Sunday, October 22, 2017

Philadellphia Film Society Independent Film Showcase

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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Every month PFS supports local Philadelphia Filmmakers of all ages, levels, and backgrounds with a screening of selected films shown at the Prince Theater Black Box. Each Showcase is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, cast and crew to elicit feedback from the audience.

Tickets are FREE, through PFS On Us presented by PNC Arts Alive,  although donations to Philly Film Showcase are welcome.

I always have plans to go to more of these but often have a conflict.  I did get to attend the September Showcase, and since it featured 3 films of the Scifi/Fantasy/Horror genres, I decided to wait and post about them near Halloween!

Aleksandra Svetlichnaya Breakfast writer director short film

The first one was by someone I now think of as a friend as we began following and communicating via several social media platforms after I interviewed her for her first film called DINNER (click for T&T post).  Her name is ALEKSANDRA SVETLICHNAYA and she's super kick-ass!  She's now got a series of these Cosplay inspired comedy/fantasy films in motion.  At the showcase she presented...

BREAKFAST - Two friends set out on a quest for an exclusive edition of their favorite comic book one morning and find something unexpected, setting off a series of events that no one could have predicted. And they haven’t even had breakfast! (26 min)

Indie filmmaking in Philadelphia Crew of Breakfast Short
Breakfast Team: lft to rt. Frankie Murphy Production Assistant, Judith Redding, Gaffer, Aleksandra Svetlichnaya, writer/dir/actor/producer and Adam Cardenas, Editor

As I was formulating a mini review, I came across this great one by ROOBLA which I really like:
"Breakfast" brings back the main cast from "Dinner", although not a sequel. This is the second course in the aptly names “Dinner-verse”. The film is again made on a limited budget, but still manages to deliver through some creative ideas, clever twists and slick editing, which really help the film stand out. Bringing the film together are Joshua Kachnycz and Ricardo Segarra who once again play off each other with as much energy as the first film. Their childlike behavior working perfectly to change the direction and tone of the movie...- Philip Rogers READ MORE
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Philly Film Showcase Aleksandra Svetlichnaya_SuperPower Pictures_Michael Yazujian

The second film in the slate was DO YOU HEAR THAT? | FONTAIN | SuperPOWer Pictures |5min
In this horror comedy, a bickering couple investigate a strange sound in their home.

 No need for me to explain further when you can see the short for yourself:

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The 3rd Short of the evening is by a PFS insider, you may recognize him from the box office of the Roxy Theater.

Fun with Brienne Detective Dad Michael Yazujian director


Detective Dad and his partner Brienne get trapped inside of a prison filled with the world’s most dangerous wizards.

Again, no need for me to explain further when you can see the short for yourself. I will say that this film is SO cray cray that I found it highly amusing! Kudos to Michael on thinking up the Birthday Wizard concept!

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Now that you've checked out these awesome shorts by Philly's next auteurs. Check out an excerpt of their Q&A which took place after the showcase screenings, hosted by Travis Trew:

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Foodie Post: ARIANA AFGHAN CUISINE Old City Philly

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Have you ever tried Afghan Cuisine?  I hadn't until last week when I got invited to a Media Event for a restaurant in Old City Philadelphia called Ariana Afghan Cuisine (134 Chestnut Street, cross st. closer to 2nd than Front), it's run by female proprietor, Beheshta Hashmi, and believe it or not, it's been there for 19 years!  I'm not sure why I never noticed it before, hence the media event, although, they have a loyal patronage, and good YELP reviews, but it's always nice to add a little extra exposure. It worked, as now I plan to visit again during the upcoming 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival (click for T&T's film picks) as screenings take place at Landmark Ritz East theater, located just around the corner from Ariana.

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The below video captures Beheshta explaining Afghan food to us and a performance by the beautiful Belly Dancer who entertained us:
Hours: Mon - Thu 4:00-10:00pm | Fri - Sat 4:00-11:30pm | Sun 4:00-10:00 pm
Take-out: Yes | Accepts Credit Cards: Yes | Price range: $$ | BYOB: Yes | Hookah: Yes | WiFi: No 😟  |

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26th Annual PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL Coverage (Oct 19-29, 2017)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Philadelphia Film Festival Reviews
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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

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Each October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival, which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for 11 exceptional days. The Philadelphia Film Festival offers a veritable smorgasbord of cinematic delicacies, from Q&As with filmmakers and celebrity guests to special events in the festival’s lounge. And of course there are the films! This year we start the fest off with a bang or rather an assault with the Tonya Harding story...

