Monday, March 30, 2015

Awesome Fest pairs with IFC Midnight to bring horror movies to Philly

The Awesome Fest strikes a deal to bring genre films to Philly

Awesome Fest pairs with IFC Midnight to bring horror movies to Philly

Josh Goldbloom, the founder and artistic director of the film centric Awesome Fest, told us about a new partnership he's forming with IFC Midnight, a branch of the venerable indie film distributors that deals in genre fair, specifically horror. Previous releases from the company including both of the notorious "Human Centipede" films and "Super" starring "The Office's" Rainn Wilson.

The Awesome Fest will be the exclusive vendors for IFC Midnight films in Philly, screening two or three movies a month. The partnership unofficially kicks off tonight at the Trocadero (1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888) with a screening of the Brit film "Kill List," as part of the Troc's Movie Mondays.

But things will really get going in April. "Brake," starring Stephen Dorff, about a CIA agent taken hostage and forced into a trunk terrorist cell, screens April 10. "ATM," about three people stuck in ATM booth with a maniac on the loose screens on April 12. Goldbloom also teased "The Moth Diaries," from Mary Harron, the director of "American Psycho" and her first feature length film since 2005's "The Notorious Bettie Page." 

At first, screenings will be held at the Troc, but Goldbloom plans to move movies around the city. Tickets will cost $5. Check theawesomefest.com and their Facebook page for more information on locations.

"[IFC is] constantly buying films from major festival, but they’ve never had a real presence in Philadelphia. We just don’t have the independent art houses to structure a series like this," Goldbloom said. "That’s where the Awesome Fest comes in."

Goldbloom also said that he's gearing up for another round of his summer movie screenings and will be working on upcoming film festivals, like the upcoming Philadelphia Science Festival.

"We just want to bring everything we can through the city," Goldbloom said. "I’m not happy with just a film festival, I want to make this year round and have all films available to everyone."

In other horror-related Awesome news, Goldbloom will screen "Juan of the Dead," Cuba's first horror movie on April 6 at the Troc, making it one of the few venues in the States to screen this hilarioius-looking take on the Brit "Shaun of the Dead." Check the trailer below:

Molly Eichel Inquirer Staff Writer
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