One idea and a digital camera: Project Twenty1 Film-a-Thon
Wouldn’t it be nice to see films made by real filmmakers and not the Hollywood film factory? I’m not saying there’s no place in this world for a cinema plex with 78 screens, $50 barrels of popcorn, big name stars you’d be liable to catch a disease from in real life, and plots with all the nerve, strength, and ferocity of a toothless koala bear.
Damn. They’re even knocking down Yankee Stadium, I hear. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse can’t be far behind. But that’s a topic for a different day.
If you’re an independent film buff in Philadelphia you’ve probably had this date marked on your calendar since about this time last year. What is it? The Film-a-thon at the 3rd Annual Project Twenty1 Film & Animation Festival this October 4th and 5th, 2008, at the International House Video Lounge. What exactly does that big, long name mean to me and you? It means shorts and features from around the world will screen in this all-day film marathon.
The film-a-thon is an international film festival where pre-existing features and shorts are submitted and, if accepted, screened at the Project Twenty1 Film Festival in a theatrical setting and judged for prizes and awards. If you want to submit a film for consideration, err, I’m pretty sure it’s too late now but there’s always next year.
But don’t miss this chance to kick back for a while to watch the heart and soul of what independent filmmaking really is, before the industry starts waving around big dollars and sucking the life from projects like these.
The International House Video Lounge is located at 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Go to the Project Twenty1 website to see the schedule of film showings.
I’m pretty sure they won’t have $50 barrels of popcorn so you might want to stock up before you get there.