Philly’s LGBTQ film festival goes virtual with PrideFLIX
There’s still a couple weeks left to catch films from home to celebrate Pride month.
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Like most large gatherings of people across the world in 2020, the Philadelphia Pride Parade was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the U.S.
A week into the pandemic hitting Philly, qFLIX, one of the city’s LGTBQ film festivals was also postponed, but after Pride’s cancellation, has returned in virtual format.
“We felt it was our duty to fill the void,” said Bill Egan, the producer of the festival, which was initially scheduled to start on March 22.
PrideFLIX, as it’s now known, launched on June 1 coinciding with the start of Pride month across the world.
It’s virtual format is something Executive Director James Duggan said the festival had considered in past years as an additional offering for those that couldn’t come in person, but it didn’t materialize until COVID-19.
“The virus moved us quickly in that direction,” he said.
This year’s lineup of films, documentaries and series includes the works of two Latinos alongside a host of other LGBTQ projects.
Bolivian director Rodrigo Bellott’s Tu me manques is running from June 22 to June 30. The plot follows Jorge, a conservative father who goes to New York City to investigate the death of his gay son. He meets his son’s boyfriend, Sebastian, and the two clash over Jorge’s views of his son’s sexuality.
To honor his late partner, Sebastian is organizing a play, which brings the two together in their grief.
The other Latino entry is from Philadelphia’s own Alejandro Morales, whose comedy web series Sadulous follows the daily happenings inside the apartment of a gay Latino man (played by Morales) who hasn’t left home in weeks.
Morales will also take part in an LGBTQ comedy showcase scheduled for June 25. Many of the films also include talks after shows with cast members or directors.
Organizers of PrideFLIX have also organized Sunday-night moderated throughout Pride month on certain titles to create a sense of community in the virtual space.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $7 to $10 per showing. One dollar per ticket bought goes to local LGBTQ nonprofits.