The Awesome Fest Outdoor Film Series

The Awesome Fest Outdoor Movie Series| 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 8/7, 8/14

UCD and The Awesome Fest, who have showcased over 150 Philadelphia premieres from the world's most prestigious film festivals, and has partnered with dozens of regional organizations including the Philadelphia Film Festival and Rooftop Films (NYC), will present an 8-week movie series, turning the picturesque Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore) into a unique destination. Films are presented on a breathtaking state-of-the-art, 30-foot outdoor screen. All films begin at dusk (approx. 9pm).

6/26 - Opening Night
* RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR (Philadelphia Premiere)
co-presented by the This Is Hardcore Fest
Directed by Steve Tozzi
The story of Randy Now and City Gardens is a documentary from director Steve Tozzi that features the stark and iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine's Ken Salerno. It is told through an oral history format of in-depth interviews and archival footage, bringing to life the gritty story of one of New Jersey's most infamous clubs and its larger-than-life promoter. City Gardens was a venue for underground music and traversed the entertainment spectrum from the comedy of Henny Youngman to Nine Inch Nails, New Order, and Nirvana. Riot on the Dance Floor is a journey of musical champions and underdogs and above all, the freedom and liberation of having complete creative control.

 

7/3

LIVING STARS (Philadelphia Premiere)
In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people, identified simply by name and occupation, are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, and streets—each dancing to pop songs. Young and old, alone and with others, they perform for the camera with a rawness usually only reserved for the bathroom mirror. Living Stars is one of the true crowd-pleasers of the year!

 

7/10

102.9 WMGK presents The Wizard Of Oz synced with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of the Moon
Awesomefest and Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK invite you to join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the all-time greats, The Wizard of Oz. Experience the film as you've never seen it before, outdoors on a giant movie screen, synced up with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon!

 

7/17

* DEATH METAL ANGOLA (Philadelphia Premiere)
Co-presented by BlackStar Film Festival
War-ravaged and potentially the richest country in Africa, Angola is the epicenter of the African hardcore music scene. Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breathe rock and roll. They run and live in the Okutiuka orphanage in Huambo, Angola, and have a dream to mount the first ever national rock concert, bringing together for the first time the best and the brightest in Angolan hardcore death metal, thrash metal, and melodic death-core.

 

7/24 - Christmas Eve in July Party!

JINGLE BELL ROCKS! (Philadelphia Premiere)
Jingle Bell Rocks! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative and underground Christmas music, featuring The Flaming Lips, Run-DMC, The Free Design, Low, Miles Davis & Bob Dorough, Clarence Carter, John Waters, Akim & The Teddy Vann Prod. Co., The Mighty Sparrow, A Girl Called Eddy, El Vez and many more.

 

8/7 - PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (30th Anniversary Screening)
In Brian De Palma's (Scarface, Carrie) satiric, unofficial remake of The Phantom of The Opera, a disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace The Paradise.

 

8/14

* SKANKS (Philadelphia Premiere)
In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical Skanks in a One Horse Town. The film Skanks follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obsessed Alabama.

 

* These films contain content which may not be suitable for all ages, including coarse language and adult situations. Viewer discretion is advised.