22nd Philadelphia Film Festival | October 17-27, 2013

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MAIN DETAILS +

FESTIVAL DATES /// October 17 – October 27, 2013

PROGRAM ATTENDANCE///Approximately 25,000 tickets sold to over 200 Screenings of 96 domestic & international narrative, documentary and short films. 

LOCATIONS /// Old City: Ritz East, Ritz at the Bourse // Center City: Prince Music Theater, Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center // University City: Cinemark University City Penn 6

PFS MAIN BOX OFFICE
The Condo Shop /// 1425 Locust Street
M-F Noon-6pm/Sat Noon-4pm/Sun CLOSED
267-908-4733

PFF VENUES

Ritz East / 125 South 2nd Street
Ritz at the Bourse / 400 Ranstead Street
Prince Music Theater / 1412 Chestnut Street
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center/ 300 S Broad Street
Cinemark / 4012 Walnut Street

PRESS INFORMATION///For news and press kits, visit http://filmadelphia.org/press
Contact//Kate Miller/media@filmadelphia.org//Parinda Patel/ppatel@filmadelphia.org

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FESTIVAL GUESTS +

Director Lotfy Nathan//12 O'Clock Boys
Saturday, October 26/Ritz Bourse/2:50pm                                      

Actor Hill Harper//1982
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/5:00pm              

Director Tommy Oliver//1982
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/5:00pm              

Director JC Chandor//All Is Lost
Thursday, October 17/Perelman Theater/8:00pm

Actor Alex Rennie//Awful Nice
Thursday, October 24/Cinemark University City 6/9:45pm                      
Friday, October 25/Ritz Bourse/9:30pm

Director Todd Sklar//Awful Nice
Thursday, October 24/Cinemark University City 6/9:45pm                      
Friday, October 25/Ritz Bourse/9:30pm

Actor Kerry Bishé//Blue Highway & Grand Piano/Rising Star Award Recipient
Saturday, October 19/Blue Highway/Ritz East/7:45pm
Saturday, October 19/Grand Piano/Ritz East/9:45pm

Director Kyle Smith//Blue Highway
Saturday, October 19/Ritz East/7:45pm                    
Tuesday, October 22/Cinemark/7:00pm

Actor Macon Blair//Blue Ruin
Friday, October 18/Cinemark University City 6/7:20pm

Director Jeremy Saulnier//Blue Ruin
Friday, October 18/Cinemark University City 6/7:20pm       

Director A J Schnack//Caucus
Saturday, October 19/Ritz Bourse/4:30pm

Actor Pat Healey//Cheap Thrills
Saturday, October 19/Cinemark University City 6/9:40pm

Director James Ward Byrkit//Coherence
Thursday, October 24/Cinemark University City 6/7:30pm                                               

Actor Stuart Margolin// The Discoverers
Saturday, October 26/Ritz Bourse/5:00pm              

Director Justin Schwarz// The Discoverers
Saturday, October 26/Ritz Bourse/5:00pm              

Director Chiemi Karasawa//Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Thursday, October 24/Ritz Bourse/5:00pm                                     

Director Jason Osder//Let the Fire Burn
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/2:00pm                                      

Actor David Morse//McCannick
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/7:25pm 

Director Josh Waller//McCanick
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/7:25pm             
Sunday, October 27/Ritz East/7:10pm

Actor Mike Vogel//McCannick
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/7:25pm
Sunday, October 27/Ritz East/7:10pm                         

Director Alexander Payne//Nebraska
Monday, October 21/Prince Music Theater/7:00pm                                        

Actor Will Forte//Nebraska
Monday, October 21/Prince Music Theater/7:00pm                                        

Director Leah Shore//Old Man
Sunday, October 27/Ritz East/7:45pm                         

Director David Frankel//One Chance
Tuesday, October 22/Prince Music Theater/6:30pm

Director Jonathan Demme//20th Anniversary screening of Philadelphia
Tuesday, October 22/Prince Music Theater/8:30pm                                        

Director Farihah Zaman//Remote Area Medical
Friday, October 25/Ritz East/7:00pm                            

Director Jeff Reichert//Remote Area Medical
Friday, October 25/Ritz East/7:00pm                            

Director Ti West//Sacrament
Monday, October 21/Ritz East/9:00pm                        

Director Stuart Connelly/The Suspect
Saturday, October 19/Cinemark University City 6/2:25pm
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/9:45pm                                      

Documentary Subject Katy Abram//Town Hall
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/12:00pm                                   

Co-Director Sierra Pettengill//Town Hall
Wednesday, October 23/Cinemark University City 6/2:30pm               
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/12:00pm

Documentary Subject Jen Stefano//Town Hall
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/12:00pm

Co-Director Jamila Wignot//Town Hall
Wednesday, October 23/Cinemark University City 6/2:30pm                 
Saturday, October 26/Prince Music Theater/12:00pm

Producer Amanda Branson Gill// The Unknown Known
Friday, October 18/Ritz East/7:00pm                            

