27th Philadelphia Film Festival

15 Oct

The 27th annual Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off this week with the screening of Ben is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges as mother and son who are grappling with a history of addiction.

The story is ripped from the headlines as Philadelphia struggles to deal with the opioid drama unfolding on the streets of Kensington.

Executive Director J. Andrew Greenblatt said in a statement:

From our powerful, socially relevant and incredibly timely Opening Night screening of Ben is Back to the definitive look at Philadelphia music legend Teddy Pendergrass for our Closing Night selection, and the incredibly diverse line-up in-between, the films premiering in this year’s Festival will be discussed and remembered for a long time to come.

Artistic Director Michael Lerman added:

Andrew and I have been doing this together for ten years and I love that we continue to find fresh, unique films that delight and challenge audiences. I’m so proud of the program the team has put together and I can’t wait to share the adventure we have in store for you.

What’s in store is a lineup of more than 100 films over 11 days. As a curator of art, technology and social change content, my must-see films include:

  • Studio 54
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • The Price of Everything
  • Bodied
  • General Magic
  • Empathy, Inc.
  • Green Book

The film is based on a true friendship. Art also imitates life. Before passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, African American motorists used the “Green Book” travel guide to vacation without humiliation.

Green Book Collage

The Closing Night film, Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, tells the untold story of Philadelphia’s legendary soul singer whose “For Women Only” concerts were the stuff of, well, legends.

To view the full schedule and purchase tickets, go here.


First Monday in October

1 Oct

Brett Kavanaugh expected to be ensconced on the Supreme Court by the first Monday in October, the start of a new term. Instead, he faces an FBI investigation of the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 to 10 to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate. Although Sen. Jeff Flake joined in the party-line vote, he called for a one-week delay to allow the FBI time to conduct an investigation. President Trump said he will “let the Senate decide.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee decided on a “supplemental investigation” of limited scope:

The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today.

The “credible allegations” do not include claims of Julie Swetnick who is represented by Michael Aventati, Trump’s archenemy.

The Senate will likely vote on the nomination on or about October 5. In the meantime, check out the big brain on Brett.

While Samuel L. Jackson thinks the mash-up is funny AF, he keeps it real.

Samuel L. Jackson Tweet

Gone Fishin’

1 Sep

We’re taking a pause for the cause.

We’ll be back after Labor Day.

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