P21 Fest: Beyond a Film Festival

The fourth annual P21 Fest , taking place Oct. 1-4, may be screening over 50 films (30 of which are World Premieres) but all parties involved insist that these four days will not comprise a “film festival.”

The folks at Project Twenty1 have assembled a long weekend’s worth of fresh cinema, workshops, competitions and swanky parties that will satisfy all tastes and interests. Held at the International House of Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut St), rather than simply screening premieres for audiences, P21 Fest invites speakers to educate aspiring filmmakers on a range of topics including marketing, skincare and makeup for film, casting tricks and how to hunt down grants. Run entirely through volunteer efforts, Project Twenty1 is committed to the promotion and exhibition of the arts and their creators through film and animation.

The festival will begin on Thursday evening at 7 P.M. with the Philadelphia premiere of You Might As Well Live , a story about a man named Robert who has failed at everything but has decided to turn things around, setting him “on a madcap adventure involving a drug racket, a roller-skating transvestite, a bar-mitzvah and an air hockey tournament which leads to heartbreak and unexpected triumph.” Project Twenty1 is very excited to share this film with Philly, as it’s “one of the funniest films [they’ve] seen in a long time.” The screening will be followed by an opening night celebration at Distrito , just up the street (at 3945 Chestnut) where a sleek new Glidecam HD-2000 will be raffled off to one lucky attendee.

Friday will be jam-packed with fascinating educational workshops, topped off with Speed Networking at 4:30. Speakers will offer valuable advice on everything from marketing tips to exciting new film techniques while Speed Networking offers the opportunity to distribute your business card, demos and headshots to professionals in the entertainment industry—music to an arts student’s ears and an afternoon not to be missed!

Friday evening will have something for everyone as P21 presents the ten best dramatic short film submissions of 2009 in the Filmathon Shorts Showcase at 8 p.m.. The day will close with Friday Night FX , a dress-up themed party where Makeup FX artists will use attendees’ faces to create burns, scars and scabs, competing to be Project Twenty1’s Best FX Artist of 2009. For $5 at the door you will be encountering some frightening faces at the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St) and may find some inspiration for a spooky Halloween costume.

Saturday and Sunday will both be a mix of workshops and screenings, including the 21 Day Competition Films, workshops on FX Makeup and more premieres than you can shake a stick at. Saturday night will feature the Philadelphia premiere of Fairview St. , a film about a man returning to society after four years of incarceration for armed robbery and what befalls him as he tries to reclaim his life. The screening will be followed by an event at Upstairs at Marathon Grill (40th and Walnut) at which all are welcome to contribute their work to the open screening while mingling with participating artists and industry professionals.

The P21 Fest will close with an awards ceremony on Sunday night, free and open to all, recognizing filmmakers in categories such as Best Film, Best Director and Best Writing. After the ceremony, the Closing Night Party @ 12 Lounge will celebrate all of the 2009 participants as the week finishes with a bang. Aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to bring their business cards, as P21 judges and other professionals will be in attendance and willing to chat with emerging talent in this casual setting.

P21 Fest is no place to sit back and watch a few flicks but is instead an exciting few days in which the art world comes alive, makes connections and celebrates great work created in 2009. Whether you foresee yourself diving into the film industry after graduation or are just curious of what these fresh filmmakers are up to, these four days in October will prove a phenomenal opportunity to get a sense of what the creative minds of Philly and beyond are up to.

Admission varies by event, so visit the website for more information. Those interested in attending many or all of the events should check out the P21 Fest 2009 VIP All-Access Pass which, for $60, will grant free admission to all screenings, workshops and evening parties.

You can contact Samantha Ronan at artsculture@campusphilly.org

Phillies Still Trying to Clinch

We are in the final full week of the MLB season and the Philliesare that close to their third straight division title. As I write this, the Phillies magic number is 3. That’s the combination of wins by the Phillies and losses by the team behind them, which is the Braves.

The Phils have been a little inconsistent over the past couple weeks but have kept their division lead at 4 at the least. They are 13-9 in their last 3 weeks or so.

