And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Blue Valentine

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BY Alex Gibson

Blue Valentine may not be a classic like Casablanca or Star Wars, but when it came out three years ago, it set the indie film world a flutter with news of a festival darling that pleased critics and audiences alike. I just wasn’t in any of those audiences, not even when it screened in the 19th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival. Consequently, I have had to hush up whenever people around me discussed the brilliance of the film. For the next three years, I kept meaning to watch it, but was never quite in the mood to be depressed.

PFS Programmer, Dilcia Barrera, Takes on SXSW for the First Time

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Dilcia’s SXSW Experience

This year marked SXSW Film’s 20th edition and my first time attending. I was warned by many of SXSW’s chaotic nature because Austin converts into a hub of thousands of people in search of the latest innovations in music, technology, and of course film. The weather was nice, the food was awesome, and the lines were surprisingly easy to master – only requires a little bit of discipline to wake up early and obtain a Festival Exxpress pass for entrance priority. And I even got to see Green Day at the world premiere of their pair of documentaries, Broadway Idiot and ¡Cuatro! I was able to catch so many amazing films including some that will be screening next week at the XPN Music Festival. Some of my (and SXSW audiences) favorites included Good Ol’ Freda, a portrait of Beatles fandom through their longtime secretary, Twenty Feet From Stardom, an inspiring portrait that shines a spotlight on backup singers, Muscle Shoals, an insightful look at one of music history’s most iconic studio, and Los Wild Ones, an intimate look at Mexican rock-a-billys in Los Angeles. An emotional moment of SXSW was seeing 2012 XPN Music Film Fest Alumni Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster) take the Grand Jury Prize for his new film Short Term 12, his heart warming speech left no dry eye in the theatre. Additionally, I will never forget meeting Kathleen Hanna post The Punk Singer screening – the film strengthened my admiration for such a great artist and I’m excited to bring it to Philadelphia. I hope you can take advantage of the great programming of fresh, new films straight out of their world premieres at SXSW next week at the XPN Music Film Festival. In SXSW spirit, the festival will offer great performances, moving films, and conversations with great artists from all over the world.

PFS Staff: Our Favorite Baseball Movies

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On Friday, the 2013 Phillies season opens, so head down to the Citizen’s Bank Park, grab a soft pretzel, order a cold beer and enjoy another awesome season with the die hard Phillies fans. To get you psyched for Opening Day and make the week pass a little faster, the PFS Staff has compiled a list of our favorite baseball movies. These films are about the teams, players, and innings that have inspired us, humored us, and united us, combining America’s Favorite Pastime with ours.

Interview: Wayne Blair, Director of ‘The Sapphires’

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After premiering at Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Sapphires’ came to Philadelphia for PFF21 and received as much fanfare as it did in France. Audiences embraced the true story of four talented young Aboriginal girls, plucked from obscurity and transformed into a soulful Motown-style singing group.

One Week Left To Restore The Roxy On Kickstarter

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As of this morning, there is officially one week remaining in our Kickstarter campaign to get the Roxy Theater back to it’s former glory. And thanks to the 395 incredible backers so far, we’ve reached our goal of $40,000.00! With this post, we’d like to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the cause to restore the last remaining independent theater in Center City.

Four Films for Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating the best way we know how – by watching movies! There are dozens upon dozens of films that would be perfect to celebrate Women’s History Month, but I have chosen a select few. The films that I have picked span decades and genres, and highlight women’s struggles, triumphs and the extraordinary female spirit that has pulled us through.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?!

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Introducing the return of And You Call Yourself a Film Buff…! This series was started a couple of years ago by a former PFS intern in response to repeatedly hearing “You’ve never seen this movie?! And you call yourself a film buff!” In an effort to rectify the situation, we are scouring ‘best movies’ lists everywhere and watching the essentials. If you have also recently seen some previously overlooked must-sees, let us know what you think! If you are a seasoned cinephile, who’s seen these films time and time again, let us know your thoughts versus our newbie reflections!