Awesome Fest Top — 20 June 2012 » Written by
Awesome Fest full Race Street Pier lineup

Here’s the full program for the free series of Race Street Pier movies that I programmed for the Awesome Fest…TONS of great films, seriously, a few of them will easily make it into my Top 10 for 2012, let’s get to it…


 – A look back at the capture of famed Milwaukee-based serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Interviews with the case’s medical examiner, police detective, and Dahmer’s next door neighbor are interwoven with archival footage and newly created reenactments of the murderer’s seemingly normal day-to-day activities.

* Recently screened at SXSW and Hot Docs (Toronto).




 – Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, a recently pink-slipped music teacher sets out to hike Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail. Among the verdant hills of Appalachia, he encounters various strange characters and becomes the reluctant companion of a gregarious father and son who ultimately help him rediscover what he’s been missing.

* Recently screened at SXSW.


THE PACT– After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole and Annie reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their last respects. While staying overnight in the house, the sisters sense a mysterious presence in their midst: noises startling them in the night, objects moving about, a fallen picture of an unknown woman posed next to their mother. Annie begins experiencing a series of intense and disturbing dreams – visions that lead her to uncover something terrible about her mother’s past that is finally revealing itself.

* Recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival.


EXTRACTED – Thomas Jacobs invents a way to watch people’s memories from the inside. Going against his morals, he accepts an offer to enter a heroin addict’s memories to literally see if he committed a crime. However, a malfunction causes his consciousness to become trapped inside the criminal’s mind. He remains a prisoner in the addict’s memories for more than four years until he discovers the possibility of escape. A testament to low budget sci-fi filmmaking.
* Recently screened at SXSW.


DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC – This documentary explores the definition, history, culture, and social impact of New York City’s outdoor summer basketball scene, the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. In NYC, pick-up basketball is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes (including Dr. J), and, most importantly, the common ballplayer. Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs primarily by bicycle, carrying their video equipment and a basketball in their backpacks.


THE DYNAMITER – All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he’s left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep days and nights pass without her return and with older brother Lucas dangerously in their lives again, Robbie must face the fact that his dream of a family may only be a dream and he might just lose the only family he’s ever had: Fess.

* Premiered at Berlin 2011; recipient of two Film Independent Spirit Awards.


 – FRIDAY set in the suburbs. It’s always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark’s Middle School. Andy and Charlie, two altar servers, don’t just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is over. Eventually their irreverent personalities will put them in a situation that is too big for them to handle.
* Recently screened at SXSW.
* Co-directors Kevin and Matthew McManus will be in attendance.


- An ensemble comedy that explores how the most enduring friendships require a mixture of envy, love and ridiculous egomania disguised as self-contempt. Alex and Tuna are on their way to Richard and Phoebe’s wedding, to be reunited with a group of old friends. As they make their trek from Brooklyn to Central Park, they’re joined by an ever-increasing number of friends with their own set of misgivings, self-righteousness, and violently annoying iPhone Apps.
* Recently screened at the Sarasota Film Festival.


 – Pull up a front row seat with Tiger and Cy, two die-hard fans of “America’s Team”, as they scramble to preserve their place. When the Dallas Cowboys move to the first stadium built for a billion dollars, the shifting politics and economics of major league sports threaten to dissolve friendships and traditions, and force Tiger and Cy to make the costly choice whether or not to follow their beloved team
* Recently screened at SXSW and Dallas International Film Festival
* Director Jonny Mars will be in attendance.

Closing Night film:


 – When depressed fat kid Troy’s (Terri’s Jacob Wysocki) attempt to throw himself in front of a bus is thwarted by drug-addicted musical genius Marcus, the two are thrown into an adventure of punk rock, friendship, betrayal, and unlikely triumph. The feature directorial debut from actor Matthew Lillard.
* Recently screened at SXSW and Toronto International Film Festival.

All films begin at nightfall, hope to see you there!

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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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