The team, especially the bullpen has been hit by a rash of injuries but they are looking to get back in time for the final week and playoffs possibly. JC Romero has returned and Brett Myers, Chan Ho Park and Clay Condrey are all close to returning. Myers hurt his shoulder after being used too much out of the bullpen when he game back from his original injury.

The back end of the bullpen has been in flux as well. Brad Lidge is no longer the only closer as it has now become bullpen by committee. Lidge blew his 11th save of the season last week in Florida and his ERA is still over 7. Ryan Madson has since closed out games, and it seems that Charlie Manuel is open to using anybody.

The Phillies will most likely not have home field advantage in the NLCS should they advance that far. That will most likely belong to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Joe Blanton has been good over the past three weeks going 3-1 while Pedro Martinez has stayed perfect but has missed his last couple starts because of a neck problem. JA Happ has also been bothered by injury but has made his last couple starts. Cliff Lee has been very good as well throwing yet another complete game as a member of the Phillies.

Right now, the Phillies would face the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the playoffs. It would be a rematch of the 2007 NLDS when the Phillies were swept.

The Phillies are in the middle of their four game series with the Houston Astros. The Phillies are presently 0-5 against the Astros this season. The Phils will finish their regular season schedule with a visit from the Florida Marlins on the weekend.

You can contact Colin Fry at colin.fry@temple.edu

The 411 on the 215

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Directory of Important Numbers for College Students

Philly 311 is a new 24-7 phone hotline based out of City Hall which addresses the public’s basic city service questions and concerns. This resource is a fast and easy way to get in touch with city services without the hassle of searching for the right number. Listings include recycling, trash, license and inspection, streets and recreation departments and more.To learn more about Philly 311, visit phila.gov/311.

Emergencies

Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911

Philadelphia Police Department: 215-686-1776

PPD Tip Line: 215-686-TIPS

Poison Control: 215-386-2100

KYW Snow/School Closings: 215-925-1060

Utilities

PGW (gas): 215-235-1212

PWD (water): 215-685-6300

PECO (electric): 215-841-4141

Transportation

AAA (emergency road service): 800-222-4357

Philadelphia Parking Authority: 215-683-9600

Snow Emergency Route Information: 215-686-SNOW

AMTRAK: 800-USA-RAIL

Philadelphia International Airport: 800-PHL-GATE

SEPTA: 215-580-7800

Cab Companies

University City

Crescent Cab Company: 215-365-3500

United Cab Company: 484-888-8888

Center City

Yellow Cab Company: 856-910-1709

Liberty Cab Company: 215-389-8000

Quaker City Cab Company: 215-726-6000

All City Taxi: 215-467-6666

City Cab Company: 215-492-6500

Capital Dispatch: 215-235-2200

Crescent Cab: 215-365-3500

Dispatch by Victory: 215-225-5000

Manayunk

Germantown Cab Company: 215-438-8888

Maxwell Taxi Cab Company: 610-896-1508

Main Line

Rainbow Cab & Limousine: 610-696-6060

Conshohocken Yellow Cab: 610-277-1234

Hospitals

Roxborough Memorial Hospital: 215-483-9900?

Lankenau Hospital: 610-645-2000

Bryn Mawr Hospital: 610-526-3000

Jefferson University Hospital: 215-955-1234?

Temple University Hospital: 215-707-3145?

Hahnemann University Hospital: 866-884-4484?

University of Pennsylvania Hospital: 215-746-3535

School Security/Public Safety Offices

Bryn Mawr College: 610-526- 7911

Cabrini College: 610-902-8245

Chestnut Hill College: 215-242-7777

Drexel University: 215-895-2822

Haverford College: 610-896-1111

La Salle University: 215-951-2111

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: 215-871-6351

Philadelphia University: 215-951-2999

Rutgers University

Food Not Bombs Philadelphia

When one arrives on the Philadelphia Food Not Bombs Website, the first and only information on the website is the current cost of the War in Iraq. The number, with it’s 12 digits increases by about 3,000 every second or so. Above that is Food Not Bombs simple yet direct banner, showing the city skyline with smoke emanating from one of the buildings.