I Tonya screening at Philadelphia Film Festival 2017

Opening Night Film: I, TONYA, Director Craig Gillespie. 2017, USA. Margot Robbie shines as the champion athlete turned Hard Copy sensation ‎in this dark, energetic, shockingly hilarious, surprising, touching biopic of figure skater Tonya Harding. It’s unlikely that anyone will be able to think of Tonya Harding quite the same way after watching Craig Gillespie’s revelatory biopic I, TONYA, an empathic ode to defiance centered around a divisive antiheroine. READ MORE

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri screening at Philadelphia Film Festival 2017

Closing Night Film: THREE BILLBOARD OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI | Director Martin McDonagh. 2017, USA

One of the most anticipated films of the season, this darkly comic tale of anger and anguish rippling through a small Midwestern town stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Few artists working today are more nimble and daring with tone than playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh. In films like IN BRUGES and plays such as the Leenane and Aran Islands trilogies, McDonagh deploys humor and heartbreak almost simultaneously. His latest film, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, stars Frances McDormand as a flinty shopkeeper still reeling from the violent, unsolved murder of her daughter nearly a year ago. One day, in a fit of pique, she directs a blunt cry of frustration towards the town sheriff (Harrelson) in the form of three blood-red billboards reading “Still No Arrests?” “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” READ MORE 

Centerpiece film screenings at The Philadelphia Film Festival

Centerpiece Screenings: 10/20 7:15 - Last Flag Flying, Director Richard Linklater. 2017, USA | 10/21 7:50pm - The Florida Project, Director Sean Baker. 2017, USA | 10/22 7:45pm - Lady Bird, Director Greta Gerwig. 2017, USA | 10/23 8pm -  Darkest Hour, Director Joe Wright. 2017, UK 

Jonathan Demme Retrospective Philadelphia Film Festival #PFF26

From the Vaults: "Demme in Philly"  JONATHAN DEMME RETROSPECTIVE - director Jonathan Demme best known for the Academy Award-winning 1993 film Philadelphia, died in April at age 73 of complications from heart disease and cancer. The retrospective will focus on movies the director filmed, at least partially, in Philly - 10/21 2pm BELOVED (1998) | 10/22 3:20 NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW (2009) | 10/25 6pm PHILADELPHIA (1993)

T&T's Pick for Greaterfilmadelphia Film

Alaska is a Drag screening at The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Oct 25th 6:10pm | Oct 28th 9pm
Dreaming of trading small-town Alaska for the bright lights of Hollywood, aspiring drag queen Leo prepares for two very different competitions: a drag pageant and a boxing match. Quick-witted, self-confident, and fabulous in even the dreariest conditions, Leo (Philly native Martin L. Washington, Jr.) sticks out like a sore thumb in his small Alaska town. Though he spends his days working at a very unglamorous fish cannery where he’s forced to fight off homophobic bullies, Leo and his spunky twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) are determined to ditch Alaska and follow their mother to Hollywood...READ MORE 

T&T's Pick for American Independents Film

The Endless screening at The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Oct 24th  8:30pm | Oct 26th 9:30pm
Two brothers return to the cult they escaped from years ago in this strikingly inventive and mind-twisting sci-fi tale from writer/director duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (V/H/S, PFF 2014). In the five years since filmmaking duo Moorhead and Benson’s feature film debut, they have firmly established themselves in the indie horror community as filmmakers to watch. Their originality and cinematic ingenuity belie their limited budgets, proving that you don’t need big bucks to make a great film. You just need a great idea, like the one at the core of THE ENDLESS. A decade ago, brothers Aaron and Justin (played by non-brothers Moorhead and Benson) escaped from what Justin remembers as a “UFO death cult.” When a mysterious video entices them to return in search of closure, Aaron goes hoping for the best, while Justin fully expects the worst. Once there, however, they discover that little has changed. Everyone they remember is still there—happy, healthy and looking good...READ MORE

