The “Filmadelphia at the Roxy” Program is a new, monthly screening series funded by a grant awarded through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, supporting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) MAY 15, 2013 – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to announce the launch of a monthly screening series that will provide local filmmakers with a voice and platform to display their work. “Filmadelphia at the Roxy” is made possible by a $150,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. All screenings will take place at the PFS Theater at the Roxy, which was leased by PFS in 2012 and will operate as Center City’s only first-run movie theater beginning in 2013.
“This is one of the many projects we had in mind when we first took over the management of the Roxy,” said PFS Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt. “We’re so thrilled to be able to provide local filmmakers the outlet they deserve to showcase their films. There is so much talent in Philadelphia and we believe that this program will give these filmmakers the opportunity to share their passion with the rest of the Philadelphia community.”
While technological advancements have made the production of films more accessible than ever to all levels of filmmakers, avenues to exhibit their works remain limited. Exhibition is particularly difficult in Philadelphia due to the lack of movie theaters in the city, which inhibits the ability to experience a diverse selection of movies in a public setting. PFS hopes to foster greater creativity through film by providing filmmakers of all ages, levels and backgrounds a venue to showcase their work and elicit audience feedback, utilizing the PFS Theater at the Roxy as a hub for the Philadelphia filmmaking community.
Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds innovative ideas that enrich and engage Philadelphia through the arts.
“Art brings people together. But to create it, artists need spaces where they can connect and share ideas and perspectives. The Philadelphia Film Society is providing just that kind of platform,” said Dennis Scholl, VP/arts at Knight Foundation.
PFS plans to launch the program in the Fall of 2013 and will be accepting film submissions on an ongoing basis. Full details about the “Filmadelphia at the Roxy” series will be available at www.filmadelphia.org.
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