(PHILADELPHIA, PA) June 19, 2013 – The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), in partnership with Thomas Properties Group, Inc. of Commerce Square presents a three-part summer film series to raise awareness about the Filmadelphia Matching Mission. The partnership will assist PFS in reaching its $150,000 fundraising goal over the next year to match a $150,000 grant awarded to the organization by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. The grant will contribute to the PFS Theater at the Roxy restoration project, which will help fund equipment and the ability to host a monthly screening series, “Filmadelphia at the Roxy”, providing local filmmakers with a voice and platform to display their work.
Thomas Properties Group, Inc., the legacy owner of Commerce Square since 1987, is partnering with PFS as it commences on its inaugural spring 2013 campaign for the arts, allowing for free content on the newly operable media wall in the courtyard at Commerce Square. Commerce Square is located just a few blocks south of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, known as the “most artistic mile in the country,” featuring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation.
All screenings will be held at 12:00pm (noon) on the media wall in the courtyard at Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Philadelphia, 19103. Admission is free and open to the public. Film content is suitable for all ages.
Scheduled films include:
Thursday, June 27
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
Considered by many to be the finest musical comedy of all-time, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is sheer delight. Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote this wonderful film about the time when movies were changing from silent to talkies. The songs range from the hilarious “Make ‘Em Laugh” performed by Donald O’Connor, to the delicate “You Were Meant for Me” and the show-stopping classic “Singin’ in the Rain” solo by Gene Kelly.
Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor.
Thursday, July 18
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
Pure of heart Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) along with four grossly gluttonous girls and boys win the opportunity to tour eccentric recluse Willy Wonka’s (Gene Wilder) magical candy factory and the chance to win a lifetime supply of chocolate in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. One-by-one, the children are undone by their own greed as the group sails down chocolate rivers until only Charlie is left to claim a prize even more grand than a lifetime of chocolate.
Directed by Mel Stuart. Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson.
Thursday, August 15
THE MUPPETS (2011)
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways.
Directed by James Bobin. Starring Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper.
Support the Filmadelphia Matching Mission:
Information about the Filmadelphia Matching Mission and supporting PFS in furthering the Arts in Philadelphia can be found online by visiting www.filmadelphia.org/matchingmission
Philadelphia Film Society representatives will be on site at all screenings in Commerce Square with news on the progress of the PFS Theater at the Roxy and how you can assist in the restoration project.
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