Premieres! International! Indies! Something for Everyone!
Hey, you film lovers! It’s finally here—what you’ve been waiting for, indeed, some of you even clamoring for, at the film festival office!
The producers, Thom Cardwell and James Duggan, have officially announced the qFLIX Philadelphia 2015 film lineup to be screened from Tuesday, July 7 to Sunday, July 12, and with presenting sponsors The Tavern Group and Breaking Glass Pictures.
Presenting approximately 50 features, documentaries and shorts, screened at festivals as diverse as Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Tribeca, InsideOUT, Miami Gay Lesbian Film Festival, London Gay Lesbian Film Festival and Hot Docs, this year’s selections boast 5 World Premieres, 2 USA Premieres, 16 East Coast Premieres, 2 Northeast Premieres, and 3 Mid-Atlantic Premieres, among 20 features and 10 documentaries in addition to all the shorts.
The International flavor of the this year festival’s lineup includes films from 15 different nations of the world, including: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda.
There is an affection for and celebration of indie films this year with several first-time directors and a few student films that will also be in the competition for jury and audience awards.
On opening night, Beautiful Something, will have its Philadelphia premiere in the city in which it was entirely shot, directed by local filmmaker/screenwriter Joseph Graham, on Tuesday, July 7, 7:30pm, at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, supported, in part, by the Wyncote Foundation. Philadelphian industry veteran Kelly Burkhardt serves as executive producer.
On closing night, Those People will have its East Coast premiere, shot entirely in New York City, directed by filmmaker/screenwriter Joey Kuhn, on Sunday, 7:30pm, at the Prince Theater, the festival’s headquarters, in the city’s Avenue of the Arts area.
Both films share the theme of relationships, the ability to connect with people, and sometimes even find love, and its contrasting side of the human condition, the inability to connect with people, and never find that perfect someone to experience true love.
“It seems like the theme of relationships and all its variants is currently dominating the stories being told by gay male filmmakers, even surpassing the always frequently-told stories, whether fictional or real life, about coming out,” said Thom Cardwell.
In fact, other titles about relationships include LUV: Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Surface, All Yours, In the Grayscale, That’s Not Us, Perfect Cowboy, Fourth Man Out, Proxy, Seashore, Dreams from Strangers, Godless, Sand Dollars, Wasp, and Lyle.
For devotees of the documentary tradition, they include everything from the tragic, Outed: The Painful Reality; to the unfamiliar, A Sinner in Mecca; to the unconventional Be Who You Are Documentary; to the political Mala Mala; to the joyous Cape of Good Humor and more.
Something for Everyone? Really? Yes, there’s films for athletes, leather tribe, transgender, youth, seniors, bisexuals, cowboys, blue collar workers, privileged wealthy, drag queens, lesbians, romantics, sexual explorers, addicts, downtrodden, artists and the carefree.
Visit HERE to see the full schedule and to purchase your badges and tickets online today.