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Local filmmakers showcased in February’s Filmadelphia at the Roxy Series

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By Avery Maehrer

Joe Lee was horrified to make the call.

An idea had sprung in his head for a documentary about Sue and Ron Witman, whose family made headlines after their son was found guilty of brutally killing his younger brother. But for Lee’s vision to come to fruition, he had to pick up the phone and convince the married couple to tell him their story. After Lee overcame his nerves and reached out to the Witmans, they met in person. The rest is history.

“They kind of fell in love with us,” Lee said. “And we fell in love with them.”

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The result of what followed Lee’s phone call is “The Witmans” – one of three short films by local filmmakers showcased on Feb. 18 in the

Philadelphia Film Society’s Filmadelphia at the Roxy program. In addition to Lee’s work, Doris ChiaChing Lin’s “Maquette 1:1000” and Hilary Brashear’s “Triptych” were also screened in front of a packed theater.

So Bad It’s Good – My Best Friend is a Vampire

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By Alexander Goodlive

With all the hate that The Twilight Saga gets (and rightfully so) for destroying the image of what a vampire is and should be, few realize that vampire movies have always existed outside of household Anne Rice fetish material. While it is tempting to blame the downfall of modern vampires on Stephanie Meyer, a movie came out in the 80s that, if held to the same standards, would be equally as blasphemous in the eyes of many a Hot Topic shopper.

So Bad It’s Good – This Means War

This Means War

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By Alexander Goodlive

Imagine that two secret agents coincidentally fall in love with the same, down-home blonde-haired Reese Witherspoon… Just imagine that. Now let’s imagine that these two secret agents are actually James T. Kirk and Bane in a series of one-upping Bash Brothers mayhem. Witherspoon meets Tom Hardy on an online date, while Chris Pine heaps a massive dose of Casanova fail on her, though she is slowly charmed by his loveable narcissism. Oh, and Chelsea Handler is the best friend, obliging her duties by giving exposition to the NSA-style setup the agents arranged in order to learn everything about the girl.

Doesn’t that sound awesome?

Oh, it is, but not for the reasons it intended to be.

PFS Rapid Review – Her

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By Justin Dorsey

Spike Jonze’s Her gives new meaning to computer love. Or does it? In the movie, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), an unofficial divorcee, falls in love with his operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johanson). The film is poetically shot and the mise-en-scene is simply toothsome. Jonze’s genius shines through. Although hinting to the near future, the film speaks to an aspect of the current human condition: an existence inextricable to smart technology and digital mediation.

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Justin Dorsey hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Cinema major at the University of Pennsylvania and professional interpreter.

So Bad It’s Good – Speed Racer

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By Keegan Handley

I’m a new guy here on my first assignment – a “So Bad It’s Good” column, a section usually reserved for picking movies so bad (i.e. terrible in some form of production) that they’re good (hilarious in their ineptitude).

Well, I’m going to argue this movie is accepted as bad…but isn’t even bad at all.

(I know. What nerve!)

PFS Rapid Review – Inside Llewyn Davis

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By Davis Rivera

Joel and Ethan Coen‘s new film about grief, pride, and the state of the folk music scene in 1961 brilliantly shows the humiliations and darkly comic surprises an unwavering dedication to one’s art can bestow on the artist.  This gorgeously crafted film is an obvious labor of love for the Coens (they even shot part of the film on Jones Street where the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was shot) and by the time it unveiled its poignant cameo, I did not want to bid farewell to one of the last great films of 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis.

Become a Founding Member of the PFS Theater at the Roxy!

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PFS members receive a ton of great benefits with their annual contribution to the  Film Society, but in 2013 there are two additional incentives to becoming a member: The PFS Theater at the Roxy and recognition as a Founding Member!

Everyone who made a contribution to the Philadelphia Film Society and the PFS Theater at the Roxy in 2013 will be recognized as a Founding Member. Memberships and gifts of $500 and below will be honored on the Roxy screens before each film. Contributions of $500 and above will be listed on a permanent plaque in the PFS Roxy Theater lobby.

Be apart of this historic year and join our community of film lovers with a PFS membership! New levels begin at $35 and include benefits to the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Children’s International Film Festival and the PFS Theater at the Roxy!

Learn more about the different levels and sign up today >> 

The Despicablimp Adventure

'Despicablimp' soars over Philadelphia until Sunday, September 15!

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Late this fall, PFS will be embarking on its newest chapter of film programming with the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival (Save the Dates:  November 15 – 17, 2013).   What better way to do some field research than visit Universal Pictures’ ‘Despicablimp’ as it soars through the skies of Philadelphia promoting  Despicable Me 2!

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PFS Interview – Getaway

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BY Alex Gibson

The streets of Sofia, Bulgaria are alive with the Christmas spirit.  Garland curls up the lampposts, lights twinkle, and a holiday market has sprung up in the park.  Brent Magna comes home expecting to see his wife trimming their tree, but instead finds broken glass ornaments and their apartment trashed.  The phone rings. A mysterious voice tells Brent that his wife has been taken and the only way they’ll be reunited is for Brent to follow the voice’s instructions precisely.  The voice’s orders lead Brent to commandeer Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, along with its owner, and tear through the city until the seemingly omniscient villain is satisfied.  This is the plot of the high-octane new thriller Getaway, which recently screened in Manayunk.

The film was directed by co-founder and CEO of After Dark Films, Courtney Solomon.  Solomon has made such acclaimed films as An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, and Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon.  On the horizon, Solomon will be working on new action films under the banner of After Dark Action, and a movie based on Dungeons & Dragons.  Earlier this month, he sat down with me to animatedly discuss the ins and outs of Getaway, which opens August 30 and stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight.

PFS Rapid Reviews – The World’s End

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BY Sam Rossman

There’s so much about The World’s End to like; it’s highly original, hilarious and even has an emotional center at times. Not to take away from the rest of the cast who are all very good, but Simon Pegg really shines in his role, playing a character very different than his usual type of character. All in all, The World’s End is easily some of the most fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.