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The Last Philadelphia

Winner of the prestigious Ken Burns/Lavine Fellowship Prize. A historical documentary series more timely and relevant than ever. We, all of us Americans, are now living in "The Last Philadelphia". How did we get here? And how do we save it?

  • John Carstarphen
  • John Carstarphen
  • John Carstarphen
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2024
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - John Carstarphen

A former Directing Fellow at the esteemed American Film Institute Conservatory in Hollywood, Carstarphen was also a graduate of Temple University's film program in his hometown of Philadelphia Pa. His work in film has been honored for decades, by organizations such as The Associated Press and The Cannes Film Festival. He began his career as a network television cinematographer and editor, and his work has been seen in festivals such as Cannes and Urbanworld NYC and many others, as well as on ABC, CBS, PBS, and MSNBC.

Based in Dallas, he is married to Susan, a Korean-American artist.

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Director Statement

As an overriding theme for my work, I have always been interested in the clash between idealism---what we believe should happen---and reality---what actually does happen, and the tension between those two states of existence. Whether that clash is in religion, politics, or love, I try to marry the visual and narrative elements of cold realism with allegoric or magical realism. It's a style I have used successfully in all of my independent film work to date.