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Philly Spotlight: FOUNDING FOOTSTEPS

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Did you know that Benjamin Franklin not only created the very first Fire Department in Philadelphia, but that his entrepreneurial thinking also allowed him to capitalize on creating the very first Fire Insurance Company?  Did you know the seat of our government would most likely have remained in Philadelphia if it had not been for Banker Stephen Girard's ships bringing Yellow Fever to the city?  Have you ever noticed just how "glad" William Penn is to see you, if you're looking at his statue's silhouette from the parkway?   I discovered these tidbits and so much more by taking a FOUNDING FOOTSTEPS TROLLEY TOUR...

Best of all, it's a BYOB Tour, so it's kinda like a live episode of "Drunk History"!


The trolley originates on 3rd & Arch Sts. near Rocket & Fizz. The tour winds a bit through Old City and up to the Art Museum and back. You'd be surprised how much you don't know, even if you're a native Philadelphian like me; plus learning is always more fun when there's wine and beer involved. And don't worry, during the tour there's a stop for a clean and comfortable bathroom break! On top of which, Founding Footsteps, a relatively new Historic Tour Company, is run by a great couple, newly weds (coming up on their 1st Anniversary this fall) Tim & Abbie McAleer. Abbie is a warm hostess and Tim has a big personality full of stories and jokes.

Fab Sidenote: When Tim went looking for a ring to propose to Abbie, he was heading to Jeweler's Row but found himself in Antique Row, where he discovered Halloween (1329 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) and famed jewelry designer Henri Davidinfamous host of The Halloween Ball.

I'm always interested in how people get there start up businesses off the ground. So I asked Tim about Founding Footsteps. He's actually a school teacher, who found out that American Trolley Tours was hiring backup tour guides, he signed up and after his first outing realized he wanted to do it full time, but as his own business.  What most of us who have a dream like this are missing is that person to act as a mentor; but as luck would have it, Tom, proprietor of American Trolley Tours encouraged Tim's interest and has been instrumental in helping Tim & Abbie with Founding Footsteps from the start.

The BYOB Tour is not the only offering. You can also take their Philly Phables Walking Tour or the Tavern Tour, and of course you can book private parties.

If you are taking the BYOB tour, I recommend you stop at Mulberry Market (236 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106) and choose among their large selection of Imported and Craft Beers, I also got a good sandwich there to take on the tour.  What I don't recommend is one of the beers I choose...


Your ticket will also give you 10% off at Campos (214 Market St.) Nothing like a Philly Tour while eating a Philly Cheesesteak! Tim & Abbie will also match or beat any Groupon offers, so give them a call before using Groupon.

Tim is also the founder of TEACH2THECORE...

 A Fun Time and a Good Cause!


where students who are the first people in their family to go to college serve as mentors to high school students.  These teens get four hours a week of free literacy tutoring for which they are required to do community service.  The program is run during the summer to help combat that reading slide that happens while kids are out of school. In turn, the teens being tutored are encouraged to find a first grader in their neighborhood and read to them at least an hour a week... LEARN MORE


 Coincidentally, Founding Footsteps runs the Teach 2 the Core program through WesGold Fellows (click for post) which T&T covered in 2014.

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Podcast Movie Blog Post: GHOSTBUSTERS 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tinsel & Tine's Look at the New Ghostbusters

by Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

When it comes to blockbusters to hit theaters this summer, I was most excited to see X-men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, and the female version of GHOSTBUSTERS starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and for eye candy Chris Hemsworth. As a kid in 1984, I was as in love with the original Ghostbusters as the rest of the nation. And I'm sure at some point I watched it again in the 90's; but when I tried to watch it again this past weekend (had to pay $1.99, can't believe Netflix didn't have it for free) to prepare myself for the reboot, I didn't feel like it held up. Amusing, but not nearly as dear to me as I thought it was. Now after seeing this 2016 Ghostbusters, in comparison, it makes the original Ghostbusters pure genius.

I'm sorry to say it, but this new version isn't very good.  All the elements were there, good casting, Paul Feig director of Bridesmaids & Spy, fun CGI, but the beats, timing, laughs, are all a no go on this much anticipated vehicle, written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig. It has its moments, and of course you're happy for each cameo; still, most of the humor lands like a wet noodle and it dawdles.

