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QFEST (Philly's Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) July 7-18, 2011

Director Mark Bessenger Answers Q-Questions

We sent out a missive to all our QFest Film Directors to Answer 3 Questions for our QBlog.

Mark Bessenger, Director of Bite Marks was the first to respond!

Q: What was the first LGBT film you ever saw?  Did you watch it openly or in secret?

MB: A gal pal of mine in college rented My Beautiful Laundrette, then gave it to me,
saying she wasn’t going to have time to watch it, and someone should.  I wasn’t out then, and perhaps she knew more than I did about me.  I lived alone, so watching it without having to explain to others why I was watching a gay film wasn’t a worry.  I found the film amazingly crafted and erotic, and soon after, I bought my own copy.

Q & A: Fill in the blanks: When it comes to being a filmmaker what I lack in… budget, I make up for in… concept.

Q: Although we know you’d like to see every film screening at QFest, just give us your top 3 pick of films  (besides your own), you want to see or have seen in the festival.





Mark Bessenger

Bite Marks
– Blood thirty vampires set their sights on a sexually repressed truck
driver and a young gay couple in this alternately funny, sexy and gory
horror flick.

In recent years there have been a bevy
of gay (and gayish) horror films, but you will probably not find one as
funny, spoofy, sexy and rotting-flesh zombiefied as Bite Marks. Hunky
truck driver Brewster (Benjamin Lutz, The Love Patient)
takes over his missing brother’s delivery of coffins. On the way to his
funeral home destination, he picks up some hitchhikers: the cute and
wise-cracking Cary and his smitten but tense boyfriend Vogel. The
couple’s relationship is on the rocks (though that doesn’t stop them
from some hot-and-noisy gas station toilet fucking, which ignites the
repressed homo in the voyeuristic Brewster). With dicks back in pants,
trouble descends on the threesome when a faulty GPS leads them into a
deserted junkyard, where the truck promptly breaks down. Normally, this
would not be a terrible situation. But this night is far from normal, as
an assortment of blood-thirty vampires begin to attack! Now the
mismatched trio must fend off the marauding monsters and try to survive
until dawn. With plenty of witty asides, sexy encounters and
blood-drinking scenes, this low budget gem delivers the goods! — Raymond Murray


Bite Marks screens Saturday, July 9, 9:45 PM & Sunday, July 10, 12:15 PM Tickets on Sale Now! And don’t forget to like the Bite Marks facebook page

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