Producer Robby Fernandez// The Unknown Known
Friday, October 18/Ritz East/7:00pm                            

Director Matt Adams//We Cause Scenes
Thursday, October 24/Ritz Bourse/7:00pm

COMPETITION FILM AWARDS +

2013 Philadelphia Film Festival Jury Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Award

Best Narrative Feature - Ilo Ilo (dir. Arvin Chen)
Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble - We Are the Best! (starring Mira
Birkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne)
Honorable Mention for Best Director - Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (dir. Denis Côté)
Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography - Harmony Lessons
(cinematographer Aziz Zhambakiyev)

Documentary Feature Award
Best Documentary Feature - God Loves Uganda (dir. Roger Ross Williams)
Honorable Mention - 12 O'Clock Boys (dir. Lotfy Nathan)
Honorable Mention for Best Director - Caucus (dir. AJ Schnack)

Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature
Best Feature - Let the Fire Burn (dir. Jason Osder)
Honorable Mention - The Discoverers (dir. Justin Schwarz

Archie Award for Best First Feature
Best Feature - Harmony Lessons (dir. Emir Baigazin)
Short Award
Best Short - RPG OKC (dir. Emily Carmichael)

Honorable Mention - The Globe Collector (dir. Summer De Roche)

Amtrak Audience Award - The Audience Award for Best Film of the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival is voted on by audience members, balloted before every film screening throughout the Festival, and generously supported by Amtrak.

Archie Award for Best Narrative Feature by a First-time Director - Named for Founding Philadelphia Film Society Board Member, Archie Perlmutter, the Archie is awarded to the best film by a first-time Director. The competition is juried by a selected group of local film enthusiasts and headed by Ruth Perlmutter, Archie's wife and current Board Member of the Philadelphia Film Society, as well as

Sharon Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature - For the past 20 years, Sharon Pinkenson has been synonymous with film in Philadelphia.  As the first Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO), Sharon has been responsible for bringing in a plethora of tremendous films with incredible talent over the years, including highlights such as: "Philadelphia," "The Sixth Sense," and "Beloved."  No one has been more instrumental in developing, strengthening and sustaining the film industry in Philadelphia, making it possible for the city to become such a desirable place to shoot a film, be it studio or independent.  In recognition and tremendous gratitude of her dedication and accomplishments throughout her remarkable 20 years as the Executive Director of the GPFO, the Philadelphia Film Society is thrilled to honor Sharon by renaming the annual greater filmadelphia award given to best local film in her name, which will now be titled the Sharon Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature Film.

Jury Awards - Selected by a committee of invited industry professionals for each of the three award categories.
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film

SPECIAL PROGRAMS +

PFF On Us/// Thanks to support provided by the Wyncote Foundation, the Film Festival once again offered a free ticketing program (PFF On Us) to help the Film Society further realize its 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. By providing complimentary tickets to all films in the American Independents and Documentary categories, PFS hopes to make the Festival accessible to all interested Philadelphians and to create a shared cultural experience throughout the community. Tickets are available to the public on a “first-come, first-served” basis at the Festival Box Office, or by calling 267.908.4733.

Special Thanks to our 2013 PFF on Us Participants

Achieving Independence Center New Media Technology Charter School
Action AIDS Philadelphia Youth Advocate Program
Art Reach PhillyCAM
Big Brothers Big Sisters Raices Culturales
Central High School RHD FaSST/Connections
Community Academy Rock to the Future
Delaware Valley Council of American Youth Hostels Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia
Free Library of Philadelphia Russel Byers Charter School
Freire Charter School Sisters Interacting Through Stitches
Fresh Artists Tacony Academy Charter School
Girls Rock Philly Taller PR
Independence Charter School Temple University - Critical Languages
Lil Filmmakers Wakisha Charter School
Musicopia YESPhilly

FilmadelphiaEDUCATION///This year PFF offered free screenings to organized student groups through our FilmadelphiaEDUCATION series. Student Screenings took place every weekday at noon. Film selections included:
The Rocket
Let the Fire Burn
Ernest & Celestine
Remote Area Medical
Omar
The Discoverers

The Kill Team Debate///Dan Krauss’s documentary The Kill Team explores the shocking 2010 military scandal which found a group of American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan to be killing innocent civilians for sport.
Organized by ASAP/Afterschool Activities Partnerships, champion scholastic debaters from local high schools participated in a post-screening debate on the topic of whether U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East undermines our national security.

Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme///A 20th Anniversary Screening followed by an extended Q&A, discussing the importance of the film, its effect on the city of Philadelphia and what the director is working on now; moderated by Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director, Sharon Pinkenson.

Let the Fire Burn Panel Discussion///Jason Osder’s documentary, Let the Fire Burn, examines the fatal standoff between Philadelphia law enforcement and the black militant liberation group MOVE. The  post-screening panel assembled key figures of the event to   discuss the history behind the film, including:
Jason Osder, director of Let the Fire Burn
Michael and Randi Boyette, co-authors of Let it Burn
Ramona Afrika, Minister of Communication, MOVE
Jim Bergheier, Former Philadelphia Police Officer

Festival VIP Lounge
/// Exclusive to filmmakers, industry guests, select Badge Holders, Spotlight Circle members, sponsors and of course, Festival VIPs. Located in Old City (110 Chestnut St) the Festival VIP Lounge will serve as a private space for food, drinks, a little “R&R” between films and perhaps even a casual encounter with a filmmaker or two! Daily events will be featured throughout the Festival including panel discussions, private receptions, food or wine tastings and meet and greets with PFF programmers.

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