Awesome Fest free summer film series in full swing

Caity Lotz
Caity Lotz grapples with ghostly matters in "The Pact."

Here’s a cool way to spend your Saturday nights this summer: bobbing on a beautifully landscaped public park that juts out over the Delaware, watching the latest indie films and genre pics straight from Sundance, South By Southwest and Berlin. For free.

Yup, the annual Awesome Fest has returned with its summer cinema series, and a new outdoor venue, the Race Street Pier, too. Curated by program director Eric Bresler, the Saturday night series began two weeks ago, and continues June 30 with Pilgrim Song, Martha Stephens’ SXSW-vetted feature about a guy’s trek along the Appalachian Trail and the folks he encounters on the way. Saturday, July 7’s selection is The Pact, an eerie thriller starring Caity Lotz. On July 14, there’s Extracted, a low-budget sci-fi number about literally messing with people’s minds. For the full slate of Saturday Race Street Pier screenings, and for additional summertime programs – all of them free – happening at Liberty Lands park in Northern Liberties, The Trocadero Theatre, PhilaMOCA, and the Sugar House Casino, visit