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Philadelphia Gay Fest to Open with “Latter Days”; Close with “Party Monster”

Philadelphia Gay Fest to Open with "Latter Days"; Close with "Party Monster"

Philadelphia Gay Fest to Open with “Latter Days”; Close with “Party Monster”

by Brian Brooks

Steve Sandvoss (left) plays the Mormon missionary and Wesley A. Ramsey plays the LA party boy he hooks up with, in “Latter Days” which will open the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Image courtesy of the festival.

The East Coast’s largest gay film event, the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, will usher in its ninth edition with the world premiere of C. Jay Cox’s “Latter Days” and will screen 52 features, 14 docs, and 66 shorts from 24 countries in addition special presentations and 24 parties.

Five world premieres are in the line-up including “Latter Days,” about a romance between a Mormon missionary and an LA party boy. Jacqueline Bisset, who stars in the film, will introduce the feature on opening night on July 10th. Also making its world premiere is Gregory Duke’s “Fluff,” an erotic comedy about a theater troupe that makes a porn to raise funds. “Gone But Not Forgotten” by Michael Akers will also debut about a romance between a forest ranger and an amnesiac hiker as well as Mary KiLullos’s “Helen Back ­ Under the Music,” a mocumentary about Philadelphia¹s famed drag diva. “Surrender” by Katherine Brooks will also premiere at the event. The film is an erotic drama about a young woman’s descent into a sexual underworld.

Other screenings include Thom Fitzgerald’s Sundance 2003 feature “The Event” starring Olympia Dukakis and Parker Posey as well as Andrew Litvack’s French comedy “Merci Docteur Rey” starring Dianne Wiest, Jerry Hall, Simon Callow and Vanessa Redgrave. The festival is also planning its first outdoor screenings this year. A free sing-along of ’70s cult film “Xanadu” will take place at Penn’s Landing on July 16th. The Philadelphia gay fest will also host special events again this year including “Directors Summit: The Men Behind the Men.” Six directors of gay adult film will gather for a discussion about the business and art of gay erotica. Participating in the chat will be directors Bruce Cam, Joe Cage, Chi Chi LaRue, Michael Lucas, John Rutherford and Steven Scarborough.

Closing the festival July 22nd is Sundance 2003 feature “Party Monster” by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, following the announcement of the competition winners for best feature, short film, and best documentary as well as the audience prizes. The Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is produced by the Philadelphia Film Society and sponsored by TLA Entertainment.

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