VIP PIFF Festival pass

Price $65.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 13, 2021

Event Date May 12, 2021 12:00 AM | Show Details Hide Details

See and experience it all. Online (30 days!) and offline (small screenings in a safe space, Covid-19 restrictions are enforced). Please note we cannot guarantee in-person screenings. All screenings will be posted and if things change, we will post as quickly as possible to social media. With that, all monies are100% refundable within 3 days, post-event.

Decolonizing the Narrative (31min) & Interview Philly - Episode 203 "The Next Level" (19min)

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 11, 2021

Event Date May 10, 2021 6:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

The first in a series of 3 documentaries, DECOLONIZING THE NARRATIVE: Africa Galleries From Maker to Museum is a 33 minute exploration of the debates about Museums, Reparations; Restitution; and Race (with subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese). Director, Writer ~ Tukufu Zuberi. Producer ~ Jabari Zuberi. Editor & Cinematographer ~ Temitope Olutunmbi. Host ~ Tukufu Zuberi. TRT (31:10)

Interview Philly - Episode 203 "The Next Level". Abe undergoes a bizarre interview process at Fullview Media; Jonathan and Alexandra's worlds are shattered by the disappearance of Reagan; Matt and Jessica are caught in the crossfire. Director, Writer, Producer ~ Abrham Bogale. Writer ~ Alexandra Voelmle. Writer ~ Colin Pawlowski. Producer, Benjamin Collins, Matt Keim, Alexandra Voelmle, Colin Pawlowski, and Elyssa Epstein. TRT (19:41)

Before Things Fell Apart (History)

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 12, 2021

Event Date May 11, 2021 6:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Listen to the words of African historians from the 17th century, and griots from the 21st century tell the history of West Africa. If the history of a real "Wakanda" existed, it would have been recorded by griots that narrate BEFORE THINGS FELL APART. In production over a period of several years, BEFORE THINGS FELL APART was filmed in Mali and Morocco. The key areas and artifacts in Timbuktu, Gao, and Djenne were filmed one month before the Civil War devastated the area. BEFORE THINGS FELL APART will subvert your expectations of a traditional narrative documentary, instead viewers share the inspiration from the images, animation, and music that infuses this ancient tale’s relevance to our contemporary interest. This documentary is inspired by the oral history recounted by traditional Griots, and the history books written on the African continent. TRT (60:12)

Director Biography - Tukufu Zuberi
Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, museum curator, documentarian, and television host. Zuberi hosted the PBS HISTORY DETECTIVES. His first independent documentary, AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, screened in in festivals and won numerous awards. He recently curated the Penn Museum Africa Galleries (AFRICA GALLERIES FROM MAKER TO MUSEUM). He has produced two new documentaries: BEFORE THINGS FELL APART; & DECOLONIZING THE NARRATIVE.

Diamond in the Rough (Drama, Crime)

Price $6.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 12, 2021

Event Date May 11, 2021 8:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

A desperate criminal named Archie (Sean Michael Conway) must romantically pursue Rachel (Jenna Morelli), a young innocent woman, in order to infiltrate and rob her house alongside a successful group of burglars led by Lex (Thea Fogel). But things begin to complicate as Rachel's brother, Jacob (Sean Devonshire), unexpectedly comes home from the military and Archie begins to catch feelings for Rachel. Director, Writer, Producer ~ Mike Wenderlich. Writer ~ Sean Michael Conway. Cast Sean Michael Conway, Jenna Morelli, Sean Devonshire, Thea Fogel, Matthew Driscoll, and Ben Dean. TRT (37:00)

Aurora 663 (100min) & Barrels (22min)

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 12, 2021

Event Date May 11, 2021 2:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

A stranger with a mysterious past witnesses an airplane crash, and sets out to save the only survivor, a nine year old girl. Searching the wilderness with only his rifle, the stranger desperately tracks the injured child, while being hunted by an army of sadistic bounty hunters, for a crime he did not commit. Director, Writer, Producer ~ Don Dingas. Cast: James DiFonzo, Lynnette West, Jillian Hitchcock, and Don Dingas. TRT 100 min.

