BY TOMMY ZANE – GAYDAR EDITOR
The 13th Annual Philadelphia International Gay Lesbian Film Festival opened Thursday with a bang as DJ Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite kicked the party wide open with the best of dance floor underground, from Malcolm McLaren to M.I.A., to vintage disco and street beats. Ever the fashionista, Miss K was dressed in a fierce magenta prom gown cut into a mini-dress! Work it , Miss Thang! She really had the queens pumpin’ and jumpin’. Seen at the partay: Drunkan, Billy Kline, The Divine Miss Jimmi, Pearl, stunning filmmaker Ursula Burton, and more hipster hotties…
Four Letter Word, the festival opener, starred the hysterical Jesse Archer, Charlie David and Cory Grant. The Manhattan queer ghetto character driven film moves along nicely with some great laugh-out loud jokes. I was fortunate enough to share a ride over to the opening night party with filmmaker and The Office television actress, Ursula Burton. The very unpretentious and lovely Miss Burton is represented at the film fest with the film short The Happiest Day of His Life, a wry and clever switch on traditional male/female roles on the big wedding day. The bride wears conservative clothes and marries a much younger very pretty groom who, of course, stays at home and raises the kids. What a fantastic idea for a film that explores gender equity and traditional gender roles.