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. Among my favorite narrative features were Safety Not Guaranteed, starring PFF Alum (Baghead 2008, Jeff, Who Lives at Home 2011) Mark Duplass with visual effects by Philly-based DIVE Visual, The End of Love, starring, written and directed by PFF Rising Star (2008) Mark Webber, Liberal Arts, starring PFF-alum (Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011) Elizabeth Olsen, and I am Not a Hipster.
Of the few documentaries I saw, I particularly enjoyed The Ambassador, from PFF-alum (The Red Chapel, 2010) Mads Brugger, and found The Atomic States of America, from Philly-based filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena Joyce, particularly poignant.
Ultimately, I left Park City wishing I could stay a bit longer to catch a few more films but excited at the prospects of which fantastic Sundance titles might find their way into our Festival this October.
J. Andrew Greenblatt
Philadelphia Film Society
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