PFF22: Interview With ‘Nebraska’ Director Alexander Payne

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By Ben Silverio

One of the most talked about films of this year’s festival was ‘Nebraska’. It even ended up on my top five favorite films of the festival. Originally, star Bruce Dern was meant to come out for the screening and receive the Lifetime Achievement Award that has previously gone to the likes of Roy Disney, Jeff Daniels, and Morgan Freeman, but he was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. However, in his place, his co-star Will Forte and director Alexander Payne came out for an engaging Q&A with the audience at the Prince Music Theater. But prior to the event, the pair walked the red carpet and chatted with some press, including yours truly!

In part one of our coverage of this red carpet, Zach of The Pretentious Film Majors spoke to Payne about the benefits of film school, making movies in the state of Nebraska, and his journey since making ‘Election’. You can see the whole interview in the video below:

Were you able to catch the screening of ‘Nebraska’? Was it one of your favorites of the festival as well? Let us know by sending us a tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

PFF22: Interview With Rising Star Award Winner Kerry Bishe

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By Ben Silverio

There are a number of awards given out during the Philadelphia Film Festival recognizing the excellence of works from the present. But there is only one that honors the future. The Rising Star Award acknowledges a talented young artist early in his or her career who has displayed great potential in the filmmaking process. Previous recipients of the award were Ben Foster, Mark Webber, and Shane West, and this year the distinction goes to Kerry Bishe.

The star of PFF22 films ‘Blue Highway’ and ‘Grand Piano’ appeared at the Ritz East to accept her award in front of an enthusiastic festival crowd, but afterwards she took a few moments to talk to The Pretentious Film Majors and I about her most recent honor, as well as her work on various projects such as the two films of hers in the festival, ‘Scrubs’, Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith, and much more. You can check out the whole interview in the video below:

Are you a fan of Kerry Bishe and her work? What did you think about her films in the festival this year? Let us know your answers to all these questions by sending us a tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

PFF22: Interview With PFS Artistic Director Michael Lerman

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By Ben Silverio

Last night, we kicked off the 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival in a HUGE way. If you missed out on the festivities at the Kimmel Center and Del Frisco’s, don’t worry because it was just the beginning of all the fun to be had at this year’s Festival. However, in a program of over 90 films, it might be a little hard to decide what to see. Luckily, my Pretentious Film Majors colleague, Zachary Shevich, had a chance to catch up with the Philadelphia Film Society’s Artistic Director Michael Lerman in order to chat about the ongoing Festival and some films that are definitely worth checking out.

Prior to the Festival, a few of the programmers assembled the film society members together for an exclusive member only curator event to talk about what to expect out of this year’s line up and some gems that might be over looked in the program guide. Check out the video below to see which films Michael and Zach suggest you make a part of your schedule over the next few days:

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If you’re still stumped about which films to check out during this festival, keep an eye out for some of my most anticipated films, along with exclusive interviews, giveaways, and announcements from PFF22 right here on the Philadelphia Film Society blog.

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.

2013 Sundance Wrap Up from Artistic Director Michael Lerman

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Just got back from the Sundance Film Festival and I’m happy to report that there are some great things in store for filmgoers this year. After many sleepless nights, long hours in lines and some plowing through screeners in front of my laptop, I’ve managed to sift through 90+ movies. Some incredible gems, some duds, plenty of things I’m excited to follow up with and hopefully bring to Philly in the fall. What will make the cut? You’ll just have to wait and see. But, in the meantime, there are some great Sundance hits just around the corner. This spring will see the release of Shane Carruth’s eagerly anticipated and beautifully enigmatic Upstream Color, his second feature since he won Sundance with his time-travel masterpiece Primer. Slated for a March release, Upstream Color is a major piece of cinema that is not to be missed.

Blogger Ben’s Top Films Of 2012

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The month of February celebrates a number of things for different groups of people. In the United States and Canada, it’s Black History Month. In the UK, it’s LGBT History Month. For fans of the NFL, it marks the end of their season as the two top teams in the NFL battle it out in the Super Bowl. Finally, for cinefiles all over the world, this February is all about Hollywood looking back at the past year’s praiseworthy films in order to honor them at the 85th Academy Awards.

Find Out Who Won What At PFF21

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If you recall, after each movie in the Philadelphia Film Festival, you were asked to rate the film on a ballot. Well, the numbers are in and we’ve determined some of the standout, award-worthy films of PFF21! See if some of your favorite films ended up riding up above the rest.

Exclusive Interview With M. Night Shyamalan

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During the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’ at the Prince Theater with a Q&A with the director and WMMR’s ‘Preston & Steve’ morning show host/movie buff Steve Morrison after the film. Here are some pictures from the event to relive the great time had by all attended: