It’s beautiful what Eric Bresler and his team of film aficionados have created with Cinedelphia’s online space, writing features and movie reviews that could hold their own next to The New York Times’ critics. But the organization’s cinematic expertise is best portrayed once a year through the organization’s annual Cinedelphia Film Festival, held April 13-29th at PhilaMOCA.
“Having been in Philly since 1997, I’ve seen so many film screening groups and individuals come and go, so many,” Bresler says, citing long withstanding programs like Exhumed Films, Secret Cinema, and the programs at International House as invaluable exceptions to the local sphere.
“I’ve picked up the slack for the oddball stuff, indie films that would likely be ignored otherwise, music-related films that appeal to a very limited audience, found footage and VHS nostalgia-type stuff,” Bresler explains.
This is how Cinedelphia is different; how PhilaMOCA is different, and it’s the exact mark that Bresler hopes to leave on Philly through forming both. “I’d like to think that I’ve made a difference in the filmgoing habits of locals,” he tells us. “I hope I have, I’d be lying if I said that I do all of this just to entertain myself.” Continue reading →