Monthly Shooting Wall series at PhilaMOCA

The local Shooting Wall film collective has announced a new monthly series at PhilaMOCA titled Views from the Underground, a series of current independent films from Philadelphia.  The first installment will take place on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 PM and will feature a short from Joe Kramer as well as a feature by Shooting Wall’s Joshua Martin who summarizes the series like so:

“For some time now, Shooting Wall has observed that there seems to be no real space for true independent or underground cinema. Certainly this space does not exist in Philadelphia and hardly anywhere else anymore. There are groups of people who are not interested in playing the corporate game in order to make films for a corrupt system (Hollywood and Indiewood), and these people are making films for little to no money that are taking more chances with the medium and trying out more things than any mainstream films have done for at least 20-25 years. And yet these filmmakers really have no place to show their works. Film festivals claim that they are looking for these kinds of films, but the reality is that they aren’t. Film festivals, and this includes the smallest of the small local film festivals, are not interested in adventurous filmmaking or in showing work that is challenging in any way. So where does that leave a Philadelphia filmmaker making films for little or no money? Open screen nights? That gets tiresome after you show up to one and have to sit through the nonsense that screens there. Shooting Wall has always felt there needed to be a space for these kinds of filmmakers and for audiences who really want something different out of cinema. Shooting Wall has slowly been trying to offer spaces for these filmmakers through stray nights of screenings throughout the year and, last May, also at PhilaMOCA, a filmmaker centric film festival. After the success of the film festival, we thought people and filmmakers may be open to an alternative space for film viewing and filmmaking. We hope with his screening series to offer people something different; to offer filmmakers a place to screen their films and offer audiences hungry for something else, a new place to view films. And, ultimately, if we can at least open up a dialogue about what is happening with cinema and what are alternatives to the current corporate cinematic system, then maybe we can form something unique in Philadelphia that will actually benefit filmmakers and audiences and not just businesses and the cultural elite.”

Some tough points to argue.  Admission for Views from the Underground is free, here’s their upcoming schedule, November features a live score…

Monday September 24th, 7:00 PM
Vacant Guillotine Blues by Joe Kramer, 4 minutes
Episodes from an Investigation by Joshua Martin, 115 minutes

Monday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM
Early Mourning Dream by Jonah Stern, 24 minutes
Deprave by Andrew Wimer, 17 minutes
Midnight Heat by Dan Dickerson, 10 minutes
Aporia by Jess Hock, 7 minutes
The Mud by Rob Malone, Brooke Bundy, Nigel Defriez, Kira Pearson, 15 minutes
Look At You by Karl Starkweather, 24 minutes

Monday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
Raptor by Marc Dickerson
Birthday Wedding and a Funeral by Rob Marvin, 79 minutes with live musical score by Brandon Can’t Dance

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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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