The groups motto is simple, as stated in their mission statement under “What Is Food Not Bombs.” “We know that everyone deserves to eat regardless of who they are, where they live, what they look like, or anything else about them.”

The group is volunteer run, and seeks to feed the homeless and hungry population in North and West Philadelphia. They are constantly looking for people to cook or clean. People with cars to get food to and from the dispersal point are also in demand. Beyond that, they are constantly looking for vegetarian donations like pasta, vegetables, oil, beans, etc.

The West Philadelphia group meets at 5 P.M. at Ceder Park on 50th and Baltimore, while the North Philly group meets at 3 on Sundays and 5 on Mondays at 4134 Lancaster Ave.

If you feel like getting involved with this group that helps the hungry population of Philadelphia, check out their website. They offer a bunch of contacts that would help you get in contact with someone who could tell you how you can help.

You can contact Chris Banks at entertainment@campusphilly.org

The Kelly Writers House

“English, eh? So what are you going to do with that?”

It is the ever-nagging, ever-unanswerable query that is not limited to English majors. History and Philosophy department heads everywhere insist that one can do “anything” with a liberal arts degree, but who has the patience to explain that in casual conversation?

As students near the second half of their undergraduate career, there is a sudden scramble to come up with a definite answer. Many consider graduate or law school and some will pursue fellowships or service opportunities, while others begin to consider testing out different internships to gain a better idea of what feels like the best fit.

For those of us who like writing and are realizing that—yikes!—it’s going to take more than an internship to find a paying job within this interest, perhaps a visit to the Kelly Writers House on UPenn’s Locust Walk will offer some inspiration.

This October, the Writers House has invited a host of success stories to share their work with the public. One worth highlighting also happens to be the first guest of the month.

On Thursday, Oct. 1., Esteemed editor Lewis H. Lapham will be speaking at the Arts Café in an event co-sponsored by the Critical WritingProgram and the Penn Humanities Forum.

Founder and editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, a magazine published four times a year, each under a single, unique theme, Lapham is a prolific writer whom Vanity Fair has compared to Mark Twain and Tom Wolfe has compared to Montaigne.

In his upcoming discussion at the Kelly Writing House, Lapham will touch on his experience in journalism, editing and even filmmaking; for those ambitious students curious about how major editors find their way to the top, this is a must-attend evening.

If you can’t make it to this event, be sure to visit the Kelly Writers House website because the people behind this rich center for today’s poetry and literature are constantly updating the web calendar, adding speakers and readings that will bring hope to any discouraged English major.

Some events and classes will require registration or special permission, so always check the fine print before attending.

You can contact Samantha Ronan at artsculture@campusphilly.org

Flyers: A Stanley Cup in the Future?

After many off-season changes, the Philadelphia Flyerscome into the 2009-2010 season with high expectations.

The Flyers wanted to improve their defense after last year s first round playoff exit to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins. The other main concern was the goaltending as both Marty Biron and Antero Nittymaki were free agents. The team had salary cap problems last year so they didn t have all the money in the world to spend. The other big free agent was Mike Knuble.

The Flyers decided early who was going to be their starting goalie for this before free agency. Going off the board, the team signed Ray Emery who had been playing in Russia. A big surprise, Emery had been forced to go to Russia after being bought out of his contact with the Ottawa Senators after some issues on and off the ice. He had led the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. That essentially meant the end to Marty Biron, who went to the Islanders.

When the draft came the Flyers made the biggest splash by pulling off a huge trade. The Flyers acquired one of the best and biggest defenseman in the NHL in Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks. Along with Pronger, they acquired minor league forward Ryan Dingle for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and a couple of draft picks. Pronger then signed a 7-year contract extension.

The Flyers decided to let Mike Knuble and Antero Nittymaki test the free agent market mainly because of the money the two wanted. The Flyers hoped that prospect James Van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick in 2007, would step up and take Knuble s spot in training camp.

The main free agents that the team signed were Ian Laperriere, a gritty forward who last played with Colorado and Brian Boucher.

