PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL DATES FOR 21ST PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012

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FULL RECAP OF 20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL PAVES THE WAY FOR NEXT YEAR’S PROGRAMMING

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) November 29, 2011 – The Philadelphia Film Society is pleased to announce the official dates for the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, October 18-28, 2012; spread across theater venues in Old City, Center City and West Philadelphia.

Staying consistent with the annual programming goals, filmgoers can once again expect a full allotment of film screenings, guests, industry presence and special events.

See below for a full overview of this year’s critically-acclaimed 20th Anniversary festival:

 

DATES:                      October 20 – November 3, 2011

 

LOCATIONS:           Old City: Ritz East (2 Screens) and Ritz Five (1 Screen)

Center City: Prince Music Theater

University City: Rave, International House, Zellerbach Theater (Annenberg Center)

 

PROGRAM & ATTENDANCE:  Approximately 35,000 tickets sold to over 250 Screenings of 145 domestic & international narrative, documentary and short films.

 

Thematic Categories:  Galas & Special Events Screenings

Masters of Cinema

World Narratives

Greater Filmadelphia (local)

Sight & Soundtrack

New French Film

American Independents

Sports in Motion

Spotlights

Documentary Showcase

The Graveyard Shift

From the Vaults

Spanish Language Cinema

Shorts Programs

Docs for Kids

 

HIGHLIGHTS:        Opening Night LIKE CRAZY, directed by Drake Doremus:  A powerful story about two young lovers whose relationship is threatened by international borders, followed by the Opening Night Party at the Agora in the Annenberg Center

Closing Night: THE DESCENDANTS, directed by Alexander Payne: An emotional and inspiring film of a man forced to accept his role as sole parent to two young daughters following a tragic accident, followed by the Closing Night Party at Sigma Sound Studios.

Galas:  ANONYMOUS, THE ARTIST, JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, SHAME

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:  FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, written and directed by Peter Berg:

A special retrospective screening followed by an in-depth and captivating conversation with writer/director Peter Berg and author Buzz Bissinger.

I’M CAROLINE PARKER: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: A screening of the powerful new documentary followed by an incredible Q&A discussion with renowned director Jonathan Demme (PHILADELPHIA, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS).

Docs for Kids sidebar, including FIRST POSITION, SHAKESPEARE HIGH, TO BE HEARD and BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY, featuring a Q&A with Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo.

Social Impact films and extended post-screening discussions curated by Festival Founding Director Linda Blackaby, featuring BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, GIVE UP TOMORROW. TO BE HEARD and WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Free panels, featuring local and national industry professionals on topics such as, “After the Shoot: What Happens Next in the New World of Distribution?” and “Go Local: Making a Film in Philadelphia.”

 

AWARDS:  Tributes to luminaries in the industry and the Festival’s annual honors:

Best Feature Film (Narrative): POLICEMAN

Best Feature Film (Documentary): WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM

“Archie” Award for Best First Feature: MICHAEL

Best Local Feature: RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH

Audience Award: STAGING HOPE

 

GUESTS: Over 100 filmmakers, actors and entertainment industry guests, including:

Drake Doremus, co-writer/director and Felicity Jones, actress, of LIKE CRAZY.

Mark Duplass, co-writer/co-director of JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME.

Martin Donovan, writer/director/actor, and David Morse, actor, of COLLABORATOR

Chuck Wepner, former heavyweight champion and subject, along with director Jeff Feuerzeig
and producer Mike Tollin of  THE REAL ROCKY

George Parra, producer of THE DESCENDANTS

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