PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF PRINCE THEATER

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF PRINCE THEATER

Historic Live Arts Theater will return to its roots with an added focus on film

Philadelphia, PA, March 9, 2015 – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to announce the acquisition of the Prince Theater, located at 1412 Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. Boasting the largest screen in Philadelphia, the 470-seat theater will be the new home to PFS, which includes the annual Philadelphia Film Festival. The acquisition is made possible through a generous grant from theWyncote Foundation, a leading supporter of arts and culture in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT PARTY AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL AWARDS
NIGHT PARTY AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER

Cocktail reception, red carpet, and live streaming of the 87th Academy Awards 
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Monday, February 9, 2015 – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) will bring the biggest night in Hollywood to the PFS Roxy Theater. The event will feature live streaming of the 87th Academy Awards Ceremony honoring the most notable films from 2014, some of which were first featured locally during the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival last October.

The event will take place in the PFS Roxy Theater as well as the adjacent reception space, with telecasts of the ceremony in both locations. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and drinks, live music and Oscar-themed entertainment.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY KICKS OFF ‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS’ FILM SERIES TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12

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The 12-Day Retrospective Will Feature Holiday and Cold Weather Films From the 1940s Through Today 

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) December 11, 2014 – The Philadelphia Film Societypresents Home for the Holidays, a 12-day movie celebration highlighting some favorite holiday and cold weather films of the season. The series features everything from heartwarming classics like MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS to a DIE HARD and DIE HARD 2 double- feature event.

The series will run from Friday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 24 at the PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19103.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at www.filmadelphia.org/events/holiday2014 or at the PFS Roxy Theater Box Office.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY & GEEKADELPHIA ANNOUNCE SIX-DAY FILM SERIES, STAR TREK – 35 YEARS ON 35MM: A RETROSPECTIVE

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PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY & GEEKADELPHIA ANNOUNCE SIX-DAY FILM SERIES, STAR TREK – 35 YEARS ON 35MM: A RETROSPECTIVE 

Retrospective will feature all six of the Star Trek Original Series films, with screenings held December 5-10, 2014 at the PFS Roxy Theater

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) November 13, 2014 – The Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with Geekadelphia, presents a six-day retrospective of the original Star Trek film series in 35mm format to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Released by Paramount Pictures in 1979, the film is the theatrical continuation of the storyline based on the Star Trek television series, which chronicled the space adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise.

The six film series, Star Trek – 35 Years on 35mm, will feature film discussions, Star Trek memorabilia giveaways and raffles, themed-trivia, costume contests, and more. The series will run from Friday, December 5 to Wednesday, December 10 at the PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19103.

THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS SCREENING OF NATIONAL GALLERY WITH ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARIAN FREDERICK WISEMAN IN ATTENDANCE

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Post-screening Q&A with Wiseman on November 11 at the PFS Roxy Theater

(Philadelphia, PA – November 7, 2014) – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is thrilled to announce it is hosting a very special screening of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry National Gallery. After the screening, Director Frederick Wiseman, will participate in an audience Q&A.

National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. 

23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES TO RECORD SOLD-OUT AUDIENCES

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Crescendo! The Power of Music Takes 2014 Audience Award

Post-Festival Screening of ‘Citizenfour’ Added Exclusively for Badgeholders

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) October 29, 2014 – The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festivalended its 11-day celebration of all things cinematic with a sold-out closing night screening of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

This year’s festival, which ran from October 16-26, featured 113 films from 28 countries, as well as panel discussions, community events, filmmaker Q&As and a rapidly growing education series inclusionary of students from Philadelphia’s public, private and charter schools.

“We were incredibly excited about the turnout this year, as well as the overwhelming positive feedback we received about the program,” said Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have met and exceeded expectations and are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

PFF23 featured 25 sold out shows for the following 19 titles:  ’71, Art and Craft, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Clouds of Sils Maria, Crescendo! The Power of Music, Force Majeure, The Imitation Game, The Immortalists, Imperial Dreams, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, The Mirage, Mommy, The Overnighters, Revenge of the Green Dragons, St. Vincent, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Tomorrow We Disappear, Wild, Wild Canaries, and Winter Sleep.

