The city's annual celebration of independent films returns thanks to the ongoing efforts of theÂ Philadelphia Film Society. Originally formed in 2001 by the TLA Entertainment Group, the Film Society in Philadelphia has created another a stunning lineup of feature films, shorts, documentaries, and anniversary screenings for this year's festival. This year marks the festival's 20th year in the City of Brotherly Love and, to celebrate, the society has packed the lineup with more than 250 showings. Screenings begin this week on October 20th and run all the way to November 3rd. Some of the featured films at this year's festival include the opening night screening ofÂ Like Crazy, a "powerful story about two young lovers whose relationship is threatened by international borders" and the documentaryÂ Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears. There are way too many films to tell you about here butÂ tickets are on sale now.Click here for the full schedule of the entire festival, read synopsis, view trailers, and much more.
Other featured films at this year's festival include:
The Real Rocky
Nicknamed the Bayonne Bleeder, Chuck Wepner might be better known as the Real Rocky, as The Real Rocky details how Wepnerâ€™s life coincidentally mirrors that of the great Rocky Balboa.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
The man behind the most popular Sesame Street character of all time is profiled in this undeniably sweet and hilarious documentary for the whole family.
A boldly off-color yet heartwarming dark comedy with a stellar cast, Butter examines the highly political, hostile and competitive world of butter carving in a Midwest town.
Donovan plays Robert Longfellow, a New York-based playwright whose latest failures seem to signal the end of an otherwise successful career. After a string of soul-crushing meetings during a brief visit to his native Los Angeles, he has two strange encounters: the first with a celebrity actress and former flame; the second, his ex-con former neighbor. When an unthinkable scenario endangers his return trip to his wife and children, the tools of Longfellowâ€™s craft may surface as his rescue device.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Like many of the characters who spring from the minds of Jay and Mark Duplass, Jeff (Segel) probably doesnâ€™t even remotely resemble anyone you know, yet by the end of the film, he has come to inhabit and represent many of the emotional foibles and hopeful desires that we recognize in ourselves. Living in his motherâ€™s basement without a job, Jeff canâ€™t even bring himself to leave the house to run some simple errands. Instead, he sits around hoping that destiny will fall straight into his lap. After interpreting a strange coincidence as a sign that he my have finally discovered his fate, Jeff finds himself on a strange journey with his estranged brother that will take them both to some very interesting places. Jason Segel and Ed Helms give their best performances yet in a film that will move you in ways you may not expect.
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