During the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’ at the Prince Theater with a Q&A with the director and WMMR’s ‘Preston & Steve’ morning show host/movie buff Steve Morrison after the film. Here are some pictures from the event to relive the great time had by all attended:
By John Smith
William Friedkin has become one of the most influential and important film makers in the business with a career that spans over 40 years. Some of his best known works are The French Connection from 1971, The Exorcist from 1973, and his extremely controversial Cruising from 1980. In 2011, and well into his seventies, William Friedkin along with playwright Tracy Letts created a devastatingly brutal film that succeeds in terms of writing and directing. It may not be any textbooks yet, but in this writer’s opinion, it is one of the better movies of the last decade.
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!