Cinema Speakeasy This Tuesday

Six Stories from Philadelphia Stories 7, media makers in person
WHEN: Tuesday, August 3, 2010
WHERE: L’Etage, NW Corner, 6th and Bainbridge, Philadelphia 19147 215.592.0656

The Philadelphia Film and Video Association (PIFVA) has inaugurated a new series, Cinema SPEAKEASY.


Regularly scheduled on the 1st Tuesday of every month, this event will be hosted by a Philadelphia “creative” who will introduce the filmmaker and their screening and after the screening, will engage in a lively conversation that will illuminate current issues, ideas and movements in today’s media arts.

Once the formal evening’s events are finished, everyone will be encouraged to network (bring your laptop) share projects and meet others in the Media Arts. You can order food and drinks from the L’Etage menu.

This month’s PIFVA Cinema Speakeasy, in collaboration with MiND TV, will showcase six non-fiction videos from MiND TV’s independent film series Philadelphia Stories 7.

Hebert Peck, Producer of Philadelphia Stories, will be our host and engage the creative teams in lively conversation. Witness Philadelphia’s unique history through this tapestry of films, perspectives and voices.

Philadelphia’s Scribe by Tina Morton

This film chronicles the 25-year history of Scribe Video Center. Scribe is a media arts organization, founded by award winning filmmaker Louis Massiah, which teaches video production skills for nominal fees, giving many people and non-profit community groups access to the video and editing facilities within the Philadelphia region.
Harvey Finkle’s Photography by Joy Butts
For the past 41 years, Harvey Finkle has given numerous activist groups, otherwise overlooked by mainstream media, the opportunity to tell their story through the medium of photography. This film showcases his extraordinary ability to capture the grassroots movements for social, economic, political and cultural change as they happen in the streets of Philadelphia.

Porches by Tatiana Bacchus, Cymande Lewis, David Allen Ruth

Through candid conversations, this film captures the oral traditions and historical events of 5 African American women who have lived in Philadelphia for decades and witnessed the city’s highs and lows. Porches honors those who came before us and in many ways paved the way.

Restoring La Communidad by Big Picture Alliance

This work is a student-created video from the teen-program run by the Big Picture Alliance in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taller Puertorriqueño and Congreso de Latinos Unidos. In this very public work, these students challenge community residents to better their living conditions. They work to create large word sculptures in Spanish, each representing the stages of community change: reparar (realize), soporte (support), and restore. To supplement their artwork, the student crew ask community members on the street about the problems they face and how best to make a concerted effort to improve the neighborhood.

Illvibe! by Rashid Zakat and Kali Baker-Johnson

This work is about the Illvibe collectivewho since 2000 have been a part of the Philadelphia hip hop scene with their “Do It Yourself” mentality, their old school aesthetic, and their attention to every sonic detail. They throw consistently successful parties, release regularly listened to podcasts, travel the world to DJ, host a successful radio show and have shared the stage with such notable acts as Gang Starr, King Britt, Jazzy Jeff, Q-Bert, Cee-Lo, Les Nubians, Public Enemy, Prince Paul, The New Deal, Zap Mama, Nelly.

The New Scenery by Black Lily

In the summer of 2009, as part of the Black Lily Girls Workshop, a group of ten girls ages 11-15 wrote, shot, directed, and edited a music video for Grammy-nominated recording artist Wayna. New Scenery is their end result. The Black Lily Girls Workshop is a project of the Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women funded by The Valentine Foundation.
PIFVA Cinema Speakeasy is a collaboration between PIFVA and L’Etage, to engage our community in provocative conversations for and about media arts.


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