Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Arna’s Children at Clark Park

On Tuesday, July 17th, the Philadelphia Anti-War Forum and the Philadelphia International Action Center are sponsoring a screening of the film Arna’s Children at Clark Park (45th and Regent).

Juliano Mer Khamis’ documentary on his Jewish mother, Arna, an activist against the Israeli occupation who founded an alternative education system and theater group for Palestinian children, The film was shot between 1992 and 2002, and follows a group of Palestinian children as they grow up and have to face the reality of the Israeli occupation.

The screening starts at 8 pm and attendees are invited to bring chairs and blankets.



The 13th Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest kicks off tomorrow night and will be screening movies at break-neck speed until the 24th of July. The largest event of its kind of the east coast, they’ll be showing nearly 200 movies throughout Center City (including one directed by RuPaul called Starrbooty. She’ll be appearing at a Q&A after the screening).

So make sure you get to some movies over the next couple of weeks, there are sure to be some good ones.

IFC film fest at Schuylkill River Park

Outdoor film fest

I missed writing about this in time for you all to check this out tonight, but the beauty of the film fest that they’re having in the Schuylkill River Park is that it lasts for three days, so you’ve still got two more nights to check it out. It’s a pretty cool deal, they’ve set up a huge inflatable screen in the park right at Locust Street and there are a bunch of food vendors set up (or at least there were tonight). The weather is supposed to break tonight, but they are calling for thunderstorms tomorrow night, so Thursday night will probably be the night to head out there. Napoleon Dynamite, anyone?

Suspense on the Banks (of the Schuylkill)

I just went out for an evening run along the Schuylkill River (did you see me? I was the one gasping for air) and saw the setup for the free “Suspense on the Banks!” Thursday night movie. Every other Thursday from tonight through August 23rd, they will be showing Hitchcock films starting at dusk (about 8:30). Tonight is Dial M for Murder.

The setup looks like a projector aimed at the side of a big white truck, and I’m assuming you bring your own chairs / blankets / food. They’re located just below Walnut Street, right across from the Schuylkill Banks River Tour boat.

I won’t be there tonight, but in two weeks they will be showing Rear Window. It’s one of my favorites, so hopefully I will be able to convince some friends to join me.

PhillyCarShare at the movies

Philly’s very own, home-grown, non-profit car share system doesn’t just care about getting you where you need to go. They also want to make sure you make time for fun and frivolity. In the pursuit of good times and entertainment, they will be screening films at a different location every other Wednesday throughout the summer (and if you arrive early enough, you might just get some free popcorn out of the deal as well).

On Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30 pm, they’ll show The Adventures of Baron Munchausen at the Jamaican Jerk Hut (15th & South St.).

On Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30pm you can catch Buckaroo Bonzai (one of my all-time favorite movies) at the parking lot of Bell Floor Covering (1050 North 2nd street – Northern Liberties right next to Liberties Walk).

UNCUT Productions First Friday Art & Film Party!

Looking for something to do next Friday (June 1st)? Want to help out a growing Philly production unit? Well if so check out below press release I received:

UNCUT Productions (the multi-faceted production company behind the 2006 Philly Fringe smash Disaster: The Musical! And the Philadelphia Film Festivals official selection The Fifth Annual Underground Drunken Spelling Bee) is celebrating their Fifth birthday with an eclectic artistic evening entitled The Donkey Party located at Christ Church on June 1, 2007. The Annual Fundraiser, Art Gallery and UNCUT Film Retrospective funds all UNCUT projects for the year as well as supports The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This all-inclusive event begins at 7:00PM. Tickets are priced at $10 -$20 and are available through the UNCUT website at The Christ Church Annex is located at 20 N. American Street at 2nd and market Streets in old City Philadelphia.

