Under the Radar

Philadelphia Film Festival

Oct. 17 to 27 / Various locations / Cost varies

The Philadelphia Film Society is having its 22nd annual film festival from Oct. 17-27.

This event is hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to bring together the community through film. The Philadelphia Film Festival is its biggest event of the year. It is the stepping-stone that allows the society to interact with the Philadelphia community.

“[The Philadelphia Film Society] has been expanded to a year-round membership-based organization, which holds various film events throughout the year,” Parinda Patel, the event’s managing director, said.

The PFF is one of the longest-running film fests in the city. It showcases more than 50 filmmakers and 100 films throughout the event’s 10 days.

According to its website, “the festival aims to promote domestic and international films that might not otherwise be seen in Philadelphia.”

Along with film viewings, the fest will give out awards for each of its featured genres. These awards include the Amtrak Audience Award, the Archie Award for best narrative feature by a first-time director and the Sharon Pinkenson Award for best local feature, among others.

Special guests will be making an appearance at a selection of these ceremonies, including actress Kerry Biché, who will be at the Rising Star Award Ceremony on Oct. 19, and actor Bruce Dern, who will be at the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony the same day.

“The festival prides itself on its diverse program,” Patel said. “Throughout the 11 days, you can find anything from Hollywood blockbusters to midnight screenings of genre-thrillers to foreign and American independents.”

 

Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert

Oct. 15 / The Kimmel Center / Free

The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing at the Kimmel Center on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Admission is free for all college students. Following the performance will be an after-party in the lobby with more live music and free food. Students should reserve tickets online.

 

Pennsylvania Ballet Free Performance

Oct. 20 / Academy of Music / Free

The Pennsylvania Ballet is putting on a free show. It will be showcasing the best dances taken from past works and putting them together in a matinée at 3 p.m. The performance will be a part of a film featured on PBS.

 

Survival Lessons with Alice Hoffman

Oct. 21 / The Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Library / Free

Alice Hoffman will be speaking about her latest and first nonfiction book. She is an author, feminist and breast cancer survivor. Her books have been featured in the Oprah Book Club and adapted as films, such as “Practical Magic,” “Aquamarine,” and “The River King.” Show up at 7:30 p.m. and join her as she discusses seeking positivity in times of tragedy.

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