News — 02 June 2011 » Written by
Cinefest summer strife…

I know some of Cinedelphia’s regulars have been waiting all morning for this post…here’s what you get:

A couple months back I decided to stop posting local film gossip here on Cinedelphia (despite the massive spikes in readership that those posts guaranteed) after I found myself in a position where I knew more about a certain situation than individuals who were actually involved in the situation did.  Well the Cinefest strife began anew this morning due to a highjacked Facebook page and some reportedly inappropriate namedropping that is effecting events of actual worth.  I’m staying out of it, but I will reprint two items that are of public interest:

1)  From Claire Brown Kohler of TLA Video/Cinefest fame via Facebook:  “Thanks All. Josh [Goldbloom] is the one (and only one) time Cinefest Artistic Director…” [I’ve edited out the rest for kindness’ sake]

2)  In this week’s Northeast Times Star (formerly the Fishtown Star) Josh announced his Awesome Fest film festival that will be held primarily at the Piazza.  And while I personally wouldn’t consider public screenings of either Goonies or E.T. to be “awesome”, especially when they’re being held to promote a big budget Hollywood film, I have heard whispers about upcoming programming that will live up to its namesake quite nicely.  A skilled/longtime member of the Philly Film Society is teaming up with Josh on this series, which leads me to believe that it will provide quite a few nights of memorable programming.  We’ll have a write-up on the series when all of the pieces are in place.

Best of luck to all.  Now stop bothering me, these Hunger Games books aren’t going to read themselves.


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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.

(2) Readers Comments

  1. Awesome Fest? Man… I didn’t think film culture in Philadelphia could get any worse.

  2. I’m serious, man — I want a “I want you to quit CineFest” T-shirt!

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