A fight between Philadelphia Film Festival boss and TLA Entertainment owner Ray Murray and the Philadelphia Film Society has led to the cancelation of the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia magazine’s Victor Fiorillo reported late this afternoon.
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According to Fiorillo’s report, the problems began in December when Murray, angry with certain PFS members, walked away from the festival he’s overseen for years, taking his contacts and some loyalists with him. “There’s a Main Line group that wants to see a smaller, more boutiquey, Hamptons/Telluride type of festival,”
Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Society, told Fiorillo, “I am very disappointed that this settlement is not working out, as I think the loss of the spring festival is deeply unfortunate for
UPDATED 2/16/09: Greenblatt says the Philadelphia Film Festival is not canceled, but it is likely postponed. He hopes to stage it in the fall. “We have not yet confirmed dates for the fall, as we have not entirely given up on hosting the Philadelphia Film Festival in the Spring,” Greenblatt told us yesterday.