Festival Programming









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Featuring over 100 films from around the world, with categories that include American Independents, Documentary, Graveyard Shift (late-night, genre films), Greater Filmadelphia (local films), Sight & Soundtrack (music-related films), and World Narratives (foreign films), you won’t want to miss a single moment of the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, October 16-26, 2014.

Festival Categories include:

  • American Independents – Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker’s uncompromising vision.
  • New French Films – The birthplace of cinema, France continues to produce some of the best movies in the world with films that are funny, daring, sexy and uniquely French.
  • Documentary Showcase – Comprising the best in documentary filmmaking, these compelling films feature everything from stirring character studies to fascinating looks at current global issues.
  • From the Vaults – Film history comes alive as it was meant to be seen – on the big screen. Come see old favorites bigger than life once again.
  • Graveyard Shift – Horror, action, suspense, and the downright weird, these films will keep you awake during the graveyard shift.
  • Greater Filmadelphia – Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen.
  • Masters of Cinema – These new films exemplify the masterful work of world-renowned filmmakers as they continue to thrill and inspire audiences with cutting-edge features.
  • Sight and Soundtrack – Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics and films that are centered on the unifying power of music.
  • Spanish-Language Stories – Offering gripping stories and unique perspectives, these Spanish-language films explore a multitude of subjects ranging from the culturally specific to the universal.
  • Spotlights – Highly–anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world.
  • World Narratives – Explore the world through film with this diverse selection of international cinema that features distinct perspectives and images from around the globe.

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Meet Our Programming Staff


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Michael Lerman: Artistic Director

Michael Lerman is a veteran curator of film festivals, currently serving as the Artistic Director for the Philadelphia Film Festival, a Programing consultant for the Toronto International Film Festival and as the Senior Programmer for The Stanley Film Festival. Previously, Mr. Lerman has served the Director of Acquisitions for The Film Sales Company, as well as frequent contributor to several acclaimed independent film publications, including IndieWIRE, Spout, and Hammer to Nail. Coming from a diverse film industry background, Mr. Lerman is also the co-founder of the production company Tiger Industry Films, where he has produced and written on such projects as Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings, White on Rice, Natural Causes, which he also co-directed, and Man From Reno, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Tom Quinn: Programmer

Tom Quinn is the co-president of Radius, The Weinstein Company’s new cross platform film releasing label. He is responsible for acquisitions, productions, and distribution of label content and is developing content and distribution strategies that move beyond the on-demand model. Before that he has been and Magnolia for the last 8 years, where he was SVP. He acquired over 100 films including Ong Bak, Man on Wire, The Host, Jesus Camp, and Let the Right One In. His recent acquisitions include: Page One, Melancholia, and 13 Assassins. His productions include: Outrage, Cocaine Cowboys 2, Splinter, ABC’s of Death. Quinn is also a programmer having worked for Atlanta, Woodstock, and Actionfest. Prior to joining Magnolia he was at Samuel Goldwyn for 7 years, eventually becoming VP of Acquisitions. Quinn’s first industry job was working in domestic film publicity for Nancy Willen at Dennis Davidson Associates.

Ryan Werner: Programmer

Ryan Werner is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at IFC Entertainment, where he oversees all marketing and publicity for the company’s theatrical and home video releases. At IFC Films, he has worked on campaigns for films such as the recently released Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, In the Loop, Gomorrah, Summer Hours, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Ché, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. He’s also worked with established filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant, Michael Winterbottom, Todd Solondz, Spike Lee, Arnaud Desplechin, Hou Hsiao Hsien and new talent like Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Mia Hansen-Love, and Aaron Katz. Prior to IFC, Werner was Head of Theatrical Distribution at Wellspring and Palm Pictures. He also worked at Magnolia Pictures, Shooting Gallery, Sundance Channel, and IFP. For the past 5 years, Werner was a programmer at the Woodstock Film Festival. In 2006, he received The Hollywood Reporter’s Next. Gen. Award.