Philadelphia QFest 09 Program
100 pages of cinematic fun for the LGBT crowd. Come join us in Philadelphia from July 9-20 for 12 days and nights of unrivaled film, parties and events for the Gay, Lesbian, Trans and Bi crowd. Enjoy!
1 We're feeling it. Coast to coast, nationwide. We're taking pride in the diversity of our communities and our incredible employees. Happy Pride Month, America. PRIDE JOY San Francisco Seattle San Fra ncisco Cincinnati New York New York Atlan ta Philadelphia g St. Petersbur 4 10962_9060020.indd 1 4/8/09 5:41:42 PM Contents Opening & Closing Festivities . . . . . 15 More Parties & Events . . . . . . . . 16-17 Awards and Jurors . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Honorees: Gay Icon Award Sharon Gless . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Artistic Achievement Award Chad Allen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Rising Star Award H.P. Mendoza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Barbara Gittings Award Dee Mosbacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Opening Night Film . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Closing Night Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Centerpiece Screenings . . . . . . . 29-35 Special Presentations. . . . . . . . . 38-41 Under the South St. Stars . . . . . 42-43 QFest Essentials: QFest Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Ticketing Info and Map . . . . . 46-47 Festival Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 48-49 Films by Genres . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 QFest Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Restaurant & Bar Guide . . . . . . .52 Festival Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Shorts Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . 55-57 Feature Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61-88 TBA Slots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Staff and Volunteers . . . . . . . . . 92-93 Index of Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 5 it's ok to go out with other cars. Your Support Is Key to Making QFest a Success! Hi, I'm John Fetsko, the new Membership Coordinator for the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, producers of QFest (formerly PIGLFF). We may have a catchier (and shorter!) new name, but our goal remains the same � to bring you the very best in film programming, festivals and events. QFest is the largest LGBT film festival on the East Coast, and is internationally recognized as a leader in queer cinema. As a non-profit organization, the generous support of our Members enables us to maintain our status as a leader in the gay community. Your Membership fees and donations help make up for the current decreases in government funding and corporate sponsorship. Your support helps us continue to produce this vital resource for Philadelphia. Now in our 15th year, Philadelphia QFest needs YOU to join the Alliance and make our numbers stronger. As a new organization for an established Festival, we face the challenge of creating a new Membership community. Being a Member means more than just supporting the Film Festival. It's about being a part of a cinematic community that offers great films and events for the whole region. While QFest happens once a year, we are planning special pre-release screenings of LGBT films as well as special Members-only events. Your Membership also gets you special discounts to exciting programming lined up for Fall 2009, a French and a German film series and Philadelphia CineFest (April 8-19, 2010). We need YOU! We have several ways you can join or get more information: � During the Festival, we will have Membership information and representatives at the Ritz East and The Prince Music Theater to answer questions and sign you up to become an Alliance Member. � Check out our fresh new website phillycinema.org where you can sign up and get more information. � Please feel free to call or email me: email@example.com or 267-765-9800, ext. 277. See you at the movies! formerly The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival La Cin�math�que COMING THIS FALL Join The Alliance at www.phillycinema.org or call John Fetsko, Membership Coordinator, at (267) 765-9800, ext. 277. 