Awesome Fest was created in 2010, per its website, to “showcase innovative and cutting edge independent cinema in unique and non-traditional spaces throughout the City of Philadelphia.” The past few summers, the festival has screened films and put on musical performances in spaces (primarily outdoors) in and around Philly. Last year, it hosted a wide variety of events: A Karate Kid screening and Q&A with Ralph Macchio, a concert by Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground band, a Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moon mashup at Clark Park and the Second Annual (Kevin) Bacon Festival. Some of these cost money, but all outdoor screenings were free. The festival even held an event in Chicago last year.
Now, the partnership behind Awesome Fest is in turmoil. Founder Josh Goldbloom sued partner Joanna Pang (who also owns the Trocadero) in February for alleged “misappropriation and mismanagement of Awesome Fest finances and for her secret usurpation of total control of the company and its assets” after she refused to give him Awesome Fest equipment — including a $25,000 projector, a $12,000 screen, $5,000 in audio equipment, and a van — that Goldbloom claims he intended to use to host events under the Awesome Fest banner. Read more »
This weekend Awesome Fest is taking over Adventureland Day Camp in the woods of Bensalem for its second annual Summer Camp Sleepover.
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“Do you guys like pizza? Do you like punny songs about pizza? Good! Because that’s all we got.”
So began Velvet Underground cover band The Pizza Underground’s show at Eakins Oval on Friday. They were there to headline before The Awesome Fest’s screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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The Clark Park Farmers’ Market has just released information on their summer-long festivities, all of which start today, June 26th, and will continue every Thursday during the summer. The weekly event will feature Vendy Award winning food trucks, a free 7-week outdoor film series, prizes and demonstrations.
And what’s on schedule for today? The food trucks lining up for Awesome Fest, the free summer long outdoor movie series, will be Poi Dog, Curbside Creamery, Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Pie Stand and Flavor Spot. Trucks open at 3 p.m and the movie, Riot on the Dance Floor, starts at 9 p.m. Plus free demonstrations, led by our very own Emily Teel, will be going on from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Attendees will learn how to preserve the fruit and vegetables from the farmers’ market in their own home. And you might even be able to snag a prize while you watch. The demonstrations will be a monthly event.
Clark Park is located at 43rd Street between Baltimore and Chester Avenues.
Awesome Fest [Official]
Tomorrow night, June 26th, Awesome Fest and UCD are teaming up to kick off a new eight-week movie series in Clark Park that features no less than five world premieres. The first of the screenings is Steve Tozzi’s Riot On the Dance Floor. The documentary tells the story of New Jersey club promoter Randy Now and his infamous nightclub City Gardens. The venue hosted an eclectic mix of entertainers — from comedy Henny Youngman to the Nine Inch Hails and Gwar.
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