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PFS Rapid Recommendation – The Homesman

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By Davis Rivera

Taking place in the Nebraska Territory during the mid-19th century, Tommy Lee Jones‘ sophomore film The Homesman is relentless in its depiction of the formidable bleakness possessing the land our two main characters (Jones and Hilary Swank) must travel through to reach their destination.  Equally formidable is the performance from Swank, bringing life to a wonderfully complex character full of inner torment as crushing as the countryside that surrounds her.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY & GEEKADELPHIA ANNOUNCE SIX-DAY FILM SERIES, STAR TREK – 35 YEARS ON 35MM: A RETROSPECTIVE

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY & GEEKADELPHIA ANNOUNCE SIX-DAY FILM SERIES, STAR TREK – 35 YEARS ON 35MM: A RETROSPECTIVE 

Retrospective will feature all six of the Star Trek Original Series films, with screenings held December 5-10, 2014 at the PFS Roxy Theater

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) November 13, 2014 – The Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with Geekadelphia, presents a six-day retrospective of the original Star Trek film series in 35mm format to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Released by Paramount Pictures in 1979, the film is the theatrical continuation of the storyline based on the Star Trek television series, which chronicled the space adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise.

The six film series, Star Trek – 35 Years on 35mm, will feature film discussions, Star Trek memorabilia giveaways and raffles, themed-trivia, costume contests, and more. The series will run from Friday, December 5 to Wednesday, December 10 at the PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19103.

THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS SCREENING OF NATIONAL GALLERY WITH ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARIAN FREDERICK WISEMAN IN ATTENDANCE

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THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS SCREENING OF NATIONAL GALLERY WITH ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARIAN FREDERICK WISEMAN IN ATTENDANCE 

Post-screening Q&A with Wiseman on November 11 at the PFS Roxy Theater

(Philadelphia, PA – November 7, 2014) – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is thrilled to announce it is hosting a very special screening of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry National Gallery. After the screening, Director Frederick Wiseman, will participate in an audience Q&A.

National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. 

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.