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(Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Philadelphia, Pa) – The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, which runs from Thursday, October 17 – Sunday, October 27, is proud to announce the 2013 slate for the Greater Filmadelphia category, which annually features work from some of the finest homegrown filmmakers, bringing Philadelphia and its talent to the big screen.

This year, the Greater Filmadelphia category presents 6 stellar films highlighting the Philadelphia-area and local filmmakers, including the U.S. Premieres of both 1982 and McCanick, following their world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.  The category also includes the Philadelphia premiere of Let the Fire Burn, which will be followed by a panel of key figures to discuss the history behind the film, as well as the Philadelphia premieres of The Discoverers, The Suspect and Town Hall.

 “The six films included are very much distinct from one another, showing an incredible diversity of story, character and filmmaking technique, but are connected through their special ties to Philadelphia,” said Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Society. “We are thrilled to be able to feature them as part of what is likely our strongest ever line-up for the Greater Filmadelphia category.”

All films in the Greater Filmadelphia category are eligible for the Sharon Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature.  Additionally, the directors for each film are expected to attend and participate in Q&A discussions, along with select special guests.

With additional screenings throughout the Festival, each film in the series will be screening back-to-back on Saturday, October 26 from 12:00pm (noon) to 9:45pm at the Prince Music Theater. Film details are below.

Greater Filmadelphia line-up includes:

1982 – A mother’s drug addiction threatens to tear a family apart in this searing Philadelphia-based drama during the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic.  Director Tommy Oliver is scheduled to be in attendance, along with additional guests to be announced.

The Discoverers – Taking place primarily in the original setting of the Lewis and Clark expedition, The Discoverers is, at its heart, a family-reconciliation tale in which three generations of estranged relatives put aside their differences and past history to reconnect as a family and cope with loss. Director Justin Schwarz is scheduled to be in attendance.

Let the Fire Burn – A riveting examination of the fatal standoff between Philadelphia law enforcement and the black militant liberation group MOVE, Let The Fire Burn details the aftermath of this tragic event through both news coverage and the subsequent public hearings.  The film screening will be followed by a panel of key figures to discuss the history behind the film which will include: Director Jason Oder, Co-Authors of Let the Fire Burn Michael and Randi Boyette, MOVE Minister of Communication Ramona Africa, and Philadelphia Police Officer Jim Berghaier.

McCanick – Gritty and suspenseful, McCanick is a tense action-drama about a volatile Philadelphia police officer determined to apprehend a recent parolee, who holds information about the cop’s past.  The US Premiere of McCanick is in Competition for the Sharon Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature with Director Josh C. Waller is scheduled to be in attendance, along with additional guests to be announced.

The Suspect - An armed robbery, the appearance of an African-American man in an all-white Southern town and racial politics collide in The Suspect, an engaging thriller full of plot twists and surprises. Writer/Director Stuart Connelly is scheduled to be in attendance, along with additional guests to be announced.

Town Hall - Documentarians Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot provide an unadulterated, impartial look at the political and personal lives of two passionate Tea Party members. Directors Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot are scheduled to be in attendance.

The full Festival schedule is available now at www.filmadelphia.org/festival and in Festival Program Guides throughout the city.Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Festival website, www.filmadelphia.org/tickets or in-person at the Main Box Office, 1425 Locust Street, Center City Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Film Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding.  It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the PFS Theater at the Roxy, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change. PFS achieves its mission through various year-round film events, including the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, scheduled for October 17-27, 2013 and the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival, scheduled for November 15-17, 2013. For more information about the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film Society, please contact the Philadelphia Film Society at 267-239-2941 or visit us at www.filmadelphia.org.

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