T&T's Pick for Documentary Film

Brimstone and Glory screening at The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Oct 22 2:4pm | Oct 28 5pm
This spellbinding and visually stunning documentary showcases the danger and beauty of a Mexican fireworks festival and shines a light on the people who risk their lives daily to create, build, and launch these dazzling spectacles. A visual symphony of color and light, BRIMSTONE AND GLORY focuses on the city of Tultepec, capital of Mexico’s popular firework-making industry and home to the National Pyrotechnic Festival. This multi-day celebration honors patron saint of firework makers San Juan de Dios, who was said to have bravely rescued people from a burning building, miraculously escaping without a burn on his body. Director Viktor Jakovleski’s first feature-length film portrays the sheer awe and beauty of this deeply rooted part of the city’s culture with nearly abstract imagery of fire and carefully orchestrated explosions. Jakovleski doesn’t shy away from depicting the dangers of the profession, with tense, first-person perspectives that provoke anxious anticipation as workers climb towering “castles of fire” and run amongst larger-than-life bulls bursting with flames...READ MORE


JANE screening at The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Oct 20th 5pm |Oct 21 12noon
JANE | BRETT MORGEN | USA | ENGLISH | 2017 | 90 MIN An intimate, found-footage portrait of famed researcher and primatologist Jane Goodall, JANE takes a detailed look into her unconventional life in the wild and the enduring legacy she created. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE), JANE documents the groundbreaking relationship that pioneering researcher Jane Goodall had with wild Chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Until Goodall’s remarkable research and observations first conducted in the 1960s, it was believed that humans were the only animals capable of rational thought. A novice scientist with no degree or professional training, Goodall nevertheless traversed the African wilderness with effortless determination, spending countless hours patiently watching, observing, and befriending these elusive primates. In doing so, she revolutionized the field of primatology....READ MORE

T&T's Spotlight Film Pick

Michelle Pfeiffer in Where is Kyra screening at The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Oct 26th 5pm | Oct 28 7:15pm
WHERE IS KYRA? | ANDREW DOSUNMU | USA | ENGLISH | 2016 | 99 MIN In this stunningly composed drama, Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Kyra, a debt-ridden and desperate woman who will go to unthinkable lengths to stay afloat after the passing of her mother. Shrouded in shadow and dim light, the New York City home of elderly Ruth (Suzanne Shepherd) is like a living tomb. Ruth’s daughter Kyra (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a struggling divorcée who’s been out of work for nearly 22 years, instead funneling all of her attention to her terminally ill mother, whose meager pension she depends on to survive. When Ruth’s inevitable passing occurs, Kyra must confront the fact that she has no means of income, no competitive skills, and not even a friend or loved one to turn to. Due to a clerical error, Kyra continues to receive monthly checks, though only Ruth could legally cash them. What begins as a last resort option unravels into a web of lies for Kyra...READ MORE

T&T's World Cinema Film Pick

Holy Air film screening at The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Oct 22 6:50pm | Oct 23 1:50pm
A charming comedy set in the most sacred of places, HOLY AIR follows an entrepreneurial Nazareth man on the brink of fatherhood as he attempts to cash in on his newest endeavor: selling “holy air” to tourists. Although it seems like anyone would prefer joke and Bible verse-inscribed toilet paper to the basic roll, Adam (writer/director Shady Srour) and his latest business venture are met with a shrug. Facing the news of an expecting wife (standout Laëtitia Eïdo) and caring for his ailing father, the downtrodden Arab Christian businessman must find alternative means if he is to provide for his growing family and overcome his self-medicated doldrums. He finds a solution in an unlikely place: the biblical Mount Precipice and Nazareth’s burgeoning religious tourism scene. Adam’s $1, bottled “holy air” awakens within him a shrewd salesman whose bravado knows no limits as he courts the thousands of Christians that seek blessed souvenirs every day...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Restaurant Discounts during The Philadelphia Film Festival 2017
Foodie Note: This Year's Festival Lounge: 33 S 3rd Street great place to hang between screenings FREE Munchies!  

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Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

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Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST

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With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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