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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.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – Lucy

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By Muhammad Naqvi 

Afflicted by the paradoxical gift of losing humanity in order to help it, Scarlett Johansson falls into the part of Lucy in the Luc Besson‘s 2014 release of the same name. Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked also star in this campy and sporadically thrilling actioner. Although it seems like the Besson’s work is slipping when Lucy reaches unfathomable cognitive capabilities, it’s fun to see him juggle larger philosophical ideas within the conventional tropes of Hollywood.

EFLIXIR AND THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCE A SCREENING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM “THE FISHER KING” AT KIMMEL CENTER SEPT. 9 AS PART OF NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

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EFLIXIR AND THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCE A SCREENING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM “THE FISHER KING” AT KIMMEL CENTER SEPT. 9 AS PART OF NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

Proceeds of event to support Minding Your Mind and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

(Philadelpha, PA- Wednesday, September 3, 2014) – Movie site eflixir.com and the Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with Minding Your Mind and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), are memorializing Robin Williams and promoting mental health awareness with a screening of “The Fisher King” during National Suicide Prevention Week.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday, September 9th, 7:30 p.m. at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, will include a screening of Williams’ beloved film, preceded by a short panel discussion featuring local leaders from the mental health field on the subject of battling depression and coping with loss.

#TBT – Flashback to PFF21 – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN

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By Ben Silverio

During the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’ at the Prince Theater with a Q&A with the director and WMMR’s ‘Preston & Steve’ morning show host/movie buff Steve Morrison after the film. Here are some pictures from the event to relive the great time had by all attended:

The Essentials 2.0 – Last Tango in Paris

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By Davis Rivera

Making canonical lists of important works is an activity that is necessary to parse the history of art in search of a concise collection of digestible accomplishments.  Like editing a film or book, exclusion becomes key to unveiling the incomparable, autonomous forms which the artist was able to invent.  What characterizes the filmography of Marlon Brando, however, is its inability to be whittled down.  Rather than recommending his entire body of work, which should be viewed at some point, there must be an entry point and that lies within the 129 minutes of Bernardo Bertolucci‘s 1972 film Last Tango in Paris.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS DAVID LYNCH REVISITED: A RETROSPECTIVE FILM SERIES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS VISUAL ART EXHIBITION DAVID LYNCH: THE UNIFIED FIELD.

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS DAVID LYNCH REVISITED: A RETROSPECTIVE FILM SERIES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS VISUAL ART EXHIBITION DAVID LYNCH: THE UNIFIED FIELD.

In addition to screening the entire filmography, PFS will host the first public event, a conversation with David Lynch, as well as a tribute to the acclaimed director during 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival.

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) July 30, 2014 – Beginning in September, the Philadelphia Film Society will host a two-month film series celebrating the acclaimed works of director David Lynch. Through moderated discussions and in-depth conversations, PFS will explore the director’s filmography, ending with a Focus on David Lynch during the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival in October 2014. The series will be highlighted with a one-time, on-stage conversation between Lynch and American journalist Kristine McKenna. The appearance will take place at the Prince Music Theater on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, followed by a screening of Lost Highway. All screening in this series, with the exception of the free outdoor screening of The Elephant Man on October 9th, will take place at the Prince Music Theater and be shown on 35mm, as they were originally films and presented.

PFS About Town – Street Trees @ iHouse

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By Davis Rivera

Ted Knighton is not your typical filmmaker.  After instantly impressing with a trilogy of terrific shorts in the eighties, Philadelphia-based Knighton has gone on to work in a wide variety of different mediums and prove himself as an artist that confronts his audience with the necessity of redefining seemingly familiar experiences.  In his latest exhibition Street Trees, Knighton has created a site-specific showcase that, in addition to film, includes drawings and “installations that respond to, or emerge from our everyday surroundings, specifically the side streets, vacant lots, and public buildings of Philadelphia.”  A good starting point before venturing over to International House for the show, which opened on July 11th, is his artist statement, which succinctly explains the aims of Knighton as an artist:

“I think it’s good to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.  We get used to the world around us and it’s easy to stop seeing how amazing, strange, and fascinating it all is.  Through art and film, I like to move the furniture of life around a little so that we see the room again.”

The Essentials 2.0 – Killer Joe

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By John Smith

William Friedkin has become one of the most influential and important film makers in the business with a career that spans over 40 years. Some of his best known works are The French Connection from 1971, The Exorcist from 1973, and his extremely controversial Cruising from 1980. In 2011, and well into his seventies, William Friedkin along with playwright Tracy Letts created a devastatingly brutal film that succeeds in terms of writing and directing. It may not be any textbooks yet, but in this writer’s opinion, it is one of the better movies of the last decade.

PFS ROXY THEATER PREMIERES “ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE” THROUGH MONTHLY FILMADELPHIA LOCAL FILMMAKER SERIES

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PFS ROXY THEATER PREMIERES “ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE”THROUGH MONTHLY 

FILMADELPHIA LOCAL FILMMAKER SERIES

The Documentary about a Musical that Changed Thousands of Lives Performed by Two Philadelphia Schools for 30 Years

(Philadelphia, Pa – Friday, July 18, 2014) – On Tuesday, July 22nd, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) and the PFS Roxy Theater will premiere Henry Nevison’s new documentary “On the Other Side of the Fence”, an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the making of a musical written by award-winning composer/playwright/music therapist Andrea Green and performed by school children as acting and singing partners from the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy (HMS) and Germantown Friends School (GFS). It is a Philadelphia story of a musical that changed thousands of lives over a 30-year period. The film is the highlighted in this month’s Filmadelphia at the Roxy local filmmaker series. There will be two screenings – 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — at the PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. As there is limited seating, tickets need to be reserved in advance on the Philadelphia Film Society’s website: http://filmadelphia.org/events/fatrjuly. Admission is free.

Sharing his enthusiasm about the premiere of “On the Other Side of the Fence,” J. Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of PFS, said, “I am thrilled that PFS is able to partner on the premiere of On the Other Side of the Fence, and to be hosting this fantastic event as part of the Filmadelphia @ the Roxy series.” He continued, “I couldn’t think of a better film for us to present, as On the Other Side of the Fence so perfectly fits both the mandate of our series, to showcase strong films made by Philadelphia-filmmakers or featuring Philadelphia as a central setting, as well as our desire to educate, enrich and inform through film.”

“On the Other Side of the Fence” is a feature length documentary that traces the extraordinary development of relationships formed by the children of HMS School and GFS School. Nevison begins the documentary with the GFS and HMS students openly sharing their fear and trepidation about meeting their new acting partners. He follows them in rehearsals, where we see friendships grow and partner teams become true friends. The focus on partners such as Greg and Max, Piper and Emily, and Sean and Ezra, among others, shows how, in time, they learn how to communicate with each other, whether it’s with words, the use of an assistive technology device or a simple gaze. Cast member Max sums up the message, “Some people have a difference, but there’s always something good about you that other people don’t have.”