NEWSLETTER – January 10th, 2009

Dear friends,

Happy New Year! We are starting 2009 off with a bang with….


Project Twenty1 is excited to announce a new partnership with the FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s longest-running independent film festival, in 2009. We are launching this partnership by co-hosting a joint screening, “Show Us Your Shorts!” January 31st.

Show off your short film (and short pants!) at this FREE open mic-style screening event, followed by a networking mixer filled with filmmakers, animators, musicians, talent & industry professionals. Films will be screened on a first come, first-served basis. If you’re bringing a film to screen, you’ll want to get there early!

The top short film of the night will win over $200 worth of prizes (and the most hilarious short pants of the night will also win something special!).

Saturday, January 31st
7:00pm – 9:00pm, followed by networking
200 S. 40th St. (40th & Walnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

All Ages welcome to attend the screening, however, viewer discretion is advised for potential R-Rated content. $4 Smirnoff Mixers for 21+

This event is merely the beginning of a larger, multi-stage partnership being coordinated for 2009 and beyond. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from FirstGlance and Project Twenty1 in the near future!




Beyond simply holding our 4th annual festival in the fall, 2009 will see Project Twenty1 wherever there is arts, film and music as we expand our goal to promote the arts nationwide. We will be holding screenings, hosting networking events, and keeping you in the loop on the greatest parties and artistic and cultural events that Philadelphia has to offer.

We began this endeavor in December, as we welcomed some devoted Project Twenty1 followers (and welcomed some new friends!) at Fuzion for PANMA‘s Holiday Event, and at the Green Warehouse for our Festival Coordinator Na’imah’s birthday bash.

In January, Project Twenty1 will be co-hosting film-related makeup seminars, hosted by Mary Kay representative Nicole Hollenbeck. These seminars will be FREE, but a portion of any donations, referral prizes, or purchases will benefit Project Twenty1, meaning you can learn Hollywood makeup secrets and support independent film all at the same time! Click here for more information on these events.



So… Make music? Like movies? Send us your album, single, or EP for your chance to become the official rock (/rap/pop/electronica) stars of the 2009 Project Twenty1!

Project Twenty1 wants to hear your best stuff! We will be selecting one or more “Themes” to represent Project Twenty1’s 21-Day Competition and/or Philadelphia Filmathon in 2009. These may be played in our trailers, on our Official 2009 DVD, at our screenings, in promotional materials, and/or online in various capacities. It will mean a ton of exposure, both locally and nationally, to have your music as the theme song to an international film festival.

Deadline for submissions is February 15! The address is:

Project Twenty1
Attn: Music Dept.
1203 W. Elm St.
Norristown, PA 19401


Be sure to include some form of contact information! We will be contacting any artists whose work we think we might like to use in our festival and/or promotional materials. Good luck!






2009 is going to be all about interactivity: between filmmakers and musicians, producers and investors, between our Team and our audience. Count on the talented and driven staff of Project Twenty1 as your ticket to the best networking, best parties, and most worthwhile screenings across the city.

Check out our new, improved Who We Are page to see more about our amazing Staff, Interns, and Volunteers, some of whom are still with us from 2008, some of whom are brand new for 2009. We could not be where we are without the drive and dedication of these wonderful individuals. Beyond that, they’re all awesome and sexy and artistic and just as excited about film as you are, so come out to some of our events in 2009 and introduce yourselves to them!


Too much to digest all at once? Fortunately, you can follow Project Twenty1 and keep up to date on our events even more easily than ever now:-All new for 2009: Our Web Content Editor, Rudy Flesher, is handling the official Project Twenty1 Twitter account, and is Tweeting regularly about up-to-the minute developments. Follow us on Twitter and stay in the loop to be sure you don’t miss out!

-If you’re on Facebook, follow us even more easily using our new NetworkedBlogs app. And befriend the Project Twenty1 Girls (who go by Susie Filmmaker on Facebook) to keep in the loop in general about all things Project Twenty1 related.

-As always, there’s our MySpace page, which now contains our all-new Channel Twenty1 player, featuring all 47 films created for our 21-Day Filmmaking Competition in 2006 and 2008.

-We will be updating The News pages regularly with film-related news from all around the region. Project Twenty1 will be your source in 2009 for the hottest independent film-related news in Philadelphia and beyond! Want to hear about all the best screenings, networking parties, casting calls, and lectures? Be sure you bookmark our News page and check it regularly!

Meanwhile, hope to see you at one of our events this month. Happy New Year from all of us at Project Twenty1!

Your friends, as always,

Stephanie Yuhas, Executive Producer
Matt Conant, Festival Director
Project Twenty1
Not Just A Film Festival

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