The 55 finalists of the Knight Arts Challenge were announced last week and there are some interesting film-related inclusions:
Moore College of Art & Design
To introduce the work of local visual artists and filmmakers to a wider audience by establishing an urban drive-in movie theater on the Parkway
Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative
To support the emerging creative underground in Philadelphia by establishing a festival that highlights the next generation of filmmakers, visual artists, musicians and performers
Scribe Video Center
To explore the city’s relationship to mass transit by publicly displaying multiple digital video works in high traffic public sites
The Brothers Network
To introduce more diverse audiences to the performing arts by creating a multidisciplinary festival that features black male choreographers, filmmakers, actors, writers and composers
To help promote the city’s cinematic identity by commissioning emerging filmmakers from Philadelphia to produce shorts for a new, local film festival
So is Moore’s proposal in any way related to the recent ousting of Secret Cinema? Probably not. I’d love to see their blueprints for an urban drive-in movie theater. And not that I’m complaining, but why do they care about local filmmakers? “Visual artists” I can see, but, as far as I know, they don’t have a film program.
And as for Vic Reznik…well, the vague description of his idea raises a lot of questions. And who is he? A quick Google search reveals him to be the current manager of rapper “Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire“. I hope it’s the same Vic Reznik.
You can read the rest of the finalists here.