A former Flyers net minder, Boucher came from San Jose and was brought in to back-up Emery. Later in the summer, they brought in defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefson. He has been playing in Columbus and had a history of injuries.

There have been some very impressive performances in training camp and the preseason. James Van Riemsdyk, otherwise known as JVR, has stood out and most likely will make the team now due to another roster decision. Also making this team will probably be Mika Pyroala. He is a 28 year old free agent signee from Finland.

Those two are going to make the team because the Flyers waived defenseman Randy Jones this weekend. Jones was the league’ s highest paid sixth defenseman and has been outplayed by Tollefeson and Danny Syvret, who played with the Phantoms last year. Those two will alternate the sixth defenseman spot. The other surprise in camp has been Blair Betts, a former Ranger, has been in here on a tryout and has been very impressive as a 4th line center.

The Flyers have been picked by some to go all the way this year and there seems to be more hype this year than in those past. A side note, Chris Pronger has taken the last two teams he has been on to the Stanley Cup Finals in the first year.

You can contact Colin Fry at colin.fry@temple.edu

Krasinski, ‘Hideous Men’: Stellar

This week IFC Films released John Krasinski’s directoral debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

You may know Krasinski from his popular role in “The Office,” but here he takes a more serious job, making a film that, aside from very brief moments, offers little to laugh at.

It stars Julianne Nicholsonof “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” fame, as she interviews various men on their sexual and relationship history for her graduate studies. All of the interviews shown in some way relate to her own personal experiences to create an interesting back and forth between the greater story and the small interviews at hand.

The film has an ensemble cast, featuring John Krasinksi himself, along with Will Arnett, Will Forte, Ben Gibbard of the band Death Cab For Cutie, Timothy Hutton, Christopher Meloni and Michael Cerveris.

I would recommend this film to those who can deal with and enjoy revealing storytelling coupled with a non-linear plot. Everyone in the film did a fantastic job with Ben Gibbard being an interesting surprise. Aside from Julianne Nicholson, though, none of the characters are very constant.

Unfortunately, the film has not come to Philadelphia through theaters. However, IFC has been releasing it’s limited release films through On Demand features. For $6.99 you can watch the movie in it’s entirety from the comfort of your own home.

I would highly suggest the film, not because it’s an interesting story, but because it’s a great debut from Krasinski and you will most definitely be seeing him in the director’s chair again.

You can contact Chris Banks at entertainment@campusphilly.org

Temple’s Monday Night Film Series

Temple University already has The Reel, a low cost student run movie theater, but now the school is adding the Monday Night Film Series.

Rather than just showing what’s popular or recent, this series is showcasing a rather eclectic group of films.

The films don’t really cater to students either. Though there is one comedy on the entire list (Pineapple Express.), the rest of the films are challenging due to their presentation (including a couple documentaries) or their age (let’s face it, if you have only seen films made in the last 10 years, movies from the 1970’s can be a little grueling).

Aside from Pineapple Express,all of the other modern films on the list are independent and focus on topics such as drug abuse and child predators.

That being said, all of the films on the list are of high quality, and if you aren’t exactly looking for a feel-good, lighthearted evening, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Of the documentaries being shown, I recommend Crips and Bloods: Made in America, and Standard Operating Procedure.

Crips and Bloods offers a firsthand account into gang violence that plagues South Los Angeles. Standard Operating Procedureis a film about the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

Of the dramatic films on the list, you should try to hit up A Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver, both of which are rather violent films, but are staples of their cinematic era. In Taxi Driveryou also see the beginnings of Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster’s careers.

Also check out Requiem for a Dreamif you haven’t already.

Go on the events websitefor more information.

When free high quality films are being shown on a regular basis, you have little reason not to go, especially if you haven’t seen them on a big screen before.

You can contact Chris Banks at entertainment@campusphilly.org

New Format, Same Awesomeness

In returning to Philadelphia this fall, certain changes that occurred over the previous months are striking.

Riding the elevated portions of the Market Frankfort Line has become an exercise in rubber-necking now that the Mural Arts Program has created the “Love Letter” rooftop mural series.

