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.

Andrew’s notes from Berlinale

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This year marked my first time attending the Berlinale. Having never been to Berlin before, and knowing the importance of the Festival, I was very excited for the trip. Every Festival is a very distinct experience, and Berlinale is no exception. The industry presence is overwhelmingly international, even more so than Cannes, largely because of the proximity to Sundance (Berlin starts about 2 weeks after).

Looking Forward to the 85th Annual Academy Awards

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We are nearing the end of the 2013 Awards Season, which means that the Oscars are quickly approaching. In less than a week a new batch of filmmakers and artists will be able to prefix their names with the prestigious “Academy Award Winner…” Unlike many of my generation, I enjoy the Oscars immensely. It is true that the speeches and constant commercial breaks can get tedious, but I see the Academy Awards as a celebration of new Hollywood and Old Hollywood, as young starlets walk down the same red carpet as Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis.

REVIEW: Kid With A Bike

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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.

PFF audience goes crazy over Goon 10/21/11

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Last night at the Ritz East Theater, the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival was honored to host the US premiere of Goon. If you consider yourself a fan of hockey even in the slightest, you MUST see this movie.

Directed by Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight), the film centers on lovable loser Doug Glatt (played by Seann William Scott) who, much to his chagrin, seems to only be good at one thing in life: beating the living crap out of people.