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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY LAUNCHES MIDNIGHT CULT FAVORITE AND GENRE FILM SERIES, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY LAUNCHES MIDNIGHT CULT FAVORITE AND GENRE FILM SERIES, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT

 THE SERIES OPENS WITH DARIO ARGENTO’S ITALIAN CULT CLASSIC, SUSPIRIA ON FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

(Monday, May 5, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA) – The Philadelphia Film Society is excited to announce the full lineup of The Graveyard Shift, a monthly midnight showcase expanded from a category of the Philadelphia Film Festival. The series will host cult favorite and new genre films for fans of horror, action, suspense, thriller and the downright weird.

The first leg of the series was launched in early-April during the PFF: Spring Showcase, presented by PFS, and included two nights of late night genre films.

Kicking off with director Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching and Bitching, the Spanish horror comedy focused on a set of bumbling bankrobbers that get more than they bargained for when their high speed getaway leads them into a small village where a blood-thirsty coven of witches is preparing for an ancient ritual.

The following night featured acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’sMoebius, one of the most daring pieces of modern cinema, the film displays a shocking, provocative, grotesque, unpredictable meditation of family, monogamy, and Buddhism in this genre classic in the making.

“The Graveyard Shift has always been an anticipated section of our annual film festival,” said Allison Koehler, Education and Programs Director for the Philadelphia Film Society.  “The year-round expansion program is going to be really fun, unique, and a little whimsical.  It’s a distinct take on the midnight series, including international cult classics on 35mm and exciting new genre work coming straight out of the festival circuit.”

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Full Metal Jacket

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By Gary Kafer

If war has become its own cinematic genre, then certainly Vietnam movies constitute a certain subgenre, populated with critically acclaimed works like Platoon, The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. An intricate piece of a tumultuous era in history, the Vietnam War has since occupied a precarious position in the collective memory of the American consciousness as an incredibly unpopular armed conflict rife with discontent both on the frontlines and the home front.

It is here that Stanley Kubrick inserts his controversial 1987 Full Metal Jacket – a piercing, violent, and unwavering depiction of the psychological and physical trauma experienced during the Vietnam War.

A Night at the Roxy // Filmadelphia’s Past Present Future

Past Present Future director Andrew Gitomer and Director of Photography Jonathan Stromberg at April's Filmadelphia at the Roxy screening.

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By Davis Rivera

Andrew Gitomer’s Past Present Future is a feature-length film about two close friends who had had an on-again, off-again relationship since high school, and meet up for the first time after three years apart.  The film is structured so that the audience is able to see the course of their friendship play out in flashbacks while they confront their complicated past.  Writer/Director Gitomer’s decision not to edit the film in chronological order was a conscious one that gives the film an emotional power that should resonate with anyone who has ever been in or been a witness to a similar situation.  Indeed, the film itself is one of the best portraits of young people in modern America that has come along in quite some time.  When I spoke to Gitomer and his Director of Photography Jonathan Stromberg after the film, Gitomer described his desire to push the youth angle when promoting the film.

PFS Rapid Review – Under the Skin

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By Davis Rivera

Jonathan Glazer has been called an heir to Kubrick, but the truth is that, over the course of three feature length films, a dozen music videos, and countless commercials, Glazer has repeatedly proven that he is a filmmaker who stands apart with his own idiosyncratic vision.  His latest work Under the Skin takes Michel Faber’s acclaimed 2000 novel and infuses it with a cinematic power capable of changing the way the viewer looks at the world.

Further Watching – Films for your next movie night

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By Megan Reilly

With more than a century’s worth of films to pore over, choosing a movie to watch can be a daunting task. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve carved out two hours to devote to expanding my cinematic horizons, only to resort to an old favorite after scrolling through endless Netflix recommendations and Amazon genre categories. Here’s a more targeted approach: if you enjoyed the following 2013 releases, check out the corresponding suggestions for a fresh take on a similar story, tone, or style.

PFS Rapid Review – Divergent

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By Kim Scott

Divergent exhausts the tale of a teenaged girl with an aptitude for greatness in a post-apocalyptic future. The film is predictable and heavy-handed with its use of young adult novel tropes and a brooding love interest. Though the visuals entertain, the story stumbles on its way to unveiling the much too obvious secrets behind the factions and ‘divergents’. Another film about an oppressive city-state bent on wiping out young, beautiful rebels? Say it isn’t so! 

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Midnight Cowboy

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By Keegan Handley

Midnight Cowboy is one of the first popular X-rated studio movies. Beyond that, it’s one of the first ‘adult films’ where the term applied to more than pornography. The term ‘adult’ as applied here actually means it dealt with serious adult situations. There’s a good deal of sex in here — specifically themes of homosexuality, sex and religion — but above all this film paints a beautiful character study of two unlikely friends trying to make their way in a mean city with no one to rely on but each other. But you can bet people ignored the movie simply because of the X rating.

I personally only remember one bit of Midnight Cowboy from my blossoming film buff days – “I’m walking here!”

PFS Rapid Review – Jodorowsky’s Dune

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By Davis Rivera

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a man known for many things: Master of the Tarot, Director of El Topo, writer of what Mark Millar called ‘one of the most perfect comics ever conceived’ The Incal.  It is ironic that he is arguably most known for his never-filmed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 Dune.  Thoroughly researched and wonderfully faithful to the spirit of Jodo, Jodorowsky’s Dune shows us what could have been and serves as a perfect companion piece to Louis Mouchet’s seminal Constellation Jodorowsky.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS MONTHLY SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAYS FILM SERIES AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS MONTHLY SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAYS  FILM SERIES AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER

APRIL LAUNCH COINCIDES WITH NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

(Monday, April 21, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA) – In recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to launch Sensory Friendly Sundays, an inclusionary monthly film screening series designed to consider children with developmental and behavioral disabilities.

International, award-winning, animated and live action feature films are presented in a sensory friendly environment, free from many of the traditional issues that make a trip to the movie theater challenging for some children.

The environment is designed to create accessibility for individuals who may have a heightened sensitivity to the darkness, visual effects, or volume of a traditional movie theater experience.  To create a sensory friendly environment, theater house lights are partially raised and overall volume is reduced.

Furthermore, the traditional social expectations for silence and stillness in the theater are relaxed, extending the program’s reach to include children who may experience difficulty adhering to these standards.

“The program is all about awareness and accessibility,” said Allison Koehler, Education and Programs Director for the Philadelphia Film Society. “Launching in April affords us the opportunity to participate in national Autism Awareness month and the series is designed so that everyone feels welcomed and has the same opportunities to participate with PFS in the very exciting and dynamic world of contemporary film.”