“SHELTER” sponsored by SCION, SOTTO VARELLI and BUCKmonkey

The gays weren’t lining up for Harry Potter on Friday, no they were in line to see the cool gay surfer pix “Shelter”. Hoda and Laura selling Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Film Festival TicketsFriday night before the screening of “Shelter”, Jonah Markowitz received the first ever Scion Award presented by Official sponsor Scion Automotive for his directorial debut Shelter. After graciously accepting the award in front of a sold out crowd, Markowitz invited all of the festival-goers at the theater to join him at Sotto Varalli for his very own post-screening celebration, “The Helter Shelter Soiree!” Here I risk my life for this shot of Thom Cardwell, PIGLFF Devlopment Director, Director and recipient, Jonah Markowitz and Sean Williamson of SCION. As we were walking to this spot to shoot this picture, a very surprised Markowitz told us that this was his first award ever and the PIGLFF will also have a special place in his heart, the first one is always the sweetest. “The Helter Shelter Soiree” hosted by BUCKmonkey and sponsered by Toyota SCION. Thanks to Joseph Varalli for his generous hospitality.
Thom Cardwell and and the cast/producers of “Nightwood” Ethan Weiner and Chris Maher; Wednesday at 9:30PM the Wilma

Robert Drake, Where’s Laura Burkhardt
Vince Austin-Cole ACSNJ/RAY OF HOPE, Jim Austin-Cole from NJ Real Estate Sales and a friend at the SOTTO Shelter party.
Debra Brady, Ellen COntrevo of Lion’s Heart Productions and Marla Gold

Man about town, Philly’s own walking cliche, a walking talking, black republican Donald Carter. Our celebrity of the day as he was once on Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr

I lied, here’s my boyfriend with Rex Lee. I was fortunate to get a little interview out of him which I will write about shortly.Gift Bag contents

This year’s festival has been made possible by the generosity and support of the Members of the Philadelphia Film Society and our Presenting Sponsors: Avis, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Pennsylvania Film Office, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, here! Networks and TLA Entertainment Group; Official Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Tylenol-PM, Sundance Channel, Eventions Productions, Scion, Triumph Brewing Company, Twenty21, Penn’s Landing Corporation, Parrot Bay, Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Cashman & Associates and University of the Arts; Partner Sponsors: Plumer & Associates, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Modern Eye, Fest In Philly, Crowne Plaza, Sofitel Hotel, B-Side, Mixto, Hoffman Design Group, Haru, Hangar 1, PA Festivals and Premier Tours; Patron Sponsors:Jennifer Angelo Design, Marathon Grill, Sisters, Campus Philly, PhillyCarShare, Lucky Strike Lanes, P.I.N.K., The Restaurant Collection, Caviar Assouline, Vitamin Water, Philadelphia Trolley Works, Neff Associates Inc., Philly Fringe Festival, Vesuvio, Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, McCormick & Schmick’s, Allied Advertising, The National Condominium Residences, 12th Street Gym, Whole Foods, FuntasticFotos, Prince Music Theater, Bluecoat, American Apparel and Philly Aids Thrift; and Media Sponsors: Gaydar Magazine, Where Philadelphia, Metro, Philadelphia City Paper, Philly Gay Calendar, HX Philadelphia and Queer Times.

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