Barrels. A struggling young actor battles the streets & himself on the path to his first breakthrough role. Director ~ Jaquan Williams. Writer ~ Jaquan Williams, Mike Troll. Producer Jaquan Williams, Mike Troll. Cast: Mike Troll. TRT (22min)

The Karma Effect (Drama, Thriller)

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 12, 2021

Event Date May 12, 2021 5:15 PM | Show Details Hide Details

The Karma Effect. Follow one man's journey to find the man who is responsible for his sister's death Writer, Director, Producer ~ Jimmy Dasaint. Cast: Bobby Rand.

Cursed Angel

Price $6.00
Sales End May 15, 2021

Event Date May 12, 2021 7:15 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Angel kills bad guys to get back to heaven. Writer, Director, Producer ~ Yuri Brown. Cast: Yuri Brown, Sean Blakemore, Richard T Jones, John Wesley, and Louie Ski Carr. TRT (35:48)

The Piano Man - Johnny D'Angelo (Documentary)

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 13, 2021

Event Date May 13, 2021 3:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

On January 20, 2018 I had an unrehearsed & unannounced interview with a musical legend from the Atlantic City circuit. This is the story of Johnny D'Angelo who performed with Frank Sinatra and other legends in the game. Director, Producer ~ Christopher W. Hurst. Cast: Johnny D'Angelo, Ginny D'Angelo, and Christopher W. Hurst. TRT (52:23)

Fortunate Son (Comedy)

Price $10.00
Sales End May 15, 2021

Event Date May 12, 2021 8:45 PM | Show Details Hide Details

A movie within a movie chronicling Ted Fin, a new-to-Los Angeles actor trying to take advantage of a potential big break before spiraling down the rabbit hole of madness. Writer, Director ~ Mark Manjardi. Producer ~ Mark Manjardi, Grant Gadbois, and Jack Widman. With a cast of many! :)

Number One (Drama, Romance)

Price $6.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 13, 2021

Event Date May 13, 2021 4:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

A young woman agrees to an open relationship with her free-spirited lover, but her goal of getting closer to him doesn’t really go as planned. Writer, Director ~ Emily Dabney. Producer ~ Eric Itzi, Emily Dabney. Cast: Kathryn Miller, Jeff Skomsky, and William Martinez. TRT (31:10)

All American Boy (Drama)

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 14, 2021

Event Date May 13, 2021 6:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

When Sean returns home from college break for the summer, he makes the decision to confront his long time crush from high school only to be stuck in a web of blackmail and abuse. Writer, Director, Producer ~ Ian Liberatore. Cast: Christopher Brian, Gary Bowman, Ginger Fries, David A Velez, and Shelby Hightower. TRT (110min)

Short Shots

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 14, 2021

Event Date May 14, 2021 6:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

The Hitman (Drama). Contracted Hitman kills the mafia boss's daughter during a hit, the boss subsequently traps the Hitman and attempts to ambush him to enact revenge. Director ~ Fabian Farina, Mariano Mattei. Writer ~ Fabian Farina. Producer ~ Fabian Farina. Cast: Fabian Farina, Parker Smith, Mariano Mattei, Georgia Sideris, and Connor Hough. TRT (13min)

Brass Ring (Action). A fanatic finally meets his favorite over-the-hill wrestler at a mediocre comic book convention and attempts to make him relevant again. Writer, Director ~ Zachary Ross. Producer ~ Zachary Ross, Molly McCloskey, Robert Pate. Cast: Max Holiday, Adam Shalzi, Chris Meister, Dan McEvily, Cory Hardin, and Jen Bosworth. TRT (9:59min)

Speaking (Comedy).

