Philly CineFest takes shape with kid-friendly and midnight-movie fare

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Amber alert, as actress gets chased down by cops keen on returning her to "The Ward." The John Carpenter insane asylum scare pic is a highlight of Phiadelphia CineFest 2011.

More details about Philadelphia’s 2011 CineFest, set to run Thursday, April 7 to Thursday, April 14: The festival has announced an opening night doubleheader, the family-friendly Exporting Raymond – a documentary about the creator of  Everybody Loves Raymond,  Phillip Rosenthal, as he hits a culture-shock wall in his efforts to oversee a Russian  version of the TV show – and The Catechism Cataclysm, a midnight movie mash-up of Biblical themes and rock and roll set on a river trip gone wild.

The closing night entrée: POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Morgan Super Size Me Spurlock’s doc about product placement in the media. Spurlock will drop in to product-place his flick, which was well-received at Sundance this January.

And a few more highlights among the 60-odd features sandwiched between the openers and the closing night title: The Ward, horror maestro John Carpenter’s chill-o-rama  set in a mental institution occupied by Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca and Danielle PanabakerThe Interrupter, from Hoop Dreams director Steve James, a doc about Chicago gang members trying to do the right thing. Miral, in which The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’s Julian Schnabel explores Arabs-Israeli tensionss in an adaptation of the Rula Jebreal novel, set in Palestine and starring Freida Pinto. Potiche, with Gallic icons Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in Francoiz Ozon’s comic depiction of class warfare and marital mayhem in modern-day France. And Stake Land, a post-apocalyptic vampire road movie, of course.

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