Cinedelphia Film Festival brings music docs, 80s talent shows and a Nigerian Purple Rain to PhilaMOCA

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Cinedelphia Film Festival poster by Justin Gray

The fourth annual Cinedelphia Film Festival kicks-off on April 7th and features another jampacked month of screenings, interactive events, special guest chats and q&a sessions curated by PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler. Turning the lens onto “locally shot rarities and video era oddities,” CFF is an eclectic and eye-opening ode to counterculture film worlds.

In addition to programming highlights Room Full of Spoons (“The definitive documentary on the making of cult classic THE ROOM that Tommy Wiseau doesn’t want you to see”) and Undercover Cops 2: Anonymous Cop (the sequel to 13 year old PhilaMOCA neighbor Lil’ Sean’s debut short), there are several evenings dedicated to music-related films and documentaries.

Check out a rundown of those screenings below and pick up tickets for the festival here.

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Cinedelphia Film Fest brings local film premieres, variety shows and live scores to PhilaMOCA in April


PhilaMOCA‘s second annual Cinedelphia Film Festival begins this week, bringing a full month of “archival oddities, Philly premieres, and locally-shot rarities” to the Mausoleum.  Programmed by Video Pirates, the multi-media event kicks off tomorrow, April 1st, with a free preview night hosted by the curators to give a “guided multimedia tour through the CFF program guide.”  In addition to the eclectic film screening schedule, there will be several music-related events during the festival from live scores to variety shows and music documentaries.

April’s Tuesday Tune-Outs begin with electronic artist Ryan M Todd, aka Tom Guycot, performing a live score during Son of the White Mare on the 8th.  The 15th showcases Baltimore comedy troupe and recent Adult Swim performers Wham City Comedy, a quartet of comedians that perform skits, monologues and stand-up.  Fans of conspiracy and horror will enjoy a special screening of The Shining on the 22nd, played backwards and forwards simultaneously while Psychic Teens contribute a live score.  And the festival comes to a close on the 29th with George Lucas’ feature-length debut THX 1138 accompanied by an original live score by Conveyor.   

Friday, April 18th brings the monthly Mausoleum Party back to the space with a “Mondo” edition featuring Chicago singer Jan Terri, experimental outsider musician Mary Ocher and local weirdo-psych three piece Dead, who just released a debut full-length Ralph. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Johnny Marr to The Trocadero, Tom Odell and Jeremy Merssersmith at Johnny Brenda’s, Pattern is Movement Album Screening at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out

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XPN welcomes Johnny Marr to The Trocadero tonight.  The former Smiths guitarist is currently promoting his first solo effort The Messenger.  Following the break up of The Smiths in the late 80s, Marr has worked on recordings with The Talking Heads and J. Mascis and contributed in large part to the score of Inception.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with ALAMAR can be found here.  Check out an interview The Key did with Marr here and watch him perform “Sun and Moon” at Coachella below.

U.K. singer-songwriter Tom Odell plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Now touring in support of his 2012 debut Songs from Another Love EP and an upcoming full-length called Long Way Down, Odell got his start shlepping his keyboard to open mics night after night in Brighton before being discovered by Lily Allen.  He’ll be support by Jeremy Messersmith, who recently signed to Glassnote Records in anticipation of his new album.  Tickets and information for the 21+ can be found here.  Watch Tom Odell perform “Another Love” on Later… With Jools Holland below.

PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out and the Cinedelphia Film Festival have teamed up with local experimental rock project Pattern is Movement to present the duo’s “album screening party.”  Set to scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, the audience will get a full preview of Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux’s new album, as well as an inside look at the past four years of recording with a Q&A session after the screening.  Learn more about the listening party in an interview with Ward here.  The event is free – more information is available on the Facebook page here.  Watch a trailer for the event below.


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MIsModern Inventors performed five mostly-unreleased songs for a Key Studio Session, filmed by Out of Town Films [link]

PhilaMOCA programmer Eric Bresler previews Cinedelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series for April [link]

Meet Dante Bucci, the local musician who kicked-off WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station this week [link]

Watch local folk duo Maitland perform “Embers” in advance of their Friday, April 5th show at The Trocadero balcony [link]

Mayer Hawthorne‘s new song “Designer Drug” was Tuesday’s My Morning Download [link]

JUMP Magazine shared their recap and photos of Plow United‘s Saturday night show at The Barbary [link]

Stream and download Burn the Wish from local duo Great Red Spots, recorded at West Philly DIY space Sprinkle Kingdom [link]

Reed The Lost Cauze is back with a debut podcast/free download called REEF RADIO, [link]

Unlocked digs into RestorationsLP2 ahead of their record release show this Friday [link]

Take a listen to Wrong World‘s “See These Streets” and see them open for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers on Thursday [link]

Patty Griffin was spotlighted on XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Ohio,” featuring Robert Plant [link]

NPR Music’s First Listen is streaming Kurt Vile‘s Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze before the album’s official release next week [link]