Phillywood contender and the Philly 13th Annual GLBT Film Festival Opening Movie Night

Yesterday Joey Sweeney informed us bloggers, that 1/2 of his readers at Philibrity are from NYC. One half is thinking of moving to Philadelphia, the other half just moved from Philadelphia to NYC, and are kicking their asses now for doing so. With last night’s kick off of the PIGLFF and this weekend’s Charlie Mac Celebrity Weekend with Queen Latifah, Terrance Howard, Mo’Nique, Chris Tucker, Nia long and others, the influx of celebrities this week could be the tipping point this City needs to compete with it’s younger sister city of NYC, in making Philly an attractive town for celebrities to consider when filming movies, settling down or visiting, keeping this paparazzi a very busy boy. That being said, film festivals usually mean open bars and swag bags—and true to form, last nights event had both. Thursday was the opening night of Philly’s 13th Annual GLBT Film Festival (photos). Kicking off the event was the the enthusiastic, newly appointed film cheerleader of the Philadelphia Film Society and Festival Director Rosemary Conners and the dashing Director of Development, Thom Cardwell .

Surprise guest Mayoral shoo-in Michael Nutter, who got a standing ovation from the crowd. (I asked Michael as he arrived, “How is the Ballet going tonight, and please say hi to my friend Greta & Alan Greenberger.” They are friends and I knew they were going together, ok so I named dropped, so sue me.
Cast from The Four Letter Word with co-founders of Thom Cardwell and James Duggan. This movie is dripping with sex, love and everything in between. A Four Letter Word, a romantic comedy about an improbable gay pair. The producer, director and some cast members Jesse Archer, center. (missing was Charlie David from the TV Gothic gay soap opera, Dante’s Cove) He arrives tonight just in time for the VIP Invite Only SCION sponsored Party tonight (moi will be there.) This week he will be honored as the PIGLFF’s rising star.BUCKmonkey’s James Duggan, TLA’s Richard Wolff and Susan@CruiseEvents.netThe vivacious hostess Megan Smith Judith and Julie from sponsor

Belmo and Curtis wants you to check out the documentary on Sarah Vaughn playing this week at the film festival
Brian James, Geno Vento (Geno’s Steaks South Philly, my girl Oprah loves their steak sandwiches wit whiz [which means with onions and cheese whiz]) and Karen
Rex Lee, from HBO’s Entourage (in early for Saturday’s reading of “Another Gay Movie: the Sequel”) and Butch Cordora of “In Bed with Butch” TV show (who I hooked up at last nights party for an impromptu interview, guess Butch travels prepared!)

Groove is in the Heart Lady Miss Kier from the group DeLite, spun at the party held at the Hyatt on the Waterfront last night. She was really grooving, but not enough to look up so that I could get a groovy shot no matter how many times I may have asked or motioned. Doing a quick google search I see there’s not too many shots of her looking up.

eye candyPolitical Columnist Mary Patel and executive of the Philadelphia Film Society, Rosemary Conners. Irma & Yaya of with friends Ashley and Catrina
Delicious entertainment, yes she’s naked I told my secretary at my day job. Julie, Katie, or Nancy wish their friend Timmy Ferretti best of luck during the film festival. I wish you could see their badges up close, practically naked, and cleverly covered with film canisters.

Still grooving, but not enough to look up:(

Writer/Director Ursula Burton (“Happiest Day of his Life” Friday 7:15PM, and Sunday 5PM both at Wilma Theater), Tommy Zane and Fred Shelley Author/Columnist

eye candy Cirque style
Jim Goldstein and partner of 18 years Marcus Saitschenko with friend Michael George (hmm wonder if people kid him about that name, no doubt!)
Ettore Mastroddi and Gary Mastroddi are twin brothers of Italian descent it says on the Yahoo yellow pages, with Noel Zayas

And what a lovely site to see at 1AM, the exit, a gift bag and a send off kiss by Pearl!!
Gift Bag Contents were plentiful. If you look closely you can see my press badge, just who was it that said BLOGGERS can’t be taken seriously as PRESS. Thank You PIGLFF!! Thanks Sponsors!!

Until tomorrow where I will post about tonight’s VIP Scion Party where I will be hobnobbing with lots of celebrity guests as they arrive for the film festival this week. Oh and don’t forget this week is the Charlie Mac Celebrity Weekend, where I will be doing my best to track down Queen Latifah, maybe with her girlfriend; Terrance Howard, maybe he is still with his wife and Vivica Fox, hopefully she won’t be driving. Those celebs and their DUI’s.