Film visionaries from the old school and new school merge for an eclectic mix of work to entertain, educate and inspire audiences in Philadelphia. These screenings in varied neighborhoods across the city allow movie fanatics to enjoy both classic, world and modern cinema without leaving their hometown.
Sunday, February 17
Temple University is partnering with the Philadelphia Film and Video Association to host the school's MFA Thesis screening, at the International House of Philadelphia in University City. The event, titled "On the Road," features several narrative short films covering diverse stories about blindness, vision, emotional trauma and culture shock, to name a few. Filmmakers and alumni from Temple's Department of Film and Media Arts are expected to be in attendance to celebrate their work. There is no charge for this public screening.
Tuesday, February 19
Magnolia Pictures is hosting a special advance screening of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival selection, "A Place at the Table" at the Ritz 5 Theater in Old City. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, this documentary reveals the serious implications of hunger crisis in America. The stories of three Americans experiencing food insecurity are interwoven through interviews with experts and activists who are working to solve the national hunger problem. Attendees are encourages to join Jacobson and Silverbush for a post-screening discussion. Free tickets to this event are available through reservations.
Wednesday, February 20
The Institute of Contemporary Art presents a screening of the 1970 film, "Cleopatra" at the International House if Philadelphia. Directed by Michel Auder, this movie is an improvisational take on the 1963 Hollywood classic starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It also features Andy Warhol's ensemble cast including Taylor Mead and Andrea Feldman.
Thursday, February 21
The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts are hosting a screening of "The Fifth Season" at the Gersham Y in center city. Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, this Belgian film is about a small village that does not experience spring – bringing the harvest to a standstill. This circumstance also causes chaos among the residents. The screening is being presented as part of a "Passport to World Cinema" series intended to showcase the year's strongest films from around the globe.
Friday, February 22
Millersville University is screening a live cinema performance titled "Funny Bones" at The Ware Center on their Lancaster campus. Hosted by Dan Kamin, this event features film clips from the work of Charlie Chaplin, live music by one of the school's music students, a classic Chaplin short and live demonstrations. The two-hour program is part of the Fam Fun Fest and open to the public.