This past weekend, the Philadelphia Film Society, in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, presented the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival (June 6-8). Our little film-goers enjoyed healthy snacks from the Whole Foods Pop-Up Concessions Stand, engaging activities from Parent to Child Therapy Associates and the 10 Day Film Challenge, and of course renowned international children’s films.
Earth to Echo with Guests
10 day Film Challenge Championships
A Fault in our Stars
PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY LAUNCHES MIDNIGHT CULT FAVORITE AND GENRE FILM SERIES, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
THE SERIES OPENS WITH DARIO ARGENTO’S ITALIAN CULT CLASSIC, SUSPIRIA ON FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
(Monday, May 5, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA) – The Philadelphia Film Society is excited to announce the full lineup of The Graveyard Shift, a monthly midnight showcase expanded from a category of the Philadelphia Film Festival. The series will host cult favorite and new genre films for fans of horror, action, suspense, thriller and the downright weird.
The first leg of the series was launched in early-April during the PFF: Spring Showcase, presented by PFS, and included two nights of late night genre films.
Kicking off with director Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching and Bitching, the Spanish horror comedy focused on a set of bumbling bankrobbers that get more than they bargained for when their high speed getaway leads them into a small village where a blood-thirsty coven of witches is preparing for an ancient ritual.
The following night featured acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’sMoebius, one of the most daring pieces of modern cinema, the film displays a shocking, provocative, grotesque, unpredictable meditation of family, monogamy, and Buddhism in this genre classic in the making.
“The Graveyard Shift has always been an anticipated section of our annual film festival,” said Allison Koehler, Education and Programs Director for the Philadelphia Film Society. “The year-round expansion program is going to be really fun, unique, and a little whimsical. It’s a distinct take on the midnight series, including international cult classics on 35mm and exciting new genre work coming straight out of the festival circuit.”
By Megan Reilly
With more than a century’s worth of films to pore over, choosing a movie to watch can be a daunting task. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve carved out two hours to devote to expanding my cinematic horizons, only to resort to an old favorite after scrolling through endless Netflix recommendations and Amazon genre categories. Here’s a more targeted approach: if you enjoyed the following 2013 releases, check out the corresponding suggestions for a fresh take on a similar story, tone, or style.
The Philadelphia Film Society needs YOU!
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to join the new PFS Street Team.
PFS is looking for 3 volunteers per neighborhood below to distribute flyers, postcards, posters, and other promotional materials to businesses and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area on a monthly basis.
The Street Team members will receive two free ticket vouchers to the Roxy Theater each time they dedicate 4 hours in their assigned neighborhood toward a promotional campaign.
Valentine’s Day is here! And for those looking to stay in with wine and chocolates, here are a few His & Her Heart Day picks from PFS bloggers Alexander Goodlive and Kim Scott!
By Kim Scott
I have seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) countless times during my life and no matter how many times I watch the film, it still manages to scare and amaze me. Even if you haven’t seen The Shining, you should be familiar in some way with Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) peeking his head through a hole in a door, yelling, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”. Perhaps you have seen the image as one of the staple movie posters that hang in the dorm of at least one film major you know. The iconic scene, which itself is an homage to Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921), has been referenced in a multitude of films and television shows. The hype around the film is not understated; The Shining is captivating, terrifying, and intelligent.
Everyone who made a contribution to the Philadelphia Film Society and the PFS Theater at the Roxy in 2013 will be recognized as a Founding Member. Memberships and gifts of $500 and below will be honored on the Roxy screens before each film. Contributions of $500 and above will be listed on a permanent plaque in the PFS Roxy Theater lobby.
Be apart of this historic year and join our community of film lovers with a PFS membership! New levels begin at $35 and include benefits to the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Children’s International Film Festival and the PFS Theater at the Roxy!