Press Release: PUFF 2017
INITIAL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 2017 PHILADELPHIA UNNAMED FILM FESTIVAL INCLUDES CLOWNS, MURDERERS, AND MORE!
Badges are now on sale for the 2017 Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival to coincide with the initial lineup announcement for the second edition of the fest, with more exciting movies, guests, and events to be added in the coming weeks. This year, the Unnamed Film Festival has been expanded to include a slate of over 30 short films and features from around the globe, in a larger venue in the heart of Philadelphia.
The fest opens on Thursday September 28th with a pair of features and our Opening Night reception. The evening kicks off with a screening of IMITATION GIRL, a dreamy science fiction film meditating on the nature of self, starring Lauren Ashley Carter (JUGHEAD, DARLING) and directed by by Iranian-American filmmaker Natasha Kermani. Kermani will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening, which will then lead into the opening night reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres for badge and ticket holders.
On Friday night, PUFF returns to present the slasher comedy with a twist TRAGEDY GIRLS, accompanied by a prom-themed party. Guests are invited to don fall formal attire for the Philadelphia premiere of this SXSW favorite. TRAGEDY GIRLS follows two death obsessed high school best friends who take murderous action to gain fame on social media — a mix between MEAN GIRLS and SCREAM, starring Brianna Hildebrand (DEADPOOL) and Alexandra Shipp (X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX).
The Friday late night movie is an unclassifiable oddity that could never be found on mainstream screens: Peter Vack’s directorial debut ASSHOLES. Called a “microbudget cross between SALO and THE SQUID AND THE WHALE” by IndieWire, ASSHOLES begins as clever indie comedy before degrading into a mumblecore body horror that would make John Waters proud.
The fest continues into the weekend with such offerings as the Northeast Premiere of CHARISMATA, a stylish and mind-bending serial killer thriller from the UK, followed by a Q&A with director Andy Collier. PUFF 2017 sticks close to its horror roots with the slasher flick RUIN ME as its late night Saturday feature. Reminiscent of the 1986 classic APRIL FOOL’S DAY, RUIN ME finds its setting in an immersive horror game in the woods that turns deadly.
As always, PUFF will highlight Philadelphia’s local talent on Sunday, October 1st. Sunday kicks off with the Icelandic supernatural drama RIFT, presented by the Philly based distribution company Breaking Glass Pictures. Our regional spotlight continues with the world premiere of the Pennsylvania slasher film 100 ACRES OF HELL, starring professional wrestler Gene Snitsky, with a cast and crew Q&A. The local program will then wrap with PUFF presented local shorts on late-Sunday afternoon.
PUFF 2017 will take place September 28th to October 1st at the Proscenium Theater at the Drake (located at 302 South Hicks Street, Center City, PA). The festival will also include an art show in the lobby presented by local art collective The Jerks, additional Q&As with cast and crew, and wine and beer at the theater concession stand. Stay tuned for additional announcements, including more guests, PUFF short film selections, and the closing night film!
Badges are now on sale through FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PhiladelphiaUnnamedFilmFestival/tickets
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