3 Unique Film Festivals To Look Out For in October

Found Footage Festival

john johnnyThe Found Footage Festival (FFF), currently in its 10th year, is coming to Johnny Brenda’s Thursday, October 2nd for two showings at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. This special event is a guided tour through wacky and weird found VHS footage, hosted by curators Joe Picket and Nick Prueher, who provide commentary and “where are they now” stories from the videos’ stars. FFF has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and NPR.

Highlights from this year’s show include footage of the strangest home-shopping hosts you’ll ever meet: John & Johnny. As part of the festival’s 10-year anniversary celebration, Pickett & Prueher did some investigating into this crowd-pleaser from years past. Not only did they dig into old footage to find some never-before-seen John & Johnny clips, but they hired a detective to reunite the two hosts: “They’re living on opposite sides of the country, but we reunited them for the first time in 26 years,” says Prueher. “We videotaped it, so we’re showing not only the long-lost John & Johnny footage, but we’re showing the reunion.”

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André 3000 Wants Kevin Hart to Play Big Boi in Outkast Biopic

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Outkast’s André 3000 chats about playing Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming Jimi: All is By My Side. During the course of the conversation he teases an Outkast biopic, and how he’d like a certain Philly comedian to play his sidekick Big Boi.

Rapper André Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side, and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. “It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said of his rapping partner last night. And as himself? “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”

[Rolling Stone]

Who and What to See This Weekend at qFLIX

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Jack Turner (left) and Michael Hamilton in”10-Year Plan,” which screens Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday evening saw the inaugural launch of two new LGBT-centric arts events in Philadelphia: William Way’s brand-new, first-of-its-kind queer jazz festival, OutBeat, and qFLIX, the new-media film festival that seeks to take the place of our dearly departed QFest.

The film festival runs all weekend and closes with a special screening on Monday night. For a festival that seemed to come together out of the blue, organizer Thom Cardwell has managed to cull a pretty impressive lineup of films and special guests—from local filmmakers and actors on the rise, like Jordan Fraser and Erik Ranson, to internationally known celebs Michael Lucas and Glee star Max Adler.

I’ve got the complete itinerary below, but first a few things to get excited about:

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Movie Meter: Tina Fey’s This is Where I Leave You is a Tremendous Waste of Comic Firepower

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1. The Conformist: A most welcome re-release of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 classic about a cowardly Italian man in 1930′s Italy, who agrees to perform an assassination for the Fascist cause, even though the intended victim is his own former college professor. The film is known for its fiery political commentary—not for nothing does the film’s title suggest a complete weakness of moral character in the face of fashionable political movements—but also for its stunning production values, from the costumes and set design to the extraordinary cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. A chance to see the fully-restored version (the original U.S. print was cut by five crucial minutes) on the big screen is a huge treat for cinephiles everywhere. Playing at Ritz at the Bourse. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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Overheard at the Toronto International Film Festival

I just returned from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, which wrapped up this weekend with an awards ceremony awards and a host of final screenings. Instead of offering up individual reviews, I’ve collected a bevy of quotes I overheard at the festival that both capture the vibe of this year’s TIFF and offer a glimpse of what to keep an eye out for in theaters over the coming months.

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1. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, I KEEEL YOU!” —Actor Michael Douglas, in Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s imbecilic film The Reach, playing—get this—a rich, smug douchebag who goes big-game hunting with a young guide (Jeremy Irvine) who, after a bloody accident, winds up becomes the target of the hunting spree. This particular line, spoken as Douglas’ character is gleefully throwing lit sticks of dynamite at his quarry from the safety of his Mercedes Benz Batmobile-like supercruiser, is definitely not played for comedy, but it led the packed house of critics into howls of disbelieving laughter.

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6 New Gay Movies on Netflix Streaming: Edie & Thea, Beginners, A Single Man and More

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With the approach of fall it’s time to make like a squirrel and start stockpiling an arsenal of entertainment to keep us satiated during what everyone is saying is going to be a long, brutal winter. On the gay-movie front there’s a handful of great new additions on Netflix instant streaming. I’ve rounded up some of the best that have popped up lately, including Tom Ford’s sensational A Single Man, the sexy 

Check out my picks below, with trailers to boot.

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HEADS UP: Gone With the Wind Returns to Philly Big Screens for 75th Anniversary

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Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara

This one’s for you, classic film fans: Gone With the Wind, the 10-time Oscar-winning film based on Margaret Mitchell’s gangbusters 1936 novel, turns 75 this year. To celebrate Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is rolling out two days of big-screen viewings across the country. The Civil War saga will be shown in its original 1:37 aspect ratio at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m on September 28th and October 1st.

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Movie Meter: Michael Fassbender’s Papier-Mâché Head and Lemurs Win the Weekend

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Frank: There aren’t many actors of Michael Fassbender’s stature who would consent to star in a film in which he would have to wear a giant, papier-mâché head for its entirety, but I guess we’re just lucky to have him. Lenny Abrahamson’s wickedly funny film, about a young man who dreams of being in a band sounds every bit as fun and outrageous as the late actor/comedian Chris Sievey’s “Frank Sidebottom,” upon whose giant head-wearing alter ego this production is based. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar: Not, in fact, another sequel from the similarly named popular animated series. Actually, this live-action documentary from director David Douglas is an IMAX treat, following a real group of endangered lemurs as they struggle to stay alive in the almost alien world of Madagascar, their adopted home. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, naturally, the film—a 39-minute, G-rated mini-doc—sounds both fascinating and necessary, and would make for a pleasant family outing, especially if your kids are nature lovers. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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THIS WEEKEND: The Giver‘s Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush at Cherry Hill Mall

Fans of all ages were invited to immerse themselves in the world of new book-to-film sci-fi flick The Giver, at a special event at the Cherry Hill Mall Friday. Guests took part in various activity stations, like spin art, hair-chalking, nail-painting, a candy bar, photo booth and contests by Wired 96.5.

After about an hour the film’s young stars Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush showed up to participate in a Q&A and meet-and-greet, where fans were able to get photos with the actors. During the Q&A, Thwaites and Rush admitted they hadn’t read the book before being cast, which brought groans from the fans—some of whom told me they read it twice.



The Giver opens nationwide on Friday, August 15, and is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young-adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The film also stars, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift. Check out the trailer below.

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