro, about a young man’s erotic day at the beach. The comic Something New features a heartbroken guy getting a second chance at love—if it doesn’t fuck it up. Pride is a program is designed to make you feel good.

PICO DE ORIZABA, Directed by Jaime Fidalgo, 11 Minutes, Mexico

LITTLE POTATO, Directed by Wes Hurley, 14 Minutes, Russia

LAST NIGHT, Directed by Irvin Castro, 4 Minutes, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rico

MUXES, Directed by Ivan Olita, 10 Minutes, Mexico

HAIRY TALES, Directed by Pablo Oliverio, 5 Minutes, Argentina

YOU. ME. BATHROOM. SEX. NOW., Directed by Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti, 17 Minutes, Venezuela, Spain, USA

DAVY & GOLIATH, Directed by Charles Lum & Todd Verow, 7 Minutes, USA

PEDRO, Directed by Marco Leão and André Santo, 20 Minutes, Portugal

SOMETHING NEW, Directed by TJ Marchbank, 15 Minutes, USA

Saturday, March 24 @ 10:00 AM, Plays & Players Theater (RESCHEDULED)

HIDDEN KISSES

Directed by Didier Bivel, 87 Minutes, 2016, France, Drama, French with subtitles.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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Nathan, 16, lives alone with his father Stephane. A newcomer in high school, he is invited to a party and falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. They find themselves out of sight and kiss each other, but someone takes a picture of them. Soon, the photo is published on Facebook and a storm overtakes their lives as they face bullying and rejection.

Saturday, March 24 @ 12:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

THE REVIVAL

Directed by Jennifer Gerber, 2017, 83 Minutes, USA, Drama, English.
MID ATLANTIC PREMIERE

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A secret love affair between a southern Baptist preacher and a young drifter challenges the equilibrium of a growing church.

Saturday, March 24 @ 12:00 PM  Connelly Auditorium

BLINDSIDED

Directed by Lisa Olivieri, 60 Minutes, 2017, USA, Documentary, Drama, English.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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This film documents 15 years in the life of Patricia Livingstone, a feisty artist losing her sight and hearing while trying to survive her abusive girlfriend. This epic story – conveyed with a tone set by the quirky humor of Patricia’s narration — shines a light on domestic abuse, disability, forgiveness, and what it truly means to be independent.

Preceded by:

NOT THROWING IN THE TOWEL, Directed by Sandra Pfeifer, 29 Minutes, 2017, USA, Documentary, Drama, English. PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

This short film is an inspiring documentary about Ginny and Debbie, a Lesbian couple living in Western Kentucky. Partners for sixteen years, they have seen tough times, experienced family rejection, public harassment and untold accounts of needless dismissal. Their commitment to each other has strengthened their union and ultimately exemplifies their place in society. With each other and a great sense of humor, the two manage to carve out a life for themselves against all odds.

Saturday, March 24 @ 2:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

ACCEPTANCE – MIXED SHORTS

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SPARROW, Directed by Welby Ings, 2017, 15 Minutes, New Zealand, Northeast Premiere

When the truth behind a family myth is exposed, a young boy finds the strength to stand up for himself in an unusual way.

CALAMITY, Directed by Séverine De Streyker and Maxime Feyers, 2017, 20 Minutes, Belgium, North American Premiere

France meets her son’s girlfriend for the first time. She loses control…

SEEING GLORY, Directed by Rick Hamilton, 2017, 14 Minutes, USA, World Premiere

Gloria prepares a feast of the senses for the rapidly ailing Eva in an attempt to share a perfect evening and be seen for the woman she truly is. Writer-director Rick Hamilton’s newest film is a bittersweet story of fine wine, dementia and the immortal words of Virginia Woolf.

NOT ACCEPTABLE, Directed by Saman Haghighivand, 2017, 2 Minutes, Iran, North American Premiere

A dream world of a young transsexual gets distracted by family pressure and finally leads to rejection by the family.

THIN GREEN LINE, Directed by Marios Psaras, 2017, 20 Minutes, Cyprus, World Premiere

Thin Green Line is a creative documentary film about romantic relationships between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The film narrates three real-life love stories, the hardships and discriminations the couples faced, the many differences and taboos that both divided and brought these people together.