The South Street Bridge and its mythic Sunset Boardwalk have been completely demolished. Merion’s famous Barnes Foundation art collection has even been granted permission to move to the Parkway (though no date has been set).

When Campus Philly announced the changes being made to College Day—the much-anticipated fall kick-off—some students seemed a little confused.

In the past, College Day has been a day of handouts: free snacks, free activities, a free concert and free admission to museums across the city. With fond memories of returning to their residence halls lugging IKEA bags loaded with pens, free samples and packs of coupons, Campus Philly’s decision to focus on museums and discounts this year had many wondering how the adjustments would please the crowds.

Well, we all found out this past Saturday.

Students may not have been inundated with “swag” by the day’s close, but there is no doubt that this year’s event was a tremendous success. CP’s mission to “[fuel] economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region” was made completely apparent in this year’s new, no-frills version of College Day.

Villanova senior Kim Snell noted, “I think I got a better idea of Campus Philly’s intention this year compared to past years. We spent more time in the museums instead of wandering the streets hunting for giveaways.”

In turning the day’s primary focus to the city’s wealth of incredible museums and shops, Campus Philly effectively ushered hundreds of students into exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences , the Franklin Institute and the Galleries at Moore , among others, that they may not have otherwise considered visiting .

True, no college co-ed would ever refuse freebies on the Parkway, but there were no complaints as students explored city culture on the cheap.

With an army of enthusiastic staff members manning the tents at Love Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along with a fleet of buses delivering groups of students to the museums and shopping on South Street, College Day saw participants embracing the city while saving a lot of cash.

From Manayunk to University City, vendors and restaurants alike offered generous markdowns to those with Campus Philly Discount Cards, allowing students to experience elements of Philadelphia they might otherwise avoid, for thrift’s sake.

Change is often a good thing and in refocusing its vision without sacrificing student satisfaction, Campus Philly has remolded College Day into something nearly perfect. And the countdown to next year’s kick-off begins!

You can contact Samantha Ronan at artsculture@campusphilly.org

Down the Shore

2009 Notebook Homepage

Ask any Philadelphian their plans during the summer and guaranteed, they’ll say they’re going “down the shore” for at least one weekend (for those unsure of the meaning “down the shore,” visit the Philly Slang section).

Here’s a break down of the different beaches and some facts you should know about each.

Atlantic City * atlanticcitynj.com

With five-star restaurants, luxurious hotels, sprawling casinos, hip nightclubs and tons of shopping, A.C. is quickly turning into a mini-Las Vegas. It’s no wonder that the Monopoly board design was created with this hot spot in mind.

Getting There: New Jersey Transit Rail runs from 30th Street Station to the Atlantic City Convention Center for $8 each way. NJ Transit buses run from the Greyhound Station to the Atlantic City Terminal for $13.25 per way or a $15 off-peak round-trip ticket. Greyhound buses run from the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal to Atlantic City for an $18 round-trip ticket. Travel time is up to an hour and forty-five minutes by bus or train.

Staying There: On weeknights, you can find a room in a casino from about $90, but that price jumps to well over $300 on the weekends. If you don’t need to be right in the action, there are plenty of nearby hotels with much cheaper rates.

Going to the Beach: It’s free! No beach tags required.

Avalon * avalonbeach.com

Located right next to Stone Harbor, this town is great for couples or families. Visitors can enjoy movies on the beach, fishing and surfing tournaments and outdoor concerts. The clothing boutiques, florists and interior design shops will keep you busy for hours, rain or shine.

Getting There: Traveling via, NJ Transit bus, an approximate two-hour ride will get you to Ocean Dr. and 30th St. Fare is $13.50

Staying There: Staying true to its small town feel, Avalon offers mostly condos and houses for lodging. Most hotels and motels are upwards of $200 a night during July and August.

Going to the Beach: Beach tags are $5 for the day, $10 for the week and $22 for the season

Cape May * discovercapemay.com

Declared a National Historic Landmark City in 1970, Cape May’s sprawling Victorian homes give it a different look than other shore towns. Visitors can walk nature trails, go whale- and dolphin-watching or visit the free County Zoo.