The party starts at 7:00PM when we open the doors to our first ever UNCUT curated Art Gallery featuring over 20 amazing local artists with work on display and for sale. Throughout the evening tune in to the big screen and watch UNCUT films from our inception to today! Four years of footage with programming slated every fifteen minutes, UNCUT invites you to view our highlights as well as sneak peeks including scenes from the highly anticipated feature film Eye of the Tiger : Thrill of the Fight! a manic comedy shot on the steps of The Philadelphia Art Museum. Featuring never before seen footage and deleted scenes (which may never be seen again), the film programming is slated to begin at 7:30pm. Beer and wine graciously donated by Yards Brewery is available at the event. A $10 ticket donation garners a free drink and a $20 ticket donation procures an open beer bar ticket! A small silent auction accompanies the event with awesome items to bid on from local restaurants, theaters, hotels and shops! DJ Brown mixes effortlessly between the programming and Danger Dancing ( UNCUTs very own brand of dancing out of control) is strongly encouraged.

The fundraiser promises to be an all out celebration and UNCUT encourages you to come and go from Christ Church and into the street for First Friday activities. UNCUT is currently looking for a few additional artists to display work in the gallery as well as volunteers for the event.

More information about *The Donkey Party *and UNCUT Productions can be found at or by contacting Mark A Dahl at 215-837-1729.

Uncut Productions is a non-profit organization that was founded on the idea
that artists of all mediums could create incredible works of art together. Uncut is a registered 501 c3 non profit organization

Philly Film Fest Ballots Results Up

Every person who attends a movie at the Philadelphia Film Festival is handed a ballot upon entrance to the theater. After the screening is over, you are asked to rate the film by tearing the ballot on a 1-5 scale, 1 indicating that the film was poor and 5 being the best rating you can give. I’ve always wondered what they did with those ballots as tallying them seems like a monumental task.

Well, apparently the folks behind the Philly Film Fest like those monumental tasks (or they’ve got a stable of interns doing data entry) because they posted the results of the ballots on their website. You can find the complete list here. It’s sort of fun to go and see what other people thought of the movies you saw, although I’m a little stunned to see that people thought Crazy Love was so good. I thought it was just sort of crazy.

Free Screening of Philadelphia

On Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at 8:00 pm at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) ActionAIDS will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by screening the award winning film Philadelphia, (1993), starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. No other film better encapsulates the misconceptions surrounding HIV/AIDS and those who contract it.

Fifteen years ago, the Arch Street office of ActionAIDS was a location for filming and the clients were used as extras in clinic scenes. By the time the film had a “Hollywood-type” premiere at the SamEric (The Boyd) Theatre, those featured in the film had died. AIDS treatment today has been somewhat successful in improving health and prolonging life, but there remains no cure. The fight to educate and erradicate continues…

Admission is free but tickets are needed: For tickets and reservations, please call Larry Slagle at 215 981-3346.

The Festival Favorites are up!

Whether you’ve been following the Film Fest, or you haven’t gotten to a single screening, you might be interested in knowing that they’ve announced the line-up for the Festival Favorites. The last three days of the Fest are primarily devoted to the screening of movies that got high marks from the viewers during their first go-round. I bought a ten-pass to the Festival this year, and managed to see 7 out of the 10 movies I had tickets to (life got a little crazy this week), and sadly, not a one that I’ve seen was selected to be a favorite. However, I had friends who saw Cashback and said that it was quite terrific and that if you liked Garden State, you’ll like this one.

Birth of a Nation Remix

I had to watch Birth of a Nation in a high school social studies class. For those of you not in the know, it is a film by D.W. Griffin that is about the Civil War and the creation of the Ku Klux Klan. It was released in 1915, generated much controvery and made a whole lot of money. It is famous both for it’s innovative film techniques and the oppressive and racist perspectives it presents.

Tonight at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, DJ Spooky will perform what he calls a “digital exorcism” of this film (and I do believe it could use it). It’s on the Philly Funsaver, which means that tickets are half price ($11). They call it a “three-screen audio and video extravaganza that confronts the racist legacy of the original film with a live remix of classic footage along with his signature illbient soundtrack.”

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