Philadelphia Independent Film Festival receives a Philadelphia Cultural Fund Grant!

We are happy to announce that we received a Cultural Fund Grant of $2,400.¬† We would like to graciously thank the Philadelphia Art Community and District 1 Councilmen Mark Squilla. Thank you for encouragement and support. We have been traveling the globe and the web to discover and connect different artists and filmmakers who work to see beyond “what is” and instead look to explore, create, and then screen. This form of Independent film making often takes the viewer beyond the boundaries normally experienced in the theater. Either way, it is sure to make you think ūüėČ

We’ll see you June 25-29, 2014 for the 7th annual festival. The Box office is at Plays & Players Theater at 1714 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Thank you again Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund!

~ Benjamin F. Barnett  Festival Director #piff #uff #Pi7

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival Opens 2014 submissions!

Hello and welcome back. It’s official. As of October 1st we have opened submissions for the 7th annual festival. We will be holding the festival June 25 – 29, 2014. Use this link <a href=”″>PIFF 7 </a>to submit now and get the discussion going.¬† We are really looking forward to festival #7 and in many ways, this is what we have been working towards for a long time. Thank you to everybbody who believed in the model.

If you have any questions about our screening process, please contact us direct or post to our Twitter and or Facebook feeds with any questions you might have. We have what I am sure is an unorthodox process by any standard but we feel confident that our process best serves the filmmaker. Essentially, our screening process is a peer to peer approach to programming a film festival that has no genre agenda when it is initiated.

As we have for the past 6 years, we use to communicate with filmmakers and collect submissions. If you have any questions about the service and how we utilize it, please feel free to ask.

If you haven’t already signed up to the festival mailing list, you can do so here:

The Cycle of Age. by Benjamin Barnett


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The cycle of aging (humanoid circa 2013) described in ‚Äúage brackets‚ÄĚ that which humans self define based on above average life expectancy and interest. ¬†This includes ‚Äúhealth‚ÄĚ and an individual, group, eco-system enabling ‚Äúpath‚ÄĚ pattern. Each bracket is a specific state of time that a human can concentrate on to accomplish specific or non-specific goals and reasonably expect to accomplish them.

** disability or occurrence of disability for whatever reason in life, later in life, not factored.


  1. The Beginning (infinite)
  2. Birth ‚Äď 3 years
  3. 3 ‚Äď 7¬† years
  4. 7 – 13 years
  5. 13 ‚Äď 17 years
  6. 17 -22 years
  7. 22-27 years
  8. 27-32 years
  9. 32-39 years
  10.                39-47 years
  11.                47-55 years
  12.                55-59 years
  13.                59-66 years
  14.                66-70 years
  15.                70-76 years
  16. 76-84
  17. 84-92
  18. 92- 100
  19. 100-105
  20. 105- 110
  21. 110+


Enabling a pop-up community? A few quick points to make.


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If the primary focus is (mandated) content choice and the goals are attraction and retention, then insertion destination, interaction, and frequency are primary steps. As well, working under the premise that a community has been developed and is capable of the interactions you are seeking, then a primary goal is to let as many people who know you have the content, know. Process: (target or potential target) details about the destination community.

We begin discussion with this outline in mind:

a. goal(s)

b. choice(s) (target)

c. frequency (destination) (schedule of posts and type)

d. capability (enabling of community to act on their own)



Media Bureau, Digital Media Strategy, Advertising and Digital Media Content


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Discussing DMS ~             Bar Camp Philly 2009

It’s exciting times here at the Media Bureau. We have long pioneered the use of digital media strategy and specifically user-centric content aggregation to sell and market (anything). We have always worked to provide maximum collaboration in a digital and dynamic framework. We have worked in the digital film and political market place since 1997, designing interfaces connected to user-centric interaction models tied into marketing ideas. We are considered pioneers in the field of streaming media as a viable content based business solution and have spoke many times on the delivery of content as a tool to brand, market, and sell. 15 years later we feel some of our original ideas have now come to the front of digital media.

