- Film Festival
As of this morning, there is officially one week remaining in our Kickstarter campaign to get the Roxy Theater back to it’s former glory. And thanks to the 395 incredible backers so far, we’ve reached our goal of $40,000.00! With this post, we’d like to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the cause to restore the last remaining independent theater in Center City.
While we here at the Philadelphia Film Society are eternally grateful for the contributions thus far, the proceeds from Kickstarter are only a small portion of what we require to fully restore the Roxy.
This year marked my first time attending the Berlinale. Having never been to Berlin before, and knowing the importance of the Festival, I was very excited for the trip. Every Festival is a very distinct experience, and Berlinale is no exception. The industry presence is overwhelmingly international, even more so than Cannes, largely because of the proximity to Sundance (Berlin starts about 2 weeks after).
Just got back from the Sundance Film Festival and I’m happy to report that there are some great things in store for filmgoers this year. After many sleepless nights, long hours in lines and some plowing through screeners in front of my laptop, I’ve managed to sift through 90+ movies. Some incredible gems, some duds, plenty of things I’m excited to follow up with and hopefully bring to Philly in the fall. What will make the cut? You’ll just have to wait and see. But, in the meantime, there are some great Sundance hits just around the corner.
Last Friday, the whole line up for this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival went live. Hopefully in the week that it’s been available, you’ve noticed that there’s a great selection this year, but for you newbies (or even some of you veteran festival goers), it might be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which films to see.
DREDD 3D is quite possibly the one of the best surprises that you’ll see at the cinema all year (apart from the films of the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival, October 18-28, 2012 <-Shamless Plug). It’s an action film that takes itself rather seriously, and yet still manages to have an incredible amount of fun – from the fantastic performances firmly grounded in a post-apocalyptic surreality to the perfect complimentary scoring to the visually sumptuous effects, there’s something here for all genre fans.
This weekend, the new movie from the hometown writing/directing team Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, ‘The Words’, opens in theaters everywhere. Featuring fellow Philly boy Bradley Cooper, as well as Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, and J.K. Simmons, the film tells the story of Rory Jansen, a struggling writer who finds fame after passing off a lost manuscript as his own novel and then deals with the consequences of stealing another man’s words.
Well, that’s one story that’s presented in the movie anyway.
Earlier this week, PFS members previewed the new film, Lawless, by director John Hillcoat; starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce.
Based on international best-selling author Matt Bondurant's second novel, The Wettest County in the World, the film recounts true events of the Bondurant family's involvement in Great Moonshine Conspiracy of 1935.
Watch Trailers for IFC's HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE and AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY to Win Tickets to YOUR SISTER'S SISTER!
YOUR SISTER'S SISTER is a favorite film in the PFS office and we are very excited to offer up a pair of Run of Engagement tickets for you to see the film during any showing Mon - Thurs after the film opens June 22, 2012 at the Ritz Five in Philadelphia!
Last Wednesday, the Philadelphia Film Society held a preview screening of Moonrise Kingdom,the ninth film of acclaimed director, Wes Anderson. The latest installment from the director that brought us The Royal Tennenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox,traces two committed youngsters, Sam and Suzy on their adventure to run awayfrom their misunderstood lives, so they can be hidden away from the rest of the world on the small, rocky Rhode Island beach cove they have named together, Moonrise Kingdom.
Eric Toledano, one of the directors of the French box-office smash, THE INTOUCHABLES had been barely been in Philadelphia a day before he learned a new word. There is no direct French translation for the phrase, and yet when it was explained to him Eric couldn't think of a better word to describe his relationship with directing partner Olivier Nakache.
The two met as counselors at a Summer Camp where they bonded over their mutual love of cinema.