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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.”

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – All About Eve

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By Gary Kafer

      Margo Channing stirs the olive in her dry martini. With a knowing countenance, she plucks out the garnish before swallowing the entire cocktail in one gulp. Handing off the emptied glass, Margo sidles beyond her companions, momentarily pauses on the balustrade, and turns to declare with all the ostentatiousness one might expect from an aging Broadway starlet: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES MERCHANDISE DESIGN CONTEST TODAY

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PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES MERCHANDISE DESIGN CONTEST TODAY

Contest open to the public until Friday, August 29, 2014

(Philadelphia, Pa – Monday, July 14, 2014) – Philadelphia Film Society is hosting the first public design contest for the official merchandise of the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival. The winner(s) will receive two Silver Access badges and contribute to film festival history with items on display throughout the event.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
The contest is open to amateur and professional designers.
All designs should be submitted to graphicdesign@filmadelphia.org by the Friday, August 29, 2014; 5:00pm deadline.
No limit on designs submitted by one individual.
Submissions must be presented as low res previews (72 dpi JPEGs, PNGs, or PDFs). Selected designers will need to deliver layered, vector files (AI or EPS files).

DISCLOSURES:
The Philadelphia Film Society is entitled to the exclusive rights of any and all contest submissions. Submissions may appear on promotional materials, official merchandise, websites, social networks, email newsletters, festival tickets, etc.
The Philadelphia Film Society is entitled to but not required to utilize submissions, whether they be contest winners or otherwise.
Contest entrants must not reproduce their submissions with the intention to sell or publicly distribute the work.
Contest entrants are entitled to use their submission as a part of their personal portfolio.

REWARD:
Two (2) Silver Badges to the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival
Access to all film screenings, Opening & Closing Night events, and the Festival VIP Lounge.
Find this information and more at www.filmadelphia.org/events/pffdesigncontest/

PFS Rapid Recommendations – Venus in Fur

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By Davis Rivera

In his latest film Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski plunges to the depths of sensual delights and returns with a pearl of a psychodrama, as elegant as it is perverse.  After a sublime opening tracking shot, Polanski never loses this momentum as he revels in the limitations of a two-person play and uses his virtuosic cinematic gifts to create a refreshingly new take on well-worn themes such as the artistic struggle, sexual dominance, and gender roles.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Godfather

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By Megan Reilly

It’s a strange feeling, to approach a canonical film equipped with a pseudo-knowledge of its meaning as informed by parodies and quotes detached from context. I waited twenty-two years to watch a film that ends up near the top of most “Best Films of All Time” lists, so I had to filter my appreciation of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 magnum opus The Godfather through a host of cultural references. I turned it on knowing Tony Montana and Tony Soprano, but not their forebear, Michael Corleone. As I watched Don Corleone’s iconic conversation with Bonasera at the beginning of the film, visual cues from the referential opening of the Coen brothers’ Miller’s Crossing popped off the screen, distracting from the scene’s essential power. I couldn’t block out the sound of Dom DeLuise’s gauze-mouthed impersonation of Don Corleone in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, so Marlon Brando’s Oscar-winning turn as the original Godfather was lost on me, a victim to parody.

A Night at the Roxy – TBT Edition – 3801 Lancaster

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By Alex Gibson

For this week’s PFS Blog Throwback Thursday, let’s rewind to May’s Filmadelphia Showcase, featuring 3801 Lancaster with director David Altrogge and producer Jennifer Thompson in attendance.  The film is a documentary about the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who performed grisly late-term abortions for women in Philadelphia.  For his actions, Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison last year. 

PFS THEATER AT THE ROXY ANNOUNCES RITTENHOUSE RESIDENT SUMMER DISCOUNT

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 PFS THEATER AT THE ROXY ANNOUNCES RITTENHOUSE RESIDENT SUMMER DISCOUNT 

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY OFFERS THEIR NEIGHBORS $2 OFF TICKETS THROUGH AUGUST

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) July 1, 2014– The PFS Theater at the Roxy will offer a $2 off discount to all their fellow Rittenhouse neighbors for all showtimes in July and August. Patrons can present  I.D. or utility bill in their name at box office to receive discount.

This month PFS Theater at The Roxy is showing Clint Eastwood’s JERSEY BOYS and the indie hit SNOWPIERCER starring Captain America’s Chris Evans (July 4).

DISCOUNT DETAILS

v  Valid at all showtimes July 1-August 31

v  Open to Rittenhouse residences only. Must live between Market & South/Broad to 24th Streets

v  Must show proof of residency. Photo I.D. or utility bill with your name and address.

v  Discount available in-person only.

The new PFS Theater at the Roxy is located at 2023 Sansom Street in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Showtimes and tickets will be available online at www.filmadelphia.org/nowshowing and at the theater’s box office.

So Bad It’s Good – Battlefield: Earth

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By Alexander Goodlive

It’s the year 3000. Intelligent life in the universe has been discovered, and they’ve taken over the world. Welcome to the world of tomorrow!

Unfortunately, this is not the beginning of Futurama. Instead, it’s the set-up for something unintentionally funny: A small rebel force of humans taking on an entire army of “intelligent” life from the planet Psychlo in the delightfully ridiculous Battlefield: Earth.