Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Festival Newsline #12: Festival Newsline #12

This Trolley’s Pulling into the Station
Festival Newsline #12
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

There’s not much more to say, so let’s get to it….

1 – TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Prince Music Theater
7:15 – FRIENDS WITH MONEY – SOLD OUT
In this hilarious ensemble piece (and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival’s Opening Night Film), four of American cinema’s finest and funniest actresses play best friends in L.A. who wonder if money really does soften life’s blows.

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
Old Original Bookbinders (see below)

FESTIVAL FAVORITES
Ritz East 1
7:15 – WORDPLAY – SOLD OUT
More than fifty million Americans do crossword puzzles each week, and many of them gravitate towards the puzzle presented by the esteemed New York Times. This documentary provides a glimpse at how these language labyrinths are created. Director Patrick Creedon, and film subjects Will Shortz (New York Times) and Merl Reagle (Philadelphia Inquirer) will attend.

9:30 -- THE CAMDEN 28
As illustrated by this documentary, one of the most significant and surprising events to take place in response to the Vietnam War occurred just across the river in Camden, New Jersey. Director Anthony Giacchino will attend.

Ritz East 2
7:00 -- THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG – ONLY TWENTY LEFT
The director of the acclaimed festival favorite Story of the Weeping Camel is back with this extraordinarily moving story of a nomadic young Mongolian girl and her friendship with a puppy.

9:15 – A BITTERSWEET LIFE
This visually stunning tale of gangland revenge from the Korean director of Tale of Two Sisters has style to burn and shootouts that make vintage John Woo look like romantic comedies by comparison.

Ritz 5
7:15 -- TAPAS
A corner tapas bar in a Barcelona neighborhood is the focal point in this whimsical yet tender ensemble tale featuring different characters, all in search of love, connection and meaning.

9:30 -- ELSA AND FRED
A delightful comedy about the romance between two senior citizens in Madrid, this features an unforgettable, award-caliber performance from Argentinean actress China Zorrilla.

The Bridge
7:15 – CARMEN
As arrestingly odd and unpredictable as anything you’re likely to see in the festival, this film tells the story of an ultra-intelligent bonobo ape who runs away from a research institute to join a middle-class family.

9:30 – THE PROPOSITION
A visually stunning if harrowingly violent anti-Western written by rock star Nick Cave, this brutal saga of colonialism and brotherly rivalry in 19th-century Australia boasts extraordinary performances from Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone and Emily Watson.

Cinema at Penn
7:00 pm -- BEETHOVEN’S HAIR
Canada, Great Britain, Czech Republic, 84 min) Can an alleged lock of Beethoven’s magnificent mane — snatched on his deathbed and then passed from country to country — hold the secret to the composer’s fiery temperament and even his deafness?

9:15 pm -- SHAME OF A CITY
It’s the 2003 Mayoral election of Philadelphia - with all of its infamy, political thuggery, scandals, drama and (of course) the fallout of “the bug.” A daring exposé on Philly’s “politics as usual.” Director Tigre Hill will attend.


2 – AND THE WINNERS WERE

The Philadelphia CityPaper Festival of Independents gives its own awards, and the winners were announced at Sunday’s FestIndies Closing Night Party:

Best Feature-length Film - The Shame of a City, directed by Tigre Hill
Best Documentary Short - Contribute 2 the experience, directed by David Sylvester
Best Experimental Short - Testing, directed by Ted Knighton
Best Animation Short - The Legend of Black Tom, directed by Deron Albright
Best Narrative Short - In the Tradition of my Family, directed by Todd Davis
NFL Technical Achievement Award - the 4th dimension, directed by Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni

Special Mention: The Festival of Independents wishes to thank all of its Production Volunteers who worked tirelessly to help make this year's events the BEST ever!


3 -- AND THE WINNERS WILL BE….

Tonight we announce the winners of the Festival Jury Prizes and Audience Awards, which we’ll send you in our wrap-up Newsline tomorrow.

Jury Prizes:
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Director
Best First Film
The Archie Award, named in honor of Archie Perlmutter

Audience Awards, based on audience ballots:
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Danger After Dark


4 – TODAY’S EVENTS

5:00 – Cine Café, “Music and Film”: The Cine Café series concludes with a program stemming from our Lights! Camera! Music! focus, led by David Copenhafer, of the Penn Music Department.
FREE. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street. For more information, visit http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania

9:00 pm-1:00 am – Closing Night Party: The 15th Philadelphia Film Festival ends in style at the reopened and refurbished Old Original Bookbinders. Closing Night attendees will hop on trolleys (courtesy of Philadelphia Trolley Works), while Old City festival goers are only a block away. (University City festival folks: SEPTA stops right at 2nd Street, and we’re only four blocks south!)

Partygoers will enjoy appetizing bites courtesy of Bookbinders and drinks courtesy of the Festival’s generous sponsors: Absolut Level, Jim Beam Black, Stella Artois and Yellow Tail Wines.
Party Tickets: $25, at the door. Sponsored by Bookbinders, Philadelphia Trolley Works, Absolut Level, Jim Beam Black, Stella Artois and Yellow Tail Wines.


5 – LUCK BE A LADY TONIGHT

Thanks to Atlantic City, the Film Festival is adding a special attraction to its Closing Night Party at Old Original Bookbinders by encouraging all party-goers to enter the following drawing:

Atlantic City, a city that’s “Always Turned On” invites you to our seaside resort to spend several days getting reacquainted with what you thought was the old Atlantic City but now is a hip happening place to be and be seen. This two night getaway features accommodations at one of our glittering casinos along the legendary Boardwalk, breakfast each morning, a gourmet dinner at one of our award winning restaurants, a $50 gift certificate to the Atlantic City Outlets and tickets to one of our revue, comedy or headliner shows. A welcome bag filled with Atlantic City goodies will be waiting for you upon check in.

This offer is valid Sunday through Thursday; holidays and weekends are not available.


6 – LOOKING BACK

This week we will start posting photos from the Film Festival on our Web site, www.phillyfests.com. We will also post the ballot results for all the films, so you can see what you and your fellow audience members thought.


7 – TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available for purchase at the venue, beginning 30 minutes before the first screening, cash only.

Two screenings are sold out, but if you arrive early and get into the Wait line, it is possible there may be possible that some reserved tickets will become available for resale at the last minute.


8 – PFS MEMBERSHIP

The Philadelphia Film Festival is produced by the Philadelphia Film Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting outstanding film and video in the greater Philadelphia region. To become a Society member, call 215-733-0608 x 296 or visit www.phillyfests.com.


9 – SPONSORSHIP APPRECIATION

The Philadelphia Film Festival is made possible by the support of over one hundred sponsoring organizations, led by the Pennsylvania Film Office, the Bridge: cinema de lux, the City of Philadelphia, and TLA Entertainment Group.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.PHILLYFESTS.COM

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