6 WELCOME ... A Message from the Programmers Fresh, vibrant and re-branded, Philadelphia QFest 09 has been reinvigorated on every front -- and as with the past 15 years, you can always be assured of our continuing dedication to bring you the finest LGBT cinema from around the world. We're extremely pleased to welcome Carol Coombes as the Festival's new Associate Artistic Director. Carol has programmed for the London and Miami gay and lesbian film festivals. Her high bar for excellence has brought a new dimension and fresh eye to our programming team. In this difficult year for many -- both locally and across America -- we've mixed more pop cinema with our usual helping of unconventional, challenging films. While we can't cure economic ills, we can certainly offer air-conditioned escape and a absorbing line-up. From the comic humanity of our Opening Night pick, Hollywood je t'aime, to the burst of song in Closing Night's world premiere of The Big Gay Musical, we're confident that the more than 100 films we've selected are all extraordinary. We are very excited about And Then Came Lola, a fast-paced, lesbian romp through the streets of San Francisco that is sure to usher in a new era for lesbian filmmaking. As we all know there's a "gayby boom" happening, and we have a trio of films that explore gay parenting: France's Baby Love follows a gay male couple that doesn't quite agree on the issue; Patrik, Age 1.5 tells the tale of an adoptee who isn't what his new parents were expecting; and Baby Formula is a wacky Canadian mockumentary about two women and their pregnancies. For those of you who crave a trip to the dark side, we're screening: Pornography: A Thriller. Not for the timid, David Kittredge's feature debut blends dreams, visions and reality to tell the story of a missing porn star. And ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, well -- let's just say it's bloody good fun! Besides our musical-themed Closing Night screening, we have a few other musical treats: lesbian icon Ferron is back with her wonderful, tunes-packed documentary. If you loved H.P. Mendoza's (who we're honoring with our Rising Star Award) Colma (PIGLFF 2007), then rush to get tickets for his new film, FruitFly. We're thrilled to be back at the Jamaican Jerk Hut on South Street with outdoor screenings of Hair, a Grease sing-along and more. There's a "Day with Doris" -- yes, as in Doris Day. We have plenty of celebrity appearances, too: Sharon Gless, who appears in Hannah Free is the recipient of our 2009 Gay Icon Award; Chad Allen will be presented with our 2009 Artistic Achievement Award on Opening Night. Those of you who knew or know of activist Barbara Gittings � herself a lifelong film fan � will be delighted that we're presenting an award in her honor to filmmaker and activist Dee Mosbacher. There is so much more we're excited about that we can't fit into this letter. QFest 2009 will be a year to remember. See you in the theaters! --Carol Coombes, Scott Cranin, Kelly Burkhardt, Lawrence Ferber A Message from the Development Director, Philadelphia Cinema Alliance Hello Again! And welcome back for another Festival full of fabulous film, parties, guests, and maybe a cocktail or two. I have special memories of all the time we've spent together over the years, but this year's Festival is extra special. QFest 09 marks 15 years that we've all been getting together in the dark -- for what has become one of the largest and most respected LGBT film festivals in the world! I'll make no apologies for boasting � this is truly an impressive benchmark, but we can't take all the credit. Support from our sponsors, our advertisers, our community, our Members, and you -- our patrons -- have all been instrumental in reaching this point. So give yourself a pat on the back! For our quincea�os, we've made some changes to invigorate the Festival: For starters, I'm sure you've noticed our shorter, simpler, easier new name: QFest. We're still the same group committed to bringing you the best in queer cinema, but the name "The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival" or "PIGLFF" or "Pig-Liff" is now just a fond memory. You served us well for many years -- Go in peace! We've expanded the festival's geography too. We're still within skipping distance of the gayborhood at the Prince, but we've added two screens at the Ritz East in Old City. Those of you that attend CineFest know that this means that we can provide you with better seating, better sightlines, better projection, better sound, better air conditioning and real concessions. This also means that special events, receptions, parties, and happy hours will also be held in new and exciting venues � like the "Make it a Doris Day" brunch at the new Q BBQ followed by a double-feature Doris Day documentary and screening of "Pillow Talk." The newly-formed nonprofit Philadelphia Cinema Alliance is now producing Philly's two major film festivals - QFest each summer and CineFest every April -- as well as providing year-round film programs and socializing opportunities for our Members. In September, we'll launch "Cinematheque", a French film series, in partnership with