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.

Hunger Hits Home

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Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in child hunger, Food Network, Hunger Hits Home, Philly Film, Tags

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

Spotlight on Philly Film: PHILLY F/M

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Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Philly F/M, Philly Film, Philly Soundstages, Sound It Out, Tags, The Replacements, Tinsel & Tine

By Le Anne Lindsay

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Film + Music Festival took place this past weekend (Sept 22-25, 2011) in our own backyard. In fact, all the films for the event were shown mere feet from our office doors, as PFS shares space with Invincible Pictures in the Philadelphia Sound Stages.