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TWITCH Covers THE AWESOME FEST summer series, and the launch of our Kickstarter campaign.

Written by: Greg Christie

Back in April when I announced the Philadelphia Cinefest lineup, I described the Philly filmmaking and more specifically, the film programming scene as, "a bunch of lone rabid dogs fighting over a rotten steak that fell out of a delivery truck en route to New York."

Little did I know that article would circulate locally as much as it did, before I knew it, I had major players in the Philadelphia film scene throwing me both accolades and condemations for my assessment of my home town. It's not very different from any of my other articles on this site really, high praise and higher criticism seems to be a consistent trend for my writing.

Since April, I've been privy to a lot more behind the scenes drama and my opinion still stands. For a short time, I thought years of combatant competition and irreconcilable differences within our film scene were finally coming to an end. I almost thought that Philly was on its way to building a fortress of solidarity that would make us a cultural force to be reckoned with.... Well, I can't expect decades of bad habits to resolve itself in a few short weeks. We remain a strange, angry, and overtly aggressive group of people here.

But from all the high drama and turmoil, Josh Goldbloom, former artistic director of Cinefest and founder of PUFF (Philadelphia Underground Film Festival), has given birth to Awesome Fest, home of everything awesome.

Check out the full article - This Summer, Philly Gets Awesome!