the Embassy of France. This fall will also see the start of a film genre series in collaboration with the University of the Arts, and we've already begun presenting stand-alone film events, with more to come! If you enjoy great film (why else would you be here?), then get on board with the Alliance! Your Membership is essential to our existence and growth! Our new Membership Coordinator John Fetsko wants you -- and he won't take no for an answer! You'll see him around QFest providing Membership concierge services, hosting events, and just being his charming self. Offfest he coordinates free and discounted film screenings with our many community partners and monthly social gatherings with cocktails, food and conversation about films and the arts. The current economic climate has been challenging for everyone, and we're no exception -- but our spirit and attitude have been bolstered by your continued support, and we've been encouraged and empowered to continue to create another quality LGBTQ film festival for your enjoyment. It's been a wonderful 15 years, so thanks again for your generosity -- whether it's financial, in-kind donation of products or services, organizational partnerships or volunteer time. And again, Happy 15th Festival! Viva la QFest! --Thom Cardwell 7 DIGITAL OUTDOOR Cutting Edge. Up to the Minute. So Hot. 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The Alliance produces the region's largest film festivals, Philadelphia QFest (July 9-20, 2009) and Philadelphia CineFest (April 8-19, 2010), and we have exciting programming lined up for Fall 2009 as well as monthly Alliance Hot-Spots, featuring drink specials and more! Go to phillycinema.org for complete programming and details on Membership levels and benefits. ENLIST NOW and be part of the film revolution! Alliance Member Benefits include: FREE Festival Passes and Badges based on Membership level Discounts to all Alliance events, tickets, passes and badges Exclusive Invitations to special screenings and film series Advance Festival ticket sales before the general public Film Festival Program Guides mailed to you directly Festival Passports for access and discounts to other film festivals Subscription to our monthly email newsletter, Alliance CineScoop E-mail alerts on events and programming from across the region Discounts on most movie rentals at all TLA Video store locations Join ONLINE on phillycinema.org or contact John Fetsko, Membership Coordinator at 267.765.9800 x277 � firstname.lastname@example.org The Alliance Wants YOU! 13 History right outside your door. Impeccable service right at your fingertips. Value is the new luxury.TM Fortunately we deliver both. LOEWS HOTELS IS PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY FOR NEARLY A DECADE. loewshotels.com/philadelphia 215.231.7333 14 OPENING & CLOSING FESTIVITIES Thursday, July 9 � 7:00pm � 12:30am �QFest Quincea�era! Reception for Chad Allen It seems like just yesterday we met in the dark for the very first time � 15 years sure flew by while we were having fun! Join the fiesta as we celebrate QFest's entry into womanhood! Be part of our official "Quince Court" by joining us at this exclusive cocktail party for the benefit of the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance. See pg. 16 for full details and ticket information. Hollywood je t'aime Screening Prince Music Theater � 7:00 pm What better film to kick off our birthday bash than Hollywood je t'aime (pg. 25), the touching story of a cute French guy who comes into his own: He leaves the memories of his ex behind in Paris and heads for LA � where he makes lots of fun new memories. Director Jason Bushman and star Chad Allen will answer questions after the film! Artistic Achievement Award: Chad Allen Together we've watched Chad Allen grow from child star to teen heartthrob to hunky out and proud leading man. We're thrilled to welcome Allen (who also opened PIGLFF in 2006) back to present him with the QFest Award for Artistic Achievement (pg. 23) at our Opening Night gala! Who better to be the Chambelan (official escort) for our Quincea�era? Opening Night Admissions: I Could Have Danced All Night! Hamilton Hall at The University of the Arts � 10:00pm � 12:30am No presents are required � only your presence! So waltz on down Broad Street to one of our favorite spots from parties past: The spectacular Hamilton Hall at UArts (320 S Broad St.) will once again sizzle as the party pumps to fresh house mixes. The bar will be stocked with products from our generous sponsors: Smirnoff Vodka, Bluecoat Gin, Smart Water, Vitamin Water, and wine from Iatesta Imports and World Shippers & Importers (three drink tickets per person) alongside a scrumptious