Agility is the new martini lunch. It is in the market place where the cross roads of film, media, and politics intersect that we have been focusing our attention. The transformation from analog to digital. The following incomplete list represents a suite of ideas to work with when producing (digital media) content for the internet:

1. enable agility (as a brand/business)
2. enable users to focus on their needs as a means to the end (primary tasks)
3. enable brands to interact via “consumer demanded” technology (helpers)
4. enable control of the brand to a “user” (value prop) (user is revenue model)
5. enable ubiquitous and accessible market place(s)(buy/sell)
6. enable (on demand) eco-system (build your own sustainable community)

~ Benjamin F. Barnett


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Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #6 in full swing


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The festival has been receiving at least 3/4 films – per day. We are looking good here and have even received a documentary film from North Korea. Interesting. Thank you for all the feedback to date. As we type, we are working with the team over at The Lunch Room for a full scale website update. If you have been following the blog, you will know the day to day. The website will include features such as PIFF on demand, Trailers, Music Video’s and other media from past and present festival’s. Stick with us as we are looking to bring the Independent filmmaker to the next level.

~ ed

updated: Philadelphia Independent Film

Take Action News Brings Governance to the News enabling people to “Take Action”


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Welcome back.
Its long been said in the digital media news sphere that all news is partisan (ok, we said that). But there was a time when this was not the truth and the news was the facts, just the facts. Take Action News has moved to fill this void and provide extensive coverage to the facts while providing Take Action opportunities for both sides of the issues. We welcome you to visit and join in the action.

Today in this polarized political world being attacked by a declining economy, #TAN is what the news cycle needs. Take Action News is anchored by veteran reporters David Shuster and Charlie Mitchell. Dr. Alan Rosenblatt anchors our unique Social Media channel that teaches you how to use and understand today’s truly remarkable digital media tools. Media Bureau Digital Media Strategist Benjamin F. Barnett helms the news organization as CEO and Micro-blogger and CTO Keith Atkinson takes over as webmaster.

With #TAN, today’s political process is at the tip of your fingers. Backing up this investigative team is the Media Bureau’s 15 years of digital media political experience. We are proud to have been asked to take part as partners.

We welcome you to Take Action at

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival launches 5th festival with record attendance


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Festival 5 is a wrap. The follow-up now begins. What a process to produce a film festival. If we have any respect for any Festival Founder or Director it is that they even make something like this happen at all. The expectations of “thousands” of filmmakers and attendees is stunning and at times beyond belief (parking on demand in Philadelphia?). A film festival is motivated in its pure sense to screen films that they feel the public wants to see. Their are those that feel they are “all about local film or Independent film” but in short, are sorely missing the point. The film fest attendee has as much love for film as the one who brags “they are all about it”. The process in which a festival is produced is where the dedication lies and that is the holy grail – producing a festival by all means possible. Media Bureau has been producing @philaIndie since it conceived the idea in 2007. We all dreamed of getting to festival 5. The founder and festival director, Benjamin F. Barnett and Bernard Glincosky, are still standing. This years team consisted of the most talented and diverse body since we broke ground in 2008 with the first festival. This years team (now going on 2+ years), Stephon Tucker (Producer), James DiFonzo (Festival PR and writer in residence), Melissa O’Donnell (Screening Chair and filmmaker liason), Kelsey Hoffman (Festival General Manager), Edgardo Vazquez (Festival Art Director), Bernard Glincosky (Volunteer Coordinator) and the vast army of volunteers that took on “jobs” to make it the best festival by far ever are a force. This spawning is what makes Philadelphia film so special to us and we hope all of you. This years festival screened 122 films and video’s, with 14 screened “off festival” (136 total). What can we say? Hate us or love us, we are here to stay and are on track despite the carnage of a global financial meltdown and blindsiding competition.

See you June 26 – 30, 2013 for festival #6. Bigger, better, stronger. We hope you join us.

The #piff team

Media Bureau works with Take Action News to launch AM radio show: Take Action News w/ David Shuster – 1480 AM in Washington DC


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