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Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival will screen more than 100 features, documentaries and shorts during its weeklong run March 25-31. Among this year’s qFLIX offerings are several local-interest titles, as well as appearances by filmmakers.

One of the opening films is the world premiere of Philly-set-and-shot romance “From Zero to I Love You.” This glossy drama, written and directed by Doug Spearman, has the married-with-kids Jack Dickinson (Scott Bailey) unexpectedly falling for Pete Logsdon (Darryl Stephens). Their relationship, which includes sex on the down low, comes to an expected head when Pete wants Jack to leave his wife, Karla (Keili Lefkovitz).

Creators of a musical to be staged in Philadelphia later this month took the contemporary abortion debate, with its economic and socio-political weight and its issues of misogyny and hypocrisy, and made it sing.

For at least three years, the Philly performance company Lightning Rod Special (LRS) has operated on the premise that the abortion debate and a woman’s right to control her own body could be put to music and a dark, satirical script. “The Appointment” is the result of that premise, and will premiere at the FringeArts High Pressure Fire Service Festival on March 20.

 Eric Ulloa didn’t set out to stage the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. 

“All I knew was I was growing tired of complacency and frustrated by what was happening in the world and in our country,” the out playwright said.

 Just in time for the Academy Awards, a heartfelt short film is generating much buzz among LGBT audiences and critics.

 “Marguerite” is a French-language short about the friendship between an aging woman (the title character, played by Béatrice Picard) and her out lesbian nurse (played by Sandrine Bisson), whose conversations unearth a long-forgotten love story that helps the elderly patient make peace with her past.

 

Out alternative rocker Bob Mould is on the road with a new album, and a date in Philadelphia.

As an icon of alternative rock with bands like Hüsker Dü and Sugar to his credit, Mould said his latest release, “Sunshine Rock,” is an effort steer his sound and songwriting in a more positive direction than his prior albums.

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