sampling of hors d'oeuvres. Eat cake and raise a toast to our 15th anniversary! Opening and Closing Night Parties are Sponsored by: Combination Ticket: for Reception & Film & Party $80 Public � $65 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Combination Ticket: for Film & Party $55 Public � $50 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Film Only: $15, sold day of show at The Prince based on availability � cash only � all ages Party Only: $45 at the door � 21+, ID required Film and Party are FREE with your Festival Badge (Reception is not included) Monday, July 20 � 7:00pm � 1:00am 15th Anniversary: Ending on a High Note Awards Ceremony and Screening of The Big Gay Musical Prince Music Theater � 7:00pm Well it's been one heck of a 15th birthday, but it's not over until The Big Gay Musical screens! Closing Night kicks off with the much-anticipated announcement of the Audience and Jury Award winners. And then our Closing Night film will have you tapping your toes and humming a new tune -- what better way to get you warmed up for the grand finale?! Big Gay Closing Night Party Loews Philadelphia Hotel � 10:00pm � 1:00am Be sure to take a siesta before the Closing Night festivities because our 12-day run of 100-plus films will reach new heights -- the 33rd Floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in the historic PSFS building! Get your groove on on the dance floor or at the bar, featuring products from our generous sponsors: Smirnoff Vodka, Bluecoat Gin, Smart Water, Vitamin Water, and wine from Iatesta Imports and World Shippers & Importers (three drink tickets per person) alongside exquisite snacks and a seductive dessert table. Closing Night Admissions: Combination Ticket: for Film & Party $45 Public � $35 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Film Only: $15, sold day of show at The Prince based on availability � cash only � all ages Party Only: $35 at the door � 21+, ID required Both are FREE with your Festival Badge Turn the celebration into a slumber party! Book a room at one of our sponsor hotels at special Festival rates. (see page 53 for details.) 15 MORE PARTIES & EVENTS Outdoor Screenings Jamaican Jerk Hut 1436 South St. www.jamaicanjerkhutinc.com Grab your sweetheart and your favorite six-pack for dinner and a movie outside on a warm summer evening! Jamaican Jerk Hut features authentic Caribbean cuisine at a great price -- and what could be more affordable than BYO? We've paired your dinner with four classics from the gay canon. Oh, and bring your own blanket too, to get really comfy! Purchase of food is not required, but who can resist, really? (See pages 42-43 for full film details.) Thursday, July 9 VIP Reception for Chad Allen to Benefit the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance 5:00pm � 7:00pm Get your quincea�era on early on Opening Night at this exclusive opportunity to mix-and-mingle with Artistic Achievement Award recipient and Hollywood je t'aime star Chad Allen, hosted in the intimate private residence of a prominent Alliance Member, just a short walk from the Prince Music Theater. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres are included AND priority seating at Opening Night screening will be held for all attendees. Combination Ticket: for Reception & Screening with Priority Seating & Party $90 Public � $75 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Reception Only $40 Public � $30 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Friday, July 10 Sexxxmas in July Party Tavern on Camac 243 Camac St. � www.tavernoncamac.com 9:00pm � 2:00am Whether you've just seen a sexy comedy, a sexy thriller, or a sexy tragedy (do you sense a theme here?), the Club Bar at TOC will be the place to be! Dance, relax, and mingle with special guest filmmakers and fellow filmgoers. Enjoy drink specials from 9pm-11pm. FREE with your ticket stub or Festival Badge � 21+, ID required Admission $5 at the door BYOB � All Ages Welcome Saturday, July 11 Grrrl Watch Party Marathon Grill 10th & Walnut Sts � www.marathongrill.com 9:00pm � 2:00am Girrrl, you don't wanna miss out on the city's hottest dance party! After And Then Came Lola (pg. 29), grrrls, bois, transfolk, and queers of every shape, size, and color will be mixing it up to DJs BeFree, JD & KiT spinning hip hop, house, funk, crunk, latin, reggaeton, electro and more! $5 cover or Free with Festival Badge � 21+, ID required Grease Sing-Along Monday, July 13 � 9:00pm Hair Tuesday, July 14 � 9:00pm The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Wednesday, July 15 � 9:00pm Myra Breckenridge Thursday, July 16 � 9:00pm In the event of foul weather check www.phillycinema.org for cancellation notice. Sunday, July 