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Philadelphia Independent Film Festival presents:

Independent Eye @ the Franklin Institute

October 19 – Nov 13, 2011

Screening Schedule 2011

More info: Screening listings – http://on.fb.me/roKh6v

(Screenings subject to change)


Wednesday – 19th 7:30pm – 8:55pm

Stage Left: History of Theatre in SF. (Documentary) (Dir. Austin Forbord in attendance)

Stage Left is a documentary film in celebration of a unique theater community. The film begins with the founding of The San Francisco Actor’s Workshop in 1952 and extends through 2010. Inspired by a Western history of risk taking and exploration, a climate of political and social activism, a particular multicultural mix, and a geography that is seismically unstable, San Francisco Theater artists have focused on pushing the boundaries of the form.

Friday – 21st 7:35pm – 9:00pm

Mind Flesh (81min) Horror, Sci-Fi

MindFlesh is a horror/thriller about obsession. Chris Jackson is a taxi driver with a childhood trauma. The trauma has made him a portal for obsessions to pass from the mind to the physical world and hence disrupt the world’s multiple planes of reality. Extraterrestrials that police the universe threaten to kill Chris’ friends unless he conquers his past.

WITH Short: Foet 12 min Dir. Ian Fisher

Getting by in the rich world of Manhatten takes on shocking proportions.

Saturday – 22nd 7:30 – 9:00 — PIFF Short film selections:

Glory at Sea (25min)(Creepy, Political, Drama) Directed by Benh Zeitlin Produced by Court 13

A group of mourners and a man spat from the depths of Hades build a boat from the debris of New Orleans to rescue their lost loved ones trapped beneath the sea

The Escape (25min) (Documentary What-if) Produced by the American Film Institute.

17th Century England is a time of darkness and sickness. An executioner is faced with the task of taking his sons own life. What will he do?

Serum (22 min) (Science Fiction) by Chidi Ohar

Serum is a live action film noir about a detective in the year is 2067. A world filled with fraud and corruption, a shadowy government organization called “The Black Flag” secretly controls all facets of society. Their dominance is almost complete; except for one thorn…

Friday – 28th 7:35 – 9:25

Cure For the Crash – The Art of Train Hoppin. (94min) Dir. Brian Paul Higgens

One girls pursuit of a lost boyfriend brings us deep in the American train hopping community. When the winds of travel got between them, she hopped freight trains to find him.

Sat urday– 29th 7:30 – 9:30

Heaven and Earth and Joe Davis. By Peter Sasowsky

Almost thirty years ago, a peg-legged artist and motorcycle mechanic from Mississippi walked into MIT!s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and demanded a meeting with the Director. They had not returned his calls. Forty-five minutes later, after trashing the receptionist!s desk and holding off the Cambridge police, Joe Davis walked out of Director Otto Piene’s office with a academic appointment at MIT.

||| Roundtables All discussions will be held at Media Bureau or the Franklin Theatre at the Institute. Signs will be posted in the lobby and via Facebook and Twitter @PhilaIndie. |||||||


Friday – 4th 7:15 – 9:00 PIFF Animation & Music Video Festival (80 min)

A collection of ongoing submissions on a diverse body of work including traditional and experimental animation and story telling.

Saturday 5th 7:15 – 8:30

Able Danger (75min) (Alt, Cult Thriller) Written by Paul Krik Directed by Dave Herman

Tom Flynn, the idealist owner of a left-leaning radical café/bookstore and the quixotic publisher of a hard hitting 911 conspiracy expose, finds himself entangled with a mysterious Eastern European beauty, Kasia, who is on the run from strong hand of a global 911 cover up. In this contemporary take on film noir. When Tom is implicated in the murder of his friend and employee, he is forced to unravel Kasia’s complex web of lies. As it turns out, Kasia possesses the smoking gun that proves the identities and methods of the real architects of 911, and Tom Flynn is willing to die to expose the truth.

Friday 11th 7:35 – 8:50 Focus: Humanitarianism

Milk War (40 min) (Documentary) (Canda)

& Voices of Sculpture (30min) Dir. Chris Campbell

Featuring some of the most important and innovative sculptures and sculptors of the modern art world, Voices of Sculpture is a tour DE force documentary exploring the role and interrelationship of art, artist and observer. Moving seamlessly between some of the most visionary works of out time and the magical setting where the are featured, Voices of Sculpture brings the audience a viewing experience unparalleled in art film. Set in the unique Grounds For Sculpture located near Princeton N.J., the film tells the story of Seward Johnson’s founding and development of this extraordinary venue for the arts and explores the sustaining spirit that made it grow into being.

Saturday 12th 6:05 – 7:25

Schooling the World. White Man’s last Burdon. 68min) Documentary Dir. Carol Black

The film, by Emmy and Writers Guild award winning film and television writer/director Carol Black (“The Wonder Years”) poses an almost heretical challenge to the long-unquestioned assumption that the western model of education and schooling improves lives wherever it goes. The movie has generated powerful, often emotional, response from its October debut at the Vancouver International Film Festival to its recent showing in Washington, D.C. at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival.

Dili (25min) (Documentary)

Dir. Rintu Thomas

DILLI is a moving collection of heartfelt interviews with Delhi slum dwellers. Its lens focuses on a group of dwellers, bringing to life the untold story of mass exodus of thousands who were bulldozed from their homes and transferred to a makeshift facade – Bawana without water, shelter or drainage, while the city was being beautified for Commonwealth Games 2010.

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