Down the House & Wailing

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 14, 2021

Event Date May 14, 2021 3:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Down the House (Documentary, Narrative). transports the viewer to the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Once the epicenter of the U.S. Steel Industry, the steel production in the region helped build the U.S. and win WWI and WWII.
Abandoned and facing economic implosion in the 1980s, the town lost nearly all of its population and its grasp on the American Dream. From urban farming, revitalization through artistry and mutual aid, the residents of Braddock struggle to survive and thrive, living in the remnants of a more vibrant age and reimagining the next incarnation of the town in the shell of the old. Writer, Director, Producer ~ Tricia Murajda. Director of Photography ~ Pavel Fedorov. Edit and Color ~ Paul Blue. Musical Score Composer ~ Alex Kuvallini. TRT (45min)

Wailing (Drama). Mira visits her grandmother at various stages of her decline in health. The family fights over who should make decisions for Dierdre; tensions between the children run high. Mira feels like her grandmother is too far gone for her to bear and forgoes saying goodbye. At the funeral, Mira goes to look at the body but becomes upset that Dierdre's nails have not been taken care of the way she remembers from her childhood. She talks to Archie, who tells her that it would have been nice if she spent more time with her grandmother in her final days. Director ~ Charley Parker. Writer ~ Fiona Tagliente. Producer ~ Madison Murphy. TRT (19:53)

Short Form - DRAMA

Price $10.00
Sales Ended
Sales End May 14, 2021

Event Date May 14, 2021 6:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Waltz (Drama, Crime). Two Assassins meet for One final dance at a Latin club. Only one will survive the Night. Writer, Director ~ Kent James Darden. Producer ~ Kent James Darden, Victoria Stevens. Cast: Kent James Darden, Danielle Harper, Bryan De Santo, and Rachel Salvatierra. TRT (14:52)

Lola in May (DRama). Lola O'Connors, a mid-20s introvert, struggles with social anxiety. One of her only outlets for self-expression is her love for hard rock. Specifically, she idolizes the frontwoman of her favorite band, May Hart. Who leads the otherwise all-male rock band Limowreck. Tired of being shut in, she decides it's time to let the world see who she truly is and through the process discovers something about herself and her idol. Writer, Director, Producer ~ Colin Stewart. Cinematographer ~ Ricky Heidelbaugh. Cast: Meghan Maritn, Meghan Lane, Glen Stewart, Jason Rodman, and Justin Terek. TRT (13:35)

Hungry Ghosts (Drama, Documentary). Frank Duffy searches for his missing wife who has relapsed on heroin and disappeared. Day and night, he combs the crime-riddled streets, the crack houses. He even seeks advice from a voodoo lady who tells him his wife is being devoured by 'hungry ghosts', spirits who crave and eat away at the living. As Frank's obsession drives him closer to the edge, he risks surrendering his own sobriety and leaving his young son abandoned. Set in the drug-infested badlands of Philadelphia, “Hungry Ghosts” shines a light on the city’s opioid crisis while exploring a family torn apart by addiction. Writer, Director ~ Mark Borkowski. Producer ~ Marisa Vitali, Karen Giordano, Alex Halpern. Cast: Karen Giordano, Mark Borkowski, Marisa Vitali, Melissa O'Donnell, and David McKittrick. TRT (17:48)

Cueball (Pandemic Drama). Sara (Sarah Cugini) is a TikTok and Instagram model stuck at home during the pandemic with her layabout boyfriend Jer (Jeremy Thompson). Writer, Director, Producer ~ Brandon C Lay. Cast: Sarah Cugini, Jeremy Thompson. TRT (13:40)

The Lost Thoughts of Midnight & Total Darkness

Price $10.00
Sales End May 15, 2021

Event Date May 14, 2021 9:15 PM | Show Details Hide Details

The Lost Thoughts of Midnight (Thriller, Art House). After catching his wife cheating, David takes Nicole to a secluded cabin in the woods for the weekend in hopes of rekindling their dying marriage. Writer, Director ~ Miguelangelo Hexylvania. Producer ~ Miguelangelo Hexylvania, Danielle Bossard. Cast: Nikki Nooks, Frank Cassella, DV Page, and Brian Dougherty. Composer ~ Mark Gardner. Editor ~ Miguelangelo Hexylvania. TRT (81min)

Total Darkness (Sci-Fi, Drama). As their relationship unravels, a dying neurologist and her partner face off over their groundbreaking scientific discovery. Director ~ Dylan Gallimore. Writer ~ Dylan Gallimore. Cast: Tiana Scott, Dana Walsh. TRT(14:51)

Philly Unknown - The Documentary & The Last Cowboy in Philadelphia (Documentary)

Price $10.00
Sales End May 16, 2021

Event Date May 15, 2021 1:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Philly Unknown - The Documentary. This film was inspired after having Britt Carpenter on my Philadelphia based podcast 'East Side Podcast' back in May of 2019. Britt became addicted to opiates after college and fell down a deep dark path of addiction and depression. He started Philly Unknown as a social media platform that quickly turned into something beautiful. I was so inspired by his story and all of the great things he has accomplished and will continue to do so in the city of Philadelphia. I contacted him soon after and asked if I can create a film about him and touch on the severe opiate epidemic issue we have been facing. Writer, Director ~ Justin Michaud. Cast: Britt Carpenter. TRT (55:42)

The Last Cowboy in Philadelphia (Documentary). Jody King has been many things in his life that he likes to brag about. He was a car and motorcycle racer, worked in construction, flew airplanes, dove in the Delaware river to find murder weapons, played cowboy out in the west, but his favorite thing in the world is singing. Writer, Director, Producer ~ Gui Gatsby. Cast: Jody King. TRT (20:29)

Playdurizm & Wreckless Heart

Price $10.00
Sales End May 15, 2021

Event Date May 15, 2021 9:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Playdurizm (Drama). When a teenager finds himself caught in a glitchy-glitzy reality with his onscreen male idol, he does all he can to be possessed by this man and ignore the violent clues of how he got there. Director ~ Dem Geger. Writeer ~ Dem Geger (Story), Morris Stuttard (Written By). Producer ~ Martin Raiman, Steve Reverand. Cast: Austin Chunn, Gem Deger, Issy Stewart, and Christopher H. J. Adamson. TRT (98min)

Your Wreckless Heart (Drama). In "Your Wreckless Heart", an artist struggles with creative block as she copes with the end of a relationship and the reality of what it means to move on. Inspired by the original song "Wreckless Heart" by Glen Hansard and featuring a verse by poet A.E. McIntyre, this film-poem aims to capture the challenges of balancing our artistic pursuits with romantic relationships -- and how life's hardest heartbreaks can serve as catalysts for rebirth. Writer, Director ~ Kelly Murray. Producer ~ Kelly Murray, Hillary Hanak. Director of Photography ~ Hillary Hanak. Cast: Becca Jackson, John Michael Tilmont, and Carrie Brennan. TRT (5:49)

Laundromat on the Corner & 624 Days

Price $10.00
Sales End May 16, 2021

Event Date May 15, 2021 6:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Laundromat on the Corner (Drama). Broke and divorced, a lonely man struggles with the everyday disappointments of his grim existence. When he meets an enchanting woman at the laundromat, their mutual attraction makes him feel alive again. But after a series of ominous events, he wonders if the woman he loves is the love of his life. Director ~ Tetsuki Ijichi. Writer ~ Judith Redding, Doris C.C. Lin, Tetsuki Ijichi. Producer ~ Derrick Berry, Tetsuki Ijichi. Cast: Eric Slodysko, Stephanie Pham. TRT (17:42)

624 Days (Drama). Dealing with his cancer diagnosis, Giovanni learns that his family is struggling with the financial burden of his treatments. Wanting to help his father financially, Gio teams up with Sara for a drug heist. Director ~ Agron Karameti, Alden Doolittle. Writer ~ Agron Karameti. Producer ~ Alexandra Braasch, Alden Doolittle, Agron Karameti, Esteban Martinez. Cast: Erin Lovelace, Agron Karameti, Alden Doolittle, and George Hovis. TRT (30min)

Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, schedules will change and films may not screen! Please stay safe and get vaccinated. All films are not rated. Check social media @Philaindie for immediate listings, descriptions, and updates. Thank you for your patience. Enjoy the show! ~ PIFF Films