FirstGlance Film Fest at 15!

Guinea pigs in a clinical drug trial, two sisters tainted by tragedy, a Keith Haring-in-Philadelphia doc, the struggles of a Native American family, the struggles of an Iraq war veteran, a two-bit cable TV reporter uncovers a career-changing story on the streets of Fishtown, a cartoon about a boy who finds delectable treats on the surface of the moon….

FirstGlance Film Festival, the indie-centric, local-local-local weekend mini-fest, gets underway this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11,with screenings – world premieres, Philadelphia premieres -- at the Franklin Theater in The Franklin Institute.

A few highlights: The Normals, Kevin Connors’ comedy about a group of misfits participating in a clinical drug trial, with Brian Greenberg, Dan Hedaya, Frederick Weller and John Sayles… “When You Find Me,” actress Bryce Dallas Howard’s short film – she directs – about a mother remembering the childhood trauma she shared with her sister… Keith Haring: Heart of the Community, Scott Hatfield’s doc about artist Keith Haring’s collaboration with a 1987 'We The Youth' Philadelphia mural project in 1987… and Steve Phoenix: The Untold Story, Bill Haley’s comedic feature about a cableTV reporter (Josh Lamon) who stumbles on a Fishtown rock band whose members are fronting for a secret underground org.

For complete schedule and ticketing info, go to: All screenings at Franklin Theater, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street.