Film

The latest on cinema in Philadelphia, including Philadelphia films, independent cinema, and Philly film festivals.

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Rita Mahtoubian is not a Terrorist, and other film school shorts

The fourth season of Film School Shorts features Rita Mahtoubian is not a Terrorist, co-produced by Philly-raised director Julia Lerman.

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HAPPY YUMMY CHICKEN (Love Drunk Life): 2016 Fringe review 70

Sincere, amusing, and an absolute treat (and inside joke) for artmakers

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VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (dir. Ada Ushpiz): Movie review

For many Arendt is remembered by a single phrase — “the banality of evil”, a concept she coined in her controversial book from the 1960s Eichmann in Jerusalem.

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Un-Conventional Theater: Performances around the Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention comes to Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016, with all its trappings of political theater: Hillary inspiring the masses (?), Bernie joining her in a heart-warming display of…

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When is a film not a film? Beckett’s FILM (1965) and Lipman’s NOTFILM (2015)

Somewhat perplexingly, neither Film nor Notfilm are films nearly to the extent that each is a picture of a feeling.

(From left to right) Heather Owens, Lu Bevins, Eli Bevins and Kevin Carpenter, receiving the Jury Award for My Dear Arthur.

Two Tickets to Cannes: Twin Philly filmmakers Eli and Lu Bevins talk about their France-bound short

An absence of opportunity is a window for growth: Interview with filmmakers Eli and Lu Bevins

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The Taliban Shuffle, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, and other wartime dance crazes: Interview with writer Kim Barker

The NYTimes reporter behind Tina Fey’s new movie talks to Phindie about her work.

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The Lady Hoofers, DOLLAR: A dance film

The Lady Hoofers, Philly’s premiere all female tap ensemble, debuted their first ever short film, DOLLAR, on Saturday night.

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This weekend in film: Philly at the movies

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Oscars season. And with just 3 days left till the airing of the 88th Academy Awards, people all over the US will be splitting…

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#OscarsSoBlack: African American nominees the Oscar judges missed

In honor of this year’s #BoycottTheOscars movement, here is a list of African Americans who did an outstanding job in various film categories throughout the years.

Akeem Davis, Amanda Jensen, Rachel Brodeur, Laurel Grace Hostak and Javier Mojica. Photo by Christopher M. Colucci

Santa Colucci and His Merry Philadelphia Theater Elves: Behind the scenes of a holiday video

Interview with Christopher Colucci about the making of a holiday

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Our Man in Havana: Gerard Hooper takes Drexel film students to Cuba

Interview with a Drexel professor taking 10 students to study with Cuban filmmakers.

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A 13-Year-Old, Kickstarter, and a Feature Film: Emily DiPrimio’s CARVER at Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ

Many adolescents have ideas for a horror movie, some might go as far a having their friends dress up for a home video. Emily DiPrimio raised $32,000 on Kickstarter and made a feature film.

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The Art of the Steal: Director Ivo van Hove creates plays out of film scripts

“In film,” pronounced Ivo van Hove, “the director is the god of his creation.”

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Tribute to Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for his work in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, died July 10, 2015, at the age of 83. Henrik Eger penned this tribute to him.

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Where Luv Lives: Local director Mikal K. Odom premieres his feature film LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore

On a whim, Mikal K. Odom submitted his thesis project at American University, a film script of LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore, to the Sundance Filmaker’s Lab. To his surprise, the script became a finalist.

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Sam Green’s new film-performance THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS explores the fringes of humanity

Inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green embarked on THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS, an ode to the jagged edges of human experience. This…

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EX MACHINA (dir. Alex Garland): Movie review

Ex Machina is the first feature film directed by Alex Garland, and it’s a statement of purpose that follows gracefully upon the modus operandi he’s set for himself as a screenwriter and producer.

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TRUE STORY (dir. Rupert Goold): Movie review

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but trying to shove that truth back into a fabricated format (a movie) does not often work on its own.

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IT FOLLOWS (dir. David Robert Mitchell): Movie review

The sophomore effort of three-first-name writer and director David Robert Mitchell is a 100-minute-long teen indie horror flick, and it’s taking everyone by surprise.