The Must-See Films at This Year’s qFLIX Film Festival
Through July 10th, this year’s qFLIX film festival is screening 50 of the most inventive and unique LGBTQ films the city has to offer. Here’s our day-by-day cheat sheet to the standouts.
WEDNESDAY: Kiss Me, Kill Me, directed by Casper Andres
9:30 p.m. at Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut Street
Thought you were ready for a gay marriage? This mystery murder caper will have you guessing again. This brilliantly crafted film features so many famous LGBTQ stars that you will be stunned by the cameos while wondering whodunnit.
THURSDAY: Guys Reading Poems, directed by Hunter Lee Hughes
7:15 p.m. at Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut Street
The title is simple, but the plot is complex. A visual poetic experience and jaw-dropping black-and-white thriller that will leave your questioning your existence.
FRIDAY: Queer City, directed by Draper Shreeve
5 p.m. at Caplan Theatre @ University of the Arts, 211 South Broad Street
No film at this festival captures the essence of LGBTQ diversity through cinema like this, a view into the world of various lives and struggles that make our community come together as one. One of the few LGBTQ documentaries of our time that gets it right the first time.
SATURDAY: Political Animals, directed by Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares
12 p.m. at Caplan Theatre @ University of the Arts, 211 South Broad Street
A touching documentary that finally acknowledges the women who were the “sheer forces of nature” who helped bring about change for lGBTQ rights. At a time where intersectionality has become a major topic in the community, this film spotlights other important social issues, making it as provocative as it is informative.
SUNDAY: Shared Rooms, directed by Rob Williams
8 p.m. at Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut Street
The final film of the festival might be the best of the pack. There hasn’t been a dysfunctional family drama/comedy like this done in LGBTQ cinema in a long time. Expect plenty of laughs from some breakout talent that proves impressive cinema still exists without all of the Hollywood glam.
For more information on how to see these films and others, check out qFLIXphilly.com.