For Immediate Release
May 31, 2013
(Philadelphia, PA) Indie film and food will converge this summer with the launch of Film al Fresco, an outdoor film series presented by The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design. (thegalleriesatmoore.org/filmalfresco)
The 2013 summer series will dish up independent films by Philadelphia-area filmmakers and tasty street snacks from local food trucks on the following Fridays: June 14, June 28, July 12 and July 26 at dusk (approximately 8 pm). The films will be shown on a large outdoor screen in Aviator Park, across the street from Moore, located at 1916 Race Street.
Dedicated to supporting the city’s community of film and food enthusiasts, Film al Fresco is a juried competition and showcase for independent filmmakers from the Greater Philadelphia region. The series expands The Galleries’ commitment to presenting the work of emerging Philadelphia-based artists and its role as a venue for exhibitions and programs that focus on innovative ideas in contemporary art and visual culture.
“By reclaiming a disappearing American cultural phenomenon and redefining the experience for a new, urban audience, the series will rekindle the spirit of community that existed around the original drive-in theaters,” said Kaytie Johnson, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator, The Galleries at Moore. “Not only will the project animate The Parkway as a cultural gathering place, it will bring exposure to the work of area filmmakers by allowing them to present their work to a broad public audience.”
The Film al Fresco series is believed to be the only outdoor film series on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the only one focusing on independent films from Philadelphia filmmakers, Johnson said. “It’s really Philly-centric.”
The Galleries at Moore received a $20,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish the film series. The Galleries were among 1,267 applicants who answered the question: “What’s your best idea for the arts in Philadelphia?” A diverse group, including individual artists, artist collectives, community groups, jazz and classical music organizations, theater companies and educational institutions, offered a wide array of innovative ideas but only 55 – including the Galleries – were selected as finalists.
Filmmakers who reside in the Greater Philadelphia region (Southeastern PA, including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), were eligible to submit a film for the film series. The 2013 film submission categories were narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, animated short, and documentary short.
The 2013 selection panel included Johnson; Javier Carmona, an artist and filmmaker from Chicago; Jesse Pires, program curator for International House in Philadelphia; Matthew Suib, an artist and filmmaker from Philadelphia; and Nadia Hironaka, also an artist and filmmaker from Philadelphia.
The Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia is a three-year, $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts.
The Galleries at Moore present a diverse range of exhibitions and educational programs that offer insights into the work of established and emerging regional, national, and international artists and designers. In addition, The Galleries serve as a forum for exploring contemporary issues and ideas that enrich the artistic and intellectual climate of the College, the Greater Philadelphia community, and beyond.
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Knight believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Now in its third year, the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia is a three-year, $9 million community-wide contest seeking the most innovative ideas in the arts to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org and www.knightarts.org