But I don't need to expand in words when you can listen below.  After the screening, I met up with two female members of The Black Tribbles (Storm Tribble and Ghostbuster Tribble) who have recently started a female Black Tribbles show called Both XX's. So together with my sister LeVonne, now known as Love Quest Tribble we broke the new Ghostbusters down, while maybe going off on a few race related & feminist tangents...

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T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score:3 outta 5 (only cause I wanted it to be good)
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POST UPDATE: 7/19/2016



I may not have felt the movie was as strong as I was hoping it would be, but I'm in strong support of this female cast. All of them.  That Leslie Jones Twitter attack is frightening, and even with all we've seen lately, shocking.

On a much lighter note: Here's a pic of some movie-goers who dressed up at the preview screening we attended:







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qFLIX Philly LGBTQ 2016 Film Festival Coverage (Indie filmmaking)

Monday, July 4, 2016

PHILLY'S LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL qFLIX

Opens July 5 and runs to July 10, 2016

POST UPDATE: 7/11/16

I wish I could have gotten to a few more films and at least one or two events during the festival, but it came during a busy week personally.  I did support the festival with many, many social media blasts throughout the 6 days.

MY BELOW FESTIVAL COVERAGE INCLUDES:
  •  Nuttin' But Love for the bio/doc WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED
  •  Mini Review of HARA KIRI w/ Video Q&A of director Henry Alberto and actor Jesse Pimentel
  • Mini Review of Opening Night Film PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW w/ Video Q&A of director J.C. Falcón & actor Marc Cirillo receiving Artistic Achievement Award
  • Excerpt of PGN interview with qFLIX Co-Producer James Duggan
  •  Juror Awards Winners


WOMEN'S HE'S UNDRESSED (bio/doc director: Gillian Armstrong) about the life of 3x Oscar winning (American in Paris, Cole Porter’s Les Girls and Some Like it Hot ) costume designer Orry-Kelly. I wouldn't have thought this device would work, but I liked how the film weaves in an actor (Darren Gilshenan) playing Orry-Kelly, who often recounts some tidbits told in the first person. Leonard Maltin, Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury are interviewed, along with several costume designers like Ann Roth and Colleen Atwood, all weighing in on Kelly’s influences and style.

Orry was named after an ancient King of the Isle of Man, where his father was born. Once Kelly got to Hollywood, is when the hyphen was added. However, Hollywood was not Kelly's first stop upon reaching the US after leaving home (a little seaport town in Australia called Kiama). He landed in New York during the Broadway and Vaudeville heyday of the 1920s. When it was just fine to be openly gay or anything else you wanted to be as long as you were creative. This is where Orry-Kelly met Archibald Leech, better know as Cary Grant and the two became fast friends and more...  They lived together an started a business hand painting ties, among other things.

After the crash of 1929, they moved out to Hollywood together. It was Leech/Grant who helped Kelly get his foot in the door as a costume designer at Warner Bros. I don't want to give everything away, but I don't think I ever fully comprehended how "out" one could be, even in Hollywood in the early days, that was until The Great Depression took hold, creating a culture of conservatism that has lasted way too long!

Bottom Line: For anyone in love with the Golden Age of Hollywood, like me, Women He's Undressed is a must see.  One of my favorite movies is Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell, of which the costumes play a major part, but I never thought to find out who the designer was, now I know.



HARA KIRI is a film shot in 2 or 3 days with a single camera and mainly two actors. To paraphrase, writer/director Henry Alberto said he wanted to shoot something raw and emotional, but without all the pre-production baggage of procuring funding/investors and setting a heavy production schedule. He found himself intrigued by the skate culture and the guys who seem drawn to that world; wondering if the sport/pastime/culture also attracts a larger gay quotient.  In Hara Kiri August (Jesse Pimentel) and Beto (Mojean Aria) meet at a skateboard park and have an immediate chemistry, along with having in common feeling generally like an outsider. So they contemplate having one last day to "hang out" before killing themselves.

The movie has a loose script, not all the dialogue was written, which allows for authentic, natural conversations and interactions. The camera work is very good. You'd expect it to have that homemade, single camera feel, but instead the shots are purposeful, the production quality is simplistic, but professional.

Unfortunately, at the end of the screening, only a handful of people stayed for the Q&A which started with a more or less full audience.  I was sorry to see that happen, as although Hara Kiri is off-putting, it delivers on its intention and shows tremendous promise for this young filmmaker.

