GIVEAWAY: advance screening of ‘ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.’ AT THE 26th Philadelphia Film Festival

Hey MMT Fam! We have a cool giveaway, courtesy of the 26th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), but you have to be quick! ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. was added to the festival line-up this Wednesday, October 25.

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

To try your luck at an admit-two pass, click here to get to the Sony Pictures landing and select the “Get My Passes” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can watch the trailer below and get additional info about the film at the official website here. ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. opens in theaters nationwide on November 10.

Good Luck!


MMT Recommends: THE 25TH PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL (October 20-30th)


Hey MMT Fam! We’re only eight days away from the start of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival – and this year it is starting things off in grand fashion! The 11-day event will kick-off with an Opening Night Celebration where Academy Award nominated writer and director M. Night Shyamalan will be presented with the festival’s first ever Lumiere Award. The festivities will start AKA Washington Square, followed by a screening of the opening night film and after party at the Prince Theater (tickets for this event are separate from individual film tickets/festival badges and can be purchased here).

The festival opens on October 20th with the Philadelphia première of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and closes on October 30th with the highly anticipated sci-fi/drama Arrival starring Amy Adams. In between, the festival is scheduled to showcase over 110 feature-length and short films – all curated by the Philadelphia Film Society’s programming committee, who chooses each selection from multiple international festivals throughout the year. You can take a look at the full festival line-up and get additional info at the official website here.

And in keeping with tradition of years past, PFF25 will offer PFF ON US, a free ticketing program made possible through PNC Arts Alive with support from the Wyncote Foundation. PFF ON US unites a diverse group of individuals involved in non-profit organizations, arts and cultural groups, and universities along with the hundreds from Philadelphia’s general public to share in the excitement and challenge of powerful new cinema. Look for the FREE ticket icon in the program guide for designated titles. Individuals from the general public can reserve tickets online at, order through the Festival Call Center at 215-422-4570, or reserve in person. Limit 2 tickets per film for each individual reservation. See pg. 21 in the program guide for more info. Free ticket packages of 10 tickets or more – per film – for community groups, arts, cultural, and social service organizations, college and universities, and more can be reserved by contacting

Some of you may have seen me at last year’s festival – shout out to subscriber, and PFS member, Carrie O’Berry who always stops to chat at events! I really enjoyed the camaraderie, as well as last year’s closing night film, Where to Invade Next, and red-carpet interview with Michael Moore, and getting to participate in the Wes Craven tribute/film marathon with a guest appearance by actor Jamie Kennedy of Scream fame.

The festival always has something for everyone, and it’s a really good opportunity to see movies prior to them hitting theaters – as well as those obscure films that will not have the luxury of getting selected for distribution and/or wide-screen release.

Sure hope to see some of you at PFF25 family! And make sure to “pull a Carrie,” and say hello if you spot me at any of the festivities!

Until next thought, Thomasena






MMT Recommends: Philadelphia Film Society’s MOVIES ON THE BLOCK (August 20-September 17)

Hey MMT Fam! Here’s another “free” movie series – to which you can take the entire family! The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is kicking off its second annual Movies on the Block season on August 20, 2016, which will be hosted in every corner of Philadelphia. In a new, cross-event partnership for this year, PFS will work with Yoga on the Banks to provide free “Yoga on the Block” sessions before each film! All events are free and open to the public.

The 2016 Movies on the Block schedule is as follows:

Unknown SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 / 6:00 PM
KINGSESSING | Kingsessing Playground  51st Street & Chester Ave
Enjoy FREE interactive art workshops with Tiny WPA, face painting, musical entertainment, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, snacks, giveaways, and more!
Unknown FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 / 6:30 PM
JUNIATA PARK / FELTONVILLE  |  Ferko Playground 1101 E Cayuga Street
Enjoy FREE airbrush tattoos from SkinDeep, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, exercise demonstrations with Fitness 215, snacks, giveaways, and more!
Unknown FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 / 5:30 PM
NEWBOLD / POINT BREEZE  |  Aquinas Center 1700 Fernon Street
Enjoy FREE interactive arts workshops with ColorWheels, multicultural community garden tours with Youth Entrepreneurship Project, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, face painting, performances from local musicians, snacks, giveaways, and more!
Unknown SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 / 5:30 PM
BELMONT / MANTUA  |  Belmont Charter School 4030 Brown Street
Enjoy FREE garden tours with Smart Garden, African dance classes with performer and educator Cachet Ivey, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, live drumming, a basketball tournament, snacks, giveaways, and more!





Get your tickets now for the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival (October 22 – November 1)

24th Philadelphia Film Festival

Happy Tuesday MMT Fam! I hope to see some of you over the next week & a half at this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival, which runs from October 22 – November 1, 2015 presenting over 130 films, from 28 countries, for 11 days at four city-wide venues. The festival will feature short, narrative, and documentaries representing the best of the local, national and international cinema circuit.

2015 also marks the 4th year that the Film Festival will offer PFF ON US, a free ticketing program made possible through support from the Wyncote Foundation. PFF ON US allows the Film Society to realize its mission and create accessible opportunities to engage the community and increase education and understanding. Look for the FREE ticket icon in the program guide for designated titles. Individuals from the general public can reserve tickets online, over the phone, or at the PFF Box Office.

I’ve already marked off several films I’m interested in viewing – including the documentaries “Mavis,” about legendary songstress Mavis Staples, and “As I Am: The Life & Times of DJ AM.” I’ll also be in the house next Saturday for part of the Wes Craven “Halloween Nightmare” tribute  (presented with The Awesome Fest) – which will have a guest appearance by actor Jamie Kennedy during the “Scream” showing! I would really like to re-watch “Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors” on Saturday night, but it’s conflicting with the screening of “Legend” that I don’t want to miss! Check the synopsis of latter, and other titles, by clicking here and you’ll understand why I feel it’s a must see!

If you come out and see me wandering, feel free to stop me and introduce yourself!

Until next thought, Thomasena

PS – check the below clip (via featuring one of my fave Jamie Kennedy moments from the Scream films!