12 Make it a DORIS Day! Your day is sure to be full of daisies and rainbows when you spend it with Doris Day! A campy Doris-themed brunch will be followed by a double-feature of the new Doris documentary and the classic Pillow Talk. For complete details see pages 40-41. Doris Day Brunch Q bbq & tequila 207 Chestnut St � www.qoldcity.com 11:30am � 2:00pm Start the Day off right at the spot that'll satisfy even Rock Hudson's taste for meat. And as if brunch isn't already gay enough, there will be Doris Day competitions, Doris's Famous Peach Cake and Tequila Bloody Marys for all! Doris Day Double Feature Ritz East Theater 2 What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar -- 2:30pm Pillow Talk -- 4:45pm Combination Ticket: for Brunch & Screenings with Priority Seating $40 Public � $35 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Brunch Only $30 Public � $25 PCA Members � 21+, ID required 16 Monday, July 13 Alliance Members Reception City Tavern 138 South 2nd St. � www.citytavern.com 5:00pm � 7:00pm Join your fellow cinephiles at a special reception featuring complimentary cocktails and drink specials � all PCA Members and Festival Badge holders are automatically invited! RSVP to John Fetsko, Membership Coordinator at 267.765.9800 x277. Free Events with Local Flavor DIVE / Shooters The Curtis Center, 7th & Walnut Sts., 10th Floor www.the-dive.net DIVE is the region's leading post production facility dedicated to serving our growing film industry with attention to the local independent film scene. FREE Admission � All Ages Welcome Thursday, July 16 QFest Queer Idol Karaoke Knock 12th & Locust Sts. � www.knockphilly.com 9:30pm � 2:00am Didn't think Idol could get any gayer? Think again! Whether you croon like Jennifer Hudson or croak like William Hung, step on up into the limelight for your 15 minutes of fame. And who knows? You may just be chosen by our celebrity panel and the audience as the next QFest Queer Idol (See pg. 39 for full details.) No cover � 21+, ID required � Prizes provided by our friends at homopop.com Saturday, July 11 Friday, July 17 Our Little Sisters Turns 13! Sisters 1320 Chancellor St � www.sistersnightclub.com 9:00pm � 2:00am Sisters has been with us as long as we can remember, just like that younger sibling who is always borrowing your clothes, your makeup, and your girl(or boy) friend. Celebrate our birthday -- and theirs! -- with special Festival Smirnoff drinks, the official vodka of QFest 09, and dancing all night. $5 cover or Free with your ticket stub or Festival Badge � 21+, ID required Panel Discussion: LGBT Scriptwriting 2pm-3:30pm Is a great idea for an LGBT film stuck in your head? Well get it out of your dreams and onto the page! Learn how at this informative discussion featuring local and national queer screenwriters. Sunday, July 12 Saturday, July 18 Training Bar Stir 1705 Chancellor St � www.stirphilly.com 9:00pm � 2:00am After a day full of films, panels, and awards, let loose in casual comfort at Stir. They'll be serving up discounted Smirnoff drinks, the Official Vodka of QFest 09, and Festival guests will be there to mix and mingle with, including Dee Mosbacher, the director of Training Rules and recipient of our Barbara Gittings Award (see page 23). No cover � 21+, ID required Sundae Social: Meet the Philly Filmmakers! 4pm-5:30pm Get the latest scoop from -- and with -- local filmmakers. This follows our third annual edition of Out In Philly, an entire program of shorts created by Philly's finest filmmakers (see pg 55). Ice cream provided by Whole Foods. Sunday, July 19 Saturday, July 18 VIP Reception for Sharon Gless 7:00pm � 9:00pm to Benefit the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance Whether you fell in love with Chris Cagney or Debbie Novotny, you won't want to miss this exclusive opportunity to meet our Gay Icon Award (pg. 22) recipient and Hannah Free (pg. 72) star Sharon Gless in person! An open bar and hors d'oeuvres will be included at the event, held in the intimate private lounge of a prominent Alliance supporter, just steps away from the Prince Music Theater. Combination Ticket for Reception & Screening $50 Public � $40 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Reception Only $40 Public � $30 PCA Members � 21+, ID required Panel Discussion: Out, Proud AND in the Film Industry 2pm-3:30pm Join in on this discussion about the testimonies, trials and triumphs of out and proud LGBT actors and filmmakers who are changing the face of the film industry. 17 18 "CENTER CITY'S INCREDIBLE GYM!" - Philadelphia Magazine Proud to Support The 2009 Philadelphia QFest! The Gym of Choice for Philadelphia's Gay & Lesbian Community! 