The 14th Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off its twelve-day run tomorrow night at the Prince Music Theater. And with a melange of feature films, short films, concerts, pre-parties and afterparties, there’s a lot to sift through. Here’s our picks for what you should make sure to check out:
· Chi Chi LaRue’s Pure Smut: The one and only Chi Chi LaRue will take over and play sleazy dance tracks while being accompained by video superstars Blake Riley and Johnny Hazzard.
Friday, July 11. PURE Nightclub. 1221 Saint James Street. 10pm-3am.
· Party Like A Queer Punk Star!!!: First the screening of Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band. Then Pansy Division takes the stage and rocks out, followed by the new wave dance party Sex Dwarf! with DJ Robert Drake.
Friday, July 18. Trocadero Theater. 1003 Arch Street. 9pm.
· Zombies and Jarheads and Bears, Oh My!: Filmgoers that watch BearCity, Dog Tags (NOT PORN FILMS! WE SWEAR!) and Otto: Or, Up With Dead People are invited to The Bike Stop for boys night out. Don’t miss out on the souvenir dog tags.
Saturday, July 19. The Bike Stop. 206 South Quince Street. 10pm-2am.
After the jump, check out all of the Phileb movie picks.
Opening Night Film: Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!
Gays Gone Wild is exactly what it says it is.
Playing Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 PM at the Prince Music Theater.
Affinity is “set in London’s glorious Victorian Era. This haunting and absolutely splendid adaptation of Sarah Waters’s novel follows an upper-middle-class woman who goes to great lengths to be with a female prisoner with whom she falls in love.”
Playing Friday, July 11 at 7:15 PM at the Wilma Theater.
In Antarctica, “cocktails aren’t the only things shaken and stirred in this romantic comedy/drama from Israel. If tall, dark and handsome men appeal to you, and sweet and sensual women make you swoon, then get ready to find yourself tipsy from the affects of the charming characters in these intoxicating interconnecting stories.”
Playing Saturday, July 12 at 9:30 PM at the Wilma Theater.
“Take “Melrose Place,” mix it with “The L Word” and add a little “227” and you’ve got Don’t Go. This is an intimate and humorous queer dramedy with condo complex neighbors who can’t help but get into each other’s business.
Playing Monday, July 14 at 7:15 PM at the Arts Bank.
Midnight Cowboy, of course, is a modern classic. This special tribute to John Schlesinger’s film features a brand new print; Jon Voight’s original screen test; and special appearances by cast, crew members, and Schlesinger’s surviving domestic partner.
Playing Saturday, July 12 at 7:15 PM at the Prince Music Theater.
Pageant is about “The Miss Gay America drag competition, which is anything but a drag thanks to a zingy cast of tiara-hungry queens in this jubilant, funny, all-frills-included documentary.”
Playing Saturday, July 12 at 9:30 PM at the Arts Bank.
Ready?OK! is about 10-year-old Joshua who just wants to be on the all-girl cheerleading squad and play with dolls and dresses. In 2008, what’s wrong with that?
Playing Friday, July 11 at 7:15 PM at the Arts Bank.
The Universe of Keith Haring
The Universe of Keith Haring might just be our top pick for the whole fest, as it’s about the Kutztown native who created a whole new visual language in Pop Art during the 1980s. “Keith Haring’s extensive body of work — ranging from paintings to sculpture to subway murals — can still be seen worldwide, and his influence on the ‘80s New York art community remains an important piece of history. From his early days drawing with his father in his hometown of Kutztown, PA, through his time at the School for Visual Arts in New York City, to his involvement in the Pop Art scene, Haring was a revolutionary and generous individual. This passionate documentary reveals his significant impact through interviews with family and close friends, and fellow artist Kenny Scharf recounts Haring’s last days dealing with AIDS. Rare archival footage of Keith Haring speaking at galleries and his school projects testifies to his creativeness and dedication to his art.”
Playing Tuesday, July 15 at 9:30 PM at the Arts Bank; and Saturday, July 19 at 2:45 PM at Black Box at the Prince.
Got a pick for the Fest not mentioned here? Leave it in the comments!