23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RUSH TICKETS ONLY FOR BIRDMAN AND THE IMITATION GAME; ADVANCE TICKETS SOLD OUT

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23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES RUSH TICKETS ONLY FOR BIRDMAN AND THE IMITATION GAME; ADVANCE TICKETS SOLD OUT

 Graveyard Shift adds midnight screening of The Guest 

(Philadelphia, Pa – October 13, 2014) – The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, which begins this week on Thursday, October 16 and continues through Sunday, October 26, is excited to announce sell-outs and new film additions to the event line-up.

Advance tickets have sold out for the Festival’s Opening Night Film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Centerpiece film, The Imitation Game. The October 23rd film screening of Imperial Dreams is also sold out with tickets still remaining for the October 22nd film screening. For these and future sell outs, rush line tickets will be released and available at the theater, on the day of the show. For information on rush line policies, visit http://filmadelphia.org/tickets.

The Festival is also thrilled to be adding a midnight screening of Sundance hit The Guest to this year’s Graveyard Shift film category. From the filmmaking team behind You’re Next and the first two segments of the V/H/S trilogy, The Guest is a brilliant, John Carpenter-esque thriller/comedy about a small-town family whose lives are turned upside down when a mysterious man shows up at their doorstep claiming to be an army buddy of their deceased son. The screening of The Guest will take place on Friday, October 17th at 11:59pm at the Ritz Bourse Theater with writer Simon Barrett in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

GUESTS UNVEILED FOR 23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL

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GUESTS UNVEILED FOR 23rd PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL 

Highlights include visiting talent St. VincentGabriel,  TitliHappy Valley, I am Big Bird, and more

(Friday, October 10, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pa) – The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival will welcome many leading filmmakers to showcase their latest works at this year’s event.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 16 with a special presentation of St. Vincent, a rousing comedy starring Bill Murray that also had its opening night World Premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Director Ted Melfi and actor Jaedan Lieberher will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Throughout the 11-day event, guests can catch a few PFF alums, welcoming back actor Rory Culkin, who is stirring critics with his captivating performance in Lou Howe’s directorial debut Gabriel; Bryn Mawr native Alex Ross Perry will attend with his third feature, Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss; Directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman return with their most recent work, This Time Next Year, documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and Dave Boyle with his neo-noir mystery film, Man From Reno, which won the Narrative Award at the 2014 LA Film Festival.

The Festival is also excited to host Caroll Spinney, the 80 year-old subject of I Am Big Bird and the man behind some of America’s most beloved muppets; Indian Director Kanu Behl with his first directorial venture, Titli, that debuted earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival; and documentarian Amir Bar-Lev with the controversial film Happy Valley, shedding light on the scandal that rocked the Penn State community.

23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL FULL FILM LINE-UP

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23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL FULL FILM LINE-UP 

Over 100 films from 28 countries to screen during 11-day event,which runs from Thursday, October 16 – Sunday, October 26, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA) September 26, 2014 – The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full film line-up of the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 16 – October 26 on 6 theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

Opening on Thursday, October 16th with Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s much anticipated new feature starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone. The event’s Closing Night Celebration will take place on Friday, October 24th with Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée’s critical hit out of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Gabby Hoffman. The festival will continue through the weekend, wrapping up with second screenings of Jury Competition films and festival favorites on Sunday, October 26th.

The 11-day Philadelphia Film Festival will locally premiere over 100 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee that travels to festivals around the world, all year long, to officially select each film in the program.

EFLIXIR AND THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCE A SCREENING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM “THE FISHER KING” AT KIMMEL CENTER SEPT. 9 AS PART OF NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

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EFLIXIR AND THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCE A SCREENING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM “THE FISHER KING” AT KIMMEL CENTER SEPT. 9 AS PART OF NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

Proceeds of event to support Minding Your Mind and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

(Philadelpha, PA- Wednesday, September 3, 2014) – Movie site eflixir.com and the Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with Minding Your Mind and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), are memorializing Robin Williams and promoting mental health awareness with a screening of “The Fisher King” during National Suicide Prevention Week.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday, September 9th, 7:30 p.m. at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, will include a screening of Williams’ beloved film, preceded by a short panel discussion featuring local leaders from the mental health field on the subject of battling depression and coping with loss.