215.985.4092 204 South 12th Street 12streetgym.com 19 PHILADELPHIA QFEST 09 AWARDS Audience Awards: Best Feature Film Best Documentary Film Best Short Film Juried Awards: Best Feature Film Best Documentary Film First Time Director Best Short Film PIGLFF 2008 AWARD WINNERS Audience Awards: Best Feature Film Tru Loved Directed by Stewart Wade Best Documentary Film (Feature) black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent Directed by Tiona M. Best Short Film (Male) Getting Lucky Directed by Christian Lloyd Best Short Film (Female) Dire Straights Directed by Carolina Roca-Smith Jury Awards: Best Feature Film Ciao Directed by Yen Tan Best Documentary Film (Feature) Squeezebox Directed by Steve Saporito and Zach Shaffer AND Polymath, or the Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman Directed by Fred Barney Taylor TIED Best Short Film (Male) Wrestling Directed by Grimur Hakonarson Best Short Film (Female) Congratulations Daisy Graham Directed by Cassandra Nicolaou Special Award: SCION First Time Director Were the World Mine Directed by Tom Gustafson Tru Loved Ciao black./womyn... Were the World Mine The Iris Prize � Cardiff's International Gay & Lesbian Short Film Prize Philadelphia QFest is proud to be among the Iris Prize partner festivals, a world wide community dedicated to the evolution of gay and lesbian cinema. The Iris Prize provides a united international platform that aims to help a new generation of filmmakers achieve success on an international stage. The winner of the Iris Prize will receive the largest prize for a gay and lesbian short film in the world, valued at �25,000. The Philadelpia QFest Audience Favorite Short will automatically be nominated for this prestigious annual competition held in Cardiff, Wales. For more details see www.irisprize.org 20 JURORS Head of Jurors Brian Gannon has been working in Philadelphia's video production community for more than 20 years. He is currently an editor for Center City Film and Video, working on a variety of projects including short films and television programming. For more than a decade, he has been an active member of Philadelphia's GLBT community, having served on a number of boards and committees, including the Executive Committee for Equality Forum's Board of Directors. This is his ninth year volunteering for the Festival. Feature Film Jury Vince Austin-Cole returns to the Festival this year � he was first involved as a Juror of Short Films in 2004. He has enjoyed films for many years, and has attended previous Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals (now QFest) viewing over 30 films each season. He is a true cinephile, and looks forward to joining this year's crew of devoted film jurors. Jhett Bond is a Philadelphia native who works as a videographer and a building manager. She is currently interested in the intersections between health, healing and the vibrations of sound and light in film. To her, a great film includes: love and lovingness, fear that is overcome, poetry of motion/words/expression, a sense of place, and a renewal of spirit. Amanda Leahy produces events and film in Philadelphia, including for PIGLFF and the award-winning Fabric and G-Room parties. She works in a range of roles in the film industry including production management and development. Leahy has been recognized for her production work in multiple publications including GO NYC Magazine's "100 Women We Love" in 2006 and this year she will add the short Looking For to the list of films she has worked on that have screened at QFest. Documentary Film Jury Keith Brand is an Associate Professor of Radio Television and Film at Rowan University, where he teaches sound and radio production. For twenty years, he has been the host and producer of "Sleepy Hollow," a weekend morning program of eclectic music on WXPN FM. He is also an audio documentary producer who has contributed stories to various NPR programs. Keith is a film geek who welcomes the opportunity to sit in a darkened theater and watch the images flicker on the cave wall. Frank Danay thanks his mom for all he's gotten out of four decades of moviegoing � he could identify Judy Garland and James Cagney before he could read. He attended Catholic school, but he learned more about empathy from Drugstore Cowboy and Bad Lieutenant, and gained more discipline from the films of Andy Warhol and Mike Leigh than from any nun's paddle. With a B.S in Film Studies, he wrote two screenplays that might've made halfway-decent art films had he had more focus. An unapologetic film snob, Frank currently lives in Germantown with his partner, who doesn't much care for movies but who has many other fine qualities. Philip Thomas is a Web Developer at eCity Interactive and is