By Le Anne Lindsay
The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Film + Music Festival took place this past weekend (Sept 22-25, 2011) in our own backyard. In fact, all the films for the event were shown mere feet from our office doors, as PFS shares space with Invincible Pictures in the Philadelphia Sound Stages. (Other event venues included The Skybox @2424 Studios, M Room, The El Bar, Penn’s Landing, The Fire, Murph’s Bar, Kung Fu Necktie, The Ukie Club, Girard Fest, Tracadero Theater, World Cafe Live, TLA on South Street, North Star Bar).
Organizers: Joseph Lekkas, Isaac Friese, and David Grasso managed to put together a Sh*# load of bands to perform all weekend! Some performances started as early as 11am and some started as late as 1am.
This blogger wasn’t big on the late night aspect. I did arrive at the Heineken sponsored opening night party at 2424 Studios around 10:30pm — like a hip clubber, right?! It was only because I was coming from the PFS preview screening of Moneyball (Moneyball commentary to come) and I left the party at 11:30pm.
I felt this couple, Adam Thompson and Janel Sterbentz, totally represented the music fest type — kinda rock chic — so I yelled to them over the super loud rock/rap group Philadelphia Slick, “What are you planning to see during the festival?” I couldn’t hear their reply, so I told them to point on the festival program guide, Janel’s fingers jabbed at Viva Voce, the 5pm band at the Ukie Club Outdoor Stage and to the film Meet Me on South Street:The Story of JC Dobbs.
Friday, I went to the screening of Sound It Out. It was shown on a TV in the Green Room at Invincible Pictures, because of one of those pesky PAL (EU) vs NTSC (USA) formatting issues. There were all of 10 of us at the screening, so the downloaded version on the small screen worked just fine.
The film was about the last surviving vinyl record store in the UK, located in Teesside, North East England. A worthy subject, however, I felt the doc needed major editing, a far more interesting store owner and a bit more of a hook; somehow interviewing the store patrons wasn’t enough to keep the piece from falling flat.
The next film, shown on the big screen and well attended, was Color Me Obsessed: The Replacements. Color me clueless, as I’ve never heard of The Replacements. However, according to filmmaker Gorman Bechard and the 15-20 people interviewed, which included George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) and The Goo Goo Dolls, The Replacements was the quintessential, singular, mother of all, underground punk scene bands of the 80’s and early 90’s.
These 4 hooligans were unpredictable, unprofessional and unholy, all things a great rock band should be. Their music? From all accounts, truly stellar cuts. I’ll have to take their word for it, because the film was music-less. Bechard said he wanted this to be a complete homage to the band, more of a reminiscence, so no song clips, no interviews with the remaining band members and not even any pictures of The Replacements until the last frame of the doc. Embedded below is an excerpt of the Q & A with Gorman Bechard.
For more coverage on the FM Festival weekend visit Tinsel & Tine.
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