Philadelphia Film Festival 22 can’t get any more Philly than it does Saturday, in the closing weekend program at the Prince Music Theater. Starting at noon and ending close to midnight, five features in the fest’s “Greater Filmadelphia” program screen back to back to back (to back to back), offering fiction and non-fiction takes on the city, its surrounding environs and the people who sprung from the area. Here’s the lineup, in screening order:
TOWN HALL -- Sierra Pettengell and Jamila Wignot’s documentary closeup of Tea Party activists during the 2012 campaign focuses on Berks County salesman-turned-conservative crusader John Stahl and Katy Abram, a stay-at-home mom who becomes a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity.
LET THE FIRE BURN – Jason Osder’s formula-busting doc takes a new look at the devastating events of May 13, 1985, when the city dropped an incendiary device on the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia, resulting in the deaths of 11 people and the destruction of 61 homes. A new and innovative use of old archival footage, TV news and police video tells a chilling tale.
1982 -- Hill Harper and Sharon Leal star in Tommy Oliver’s gritty indie about a couple’s struggles to stay together -- and keep their young daughter safe – in the midst of the crack epidemic that hit the city and its neighborhoods in the early ‘80s. Well-received at the Toronto Film Festival last month.