Philadelphia Film Festival Announces New Dates – Now Beginning on October 20th to Celebrate 20 Great Years of World Class Cinema

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 17, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society is pleased to announce the official dates for the 20th Philadelphia Film Festival, now beginning on October 20, 2011 and concluding 15 days later on November 3, 2011. The official Closing Night Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 29, followed by a film-themed closing night Halloween party (costumes encouraged but not required).

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY AND DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S ANTOINETTE WESTPHAL COLLEGE OF MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN, ANNOUNCES RETROSPECTIVE HIGHLIGHTING THE CAREER OF WRITER/DIRECTOR TERRENCE MALICK

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 1, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society and Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design presents a two-day retrospective of the films by Terrence Malick, in anticipation of the Philadelphia Premiere of Malick’s new feature, The Tree of Life on June 10.  This three film retrospective, made possible thanks to Fox Searchlight Pictures, takes a rare look at Malick’s past cinematic masterpieces, returning his most critically-acclaimed films to the big screen.

Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) provides local filmmakers with a platform to promote original voices in film by launching a Philly-inspired short film contest for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

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The contest was inspired by a grant through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a $9 million initiative supporting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.

(Philadelphia, PA) May 16, 2011 – In celebration of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s 20th anniversary, the Philadelphia Film Society will sponsor a short film competition that requires filmmakers to showcase the city by incorporating one of 20 recognizable landmarks, characters, or objects. All films will be voted on by the online community and the top ten films will be screened by the Executive and Artistic Directors of PFS. The winning filmmaker will be given an all access badge to the 2011 Festival and the top ten will have their films screened at the Festival. The contest is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

The Festival is very excited to incorporate this unique and special event into the 20th Anniversary celebration by programming original short films for Philadelphia audiences that are not available elsewhere, continuing its mission to promote Philadelphia films and filmmakers by exposing them to a large audience of cinephiles and industry professionals.

The 20th Philadelphia Film Festival Short Film Contest is now open for submissions. For contest rules and deadlines, please visit www.filmadelphia.org.

Wanamaker Organ to Accompany Screening of Fritz Lang’s Newly Restored ‘METROPOLIS’ in Philadelphia Macy’s Grand Court

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Hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society & the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) February 16, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with Friends of the Wanamaker Organ and hosted by Macy’s Center City, announces a benefit screening of the newly restored Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi masterpiece.  Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte will improvise an accompaniment using the full resources of the Wanamaker Organ while incorporating many of the ‘signature tunes’ from the original Gottfried Huppertz score.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE LINE-UP FOR THE filmadelphiaCLASSICS SCREENING SERIES

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2011 series will showcase the top 10 Philadelphia films, in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Film Festival this October

 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) February 8, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this October, from the 13th – 23rd, 2011.  To commemorate this milestone event, the Philadelphia Film Society has programmed the 2011 filmadelphiaCLASSICS screening series to feature 10 films that are famous for being shot or set in Philadelphia, starting in February and continuing through the Festival in October.

During the final months of 2010, the public was encouraged to vote for their favorite Philadelphia films that would make up this very special film series.  Polling took place through the Film Society’s website, www.filmadelphia.org. The top 10 films selected will be featured into the filmadelphiaCLASSICS screening series, while the remaining 10 will be incorporated in the organization’s monthly Film Club exclusive to members of the Philadelphia Film Society.

The top 10 list of films to be shown in the filmadelphiaCLASSICS screening series include:

The Philadelphia Story

Trading Places

Witness

Mannequin

Philadelphia

12 Monkeys

The Sixth Sense

Rocky

Eraserhead

Blow Out

All filmadelphiaCLASSICS screenings are free for PFS Members, with additional tickets available to the general public.  Some screenings may feature surprise celebrity guests, and each event will be supplemented with a post-screening discussion, moderated by a local film industry professional. The first three films have been scheduled below with the rest to be announced in the following weeks.

 

Wednesday, February 23- The Philadelphia Story, International House; 7:30pm

Starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart. When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (IMDB)

 

Wednesday, March 23- Trading Places, International House; 7:30pm

Starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (IMDB)

 

Tuesday, April  12- Witness, International House; 7:30pm

Starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, and Lukas Haas. A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (IMDB)

For more information, visit PFS on the web at www.filmadelphia.org

About the filmadelphiaEXPERIENCE screening series

Through our filmadelphiaEXPERIENCE programs—filmadelphiaCLASSICS, filmadelphiaINDEPENDENT,filmadelphiaDOCUMENTARY—we provide an insider’s view of film – looking at the subject matter from many perspectives.  The filmadelphiaEXPERIENCE is a series of year-round moderated screening series, occurring every Wednesday evening at the Ritz East, designed to generate stimulating discussion about film while building and fostering a community experience.  The filmadelphiaEXPERIENCE is essential to PFS’ commitment to the presentation of film as a powerful form of artistic expression.

