PFS ROXY THEATER PREMIERES “ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE”THROUGH MONTHLY
FILMADELPHIA LOCAL FILMMAKER SERIES
The Documentary about a Musical that Changed Thousands of Lives Performed by Two Philadelphia Schools for 30 Years
(Philadelphia, Pa – Friday, July 18, 2014) – On Tuesday, July 22nd, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) and the PFS Roxy Theater will premiere Henry Nevison’s new documentary “On the Other Side of the Fence”, an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the making of a musical written by award-winning composer/playwright/music therapist Andrea Green and performed by school children as acting and singing partners from the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy (HMS) and Germantown Friends School (GFS). It is a Philadelphia story of a musical that changed thousands of lives over a 30-year period. The film is the highlighted in this month’s Filmadelphia at the Roxy local filmmaker series. There will be two screenings – 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — at the PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. As there is limited seating, tickets need to be reserved in advance on the Philadelphia Film Society’s website: http://filmadelphia.org/events/fatrjuly. Admission is free.
Sharing his enthusiasm about the premiere of “On the Other Side of the Fence,” J. Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of PFS, said, “I am thrilled that PFS is able to partner on the premiere of On the Other Side of the Fence, and to be hosting this fantastic event as part of the Filmadelphia @ the Roxy series.” He continued, “I couldn’t think of a better film for us to present, as On the Other Side of the Fence so perfectly fits both the mandate of our series, to showcase strong films made by Philadelphia-filmmakers or featuring Philadelphia as a central setting, as well as our desire to educate, enrich and inform through film.”
“On the Other Side of the Fence” is a feature length documentary that traces the extraordinary development of relationships formed by the children of HMS School and GFS School. Nevison begins the documentary with the GFS and HMS students openly sharing their fear and trepidation about meeting their new acting partners. He follows them in rehearsals, where we see friendships grow and partner teams become true friends. The focus on partners such as Greg and Max, Piper and Emily, and Sean and Ezra, among others, shows how, in time, they learn how to communicate with each other, whether it’s with words, the use of an assistive technology device or a simple gaze. Cast member Max sums up the message, “Some people have a difference, but there’s always something good about you that other people don’t have.”