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23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES TO RECORD SOLD-OUT AUDIENCES

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23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES TO RECORD SOLD-OUT AUDIENCES 

Crescendo! The Power of Music Takes 2014 Audience Award

Post-Festival Screening of ‘Citizenfour’ Added Exclusively for Badgeholders

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) October 29, 2014 – The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festivalended its 11-day celebration of all things cinematic with a sold-out closing night screening of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

This year’s festival, which ran from October 16-26, featured 113 films from 28 countries, as well as panel discussions, community events, filmmaker Q&As and a rapidly growing education series inclusionary of students from Philadelphia’s public, private and charter schools.

“We were incredibly excited about the turnout this year, as well as the overwhelming positive feedback we received about the program,” said Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have met and exceeded expectations and are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

PFF23 featured 25 sold out shows for the following 19 titles:  ’71, Art and Craft, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Clouds of Sils Maria, Crescendo! The Power of Music, Force Majeure, The Imitation Game, The Immortalists, Imperial Dreams, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, The Mirage, Mommy, The Overnighters, Revenge of the Green Dragons, St. Vincent, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Tomorrow We Disappear, Wild, Wild Canaries, and Winter Sleep.

23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RUSH TICKETS ONLY FOR BIRDMAN AND THE IMITATION GAME; ADVANCE TICKETS SOLD OUT

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23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RUSH TICKETS ONLY FOR BIRDMAN AND THE IMITATION GAME; ADVANCE TICKETS SOLD OUT

 Graveyard Shift adds midnight screening of The Guest 

(Philadelphia, Pa – October 13, 2014) – The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, which begins this week on Thursday, October 16 and continues through Sunday, October 26, is excited to announce sell-outs and new film additions to the event line-up.

Advance tickets have sold out for the Festival’s Opening Night Film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Centerpiece film, The Imitation Game. The October 23rd film screening of Imperial Dreams is also sold out with tickets still remaining for the October 22nd film screening. For these and future sell outs, rush line tickets will be released and available at the theater, on the day of the show. For information on rush line policies, visit http://filmadelphia.org/tickets.

The Festival is also thrilled to be adding a midnight screening of Sundance hit The Guest to this year’s Graveyard Shift film category. From the filmmaking team behind You’re Next and the first two segments of the V/H/S trilogy, The Guest is a brilliant, John Carpenter-esque thriller/comedy about a small-town family whose lives are turned upside down when a mysterious man shows up at their doorstep claiming to be an army buddy of their deceased son. The screening of The Guest will take place on Friday, October 17th at 11:59pm at the Ritz Bourse Theater with writer Simon Barrett in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

GUESTS UNVEILED FOR 23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL

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GUESTS UNVEILED FOR 23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL 

Highlights include visiting talent St. VincentGabriel,  TitliHappy Valley, I am Big Bird, and more

(Friday, October 10, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pa) – The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival will welcome many leading filmmakers to showcase their latest works at this year’s event.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 16 with a special presentation of St. Vincent, a rousing comedy starring Bill Murray that also had its opening night World Premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Director Ted Melfi and actor Jaedan Lieberher will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Throughout the 11-day event, guests can catch a few PFF alums, welcoming back actor Rory Culkin, who is stirring critics with his captivating performance in Lou Howe’s directorial debut Gabriel; Bryn Mawr native Alex Ross Perry will attend with his third feature, Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss; Directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman return with their most recent work, This Time Next Year, documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and Dave Boyle with his neo-noir mystery film, Man From Reno, which won the Narrative Award at the 2014 LA Film Festival.

The Festival is also excited to host Caroll Spinney, the 80 year-old subject of I Am Big Bird and the man behind some of America’s most beloved muppets; Indian Director Kanu Behl with his first directorial venture, Titli, that debuted earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival; and documentarian Amir Bar-Lev with the controversial film Happy Valley, shedding light on the scandal that rocked the Penn State community.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – Jimi: All is By My Side

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By Davis Rivera

With Jimi: All Is By My Side, John Ridley makes it known that he is a filmmaker fed up, like many theatergoers, with the by-the-numbers biopic studios never seem to tire of churning out.  From the brilliant casting of Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix to the impressionistic approach to editing the film, Ridley has crafted a spectacle that perfectly matches Hendrix’s idiosyncratic style.  As Mr. Benjamin once put it: “Invite you to an emotion filled theater / Bring your umbrella ’cause young fella it gets no weirder.”

PFS Rapid Recommendation – Boyhood

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By Davis Rivera

As a native Texan and a fan of great cinema, I had every reason to look forward to Richard Linklater’s twelve-years-in-the-making Boyhood, his portrait of a child maturing from age six to age eighteen.  What I did not anticipate was Linklater proving himself the 21st century’s master of the bildungsroman, on par with Henry Fielding and James Joyce before him.  His achievement is unparalleled and sets the new benchmark for what is possible in the world of narrative cinema.

PFS Interviews – The Cast & Crew Of Left Behind

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By Alex Gibson

Imagine this:

After a long week of work, you relax for the ideal weekend with your friends and family. It’s a beautiful day, perfect for the beach during the day followed by a night on the town. Then, suddenly, in the blink of an eye, half of the people around you disappear into thin air. In fact, half the world’s population vanishes instantly.

This is the premise of Left Behind, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Vic Armstrong. Left Behind, produced by Stony Lake Entertainment, is based on the best-selling series of the same name. The film depicts the first few hours after the Rapture, a biblical prophecy that says millions of people will ascend to Heaven instantly to save them from the darkest time in human history.

Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Cage), an airline pilot who is flying from New York to London when a portion of his passengers – including his co-pilot – disappear. Chaos ensues as the remaining passengers wonder what happened to their friends and family, while cut off from the rest of the world. As he tries to get the plane safely on the ground, Rayford is assisted by a flirty flight attendant, Hattie (Nicky Whelan), and hardened investigative journalist Buck Williams (Chad Michael Murray).

PFS Rapid Recommendation – The Trip to Italy

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By Davis Rivera

In Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a restaurant tour that doubles as a retracing of the Romantic poets’ Italian odysseys.  Along the way Coogan and Brydon offer insightful anecdotes on Al Pacino, Alanis Morissette (“a Morrissey fan who dubbed herself a Moriss-ette”), and countless others in a film that proves a perfect showcase for the considerable talents of both men.

23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL FULL FILM LINE-UP

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23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL FULL FILM LINE-UP 

Over 100 films from 28 countries to screen during 11-day event,which runs from Thursday, October 16 – Sunday, October 26, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA) September 26, 2014 – The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full film line-up of the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 16 – October 26 on 6 theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

Opening on Thursday, October 16th with Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s much anticipated new feature starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone. The event’s Closing Night Celebration will take place on Friday, October 24th with Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée’s critical hit out of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Gabby Hoffman. The festival will continue through the weekend, wrapping up with second screenings of Jury Competition films and festival favorites on Sunday, October 26th.

The 11-day Philadelphia Film Festival will locally premiere over 100 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee that travels to festivals around the world, all year long, to officially select each film in the program.