An interesting response to some of Cinedelphia’s recent gossip reports can be found on local blog Glomarization, Esq., which is maintained by a “30-something, second-career attorney living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Her interests include law, politics, cinema, frugality, healthy living, good beer, and radical feminism, not necessarily in that order. Her writing is occasionally featured at Phawker.com as articles by ‘Gloria Maris’ and ‘Atticus Phinch’.” In her response, the author explains how low attendance numbers at the International House are no one’s fault but the venue itself. I don’t agree by any means, but I don’t plan on responding in length…I’ll just say that I think any event programmer in this city would agree that people always have priorities, commitments, and a general desire for downtime, which often prevents them from attending events post-work. The author states as much and while having additional screenings of I-House programs would be more convenient for Philly-area movie-goers, I’m sure the venue has a good reason for not doing so. In any case, Glomarization.com is a great blog that covers a wide range of topics and is definitely worth your time. I looked the word up, but couldn’t even understand its definition.
One thing that attending Philly-area press screenings has granted me is a much firmer grasp on just how many young film bloggers are out there. Picture a community of introverts who establish high school-like rivalries and viciously battle to have the best question at roundtable Q&A’s. I’ll definitely do a piece on the best and worst of the Philly film blog scene at some point, but for now I’d like to highlight one of our city’s more interesting/accomplished sites. A Regrettable Moment of Sincerity is the blog of controversial local film critic Adam Lippe, one of our area’s most passionate writers on film and winner of “Best Online Film Critic at the 2010 National Veegie Awards” (a vegan-themed award ceremony). Judge for your meat-eating self at regrettablesincerity.com.
Preceding Cinedelphia by almost a full year is the aptly named Philadelphia Repertory Film Blog run by Chris Cagle, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. It’s not nearly as comprehensive as Cinedelphia, Chris obviously has a real career, which is something we lack around here, but he often includes university-set screenings that we ignore and always includes more information regarding the films themselves (we tend to leave that to the venues’ respective sites). Here’s an excerpt from the site’s first post:
Philadelphia has a repertory film problem. Not enough old movies screen here, and the ones that do have a hard time gaining an audience. For many, these two go together: we do not have more of a film culture because there is no demand. However, it may be more of a matter of a vicious circle, so I hope to promote local screenings with the hope of encouraging both demand and supply.
Maybe I’ll set up a round table with him and Glomarization in hopes of solving Philly’s repertory film woes…or maybe I’ll just stay home and watch The Bad Girls Club.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com 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.