Post Screening Q&A 
with filmmaker Henry Alberto & Lead Jesse Pimentel


Cardwell, Alberto, Pimentel


POST UPDATE: 7/6/2016 Mini Review PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW:


PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW,  World Premiere 2015, Writer/Director J.C. Falcón (USA, 101 mins, Drama/ Comedy)  What happens to four close knit friends, when they have to confront a new life-changing situation, which may alter their friendships forever?

The festival opened to a nearly full house at The Kimmel Center's Perelman theater where the opening night film's Spain born writer/director, J.C. Falcón introduced his work.

People You May Know opens on the birthday of Herbert (Mark Cirillo) celebrating with his three best friends Joe (Sean Maher) and Delia (Andrea Grano) in person, and Rodrigo (Nacho San José) on Skype from Madrid.  Herbert & Joe are both Gay but not a couple. Delia and Rodrigo are married. Later we find out Delia & Joe dated when they were both much younger, before Joe came out.


Although we begin on Herbert's birthday and it's an ensemble cast, the protagonist of the film is Joe who looks and reminds me of a better looking Ty Burrell from Modern Family. He's a writer with a tendency towards promiscuity, but at this point he's obsessed with a guy he talks to on the phone and over Skype. This guy's got a mysterious kind of elusive way about him. He frequently addresses Joe as "Honey Bunny", which comes off endearingly creepy and he sends Joe a black leather fetish mask.

An issues I had with the film is a scene where Joe and his mysterious lover have this hot sex-a-thon; now I have nothing against watching gay sex, but, and I'm not spoiling anything here, it turns out to be Joe's dream - only there's nothing to indicate it didn't really happen until 3 or 4 scenes later when Joe is talking to the guy and tells him about the dream. What we saw was Joe waking up in the morning to look with yearning at the empty space beside him in bed.  How many times have you seen a scene like this? It just means the person got up early and left without saying goodbye. It doesn't mean he/she was never there. And not knowing it's a dream is not a plot device to deliberately deceive the audience; it's just confusingly executed.

Falcón's obvious intention is to give you a year in the life of these characters, and they do go through some life events; but not enough to play it out as if it were a saga. Yes, we do skip a few months here and there, but still I felt it drifted at times a bit too long. Otherwise, it's a good story that explores trust and betrayal on different levels, and how life often gives you what you need even if it wasn't how you wanted it.


By coincidence, I was sent a screener last month for a movie called BFF's (click for T&T post) written, directed and starring Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano, who I was unfamiliar with until seeing their movie and conducting an online interview with them.  Turns out they are both in this movie People You May Know. Not to mention, Tara was the one who recommended Mark for his role as Herbert and...


Mark Cirillo received qFLIX Philadelphia 2016
Artistic Achievement Award
in Acting:



Video includes Festival Producers Thom Cardwell & James Duggan and Mark Cirillo accepting award

Q&A with filmmaker JC Falcón
Post Screening of "People You May Know"


Video includes T&T asking the filmmaker which part of the process does he enjoy more - writing or directing? (starts at 9:45)


FOR A COMPLETE LISTS OF FILMS SCREENING AT qFLIX see Tinsel & Tine's #PhillyCalendar

FESTIVAL VENUES:
Opening Night takes place at Perelman Theater Kimmel Center (Broad & Spruce Sts.)
Other two festival Venues: Prince Theater (15th & Chestnut) and Caplan Center for the Performing Arts at the University of the Arts (211 S. Broad Street 17th Floor)

qFlix co-founders: Thom Cardwell and James Duggan of Queertimes.net



EXCERPT OF JAMES DUGGAN PGN INTERVIEW :


PGN: So you obviously were out at least to yourself at that point.

JD: Yes, I knew that I was very attracted to men and I’d known that from a very young age. I can remember being 7 or 8 years old and my brother would look at the JC Penney catalog to look at the women in bras and I’d look at the men in underwear. So I knew there was a difference between my brother and I and that difference continued as I explored it while I was growing up. I started identifying myself, personally, internally as a gay person at 16.

JD: Actually I met my first lover in the service. His name was James too. We met and instantly fell in love with each other but he wasn’t gay! He’d never identified as gay, didn’t think of himself as a gay man in any way, but we had a non-sexual romantic relationship for two-and-a-half years. When he realized how much we loved each other, he was ready to take it to the next level and we became lovers.

PGN: That sounds like it could be a film!

JD: Yeah, the sad part is that he passed away the weekend we were going to move in together. It was a beautiful love story turned tragic.

PGN: Oh, my. What happened? READ MORE...





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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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