TONIGHT @ QFEST: James Franco’s Steamy Leather-Bar Flick

Plus: Pamela Drynan's documentary Where I Am catches up with Philly's Robert Drake after he was brutally gay bashed in Ireland in 1999.

James Franco's highly anticipated Interior. Leather Bar. screens Friday and Saturday at QFest.

The reels are officially fired up for QFest’s two-week run. Here are my picks for the best of what’s playing tonight, Fri., June 12, at the festival, and info on the night’s parties. 

Meth Head (U.S., 108 min.): “Lukas Haas is riveting as a gay man whose life and loves fall apart after he become a meth addict. A powerful, disturbing drama not easily forgotten.” Fri., July 12, 5 p.m. and Sat., July 13, 9:30 p.m., $11, Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. Read Washington City Paper‘s review.

Interior. Leather Bar. (U.S., 60 min.): “James Franco and Travis Matthews collaborate on this experimental and sexually explicit film imagining what was cut from the classic Cruising. It created a huge controversy when screened earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.” Fri., July 12, 7 p.m. and Sat. and July 13, 12:15 p.m., $11, Ritz East. Read Philadelphia City Paper’s review.

Breaking the Girls (U.S., 63 min.): “Beauty and brains are a lethal combination in this sexy psychological thriller directed by Jamie Babbitand co-written by Guinevere Turner.” Fri., June 12, 7:15 p.m. and Sat., June 17, 5 p.m., $11, Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. Read the Dan’s Movie Report review.

Where I Am (U.S./Ireland, 70 min.): “With a powerful stroke, Pamela Drynan’s documentary Where I Am is an inspirational tale of the unparalleled struggle and ultimate triumph of Philadelphia gay writer Robert Drake.” Fri., July 12, 7:15 p.m. and Sun., July 19, 5:15 p.m., $11, Ritz East. Read G Philly‘s preview.

Truth (U.S., 94 min.): “Sean Paul Lockhart (QFEST’s 2011 Rising Star Award winner) lights up the screen as a sexy but emotionally brittle young man caught up in a torrid relationship with an older man who harbors his own kinds of troubles.” Fri., July 12, 9:30 p.m. and Sat., July 14, noon, Ritz East,

PARTIES: Following the screening of Pamela Drynan’s Where I Am, Knock will host a reception with the film’s subject, Robert Drake, and Drake’s caregiver, local visual artist Butch Cordora. There will be drink specials and complimentary appetizers. Fri., July 12, 9 p.m.-11 p.m., free, Knock, 225 S. 12th St.

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