The 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is underway October 18-28

Today saw the opening of the 27th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival where an array of premieres, spotlights, documentaries and more will screen at various venues throughout Center City. In addition to the ticketed events, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) announced that PFS on Us, a program that offers complimentary tickets to selected films and shorts, will continue this year. Dates, times, and locations for each title are available at http://filmadelphia.org/pff-program/.

The festival is also welcoming many renowned actors and filmmakers this year, including Karen Gillan, best known as an actress in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and Doctor Who, will receive the award for her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, and first-time director Paul Dano, best known for acting in Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood, will receive the award for his directorial debut, Wildlife.

See list below for expected guest attendees and keep up to date with festival goers here.

BOY ERASED
JOEL EDGERTON | USA | ENGLISH | 2018

October 21 | 7:30 PM | Philadelphia Film CenterDirector, Screenwriter, and Producer Joel Edgerton is anticipated to attend.

A minister’s son must come to terms with his identity when he is forced into a dubious conversion therapy camp by his well-meaning parents in this deeply moving drama based on a true story.

WILDLIFE
PAUL DANO | USA | ENGLISH | 2018

October 23 | 6:00 PM | Philadelphia Film CenterDirector & Co-Writer Paul Dano and Co-Writer Zoe Kazan
are anticipated to attend.

In this smoldering directorial debut from celebrated actor Paul Dano, 14-year-old Joe watches his parents’ marriage fall apart while a destructive wildfire blazes outside their idyllic Montana town.

THE FRONT RUNNER
JASON REITMAN | USA | ENGLISH | 2018

October 23 | 8:45 PM | Philadelphia Film CenterDirector Jason Reitman is anticipated to attend.

Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner.

THE PARTY’S JUST BEGINNING
KAREN GILLAN | USA | ENGLISH | 2018

October 26 | 7:00 PM | Ritz East ADirector Karen Gillan is anticipated to attend the October 26 screening.

This stylish, intimate examination of a young woman trapped by her own grief and sadness marks the feature directorial debut of actress Karen Gillan, who also wrote and stars in the film.

BODIED
JOSEPH KAHN | USA | ENGLISH | 2018

October 25 | 10:00 PM | Ritz East Director Joseph Kahn and Actor Jackie Long are anticipated to attend.

Outrageous and insightful, Joseph Kahn’s comedy follows a white, hip-hop-obsessed grad student who becomes immersed in the world of underground rap battles.

DONNYBROOK
TIM SUTTON | USA | ENGLISH | 2018

October 25 | 9:40 PM | Ritz East Director Tim Sutton is anticipated to attend.

Amidst the opioid epidemic infecting America’s rust belt, down-and-out ex-Marine Jarhead Earl (Jamie Bell) battles for a large cash prize in an underground boxing ring against a raging madman.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME
OLIVIA LICHTENSTEIN | UNITED KINGDOM | ENGLISH | 2018

October 26 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center Director Olivia Lichtenstein, Co-Producer Nicholas Bedu, and others are anticipated to attend.

Detailing the extraordinary story of Philadelphia’s own Teddy Pendergrass, this moving doc examines his brilliant career, inspiring story, and unique contribution to the history of popular music.

The following guests are anticipated to attend the showtimes listed below. Stay updated with Festival Guests here
All Square
Ritz East
Friday, October 26, 5:00PM
Director John HyamsBen is Back
Philadelphia Film Center
Thursday, October 18, 7:30PM
Director Peter HedgesCam
Ritz Five
Thursday, October 25, 9:20PM
Director Daniel GoldhaberThe Dare Project
*Part of the Narrative Shorts Program
Ritz East
Saturday, October 27, 12:15PM
Writer and Producer David BrindEgg
Ritz East
Friday, October 19, 4:30PM
Screenwriter Risa MickenbergSimple Wedding
Ritz Five
Thursday, October 25, 4:20PM and Saturday, October 27, 12:00PM
Director Sarah Zandieh

This One’s for the Ladies
Ritz Five
Saturday, October 20, 8:10PM 
Subjects Blaze and Michael Moore

Write When You Get Work
Ritz Five
Sunday, October 21, 3:00PM 
Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Stacy Cochran

Zeroes
Philadelphia Film Center
Sunday, October 28, 4:55PM 
Director and Actor Charles Smith III, Producers David Smith, James Madison, Jason Loftus, and ActorsJohn McKeever, Matt Servitto, and Ryan Farrell

The Conqueror
Ritz East
*Part of the Documentary Shorts Program
Monday, October 22, 2:00PM andSunday, October 28, 5:15PM
Director Timothy Blackwood,Subject Jerome Conquest, Producer Bradford Downs (Sunday, October 28th Only)Empathy Inc.
Philadelphia Film Center
Sunday, October 28, 2:15PM
Director Yedidya Gorsetman, Music/Sound Designer Omri Anghel, and Actors, Kathy Searle and Zack RobidasThe Happiness Machine
Ritz East
*Part of the Documentary Shorts Program
Sunday, October 28, 5:15PM
Director Rebecca Blumhagen and Subjects Carl Hays and Kathy HaysSidelined
Ritz East
*Part of the Documentary Shorts Program
Sunday, October 28, 5:15PM
Director Galen Summer, Executive Producer Jeremy YachesTeddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me
Philadelphia Film Center
Friday, October 26, 7:00PM
Teddy Bear Orchestra Band Members, and Teddy’s Angels Alfie Pollitt, Arthur Pugh, Cecil Duvalle, Greg Moore, Harriet Colder, Jaymes Karter, Joe Kohanski, Melva Story, Ricardo Watts, Robert “Wawa” LeGrand, Sam Reed, Sherry Butler, Sylvester Bryant, Connie Harvey, and George Muzon
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