We here at Philebrity are proud to announce that we’re the online media partner for the first-ever Cinedelphia Film Festival, slated to run from April 4 – 27, here in Philly. Curated by Eric Bresler of Cinedelphia.com — itself a fantastic resource for local film events and repertory film info, by the way — the sprawling, three-week fest is billed as “a celebration of the past and present of Philly film.” And that’s not even close to being standard Philly film fest lip service: Literally every one of the 30+ film events programmed thus far has a direct relation to the city we call home. As such, it will be necessarily very weird, and very fun. From screenings of archival film and video of every stripe to features produced here this year, the CFF promises to be a thing as unique as the city itself.
After the jump, the initial press release for the Cinedelphia Film Festival. As the fest draws closer, we’ll have lots of updates and other fun stuff.
THE CINEDELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL
A celebration of the past and present of Philly film.
(Philadelphia, PA) January 22, 2013 – Running from April 4 – 27, 2013, the Cinedelphia Film Festival is a celebration of the past and present of film in Philadelphia. All of the programming for this first-of-its-kind event is Philadelphia-related in some manner, be it shooting location, special guest, community programmer, etc. The CFF is presented by Cinedelphia.com, the online center of the Philadelphia film community.
“There’s a lot more to Philly film than Rocky or Shyamalan,” said Eric Bresler, Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com and organizer of the CFF. “The goal of the CFF is to illustrate Philly’s rich film history, as well as its vibrant present, to the greater populace.”
The CFF will feature 30+ programs over the course of 24 consecutive days. Venues include PhilaMOCA, International House, Ardmore’s Viva Video!, and others TBA. Community partners/presenters include International House Philadelphia, The Secret Cinema, TLA Entertainment, Exhumed Films, Urban Archives – Temple University Libraries, Reelblack, Termite TV, Viva Video!, Artsploitation Films, Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and many others.
The Festival’s diverse programming slate ranges from accessible histories to esoteric time capsules as demonstrated in the opening weekend schedule:
Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:00 PM @ International House: IHP will present a program of short films from a 1979 film series that celebrated the I-House’s newly-formed partnership with the Neighborhood Film Project.
Friday, April 5, 2013
7:00 PM @ TBA: The Secret Cinema will present the newest edition of FROM PHILADELPHIA WITH LOVE, an ongoing investigation of industrial, educational and other lost local films, plus a look back at 21 years of the Secret Cinema.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:00 PM @ PhilaMOCA: Video Pirates presents a Scott and Gary Show retrospective and live episode recreation featuring Scott, Gary, and The Beatoes.
10:00 PM @ PhilaMOCA: World Premiere of Video Pirates – Philadelphia, a live feature-length comedy show comprised entirely of Philly-related VHS clips from the 70s – 90s.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
7:00 PM @ PhilaMOCA: Philly horror double-feature of GIRLS SCHOOL SCREAMERS (1986) and BLADES (1989) with Directors and Producers in attendance.
Additional programming will be announced over the coming weeks, full schedule will be available in March.
PhilaMOCA will host a “Philly film”-themed art show throughout the month of April, the Call for Art has been posted here:
The CFF is also currently holding a call for vintage Philly punk/hardcore footage for a visual retrospective on the Philly DIY punk scene:
A limited number (20) of All-Access Badges are currently available as a means of fundraising, no additional CFF badges will be made available at any point. Badges can be purchased here:
Since 2011, Cinedelphia.com has acted as the online center of the Philadelphia film community featuring Philly film-related news, profiles, features, and reviews. Cinedelphia has programmed, sponsored, and hosted a multitude of local film events at venues including International House, Shofuso Japanese House, Temple University, Hiway Theatre, and PhilaMOCA.
About Eric Bresler:
In addition to being the Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com, Eric Bresler is Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, a much-loved multipurpose art space that features a diverse selection of year-round programming. Eric also programs the biannual Unknown Japan film series, a free showcase of rare Japanese films held in conjunction with the JASGP and is the mind behind Philly’s comedic found footage outlet Video Pirates. He has served as Managing Director of the Philadelphia Film Society, Program Director of The Awesome Fest, and Manager of a TLA Video.