The filmadelphiaEXPERIENCE is designed to further this goal, by engaging and educating the diverse communities of the Greater Philadelphia region. The filmadelphiaINDEPENDENT and filmadelphiaDOCUMENTARY screening series extend the festival year-round, serving to make the film-going community in Philadelphia aware of significant and important independent films while providing the opportunity to see these films in a traditional theatre setting, followed by a moderated group discussion exploring the ideas behind the film.  Similarly, the filmadelphiaCLASSICS screening series returns both groundbreaking and little known classic films to theatres in order to revisit the themes within.

About Film Club

The PFS Film Club is a monthly, members-only discussion group built around the simple premise that film is better understood/appreciated once discussed with a group of one’s peers.  PFS Film Club chooses one title (available on DVD) per month for interested members to view at their leisure prior to a designated meeting, where members will discuss the artistic merits of the film along with its entertainment value, its standing among the cast & crew’s larger body of work, and its status as a “classic” or “cult” film.

19TH PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS WITH MOST DIVERSE FILM SLATE IN ITS HISTORY

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) October 29, 2010 – The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) ended its 10-day celebration of all things cinematic with a closing night screening of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours on Saturday, October 23 at the Prince Music Theater. The Boyle helmer capped off the October 14-24 event that launched with the Darren Aronofsky opener Black Swan, featuring an appearance and post-screening Q&A session with Aronofsky himself.

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AND THE LEVI’S® BRAND ANNOUNCE “WE ARE ALL WORKERS”- THE 2010 ROLLING ROADSHOW TOUR

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Nine Nationwide Events Provide Moviegoers the Most Unique Cinema Experience in the World

SAN FRANCISCO, CA & AUSTIN, TX, July 14, 2010 – The Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi’s® brand present the 2010 Rolling Roadshow, a nationwide tour of free outdoor 35mm screening experiences pairing everyone’s favorite films with the famous locations where they were shot or set. This year, the Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi’s® brand have partnered to champion some of cinema’s most celebrated workers. “We Are All Workers” is the underlying theme of this year’s Rolling Roadshow, which will be brought live to movie lovers throughout the hazy summer nights of August.

Inspired by Levi’s®  new Go Forth ‘Ready to Work’ marketing campaign, which explores how a new generation of real American workers is rolling up its sleeves to make real change happen, the Rolling Roadshow hits the road with nine seminal screenings proving that everybody’s work is equally important. The Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi’s® brand have curated an eclectic line up of cinema’s greatest workers, including an oil baron (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), a cyborg cop (ROBOCOP), missionaries (THE BLUES BROTHERS), law-benders (DIRTY HARRY), law-breakers (JACKIE BROWN), championship contenders (ROCKY) and coulda-been contenders (ON THE WATERFRONT).

Alamo Drafthouse and the Levi’s® brand have put together an inspired lineup of films and locations, kicking things off with modern crime classic JACKIE BROWN at the Del Amo Fashion Mall in Los Angeles.   Director Quentin Tarantino’s beloved old stomping ground, the South Bay, serves as the backdrop to the climactic sting operation in the film. The Del Amo Mall parking lot, where one chatty character meets her end, was handpicked by Quentin Tarantino for this very special screening.  Schedule permitting, the director will be in attendance.

From there, the Rolling Roadshow will make stops at San Francisco’s Washington Square Park, the scene of Scorpio’s sniper attack in DIRTY HARRY; Old Joliet Prison from the opening of BLUES BROTHERS; Philadelphia’s Museum of Art, where ROCKY ends the rousing training montage with his famous fist-pumping celebration; the rooftops of Little Italy in New York City from GODFATHER II, where Robert De Niro’s young Don Corelone tracks his assassination target, and more!

“We’ve worked hard to find that perfect combination of film and location for the ultimate outdoor cinema experience. These films are some of our most beloved cinematic treasures and the screenings themselves are large-scale parties at the very sites which symbolize what makes them so great,” said Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse CEO. “The Rolling Roadshow is an extension of our unique programming philosophy at the Alamo Drafthouse, which continually seeks to find creative ways to celebrate our love of film.”