INTRINSIC MORAL EVIL, Directed by Harm Weistra, 2013, 10 Minutes, Netherlands

Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play with the viewer’s perception and expectations. The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Inviting the audience to make its own interpretation.

DISCONNECTED, Directed by Maša Zia Lenárdič and Anja Wutej, 2018, 8 Minutes, Germany, World Premiere

Personal struggle of a queer woman in her 30s, who is trying to find her place under the sun.

SWIMMING POOL, Directed by Carlos Ruano, 2017, 10 Minutes, Spain

Overwhelmed by the summer heat, and confident about getting his friend to talk, Santi will make an infallible plan with his pal, Jota.

 

 

Saturday, March 24 @ 2:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

BETWEEN THE SHADES

Directed by Jill Salvino, 82 Minutes, 2017, USA, Documentary, English.

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Between the Shades seeks to put faces to the letters that make up LGBTQ+ and how those letters have evolved. The film examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love.

We invited fifty people, each with a connection to the LGBTQ+ community to began a conversation by sharing their stories for this
film that Premiered at The Soho Film Festival and became an audience favorite and finalist for best documentary.

Between the Shades features many voices, among them: Beth Malone (of Broadway’s Fun Home), actress Kathy Najimy and   Democratic National Treasurer Andrew Tobias. No film can ever capture the immense diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, but it didn’t stop us from trying. At the end of the day, everyone just wants to be loved.

 

Saturday, March 24 @ 5:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

DADDY

Directed by Gerald McCullouch, 89 Minutes, 2015, USA, Romance, English.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Colin McCormack thinks he has it all – a great job, a steady stream of hot younger guys, and a best friend whose devotion he takes for granted. But when a charming and mercurial intern sweeps him off his feet, Colin sees a chance for something more: A family of his own. What he discovers instead is a shattering secret that may cost Colin everything — and everyone — he holds dear. By turns funny, heartbreaking and hopeful, “Daddy” explores the universal need for love and connection, and the evolving understanding of “family” in today’s rapidly changing world. Directed by Gerald McCullouch, 89 Minutes, 2015, USA, Romance, English.

Saturday March 24 @ 5:00  PM, Connelly Auditorium

BI CHINA

Directed by Wei Tingting, 49 Minutes, 2017, China, Documentary, Chinese with subtitles.
USA Premiere

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Bisexuals. Who are they? What lives do they lead? How do they feel about coming out? What are their thoughts on gender? What do they strive for in their love- and sex-lives?

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MOMO, Directed by Yun Joo Chang, 16 Minutes, 2016, Korea, Short, Korean with subtitles.

Three women are forced to reexamine their relationships to each other as they become further entangled with Momo.

THE COMMITMENT, Directed by Albert M. Chan, 20 Minutes, 2012, USA, Short, English.

Inspired by his own “roller coaster” experience to become “adoptive parents,” particularly as a gay Asian man, married to a gay Italian-American man, the director presents an entertaining as well as educational film that will inspire and motivate other same-sex couples to adopt. Despite the challenges, disappointments, conflicts and setbacks, there is tenderness, love and determination to achieve their “commitment” in having a family.

AFTER THE DATE, Directed by Iris Devins, 15 Minutes, 2017, USA, Short, English

“After the Date” shares the relationship between Emma, a trans woman, and a new romantic interest, Nate. The two are brought together by Emma’s interest in photography. Emma fears rejection from her new boyfriend, and the strength of their bond is tested, after Emma experiences harassment by a police officer. After the Date depicts a positive and loving relationship between a trans woman and a cisgender, straight man.

Saturday, March 24 @ 7:15 PM, Plays & Players Theater

STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS

Directed by Q. Allan Brocka, 108 Minutes, 2015, USA, Musical, Romance, English.
NORTHEAST PREMIERE     CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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Who’s to say a sequel is a bad thing… especially when you get to sing at the top of your lungs? We first met soon to be showbiz diva Anthony, his cute—but sadly straight– roommate Tony, and Tony’s  flamboyant lover Rita, along with the rest of the motley crew way back in 2014, when Waiting in the Wings premiered at the initial installment of qFLIX (I don’t feel old.. do you?)  Now, our favorite stable of hopeful musical legends are back in this whimsical sequel slated for a screening at the largest LGBTQ film festival in the Philly region. Who doesn’t love combining what’s old with what’s new? Café Broadway, anyone? Check out Tony, rocking out on the soap operas now, but will rocket fueled success generate heated jealousy among the pack? Anthony’s got a drop dead gorgeous (and I mean drop. dead. gorgeous.), Abercrombie-esque boyfriend that loves to strip, can’t get enough of him and looks great in … football cleats? A boy like that! There might even be a cameo from a fabulously famous ex- West Side Story star—hint, hint. Delightful in its core, this one is a sure to be hit. After all, life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Who doesn’t love Broadway?   

qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 Rising Star in Acting Award to Jeffrey Johns who will be in attendance.