involved in local performance art including the First Person Arts Philadelphia Complaints Choir, the Walking Fish 24-Hour Stand-Up Comedy Marathon, the 2008 Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe and most recently with Philly Improv Theater's flash mob at 30th Street Station. Phil was one of Philadelphia Magazine's sexy singles in 2008 and this is his first year as a Festival juror. Short Film Jury Joe'l Ludovich is an Emmy-nominated producer and independent filmmaker. She won several Telly and Communicator awards as producer of "Philly LIVE", a nightly live call-in talk program on WYBE, and she has worked for CNN, Globalvision and In the Life Media. Her filmography includes the award-winning The UnBirth, Cradle, which screened at PFF 2003, From the Top: The Making of Quiescence and her most recent independent documentary, The Man with the Magic Hands, which was recognized with two Telly Awards in 2008. Maggie Boccella's love for film brought her back to QFest this year, having previously served on the jury in 2004. Philly born and raised, she enjoys capturing the sights around town with a digital camera and notepad in hand. Her background includes film review, television production and short film scriptwriting, and her day work as a business development director for an architectural firm provides her with fantastic material for her illustrated novel in-the-making. Maggie lives in Pennsport with a boy named Sue. Tiffany Thompson is the Manager of Community Education Programs at CHOICE, a non-profit that provides sexual and reproductive health education, counseling and referrals, focusing on the growing number of LGBT youth coming out and the sexual health education barriers they face. She is also pursuing a Masters in Communication Management at Temple: she hopes through media and communications she can increase LGBT awareness, especially for lesbians of color. Tiffany also sits on the Board of Equality Forum and GALAEI and is a community activist. 21 2009 PHILADELPHIA QFEST HONOREES Sharon Gless � Gay Icon Award Sunday, July 19 � 4:45 � The Prince � Presented with the screening of Hannah Free (pg. 72) Here's a great bit of Hollywood history for you: Sharon Gless was the last contract player of the industry's classic studio system and her Grandfather -- an entertainment lawyer who worked for icons such as Howard Hughes, Louis B. Mayer and Cecil B. DeMille -- signed the first! She was under exclusive contract to Universal, where she learned and flourished for 10 years, before leaving "the lot" in 1982. You'd think she'd have begun acting at an early age, but actually Gless began on the other side of the industry, working for advertising firms and then independent movie studios such as Sassafras Films and General Film Corporation. Eventually Gless realized she no longer wanted to be in the office, but on screen. After discovering her new passion, Gless began taking acting classes. The 1982 parting with Universal was not a bitter one, even as it marked the end of a very long era: That same year, Gless began work as NYPD detective Christine Cagney on the classic series "Cagney & Lacey" (1982-1986). It was a drama unlike anyone had ever seen, one that explored two women's struggles to navigate professional and personal issues as officers, wives, mothers and friends. The show was unafraid to tackle difficult issues, among them AIDS, abortion, date rape and racism. The show won two Emmys for Outstanding Drama, and Gless picked up two as well for Outstanding Actress (out of an impressive six nominations, one for each year of the series). Gless continued to work steadily after "Cagney & Lacey," receiving two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe for the critically acclaimed "Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (1990-1992). In 2000, Gless created the role of the outrageous and beloved Debbie Novotny in the groundbreaking Showtime series "Queer as Folk" (2000-2005). She remained with the series throughout its five-season run, and is today regularly approached by fans who express appreciation for her honest portrayal of the loving parent of a gay child. In 2006, Gless received rave reviews, in both the States and the U.K. for her starring role as U.S. Secretary of Defense Lynne Warner in the BBC/BBC America miniseries "The State Within." She recently completed an Emmy-nominated, multiple-episode arc in the hit FX series "Nip/Tuck" as Colleen Rose, an ambitious Hollywood agent with dark secrets. Gless currently stars on the USA Network's "Burn Notice," in which she plays the chainsmoking, hypochondriac mother to son Jeffrey Donovan. Her current projects are Once Fallen and Hannah Free; the latter finds the actress