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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES RETROSPECTIVE HIGHLIGHTING THE CAREER OF WRITER/DIRECTOR ALEXANDER PAYNE

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PATRONS OF THE WEEKEND LONG EVENT WILL RECEIVE PASSES TO PREVIEW PAYNE’S NEWEST FILM, THE DESCENDANTSWHICH HITS THEATERS ON NOVEMBER 18

 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) November 8, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society presents a two-day retrospective on the films of Alexander Payne, in anticipation of the theatrical release of his newest feature, The Descendants which hits select theaters on November 18th.

20th Philadelphia Film Festival is a Wrap!

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The milestone Anniversary year featured 147 films including 122 narratives and documentaries hailing from 34 countries. Among the genres and categories covered were New French, Spanish Language, Sports in Motion, World Narratives, American Independents, Greater Filmadelphia – a series which showcased films with a local connection – and many more.

 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) November 4, 2011 – The 20th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) concluded its 15-day Anniversary celebration with Jury Prize award ceremony and Gala screening of Alexander Payne’s The Descendants on Saturday, October 29 at the Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theater. Payne’s international festival favorite served as a bookend to the October 20 – November 3 event, which opened with Sundance Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) Winner Like Crazy, featuring an appearance and post-screening Q&A session with Director Drake Doremus and Lead Actress Felicity Jones. Closing festivities were followed by 5 more days of guests and screenings to wrap up a Festival with a rich 20-year history of showcasing films from around the world.

PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CONFIRMED GUESTS AND ADDITIONS TO THE 20th ANNIVERSARY SLATE

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JONATHAN DEMME, PETER BERG, JOE FRAZIER AND KEVIN CLASH (aka ELMO) ARE INCLUDED AMONG THE MANY ACTORS, FILMMAKERS, AND SPECIAL GUESTS ATTENDING THE EVENT

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) October 14, 2011 – Each year, the Philadelphia Film Festival hosts a plethora of actors and filmmakers making extraordinary contributions to the world of cinema.   The Festival is excited to welcome a variety of guests, as well as to proudly announce new additions to the current program, including short films and the much anticipated Puss in Boots!

THE 20TH PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS FULL FESTIVAL SLATE

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SUNDANCE GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER LIKE CRAZY TO OPEN FEST ALEXANDER PAYNE’S THE DESCENDANTS TO CLOSE FEST

120 FEATURES FROM 35 COUNTRIES TO SCREEN FESTIVAL RUNS FROM OCTOBER 20-NOVEMBER 3

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) September 27, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full slate for the upcoming 20th Philadelphia Film Festival, which will run October 20 – November 3 on 8 screens throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  The Festival will open on October 20th with the Philadelphia Premiere of Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Like Crazy is a powerful story about two young lovers whose relationship is threatened by international borders.  The Festival will close on October 29th with Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. Starring George Clooney, The Descendants is a sharp, emotional and often hilarious portrait of a man who uncovers life’s altering secrets while his wife is on her deathbed.

THE PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING, CLOSING AND GALA SCREENINGS FOR ITS MILESTONE 20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL

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FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH SUNDANCE GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER LIKE CRAZY, CLOSE WITH ALEXANDER PAYNE’S THE DESCENDANTS, AND FEATURE GALA PRESENTATIONS OF THE ARTIST, JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN AND SHAME

 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) September 21, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce its Gala Screenings for the upcoming 20th Philadelphia Film Festival which will run October 20 – November 3. The Festival will open on October 20th with the Philadelphia Premiere of Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Like Crazy is a powerful story about two young lovers whose relationship is threatened by international borders. The Festival will close on October 29th with The Descendants, starring George Clooney. The Descendants is a sharp, smart and emotional film, powerfully blending comedy and tragedy.

Philadelphia Film Festival Announces New Dates – Now Beginning on October 20th to Celebrate 20 Great Years of World Class Cinema

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 17, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society is pleased to announce the official dates for the 20th Philadelphia Film Festival, now beginning on October 20, 2011 and concluding 15 days later on November 3, 2011. The official Closing Night Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 29, followed by a film-themed closing night Halloween party (costumes encouraged but not required).

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY AND DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S ANTOINETTE WESTPHAL COLLEGE OF MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN, ANNOUNCES RETROSPECTIVE HIGHLIGHTING THE CAREER OF WRITER/DIRECTOR TERRENCE MALICK

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 1, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society and Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design presents a two-day retrospective of the films by Terrence Malick, in anticipation of the Philadelphia Premiere of Malick’s new feature, The Tree of Life on June 10.  This three film retrospective, made possible thanks to Fox Searchlight Pictures, takes a rare look at Malick’s past cinematic masterpieces, returning his most critically-acclaimed films to the big screen.

Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) provides local filmmakers with a platform to promote original voices in film by launching a Philly-inspired short film contest for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

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The contest was inspired by a grant through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a $9 million initiative supporting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.

(Philadelphia, PA) May 16, 2011 – In celebration of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s 20th anniversary, the Philadelphia Film Society will sponsor a short film competition that requires filmmakers to showcase the city by incorporating one of 20 recognizable landmarks, characters, or objects. All films will be voted on by the online community and the top ten films will be screened by the Executive and Artistic Directors of PFS. The winning filmmaker will be given an all access badge to the 2011 Festival and the top ten will have their films screened at the Festival. The contest is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

The Festival is very excited to incorporate this unique and special event into the 20th Anniversary celebration by programming original short films for Philadelphia audiences that are not available elsewhere, continuing its mission to promote Philadelphia films and filmmakers by exposing them to a large audience of cinephiles and industry professionals.

The 20th Philadelphia Film Festival Short Film Contest is now open for submissions. For contest rules and deadlines, please visit www.filmadelphia.org.

Wanamaker Organ to Accompany Screening of Fritz Lang’s Newly Restored ‘METROPOLIS’ in Philadelphia Macy’s Grand Court

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Hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society & the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) February 16, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with Friends of the Wanamaker Organ and hosted by Macy’s Center City, announces a benefit screening of the newly restored Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi masterpiece.  Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte will improvise an accompaniment using the full resources of the Wanamaker Organ while incorporating many of the ‘signature tunes’ from the original Gottfried Huppertz score.