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.
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.
Last week Philadelphia welcomed Academy Award winning actress Eva Marie Saint to the Prince Music Theater where she accompanied a special presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
PFS Members were among the first to see JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME. It played at the 2011 Philadelphia Film Festival, and was shown last night at a member Sneak Preview. So, what’d you think?
PFS Members were among the first to see Will Ferrell’s new spanish-language comedy ‘Casa de mi Padre’… So what did you think of the telenovela parody? Is it the funniest movie you’ll ever read?
Just got back from Berlin where the Berlinale and the European Film Market were taking place. It was the first PFS work outing for our new Associate Programmer, Dilcia Barrera, who’s background at Sundance, AFI Fest and Outfest have us all excited about having her on our team. She was covering the Forum and Panorama sections for us while I sifted through the competition and the market looking for the perfect picks for Philly.
Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony had all of the opulence and glamor we expect to see year after year, and the evening managed to deliver a couple of surprises.
Last night PFS offered its members a sneak preview of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an international story of love, war, faith and fishing. An Arab Sheik from the country of Yemen (Amr Waked) strongly desires to bring the sport of salmon fishing to the desert. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) is the account executive of a British company which represents the business interests of the Shiek, and is given the task of finding a fishing expert/scientist, Dr. Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) to head up the Sheik’s project.