“Collaborating with the Alamo Drafthouse is a perfect fit for the Levi’s® brand as we’ve long admired their work and share the same pioneering spirit.  The ‘We Are All Workers’ Rolling Roadshow gives us an opportunity to take an irreverent approach to the democracy of work and our Go Forth campaign as we blaze a trail across the country,” said Doug Sweeny, VP, Levi’s® Brand Marketing.

All Rolling Roadshow “We Are All Workers” screenings are free and open to the public.  Some screenings may feature surprise celebrity guests, and each location will feature fun events including city-wide scavenger hunts hosted in partnership with social networking platform Gowalla, after parties and more.   Check out the full screening lineup below.

  • August 6 – JACKIE BROWN in Los Angeles, Calif.

Del Amo Fashion Mall – director Quentin Tarantino’s beloved old stomping ground, the South Bay, serves as the backdrop to the climactic sting operation. The Del Amo Mall parking lot, where one chatty character meets her end, was handpicked by Quentin Tarantino for this very special screening.  Schedule permitting, the director will be in attendance. 

  • August 7 – DIRTY HARRY in San Francisco, Calif.

Washington Square Park – the sniper serial killer scouts the park from a rooftop in this park, lining up his next victim in crosshairs in this chilling scene.

  • August 8 – THERE WILL BE BLOOD in Bakersfield, Calif.

The Oil Experience, Kern County Museum – Oscar-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson frequented this museum, dedicated to the early oilmen in Bakersfield, CA, for inspiration and research while adapting Upton Sinclair’s Oil! The film’s wooden derrick was modeled after the museum’s replica and the screening will be held under the shadow of this derrick.

  • August 8 – CONVOY and RED DAWN in Las Vegas, N.M.

Ft. Union Drive-In – in the name of blue collar masculinity, here is a double feature of desert action and power! CONVOY, a Sam Peckinpah-directed movie about truck drivers, and RED DAWN were both filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

  • August 13 – THE BLUES BROTHERS in Joliet, Ill.

Old Joliet Prison – in the film’s opening, “Joliet” Jake Blues exits these prison gates to be picked up by his brother Ellwood in their iconic battered police cruiser.

  • August 14 – ROBOCOP in Detroit, Mich.

Russell Industrial Center – betrayed by his corporate creator, Robocop takes refuge at an abandoned industrial complex and sets the stage for the bloody (and toxic waste-infused) showdown with Clarence Boddicker and his gang of cop killers.

  • August 19 – ROCKY, ROCKY II and ROCKY III in Philadelphia, Penn.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – moviegoers will sit on the same steps where Rocky made his triumphant ascension at the conclusion of one of the most epic training montages…ever. Frequent fist-pumping encouraged.

  • August 20 – ON THE WATERFRONT in Hoboken, N.J.

Pier A Park – watch one of the all time greats, Marlon Brando in ON THE WATERFRONT, on the waterfront. The classic film was shot on location on the piers of Hoboken, N.J. Adjacent to Pier A is the Hoboken Historical Museum with detailed information about the filming locations. Idea credit – Entertainment Weekly.

  • August 27 – GODFATHER II in New York, N.Y.

Rooftop Near Little Italy – an ambitious young gangster named Vito Corleone earns the “Don” after taking down a local crime boss. In a spectacular sequence from the inarguably best sequel of all time, Robert De Niro tracks his target from the rootops of Little Italy.

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETYANNOUNCES PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL SPRING PREVIEW LINEUP

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Presented by Pennsylvania Hospital, the Spring Preview will feature 11 domestic and international film festival selections 

(Philadelphia, PA) – March18, 2010 – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to announce the line-up for the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, presented by Pennsylvania Hospital.   This event,taking place from April 9 through April 11, will be held exclusively at the Prince Music Theater and will be free to the public, giving priority seating to PFS members.The Spring Preview will feature domestic and international films from both new filmmakers and renowned artists, including such high-profile films as No Crossover – The Trial of Allen Iverson, directed by Academy Award-nominee Steve James; The Joneses, a satirical film starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny as people posing as the perfect family in order to inspire their neighbors into expensive consumerist habits; I Am Love, a sophisticated and compelling Italian drama that deals with the complexity of love and relationships, starring Academy Award-winner TildaSwinton, and Harry Brown, a British crime thriller featuring a powerhouse performance by two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine.  The full list of films, representing almost a dozen countries, includes: