XPN Music Film Festival Round Up 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

 

The XPN Music Film Festival was the second collaboration of the radio station WXPN/and Philly music venue World Cafe Live produced by The Philadelphia Film Society.

I got to a few more screenings last year (XPN Music Film Fest 2012), just kinda dipped in and out this year, but what I experienced was worth while!


Opening Night was Thursday April 11th-  You can't go wrong opening with something Beatles inspired. In a post apocalyptic world (click for T & T Oblivion post)  all that will be left are cockroaches dancing to The Beatles.

Honestly though, the opening night film Good Ol' Freda (Director Ryan White) was really fascinating. It features the secretary and Beatlemania Fan Club manager, Freda Kelly as she recounts her life with this iconic, bigger than life band. As a girl of 17, Freda started working for The Beatles Manager, Brian Epstein in 1962, she was really just a fan of this then, underground Liverpool band, but she wound up knowing John, Paul, George and Ringo intimately, along with their families, staying with the band until their official break up.

Freda wasn't pretty or sexy, but she really ran the show.  She even tells of a time she had John Lennon on his knees in front of her, it's not like it sounds.  They really treated her like a little sister. She's kept loads of memorabilia and pictures, but it wasn't until recently that she ever discussed her illustrious past.  Now she's happy to have her life documented in this way, mostly so her grandson can know his grandma once did something really special.

Philly's AfroDJiak spinning songs by the Fab Four with a new beats

Then it was on to the Opening Night Reception at University of Penn Law School catered by Campbell's Place (8337 Germantown Ave Phila PA 19118)

Just a sample. There were many more good eats!

I asked a group of fun looking badge holders who were gathered together talking, to please pose for a picture, turned out one of them was singer/songwriter/star of Pleased To Meet Me, John Doe!


Speak of which, that was my Friday Night (4/12) screening choice.

I think you would classify Pleased To Meet Me (Director Archie Borders) as a mockumentary. It's certainly an XPN music fan's dream, as it stars Aimee Mann as Laura, a music manager/publicist/producer who gets an idea to put together a band made up entirely out of the classified section of a Louisville, Kentucky music magazine. You know, where bands post ads - searching for new keyboardist, and in turn, a keyboardist might post - looking to join a Jefferson Starship cover band etc... Laura's scheme is not meant to be an actual band, she's doing it to film the project as a music experiment.
She reluctantly tells a musician she represents, Pete Jones, (John Doe) about the idea. Jones, as she feared, wants to be apart of the experiment, citing he can be the draw to bring these disparate music souls together; but she fears Pete will become the focus, as he's a famous and respected musician, in the way that John Doe himself is famous and respected, in certain music circles, not the pop musical circles; but the same circles that also knows and loves Loudon Wainwright, III, Jon Langford and Joe Henry who are also featured in the movie.

Please To Meet Me is quirky, funny in a dry, wry kinda way. It captures that music insiders mood. And at the same time, it manages to depict everything we love about Reality TV shows, the weird characteristics and vulnerabilities that people don't hide when being filmed. The things that go wrong that make it a better show. And the eventual camaraderie and shared experience.

As a Pop Princess and R&B Diva (with a couple other genre's thrown in) I shouldn't be familiar with any of the people starring in Pleased To Meet Me, but my best friend Diane Roka, has acquainted me with the finer folks on the alternative music charts.  Diane is both a music journalist and a working artist capturing musicians in the throes of their performance.  Below are her drawings of John Doe and Loudon Wainwright from the Q&A after the screening. The drawing of Aimee Mann and Jon Langford were done at previous World Cafe Live concerts.

Visit soon to be completed DianeRoka.com for a full-size look at all her work! 

And I have even more on Pleased to Meet Me - John Doe performed a number during the Q & A after the screening hosted by David Dye which also featured director Archie Borders, writer David Henry and Loudon Wainwright III.


Visit Tinsel & Tine's Youtube channel to see and hear both the song and Q & A




Saturday's (4/13) highlight for me was the Grease Sing-A-Long! I've seen this movie musical countless times, but first time getting to belt out the tunes with other Grease Geeks like me.  
Well, all Grease Geeks except the two girls behind me. Instead of enjoying the antics at Rydell High, these two were chatt'n it up like they were at their high school reunion, they never shut up!

Couldn't bear the Flaming Lip Concert Footage, but it was fun getting my Freak Night look on!
 Done by makeup artist Lauren Palmer

Wasn't able to get to anything Sunday, although I was told by a couple of people that I would have loved the closing night film and performance-  Twenty Feet From Stardom.

WordPress plugin

See that scrumptious looking meal in the slideshow? Ate at Baby Blues BBQ btw screenings. It's a hop'n joint, no frills, youthful & fun. Had the Brisket (slightly fatty, but I like that) variety of BBQ sauces on the table. Platter came with two sides $15.99. The greens were a bit too healthy for me, marinated in tomato sauce instead of whatever makes greens really good. Cornbread (I think made with a bit o molasses) and Mashed Sweet Potatoes good, not great - 2.5 Tines

Dining "Tine" Rating System: 
* Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished 


Philly Film & Food Blog

Phillly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!
tinseltine@gmail.com  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.


AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Tickets are on sale now! Get your tickets in minutes on Fandango. Don't Get Sold Out. In theaters 5/1.

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.

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

Food n Film: THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

...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

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL
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

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST
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

Google Adsense

Philly's Prince Theater Has Been Rescued

Blog Archive Date Order

IRON MAN BIONICS

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING

AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING
25 TO LIFE chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. 25 TO LIFE is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The GoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access and is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner. "25 to Life" Opens December 1, 2014 - World AIDS Day

Philadelphia Magazine » Blog » Foobooz

Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds & Uniquely Greek Feta Spreads

Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds & Uniquely Greek Feta Spreads
Tinsel & Tine got an offer to review two nutritious, delicious, free from artificial preservative products at the same time. Products which just so happened to compliment each other, so I decided to do a combo post. READ POST

Tinsel & Tine on Paper.li

Tinsel & Tine on Paper.li
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Cross Content Blogs

LAMB

Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA

bloglovin

bloglovin

group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

Listed on

Movie & Film Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory Add website

About This Blog

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.
-tinseltine@gmail.com


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?

Share it

Camera Tips

Followers

  © Blogger template On The Road by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP