Cinefest continues to prove its lameness…UPDATED

Straight off of a current Facebook thread comes the news that longtime Danger After Dark programmer Travis Crawford will not be introducing any screenings at the Cinefest, which he programmed this year for FREE (!) as a “public service to bring genre films to Philadelphia”.  The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance/T.L.A. Video people (and maybe Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom…who knows?) have instead decided to have corporate sponsors introduce the films, which actually has the potential to be rather humorous (imagine Positano Coast introducing the Bollywood sci-fi insanity of Endhiran or Wells Fargo discussing the post-apocalyptic vampire film Stake Land).  Travis certainly isn’t burning any bridges, especially since he will still be programming genre films for this summer’s T.L.A.-run QFest, but his current disappointment is apparent.  I’ll refrain from copying any further comments from the thread, but I would like to include a statement from Exhumed Films’ Joseph A. Gervasi that truly matches my own sentiments regarding repertory film in Philadelphia:

“Our pals at Ibrahim Theater @ International House have all kinds of stimulating film programming all year round.  The state of cinema isn’t sad in our city; it’s the state of attendance for the events of worth.”

Hence my desire to start Cinedelphia in the first place…in any case, things always change quickly in T.L.A. land so who knows how things will actually unfold over the course of the next few days.

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Just received a message from Artistic Director/class act Josh Goldbloom who clarified the following (I’ll be paraphrasing):  all of this year’s Danger After Dark films were programmed by Josh with the exception of Cold Fish, which Travis helped him acquire.  Travis’ introductions will be missed by many, but ultimately it’s all about the films themselves so it’s all good…see you at Exporting Raymond tonight!

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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