The BlackStar Film Festival seeks to illuminate the global black experience by showing films by and about people of African descent from across the world. The festival is an outlet for often-overlooked cinema by emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking.
Formed in 1997, Exhumed Films was created to provide a theatrical venue for a much beloved art form that had all but disappeared in the 1990s and is in further decline in the early 21st Century: the cult horror movie.
Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers is a volunteer run nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to educate and expose the Philadelphia region to films by and about Asian Americans primarily through an annual film festival as well as year round events. The first event of its kind in Philadelphia – a film festival celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience, PAAFF is proud to have presented dozens of culturally relevant film programs to a broad and diverse audience.
The Producers’ Forum in-person screening series is a lecture discussion program, which allows Scribe to invite important nationally and internationally recognized media makers to Philadelphia to share their work and talk about their process of creating.
Since 1992, Jay Schwartz's Secret Cinema has been the Philadelphia area's premiere floating repertory cinema series, bringing countless unique screenings to over 120 nightclubs, bars, coffee houses, museums, open fields, colleges, art galleries, bookstores, and sometimes even theaters and film festivals. Drawing on its own large private film archive, containing thousands of reels of rare 16mm and 35mm film, the Secret Cinema attempts to explore the uncharted territory and genres that fall between the cracks, with programs devoted to educational and industrial films, cult and exploitation features, cartoons, forgotten television, local history, home movies, erotic films, politically incorrect material, and the odd Hollywood classic. As long as they exist on real celluloid, that is -- Secret Cinema screenings never use video/digital projection.
With a history dating back to Edward Muybridge's locomotion studies in the 19th century, Penn has made rich contributions to the study of film and related media. The Cinema and Media Studies Program's public exhibition program includes the Penn Humanities Forum, the Wolf Symposium and the New Italian Cinema series.