Saturday, March 24 @ 7:15 PM, Connelly Auditorium

B&B

Directed by Joe Ahearne, 87 Minutes, 2017, UK, Thriller, English.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Direct from its world premiere at the London Independent Film Festival, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Best LGBT Feature at LIFF, “B&B” is, ostensibly, a simple story centering on a gay male British couple who were refused use of a double bed at a remote countryside Christian-owned and operated bed-and-breakfast. After having won their court case, they return to the guest house to claim their conjugal rights as a same-sex couple. The property, being pretty unoccupied, the couple have some interaction with the father-owner and the owner’s young son. The only other guest at the “B&B” is a tall, roughed, imposing, non-English speaking Russian. Is he friend or foe? Gay or straight? On a holiday or a mission? Influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, the suspense thriller, with its twists and turns in the plot, even killer instincts, make for a truly entertaining film.

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

ALL MALE, ALL NUDE

Directed by Gerald McCullouch, 62 Minutes, 2017, USA, Documentary, English.     ADULT CONTENT     
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Award winning filmmaker, Gerald McCullouch, dives into the lives of men who work at America’s only all nude, all male, gay strip club located in the heart of The Bible Belt. From part of the creative team behind the award-winning E! TV show “F.Y.E.!”, All Male, All Nude. is a cutting-edge journey into the taboo world of male stripping. The men living this life can’t be boxed in nor can those who pay to watch them strip. Straight men, gay men, bi-sexual men and those who are gay only when the money is right support themselves and, sometimes their families, by dancing nude for a diverse clientele of gay men, straight women, business men in town for work, married couples and everyone in between. The men range from their 20’s up to their 40’s and have a weight room and locker room as their home base for the evening while they connect with customers in a deft money making venture. Each relishes, defends, enjoys and abhors their career choice and looks back on life’s lessons that led them to where they are now. Take an uncensored journey behind the scenes and witness the men behind the strippers and the unique family they have formed.

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THE HAIRY TALES, Directed by Pablo Oliveiro, 2018, 5 Minutes, Argentina, World Premiere

You never really know exactly who you are going to meet with an online hook up. This naughty little animated short examines that topic and brings new meaning to the phrase “fairy tale.”

BEING SINGLE, Directed by Tom Crane, 10 Minutes,2017, USA, Philadelphia Premiere

When Grandma Betty surprises Jimmy with a visit at his party, the closeted young man looks at why everyone at the party is single.

SUGAR DADDY, Directed by Tom Crane, 7 Minutes, 2017, USA, Philadelphia Premiere

A sexy single father goes to extreme measures to provide for his young daughter.


 

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

RIFT

Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen, 108 Minutes, 2017, Finland, Thriller, Finnish with subtitles.
EAST COAST PREMIERE

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This disorienting psychological thriller—bordering on the supernatural at times—is the perfect gay cocktail blend of screams, repressed history and two sexy bodies. Here two Icelandic ex-lovers find themselves alone in a large airy cabin where strange activity commences. Is this a metaphor for (hopeful) reconciliation or is this The Shining?

Sunday, March 25 @ 10:00 AM, Plays & Players Theater (RESCHEDULED)

HEARTSTONE

Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, 129 Minutes, 2016, Iceland, Drama, Icelandic with subtitles. Adult Content
NORTHEAST PREMIERE

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A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

Sunday, March 25 @ 12:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

NEW MEDIA

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It’s all about the web with creators of several popular gay web series showing some episodes on the big screen. Featured this year will be: “History“, “Last Call“, “Good Samaritans”, “Random Acts“, and “Before I Got Famous.” Actors, directors, writers and producers will be in attendance to discuss the ever changing dynamics of New Media.  80 Minutes

HISTORY, Directed by Jack Tracy, 2016, 16 Minutes, USA

A new scripted LGBTQIA web series about learning from your past and finding your tribe.

