Kenney Wants to Slash Funding For Philly’s Film Office By 50 Percent

Mayor Kenney (Matt Rourke/AP), Sharon Pinkenson

Mayor Kenney (Matt Rourke/AP), Sharon Pinkenson.

This is not exactly a great time for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

The flow of major film projects in the region has slowed to a trickle. The state’s Film Production Tax Credit was among the countless programs that were held hostage by the long-running budget debacle. And even with the budget standoff now kinda-sorta-somewhat-temporarily resolved, Hollywood isn’t exactly beating down Philadelphia’s front door like it did a decade ago, when it seemed like you couldn’t walk two blocks without running into Bradley Cooper or Mark Wahlberg. (OK, slight exaggeration. But you know what we mean.)

The film tax credit is still capped at $60 million, a sum that’s quickly devoured once it’s divided between Philly, Pittsburgh and other pockets of the commonwealth. And now it looks like the film office will have to get by with less funding from the city, too.

Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year aims to cut the amount of the money the film office receives by almost 50 percent, from the $163,952 that was doled out in fiscal year 2016 to $83,952. Read more »

PHOTOS: Mark Wahlberg Attends Screening of Invincible at Kimmel Center

The gossip mills were right on the money last night. Mark Wahlberg did show up on the red carpet for the screening of Eagles-inspired flick Invincible at the Kimmel Center. The film closed out the weeklong Festival of Families Film Festival hosted by Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon got this great shot of him with former Eagle Vince Papale (left, whom Wahlberg portrays in the film) and comedian Michael Blackson.

Mark Wahlberg

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World Meeting of Families Announces Film Festival, Mobile App

The World Meeting of Families is really embracing the culture Philadelphia has to offer.

In a press release today issued by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it was announced that the World Meeting of Families (WOMF) will host a film festival during the week of the WMOF Congress (Sept. 22-25). A partnership with IBM has also led to a mobile application designed to improve visitor experience for those coming to Philadelphia for the WMOF Congress and papal visit (Sept. 26-27).

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Alive Inside Screening for the Alzheimer’s Association


Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Derek Freese Documentary Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Alive Inside at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts last Tuesday night.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner was presented at a red-carpet event and there was a post cocktail party afterward. All proceeds from the event will support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter.

The film, which focuses on the use of music in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, included a post-screening Q&A with CBS3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl. Michael Rossato-Bennett, ‎director of Alive Inside discussed how the project came about. He also announced that a meeting with Apple was in the works in hopes of expanding the program of getting music to patients on a much broader scale.

To see how music can make a difference in an Alzheimer’s patient’s life was very moving. The music provided to the patient was specific from an era in their life. It brought them back to life, singing, humming, dancing and they were able to recall memories of a time that had seemed lost forever. It’s a must see. The hope is that one day doctors will prescribe music as part of the treatment that is currently used for Alzheimer’s patients.

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Screening of Susan Seidelman’s Musical Chairs

The Gerald and Janet Carrus Foundation recently hosted a screening of director Susan Seidelman‘s Musical Chairs, a delightful movie about love and wheelchair ballroom dancing (watch the trailer below). All film proceeds will be donated to the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance and the Oliver H.M. Jordan Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, which affords scholarships to students with disabilities. From left: Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Seidelman (who lensed of my favorite films, Desperately Seeking Susan), mayor Michael Nutter and producer Janet Carrus at the Kimmel Center screening.

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Brad Pitt Movie Set in Philly But Filmed in Glasgow Opens This Weekend

Due to the state of Pennsylvania’s occasional, shall we say, recalcitrance regarding the city of Philadelphia, there were budgetary issues that prevented World War Z from filming here. Based on a novel set in Philly, the zombie film was slated for a Philly shoot when tax exemptions didn’t come through with the necessary alacrity. Disappointed, the filmmakers had to make do with Glasgow as a Philadelphia stand-in, for better and worse.

Below, some stills and screen grabs that show how Glasgow looks when it’s tarted up as Philly, and what CGI can do that the state of PA wouldn’t. Some of it is rather impressive, but don’t get excited about the video game, which doesn’t even try to use Philly. Instead, it says: “Meanwhile, in Denver…” Fie.

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