Return of the Awesome Fest

Cinedelphia’s 2011 recipient of Philadelphia Film Personality of the Year has parted ways with the Philadelphia Film Society after four months of employment as Program Director.  I received the following e-mail from Josh earlier today:

As of late last week, I have parted ways with The Philadelphia Film Society. It was a project in which I took a great deal of pride, and I am grateful for my time spent with many people in the organization. My goal has always been, and will continue to be, to promote and showcase Philadelphia’s talent through film, personality, teamwork, and most importantly, community engagement. With that said, I’m quite certain I’ve found a more authentic, passionate, and exciting outlet through which to do this.

The Resurrect Dead DVD release party at The Trocadero, on Monday Feb. 6th will be my last event with the Society. After that, all programs that I developed through PFS (and plenty more), will now be presented by my previous venture: The Awesome Fest.

I’ve spent night and day working on new partnerships and outlets to make this a success, and I’m more eager and fired up than ever, to bring it all back.

Per the usual, thanks for the continued support! Hope all is well, man.

Just two months ago I attended a screening exclusive to PFS members where they announced with great pride and glee that they were taking over the Trocadero’s Movie Mondays, which I thought was a brilliant way to increase awareness of the organization amongst the non-nonprofit inclined.  This past Monday’s screening of Drive had a reported 400 attendees, which is incredible for a film that was being released on DVD the following day.  So we’re left to speculate on what led to this split as it appeared that Josh was certainly doing his job, I’m leaning towards an unhappy (and out of touch) board of directors and a failure to generate income/new memberships at a rate that pleased them.  Or maybe Josh simply had trouble adapting to the corporate-like structure of a long-established nonprofit organization like the PFS.  Who knows…at the end of the day it’s just another bump in the road for the seemingly always tumultuous Philadelphia Film Society.  I see yet another screening of Rocky in their future…

And not one to waste time, Josh has already announced a Trocadero-based DVD release party/screening for The Catechism Cataclysm on Monday, February 27 (#10 in my Top 10 films of 2011).  $3 admission plus a free drink, as always.

Official site.

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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