30th Philadelphia Film Festival: Shorts by Local Filmmakers, The Same Storm Closing Feature and More


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – The 30th Philadelphia Film Festival continues through Halloween at theaters across the city.

If you’re not the three-hour epic type, the Filmadelphia Shorts program may be for you.

It presents seven short films, all from the minds of local filmmakers.

Here are the titles and a brief description of each provided by the festival:

  • CITY CREATURES (director Michael Johnston) – Three young boys wish for a little more than they can take.

  • THE MUSICAL CONTRACT (Director Chris Cole) – The story of a family’s forgotten domestic turtle.

  • THE FIELD TRIP (director Mike Attie) – A group of fifth-graders learn what it takes to progress in the modern American world of work.

  • KIM (director Maria Vattimo) – After suffering an abusive relationship, professional ballerina Kimberly D. Landle uses her platform and performances to advocate for women and survivors of abuse.
  • NO DYE (Director Yoni Azulay & Producer Zach Rineer, Actor Jeff Ayars, Writer Alex Gerhlein) – A Staten Island couple are considering one last ditch effort to make their dreams come true.

  • SEE US IN THE WILD FIRE (Director Jason Chen, Executive Producers Sophie Cécile Xu and Ayumi Perry, Cinematographer Eurica Yu, and Writer / Actor Kelly Chu) – With the increase in Asian hatred and violence, the filmmakers were inspired to create a visual exploration of Asian identity through art and fashion in America.
  • SOEUR DU SOL (Director Raishad Momar and subjects Jeannine Cook (owner of Harriet’s Bookstore) and Minista Jazz) – Since Jeannine Cook opened Harriett’s Bookstore to celebrate black women writers, activists and artists, her work has taken on greater importance. role in the struggle for space and sovereignty.

In total, the operating time is 79 minutes. The Filmadelphia Shorts program premieres Wednesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 at 8:30 p.m. at the PFS Bourse Theater.

The first step

On Friday October 29 at 6:45 p.m. at the Théâtre de la Bourse PFS, the festival presents “The First Step”.

The festival said: “Progressive political commentator Van Jones is resisting criticism from both sides of the aisle as he pushes for a bipartisan prison reform bill during a time of intense polarization.”

The same storm

The closing film is still one of the most anticipated events of the Philadelphia Film Festival. This year is the East Coast premiere of “The Same Store” by Peter Hedges. It will air Friday, October 29 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Film Center and the PFS Bourse Theater.

The festival says, “Peter Hedges is assembling a premier cast to tell the interwoven stories of dozens of people facing the challenges of our modern times.”

For tickets and more information visit Filmadelphia.org.

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