Getting There: NJ Transit runs from the Greyhound Bus Terminal to the Cape May Transportation Center, 609 LaFayette St., for $16.50 each way. The approximate travel time is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Staying There: Prices run around $160 per night; however, if you really want to go as cheap as possible, there are a handful of hotels that start at $110.

Going to the Beach: Beach tags are $4 for the day, $13 for the week and $25 for the season.

Long Beach Island * lbinet.com

You’ll be in awe of some of the gorgeous beach houses in L.B.I. After gawking at the homes, go into town for games at the arcade or a great shopping experience.

Getting There: Drive. No public transportation runs to L.B.I.

Staying There: Though prices greatly vary, Long Beach Island is full of cozy hotels and motels, many of which are located right on the beach.

Going to the Beach: L.B.I. has six separate beach communities—Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City. Average prices of beach tags are $5 for the day, $16 for the week and $29 for the season.

Ocean City * ocnj.us

With tons of kiddie rides on the boardwalk, O.C.N.J. is known around the area as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” It’s perfect old-fashioned seashore fun for the whole family.

Getting There: NJ Transit departs from the Greyhound Terminal and arrives at the station at New Jersey & 25th avenues. Fare is $15 and approximate travel time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Staying There: The average price of a hotel room on the weeknights is $170 per night and on weekends, $190.

Going to the Beach: Beach tags are $5 for the day, $10 for the week and $20 for the season.

Sea Isle City * sea-isle-city.nj.us/

Older undergrads and grad students flock to this town, where you can catch a few fish or just drink like them. Its small, friendly atmosphere also makes it a popular family resort.

Getting There: NJ Transit buses leave the Greyhound Terminal and arrive at 50th & Landis Ave. in Sea Isle for $12.75 each way. The approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Staying There: The average price of a hotel is between $124 to $160 per night. There are only a handful of hotels, so most people rent houses or condos for the duration of their stay.

Going to the Beach: Beach tags are $4 for the day, $8 for the week and $15 for the season. No beach tags are required on Wednesdays, where there are free concerts in the evening.

Seaside Heights * seasideheights.net

Made famous as the site of MTV’s “Beach House,” this town draws a mixed crowd. Its famed boardwalk has great rides for the families and an eclectic personality after dark with live music and bars. Its long beach has great surf that attracts boogie-boarders and surfers.

Getting There: NJ Transit buses (#64 and #67) run seasonally to Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. You can also take the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line Service to Bay Head and then a cab to Seaside Heights.

Staying There: The average price for motels is about $100 on weeknights and $185 on the weekends.

Going to the Beach: Beach tags are $5 for the day and $35 for the season. The beach is free on Wednesdays and Thursdays during July and August, except for on holidays.

Stone Harbor * stone-harbor.nj.us

Probably best known for its trendy shops, Stone Harbor has a great laid-back atmosphere. The Wetlands Institute provides a great way to explore the scenic side of New Jersey.

Getting There: By way of NJ Transit, the arrival destination is 3rd Ave. and 94th St. Travel time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Bus fare is $14.25.

Staying There: Average rooms range from $115 to $185 per night, depending on the time in the season.

Going to the Beach: Beach tags are $6 for the day, $12 for the week and $24 for the season.

Wildwood * wildwoodsnj.com

As Frankie Avalon said, “Every day’s a holiday and every night is a Saturday night.” Millions of shore-goers agree. Wildwood always
has things going on, whether it is a beach concert and kite festival during the day or the Boardwalk being illuminated every night.

Getting There: NJ Transit has a bus route from the Greyhound Bus Terminal to the Wildwood Bus Terminal at 4510 Washington Ave. for $15 each way. The approximate travel is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Staying There: The average hotel price is around $94 per night. If you don’t need to hang out in 5-star hotels, you can find cheaper ones in the area.

Going to the Beach: No beach tags are necessary to enjoy the five miles of sandy-white beaches.