Awesome Fest at the Philadelphia Science Festival

The Awesome Fest has quite a slate of film screenings set for the upcoming Philadelphia Science Festival, let’s dive right in:

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Tuttleman IMAX, 7:30 PM

Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (2010) PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE; SXSW AWARD WINNER

Sunday, April 22, 2012
International House, 12:00 PM

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (2011) PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
International House, 2:00 PM

Monday, April 23, 2012
Trocadero, 8:00 PM
Trocadero, 10:00 PM

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
International House, 9:00 PM
The Chocolate Farmer (2011) EAST COAST PREMIERE

Friday, April 27, 2012
Franklin Theater, 8:00 PM
The City Dark (2011)

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Franklin Theater, 2:30 PM
Flatline (2012)
Franklin Theater, 7:30 PM
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011) PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Franklin Theater, 7:00 PM
A Fierce Green Fire (2012) EAST COAST PREMIERE

The only one I’ve seen is The Corridor, which is a lot of fun, kind of like a cerebral, less disjointed Dreamcatcher.  You may notice that April 25 and 26 aren’t accounted for…well sit tight because the Awesome Fest has two impressively huge non-science events planned for those nights.  Get excited.

Synopses for the Science Festival films follow below; keep your eyes on the Awesome Fest site for further info and announcements.


Richard Garriott: Man On A Mission (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Mike Woolf
83 minutes
A behind-the-scenes journey with the video game legend, Richard Garriott, in his quest to become the first second-generation astronaut, from making his fortune to spending it (30 million!) to reaching the International Space Station via Russian Rocket.  Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW!


Eco-Pirate: The Story Of Paul Hudson (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Trish Dolan
110 minutes
Eco-Pirate tells the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans.  The film follows professional radical ecologist, Captain Paul Watson, as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers:  the illegal poachers of the world.


Wiebo’s War (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By David York
93 minutes
Wiebo Ludwig (the prime suspect in a series of pipeline bombings) and his family live in northern Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s oil patch.  They built their home on top of one of the largest undeveloped fields of natural gas on the continent.  Wiebo’s War is a complex and compelling documentary that tells the story of a Christian Community, at war with the oil and gas industry.


The Corridor (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Evan Kelly
83 minutes
In this stunning and ambitious science fiction chiller (think Stephen King meets Donnie Darko), friends on a weekend excursion discover a spectral corridor through the woods – an impossible hallway, that will change all of their lives.


Emergo (East Coast Premiere)
Directed By Carles Torrens
78 minutes
Written by Rodrigo Cortes (writer/director of Buried), this sci-fi freakout focuses on a team of parapsychologists trying to figure out a very strange phenomena occurring in an apartment building.  Brace yourself for this terrifying experience!


The Chocolate Farmer (East Coast Premiere)
Directed By Rohan Fernando
70 minutes
The Chocolate Farmer is the story of Eladio Pop, a cacao farmer in a remote district of southern Belize.  A direct descendant of the ancient Mayans, Eladio comes face to face with the moral dilemmas around the “fair trade” label within the multi-billion dollar chocolate industry.


The City Dark
Directed By Ian Cheney
84 minutes
After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn) asks a simple question – do we need the stars? – taking him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris, and beyond.  The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and, disappearing stars, and the loss of night.


Directed By Jeremiah Zagar
An Official Selection Of Sundance 2012, Flatline tells the story of Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart
Institute who successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a rotor-driven ‘continuous flow’ device of their own design, proving that life was possible without a pulse or a heart beat.

There will be a discussion with the filmmakers (Jeremiah Zagar & Jeremy Yaches – Both Philly locals, directed In a Dream) & Dr. Billy Cohn following the screening.


Pink Ribbons, Inc. (Philadelphia Premiere)
Directed By Lea Pool
98 minutes

Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns.  Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?  Pink Ribbon, Inc. shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer becomes concealed by a shiny, pink story of success.


A Fierce Green Fire (East Coast Premiere)
Directed By Mark Kitchell
119 minutes
An Official Selection of Sundance 2012 and over a decade in the making, A Fierce Green Fire documents the environmental movement’s evolution from the 1960’s to the present, the largest movement the world has ever seen and perhaps the most crucial in terms of what’s at stake.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.


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