This weekend, FirstGlance Film Festival, the independent film festival Philly movie buffs have been attending since its debut in 1996, will return with a jam-packed schedule of awesome, under-the-radar cinema.
This award-winning festival began in a Center City theater basement 20 years ago, but since then has flourished into an event worthy of being housed by the Franklin Theater at the Franklin Institute and has even expanded to Hollywood and Las Vegas.
Movie Maker Magazine has called FirstGlance one of the “Best Film Festival Investments,” and Time Magazine named it “One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us.”
For three straight days, attendees will get a first look at carefully selected, independent works before the films officially hit theaters. There will be matinees, twilight and late-night screenings throughout the weekend with a nice mix of shorts, feature-length, mini-docs, feature docs, animation, music videos and web series.
This years feature selections include Kevin Connors’ The Normals, the absurd love story of a clinical drug trial guinea pig; Korinna Sehringer’s Shouting Secrets, a touchingly real film about a family coping with the death of a parent; Mischa Webley’s The Kill Hole, the emotionally haunting story of an Iraq war veteran-gone Portland Taxi-Cab driver; and Bill Haley’s Steve Pheonix: The Untold Story, a half fiction, half non-fiction film about a TV reporter/musician set right here in Fishtown.
Be sure to check out the full schedule to choose from the exciting list of screenings.
FirstGlance Film Festival
When: Friday, November 9-Sunday, November 11
Where: Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $8 matinee, $10 prime time
More info: www.firstglancefilms.com