- Film Festival
Last week Philadelphia welcomed Academy Award winning actress Eva Marie Saint to the Prince Music Theater where she accompanied a special presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
Part of TCM’s “Road to Hollywood” series, 400+ movie lovers, including numerous PFS members, packed the Prince for the free event (200 patrons were turned away from the first-come, first-served screening).
TCM host Ben Mankiewicz facilitated the pre-screening Q&A with Ms.
Dark Girls is co-directed and produced by Bill Duke (Duke Media) and D. Channsin Berry (Urban Winter Entertainment) the film explores the deep-seated bias and attitudes about skin color; particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.
Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony had all of the opulence and glamor we expect to see year after year, and the evening managed to deliver a couple of surprises.
Many might have expected Oscar to favor ‘The Help’ Best Actress nominee Viola Davis, but the award went to Davis’s ‘Doubt’ co-star Meryl Streep for ‘The Iron Lady’. Perhaps Meryl’s golden gown suggested she knew she’d win simply by dressing like an Oscar statuette.
One of the tightest races this year was undoubtedly Best Documentary Feature.
Last night PFS offered its members a sneak preview of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an international story of love, war, faith and fishing. An Arab Sheik from the country of Yemen (Amr Waked) strongly desires to bring the sport of salmon fishing to the desert. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) is the account executive of a British company which represents the business interests of the Shiek, and is given the task of finding a fishing expert/scientist, Dr. Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) to head up the Sheik's project.
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By Le Anne Lindsay
On Thursday February 16th PFS members got to see a preview screening of a new police drama starring Woody Harrelson, which actually is the second movie he's made with director Oren Moverman and actor Ben Foster, the first being 2009's The Messenger. In truth, Rampart isn't a crime drama or police exposé, it's a character study of a man who is both extremely articulate and seductive and at the same time, ridiculous and immoral.
Having recently returned from my annual trip to the Sundance Film Festival, which marks the beginning of the programming season for the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), I wanted to share some of my favorite films.
All in all, over my roughly five days in Park City, Utah, I was able to check out 24 films, many of which I enjoyed. Coincidentally, I’m sure, a lot of my personal favorites had nice Philly or PFF ties.