Wednesday, April 28, 2010

PUFF: Screening tonight in freeRADlab ... festival screeners.

People of the globe,
The Philadelphia Independent Film festival are screening films tonight via the selection team. Be shocked, surpised, curious, scared, sad, happy, etc. If you are interested to take part, please contact us and come through the studio tonight. We are located at 338 Brown Street, Philadelphia. Call: 215 592-1242.

See you in the studio.

Benjamin Barnett
Festival Director
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
June 23 - 27, 2010.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

General Submissions have ended. Late Submissions still being accepted! Screening still in progress.

Regards film makers, volunteers, and movie goers,
It's been a great year collecting, screening and discussing your movies. We have been screening via our forum (PUFF - Philadelphia Underground Film Forum) at Media Bureau and for awhile at the Piazza and are very excited to get the word out. Thank you to all who have emailed and called. We are ok, to answer a common question, if you do this. We appreciate the chocolate cake, the offers of bribes, the hours on the phone talking local / international film making, and other things that have come our way (we got a bloody baseball bat to promote a horror movie, very cool but the fake blood was still wet!)

If you have any questions, please get in touch - 215 592 1242 / We'll have updates for Hotels and other specials etc. soon. We will also release accepted films as they come. This is new. We want to give as much time so you can get here and make the fest as good experience as possible.

Thanks again,

Benjamin Barnett
Festival Director
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
June 23 - 27, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Doors - When You're Strange @Piazza and Media Bureau's PUFF Movie House

The Doors - When You're Strange.

The run has ended! A solid 19 screenings and a bold opening at Tower Investments Piazza. This doc has limits as we learned by talking to the many people who lived for this band back in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Limits in the "never before seen footage' claims that's all. Some of the comments were related to the fact that a lot of people had seen all of the Jim Morrison footage at shows. Some comments were about the sequencing ... Talking about WoodStock then flashing to RFK assasination confused some people. We thought it was for theatric effect... But this concerned people.

The footage and movie making was A+ and the narration (Johnny Depp) seemed to be the guide. At times, perhaps it could have been left on it's own ... That's where the footage comes in.

TOM DiCILLO did an excellent job getting this movie together and from our discussions with Richard "Abramorama" it was an experience we'll never forget.

Philadelphia was represented in this Global release. Big thanks to Josh Goldbloom, the Piazza and Lauren Gagnon, Bart Blatstein, Chuck Treece, and the many others who rallied.

Benjamin Barnett
Festival Director