playing a free-spirited lesbian trying to reunite with the love of her life. Off-screen, Gless is an active participant in the ongoing struggle for reproductive rights. In 2004, she joined hundreds of thousands of women in Washington, D.C. for the first March For Women's Lives, in which she stood in solidarity with her entertainment industry colleagues. In 2005, Norman Lear's People for the American Way honored Gless for her unwavering support of human rights. Philadelphia QFest is proud to present its Gay Icon Award to a woman who is as much a compassionate champion for the gay & lesbian community as she is a talented artist. --Thom Cardwell & Jesse Smith H.P. Mendoza � Rising Star Award Thursday, July 16 � 7:15 � Ritz East 1 � Presented with the screening of Fruit Fly (pg. 33) An innovative, musical and prodigious talent, H.P. Mendoza finds inspiration for his art in his life and his friends' lives -- infusing the work with emotion and humanity. Returning to QFest this year, Mendoza's bubbly Fruit Fly is his directorial debut -- we're sure it is just the first in what will prove to be a long and prolific career in both film and music. Born in 1977 in San Francisco to Filipino immigrants, H.P. was drawn to the camera early on: as a small child, he made a film with his father's Super-8. He taught himself to play piano by ear and learned his first song at 10 years old, the theme to "The Legend of Zelda." He studied film at the College of San Mateo, where he met Richard Wong, who would go on to direct Mendoza's Colma: The Musical. Written and composed by H.P., Colma was one of the highlights of PIGLFF 2007. After its successful festival run, the film was released theatrically by Roadside Attractions and on DVD by Lionsgate. All this from a film that was originally conceived of as a concept album, it's first draft written in 7 days, and produced for just $15,000. How fitting that the New York Times called Colma "an itty-bitty movie with a great big heart." H.P. has also released several CDs over the past few years. In 2004 came the first, "Everything is Pop," which pokes fun at pop music and tells personal stories, including his coming out. For his new CD "Nomad," he found inspiration in the trouble he experienced relocating from Philadelphia back to his native SF during the production of Colma. The CD will be re-released on iTunes later this year. As a gift for his partner, Mark Del Lima, "Elsewhere" tries to mimic the patterns, themes and sounds of Mark's mixtapes and playlists. A performance of The Nonsense Company's "Great Hymn of Thanksgiving/Conversation" at the 2007 San Francisco Fringe Festival inspired him to contribute "Calf" for a film version of the work, which is now in post-production. Currently H.P. is developing a script for his next film, Clockwise, a non-musical dark comedy about Proposition 8. Philadelphia QFest is thrilled to welcome H.P. back to screen the remarkable Fruit Fly. Based on the experiences of his friend L.A. Renigen who was constantly identified as a "faghag" while on tour with Colma. The character Bethesda is, like Renigen, a performance artist who moves to San Francisco to workshop her piece about finding her biological mother. The San Francisco Chronicle has called Fruit Fly "irresistible" and we think you'll agree. We feel privileged to be recognizing H.P. Mendoza with the QFest 2009 Rising Star Award and we are looking forward to many years of many more wonderful works --Scott Cranin 22 Chad Allen � Artistic Achievement Award Thursday, July 9 � 7:00 � The Prince � Presented with the screening of Hollywood je t'aime (pg. 25) Some know Chad Allen for his work as a teen and 20-something on family dramas "Our House" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Women." But though he found professional success at a young age, Allen is not the clich�d former child star of supermarket tabloid covers and E! specials. He continues to flourish professionally in adulthood. Equally important to Allen is his personal life, as well: He is one of the few openly gay actors working in Hollywood today, one willing to speak candidly about his sexuality. QFest is proud to honor Chad Allen for his success on-screen, and for his work as an ambassador of the gay and lesbian community off-screen. Allen caught the acting bug early. His first major break came at age eight with the role of autistic Tommy Westphall on the hit '80s drama "St. Elsewhere" -- a role he'd reprise several times over the series' run, including the show's famous finale: Yes, that was Allen dreaming up the entire show. He went on to appear in a slew of classics from that decade. "Simon & Simon," "Webster," "Punky Brewster," "Highway to Heaven" and "My Two