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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The first Philadelphia festival solely dedicated to movies about music…brought to you by the local authorities on film and music. It's four days of contemporary films including rockumentaries, biopics about musicians and movies that are defined by great soundtracks spanning a variety of musical genres, along with live performances and special events.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The inaugural 4-day film festival, held from April 26-29, 2012, concludes with great success! Events took place at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Theater of the Living Arts (TLA) and World Cafe Live. Approximately 2,300 tickets sold to 26 Screenings of 19 rockumentaries, musician biopics, and films that are defined by great soundtracks.
Opening Night: BIG EASY EXPRESS directed by Emmett Malloy
A throwback to the great music tours of yesteryear, this film documents the adventurous journey of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons as they set out by train from Oakland to New Orleans for their 2011 “tour of dreams.”
Closing Night: UNDER AFRICAN SKIES directed by Joe Berlinger
Filmmaker and Philadelphia Film Festival alum Joe Berlinger's enthralling film chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to perform a reunion concert in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Graceland, while also revisiting the tremendous success and criticism that accompanied the initial release of this seminal album.
Special Events included:
OPENING NIGHT PARTY sponsored by Doc Magrogan's Oyster House, Dock Street Brewing Company and Magners Irish Cider
Guests were invited to commemorate the opening film, BIG EASY EXPRESS, by taking their own trip from the Golden Gate Bridge to Bourbon Street with jazz sounds from the band HOT CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA, live painting of a portrait of MUMFORD & SONS by local artist TAQIY MUHAMMAD and plenty of drinks and hors d'ouevres by our sponsors.
GIRL WALK//ALL DAY directed by Jacob Krupnick
An astounding achievement in cinema and the ultimate mashup dance party, this feature-length music video for Girl Talk’s latest album follows three incredible dancers through the streets of New York City. From Central Park to Yankee Stadium, these dancers exuberantly embrace their surroundings, turning the most mundane situations into lively public performances. The film was viewed during a dance party, featuring live performances by some of Philadelphia’s best local DJs.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with Live Shadow Cast by the Transylvanian Nipple Productions
A special midnight screening of Jim Sharman’s ultimate cult classic, a musical adventure about a recently engaged couple that stumble into a bizarre world of sex, experiments and rock and roll when their car breaks down near a mysterious mansion.
Guests: Post-screening Q&As and musical performances by filmmakers, actors and subjects, including:
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS and SURROGATE VALENTINE
Actor/Musician Goh Nakamura, Writer Michael Lerman
HI MY NAME IS RYAN
Director Stephen Rose, Subject Ryan Avery
I AM NOT A HIPSTER
Director Destin Cretton, Actor Adam Shapiro, Actor/Musician Lauren Coleman
OF ALL THE THINGS
Director Jody Lambert, Subject Dennis Lambert
OF LOVE, DEATH & BEYOND – EXPLORING MAHLER’S “RESURECTION” SYMPHONY
Director Jason Starr
THE WRECKING CREW
Director Denny Tedesco
J. Andrew Greenblatt (Executive Director )
Screeners will not be returned.
Films should be at least a premiere in the greater Philadelphia area, and should not have screened publicly elsewhere in the Philadelphia Region.
Films should not be available publicly in any form of digital streaming, rental or sale.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Philadelphia Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt or stills from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and in perpetuity thereafter for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Philadelphia Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.