Today’s special QFEST update comes from Chantal Deaton, the latest addition to Philly Loves Fun!
I’ve frequented Philadelphia’s remarkable Queer film festival since I moved here in 2008 to study at Bryn Mawr College. As a women’s college grad, film buff and a queer girl, I consider it a privilege and duty to direct attention where attention is due.
This year’s QFEST brings us lesbian-film-junkies a myriad of viewing options. From shorts to features to events, there’s fun to be found all over the city until the end of the week. Grab your popcorn and shut off your cell. The film fun is about to begin!
First up on my list of must-sees is MOLLY’S GIRL (USA 2011, 120 min), screening this Saturday and Sunday. Molly’s Girl is the story of an unlikely pairing and all the shenanigans and heartache that come along with it. Young Molly (Kristina Valada-Viars) is not your usual sort of woman–eclectic and strange, she’s given up on landing a man. She falls into bed with Mercedes (Emily Schweitz), a gay marriage activist, and the stage is set for a fun-filled hour and a half. Politics and tempters clash. Snarky comments and awkwardness abound! I’m stoked!
Though not strictly a “lesbian film” (what does that mean, anyway!?), I can’t help but include SASSY PANTS (USA 2012, 87 min) on my to-see list. Any film with a title like “Sassy Pants” deserves a turn of the head and a chance to strut its hilarious stuff. Of course, it can only help that the film features Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense in a hysterical and “scene-stealing” role as boyfriend to an older gay man (the father of female lead Bethany Pruitt played by Ashley Rickards). I can never say no to a good satire – and a strong female lead doesn’t hurt either!
If I encounter a sold out box office, I have a back up plan with MOMMY IS COMING (2012). This dark and sexy frolic through underground Berlin has been described by Thomas Mournain of the Huffington Post as “S&M lesbian porn by way of Fifty Shades of Gray and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”
For those of you that love a good short story, like to mix it up or who have a shorter attention span, I recommend short program FORBIDDEN FRUIT. Suzi Nash described “Forbidden” by using a quote from Oscar Wilde. He once said, “I can resist everything but temptation.” The film challenges you to resist these maidens looking for love in all the right places. The temptations are great, from schoolyard crushes to secret desires. Sometimes you just have to pick that apple! (or should it be a peach?)!
SCHEDULE AND RECAP
Thursday, July 19, 7:15 PM, Ritz at the Bourse
Saturday, July 21, 2:30 PM, Ritz at the Bourse
Sunday, July 22, 12:15 PM, Ritz at the Bourse
MOMMY IS COMING
Wednesday, July 18, 8:15 PM, Ritz at the Bourse
Friday, July 20, 9:30 PM, Ritz at the Bourse
Friday, July 20, 9:30 PM, Ritz East Theater 1
Sunday, July 22, 5:00 PM, Ritz East Theater 1
Tune in later in the week as our Philly Loves Fun “Film Fest Team” give away tickets (enter NOW), post party pictures and unveil more selections for closing weekend.
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