XPN Music Film Festival Produced by PFS is a Wrap!

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Written by Parinda on . Posted in big easy express, edward sharpe, film, Film Festival, girl talk, girlwalk all day, i am not a hipster, mahler, mumford and sons, music, music film festival, Philadelphia Film Society, rock docs, rockumentaries, rocky horror, simpsons, Tags, wrecking crew, wxpn

The inaugural 4-day film festival, held from April 26-29, 2012, concludes with great success! Events took place at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Theater of the Living Arts (TLA) and World Cafe Live. Approximately 2,300 tickets sold to 26 Screenings of 19 rockumentaries, musician biopics, and films that are defined by great soundtracks.

REVIEW: Kid With A Bike

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Written by Parinda on . Posted in Bourse, dardenne, filmadelphia, kid with a bike, PFF, PFS, ritz theatre, Tags, wienstein

The latest from the brother duo, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid With a Bike, vividly depicts the struggles of growing up a lower class Belgian from the vantage point of the young protagonist, Cyril. Cyril (Thomas Doret) is a hostile and unruly 11-year-old orphan determined to set off on a mission to find both his deadbeat dad and his bicycle. Along his journey, Cyril meets an empathetic hairdresser, Samantha (Cécile De France) who decides to care after him.

“The Cabin in the Woods” Star Fran Kranz Gets Philadelphia Excited for Genre-Bending Horror Flick

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Written by admin on . Posted in cabin in the woods, comedy, drew goddard, fran kranz, horror, joss whedon, Philadelphia Film Society, Tags

The horror/comedy film “The Cabin in the Woods” currently has an 89% “fresh” rating on movie website rottentomatoes.com. Not bad for a movie that took three years to be released following its completion. One of the stars of “Cabin”, Fran Kranz (pictured above), stopped in Philadelphia this week for the film’s press tour to share his enthusiasm for the movie that he says is definitely “classic” yet part of a “hybrid-genre.”

PFS Member Sneak Preview of BULLY

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Last night PFS presented a sneak preview of the much talked about documentary Bully. Some PFS members may recall this documentary by filmmaker Lee Hirsch was screened last October during the 20th Philadelphia Film Festival when it was titled The Bully Project. I think the shortened title really gives it the impact the film deserves.

Hunger Hits Home

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A new Food Network produced documentary, HUNGER HITS HOME, narrated by Oscar®-winning actor and longtime anti-hunger activist Jeff Bridges focuses on the devastating hidden crisis of childhood hunger in America. The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share our Strength, whose No Kid Hungry initiative aims to eradicate child hunger in America by 2015 by surrounding children with nutritious food where they live, learn and play. HUNGER HITS HOME premieres on April 14th at 8pm/7pm central on Food Network. www.foodnetwork.com/hungry

PFS Notes from the Field: SXSW

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I just got back from SXSW, one of the most enjoyable festivals on the circuit, in no small part due to its location in Austin, Texas (one of my favorite cities in the world). While I had a short trip this year, I still managed to squeeze in 23 films, often at the various Alamo Drafthouse’s, quite possibly the best theatre chain in the country.

Thank You, Philadelphia Cultural Fund!

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The Philadelphia Film Society is thrilled to have recently received a grant from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (the Fund) to go towards our general operating expenses. We deeply appreciate the generosity of the Fund and the City of Philadelphia and look forward to working with them this year to enrich the film community within Philadelphia.