This Philly Woman Is Making Documentary About India’s “Marriage Cops”

A woman and her husband talk to the marriage cops.

A woman and her husband talk to the marriage cops.

When you and your spouse have a big problem that you can’t resolve, you might go to a marriage counselor or just get divorced. But that’s not so simple in a place like India. So one town came up with a novel idea: Marriage cops. South Philadelphia filmmaker Cheryl Hess stumbled upon these female police officers who resolve marital problems, and now she’s making a documentary about it. Her team currently has a Kickstarter campaign going to finish the editing, and we called Hess and asked her to tell us all about it. Read more »

Watch Michael Solomonov Search for Israeli Cuisine on the Big Screen

Naot goat farm and cheese makers

Naot goat farm

Nationally speaking, Michael Solomonov is the current face of Philly food. He’s our chef. The one who got so big, he was capable of turning the country’s focus — finally — to Philly, a city which, despite its best efforts to keep relevant and exciting (and, not to mention, two Top Chef winners), always had a hard time shaking its past. Plus, he’s the one responsible for introducing Israeli cooking to the American public, which is a big friggin’ deal since there’s so much unexplored nuance, history, and new vibrancy to the cuisine.

And, now, today, he is also a movie star.

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REVIEW: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Photo from Magnolia Pictures.

Photo from Magnolia Pictures.

Why is it that when the world learned of Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, complete strangers who never even knew him were overcome with tears?

This is the question director Alex Gibney poses to the audience at the beginning of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, amidst shots of people leaving flowers at Apple stores, holding up virtual candles on their iPads, and mourning the loss of a man who seemed, before his cancer, invincible. Read more »

A New Documentary Asks Do I Sound Gay?

A scene from "Do I Sound Gay?"

A scene from “Do I Sound Gay?”

“I never have to come out to anyone. I say, ‘Hello,’ and it’s a done deal.”

That might be my favorite line from the trailer of the new documentary, Do I Sound Gay?which features Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei, and asks the pretty profound question: Is there such a thing as a “gay voice”?

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Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High Football Team to Be Featured All Week on ESPN

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With all the news surrounding Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons, there has arguably been no better time for Philadelphia youth in sports. Maybe that’s why ESPN has chosen to run “Hell Week” all week during Sports Center.

The documentary spotlights an annual camp where football teams from across the country gather to train for their next season. Each year Dick’s Sporting Goods teams with Tribeca Digital Studios to offer a behind-the-scenes look at individual teams and athletes as they push through a week of preparation, and this time around the spotlight is on Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School football team, the Cougars.

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Horror Movie: Kids for Cash

Kids For Cash Movie, Luzerne County PA Judges

Illustration by James Heimer

In high school, odds are you knew (or were) a merry prankster like Hillary Transue. The one who was whip-smart, quick with a quip and hostile to authority. In July 2006, when Transue made a mock MySpace page tweaking her school’s assistant principal, she expected to be sent to his superior’s office. If she was lucky, she’d get detention; if not, maybe suspension for a day.

Instead, the 14-year-old with dancing blue eyes was sent to Luzerne County’s juvenile court, where Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. found her guilty of “harassment.” She was sentenced to three months at a juvenile detention facility. After a one-minute hearing, she was handcuffed and escorted from the courtroom while her mother watched, dazed. Before the hearing, Mrs. Transue was advised that bringing a lawyer would be perceived as adversarial, and seemed unnecessary for such a minor crime.

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Two Films For Philly Movie Fans at This Year’s Sundance Festival

This year’s Sundance Festival is in full swing out in Park City, Utah, where two Philly-centric films are enjoying some much-hyped screen time.

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Mad Men star John Slattery makes his directorial debut in the film version of former Philadelphia Daily News columnist’s Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel God’s Pocket. The black comedy takes place in a fictional South Philly neighborhood called God’s Pocket, where a construction worker named Leon is killed in a tiff when a co-worker conks him on the head. Leon has such a miserable reputation around town that everyone involved swears it was an accident. His mother — played by Slattery’s delicious Mad Men booty call Christina Hendricks — is suspicious, so she sends her husband Mickey, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, out to search for clues.

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