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
The Sixth Sense
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.