LAST CALL, Directed by Mike Dreyden, Robert Mercado and AJ Mattioli, 2017, 22 Minutes, USA

Leo Ocean (Mike Dreyden), a former realtor who falls into gay porn pay the bills and dreams of opening his own bar. But it is when he meets Vincent (Michael Vaccaro), a successful defense attorney whose only client is City’s notorious mob families and the return of his ex-boyfriend Marshal (John Dylan DeLaTorre) from prison that his new life gets turned upside down.

GOOD SAMARITANS, Directed by Kimberly Jurgen, 2017, 16 Minutes, USA

A sitcom with a classic retro flavor, Good Samaritans is about Guy, a self-absorbed event planner, and his polar opposite Carol, the embodiment of Southern hospitality and all of their misadventures while volunteering at St. Bernard’s senior home.

RANDON ACTS – BBC, Directed by Various Directors, 2017, 16 Minutes, United Kingdom

The world is full of TV about artists; Random Acts is TV by artists: bold expressions of creativity from the worlds of art, music, dance, animation, spoken word, performance, and every uncategorizable combination in between. Random Acts push boundaries, provoke thought and plays with form.

BEFORE I GOT FAMOUS, Directed by Giovanna Sarquis, 2016, 10 Minutes, USA, China

When handsome 21-year-old Chinese man, Xingcheng You (Alex), leaves his small town in China with the dream to become a Hollywood Movie Star, he realizes two scary truths: he is not the only handsome man out there, and he is not the only one who dreams to become a movie star.

 

 

Sunday, March 25 @ 12:00 PM, Connelly Auditorium

LOOKING – WOMEN’S SHORTS

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Lots of hard lessons to be learned – never talk to strangers, the teacher is not always right and sometimes when you least expect it, the people in your life can surprise you. Love, life and loss are examined in this moving program of short films. Time to look up, look out and look inward. 86 Minutes

HIKE, Directed by Kitty Noowong, 10 Minutes, USA

THE CRICKET AND THE ANT, Directed by Julia Ritschel, 15 Minutes, Germany

DUSK, Directed by Jake Graf, 15 Minutes, UK

I PROMISED HER LIFE, Directed by Robert Nazar, 15 Minutes, USA

BURNING BRIDGES, Directed by D. Erwin, 15 Minutes, USA

THE BRIDGE, Directed by Marit Rose, 6 Minutes, USA

THE GARDEN OF LOVED ONES, Directed by Janette Lopez, 7 Minutes, Mexico

STEPS TO BALANCE 1-5, Directed by Molly Garrett, 3 Minutes, USA


 

Sunday, March 25 @ 2:30 PM, Plays & Players Theater

SEXUALITY – MEN’S SHORTS

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In today’s society, sexuality has become front and center as a topic of conversation, exploration and understanding the way we live and express ourselves, from clothing (our outer skin) and body type to defining our relationships, conventional to experimental. Filmmakers deal head-on with everything from jealousy, monogamy, breaking up, chance encounters, wished-for partnerships to threesomes. 96 MInutes

THE JEALOUS SEA, Directed by Reid Waterer, 2018, 13 Minutes, USA

When Carlos discovers pictures his photographer boyfriend took of a nude male model, he becomes engulfed in jealousy.

FISH TANK, Directed by Neal Mulani, 2017, 6 Minutes, USA

When a college student goes to his first hook-up with a mysterious older man, he must determine if his anxieties point to a darker truth about his host for the night.

SUNSET, Directed by Katie Ennis and Gary Jaffe, 2017, 15 Minutes, USA

In the days following Pearl Harbor, a young man must decide whether to serve overseas or stay in New York with his streetwise male lover.

MICHAEL JOSEPH JASON JOHN, Directed by Scott T. Hinson, 2017, 9 Minutes, USA

“Michael Joseph Jason John” is a short romantic thriller that explores the emotional aftermath of a one-night stand (and the inherent risks of hook-up culture) as a lonely man imagines what life might be like with a mysterious stranger he picks up on the New York City subway.

LOINS IN WAITING, Directed by Jason Karman, 2017, 17 Minutes, Canada,

The newest member of a minor league hockey team, Ray, experiences hazing by his new teammates as he struggles to fit in both on and off the ice. Ray will have to find the courage to accept himself first—and maybe even inspire a fellow teammate.

SISAK, Directed by Faraz Arif Ansari, 2017, 16 Minutes, India

There’s much talk about the language of love — the beauty, the poesy, the intricacy and the eloquence.

NO MORE WE, Directed by David Färdmar, 2018, 15 Minutes, Sweden

One morning it’s all over. ”There’s No More We”, says Hampus ice cold to his fiancé Adrian. For Hampus it’s a total relief to break up from their destructive relationship, for Adrian it’s devastating.

TEENAGE THREESOME, Directed by Arkadu Khaet, 2017, 4 Minutes, Germany

One Boy, One Girl and her Stepbrother. A date goes wrong. This movie was made for the entrance examination at the Film Academy Baden – Württemberg. The examination was to create a movie under the topic “sexual determination” in only 72 hours time.

Sunday, March 25 @ 2:30 PM, Connelly Auditorium

THE FEELS

Directed by Jenée LaMarque, 90 Minutes, 2017, USA, Comedy, English.    
EAST COAST PREMIERE   CENTERPIECE SELECTION

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Andi and Lu are tying the knot. Before they put a ring on it they decide to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, the brides and their friends get wasted and Lu admits to a secret that shocks everyone. Constance Wu (as Andi) sheds her uptight “Fresh Off the Boat” character as she stars in this funny and raunchy, yet poignant and real, reflection on trust, love, and the journey every woman shares.

Sunday, March 25 @ 5:00 PM, Plays & Players Theater

DREAM BOAT

Directed by Tristan Ferland Milewski, 92 Minutes, Germany, Documentary, Various languages with subtitles.    ADULT CONTENT
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Once a year, the Dream Boat sets sail – a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on a quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties.

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SISSY, Directed by Tom Crane, 2017, 3 Minutes, USA         Philadelphia Premiere

Gay men are obsessed with body image that sometimes negates their inner strength and masculine/feminine qualities in all of us.

Sunday, March 25 @ 5:00 PM, Connelly Auditorium

LAUGHTER – WOMEN’S SHORTS

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Enough already! If you can’t take one more tragic news story we have the antidote. Almost 90 minutes of back to back fun and frivolity. Ever wonder what would happen if the Golden Girls were Gold star women? What to do when you just can’t take your eyes off of that cute barista? Or how to handle that spark from a special someone? We have the answers. Sure to give you a chuckle or smile, these films on the lighter side are a breath of fresh air. 86 Minutes

AGNES & ESTELLE, Directed by Laura Black, 11 Minutes, USA

PENIS ENVY, Directed by Angie Comer, 9 Minutes, USA

AUGUST IN THE CITY, Directed by Lisa Tedesco, 16 Minutes, USA

HOT AND BOTHERED, Directed by Jake Greene & Natalie Irby, 15 Minutes, USA

AGNES et MILANE, Directed by Tristan Titiloy, 12 Minutes, France

LADY EVA, Directed by Dean Hammer, 11 Minutes, USA/Tonga

SPARK, Directed by Aharonit Elior, 6 Minutes, USA

 


 

Sunday, March 25 @ 8:00 PM, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Closing Night Award Presentation

AFTER LOUIE

Directed by Director Vincent Gagliostro, 110 Minutes, USA , Drama, Romance, English

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“After Louie” is a stark depiction of life after tragedy. Alan Cumming plays Sam, a queer, fifty-something, chain-smoking artist residing on the Upper West Side who perpetually pines the years before the loss of his lover William (Patrick Breen) to AIDS related complications and has issues navigating through today’s gay culture. A drunken one-night-stand with the baby-faced Braeden (Zackary Booth) leads to both dynamic chemistry between the two and loads of witty banter. But there’s more to their chance encounter. After all, Braeden’s a looker but who is that other man in his apartment? How do you remain monogamous when you’re young, gay and in New York?  Spirited, provocative, humorous at times, Cumming and Booth remarkably link the two generations—the AIDS warrior of the 1980’s and the jaded millennial. Director Vincent Gagliostro’s “After Louie,” “may well be the most important gay movie you’ll see in your lifetime,” proclaimed the Los Angeles Blade.

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