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Qfest 2012: Simply the Best!
July 12 - 23rd
Ritz East Theatre 1 and 2 and
Ritz at the Bourse
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Written by Frank J. Avella

Opposite Photo:
BearCity2: The Proposal




The east coast celebration of all things LGBT is upon us. July is the month we get Newfest in NYC and Qfest in Philly!

So much filmic queerness to bathe in. It’s all just so fabulous!

The diversity in the 18th annual Philadelphia Qfest has never been more exciting with 107 films being featured that include 42 feature films, 13 documentaries, and 52 short films – and 7 World Premieres, 1 North American Premiere, 2 U.S. Premieres, 16 East Coast Premieres, and 26 Philadelphia Premieres.

Qfest runs from July 12 to July 23, 2012, and opens with the Philadelphia premiere of Terracino’s Elliot Loves, a dramedy that focuses on a Dominican-American gay boy both at ages 9 and 21.

BearCity2: The Proposal

The event will close, eleven days later, with the East Coast premiere of BearCity2: The Proposal, a sequel to BearCity celebrating all things bear!


I Do

A slew of Centerpiece screenings include: Thom Fitzgerald’s Cloudburst starring Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as a lesbian couple embarking on their own Thelma and Louise-style road trip; Oliver Hermanus’ Beauty, from South Africa; David W. Ross’ I Do, about a Brit who marries a Soprano (Jamie Lynn Sigler) to get a green card and North Sea Texas, a Belgian coming-of-age film.

In addition, we are treated to new films by festival favorites Todd Verow (Bad Boy Street) and Rob Williams (The Men Next Door).

Tyler Ross

The Wise Kids

Impressive newcomer Tyler Ross stars in two features, the quirky Harold and Maude-esque, Nate & Margaret as well as one of the festival’s best selections, The Wise Kids.

Individual honors will be bestowed on actor/screenwriter David W. Ross, director Rose Troche and activist Ellen Ratner.

And I haven’t even mentioned the many events that include after parties, all-star galas, sing-alongs and many other gaystravaganza celebrations that are not to be missed.

For more information on QFest, visit or call 267.765.9800; and follow the festival on Twitter: @QFEST and Facebook: Screening locations for QFest 2012 are the Ritz East Theatre 1 and 2 and the Ritz at the Bourse






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