Beginning June 26th & running through August 14th (see below for dates)
The Awesome Fest is excited to announce the first program of their annual outdoor summer series.
Every Friday at sundown, , the festival will showcase a lineup of cutting edge independent film premieres at Liberty Lands. As the result of a grant from Penn Treaty Social Services District, all outdoor screenings will once again be free to attend!
The program will launch on June 26th, with the Philadelphia Premiere of CALL ME LUCKY, Bobcat Goldthwait’s moving & inspirational documentary on his close friend & beloved stand-up comic, Barry Crimmins. The festivities will close to a much different tune on August 14th, with the New Zealand heavy metal demon-slaying horror odyssey: DEATHGASM.
“With this program, it was important for me to provide an adult alternative to the current outdoor film experience in Philadelphia”, said Awesome Fest founder & artistic director Josh Goldbloom. “I have always taken pride in showcasing the festival’s titles in unique & exciting ways, and I’m as thrilled as ever to share these remarkable (and often bloody) films, at one of the coolest outdoor venues in town.”
All screenings will begin at sundown, and will now be larger than ever before (10 feet to be exact!), thanks to FunFlix – who will be providing the series with their newly acquired 40 foot outdoor movie screen.
These films are intended for an adult audience.
Friday, June 26th
CALL ME LUCKY (Philadelphia Premiere) – Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you’ve probably never heard of him. But once you’ve experienced Bobcat Goldthwait’s brilliant character portrait of him and heard Crimmins secret, you will never forget him. Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Friday, July 3rd
TURBO KID (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by François Simard,
Anouk Whissell, & Yoann-Karl Whissell
It is the year 1997. Mankind has been mostly obliterated, and the few survivors try to survive the radioactive wasteland. Enter “The Kid” who stumbles upon the remains of famed superhero “Turbo Man.” Donning his super-suit, “Turbo Kid”, along with a mysterious girl takes on the evil Zeus (played by Michael Ironside!) and his army of savages. A loveable homage to the glory day 1980’s VHS “Mad Max” knockoffs, TURBO KID is the ultimate midnight movie. Official Selection of Sundance & SXSW 2015.
Friday, July 10th
ROAR – Written & Directed by Noel Marshall
No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast
and crew were. An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank, who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of 100+ untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives. Warning: THIS. FILM. IS. ABSOLUTELY. NUTS.
Friday, July 17th
CATCH ME DADDY (Philadelphia Premiere) – Directed by Daniel Wolfe | Written By
Daniel & Matthew Wolfe
Laila, a girl on the run from her family is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night. Quite possibly the most challenging film in the series. Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.
Friday, July 24th
BODY (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion. That’s all you need to know, and really all you should know. Official Selection of Slamdance 2015.
Friday, July 31st
UNCLE KENT 2 (Philadelphia Premiere) – Directed by Todd Rohal | Written by
Awesome Fest favorite Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm, The Guatemalan Handshake) returns with his latest feature film, the most necessary unnecessary sequel to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 indie, “Uncle Kent”. As you can imagine (which you probably can’t), it’s absurd, surreal, hilarious, and features the best/most timely cameo you’ll see all year. Official Selection of SXSW 2015.
Friday, August 7th
SUN CHOKE (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by Ben Cresciman
Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface. Starring horror legend, Barbara Crampton. Official Selection of the 2015 Stanley Film Festival.
Friday, August 14th
DEATHGASM (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by Jason Lei Howden
New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold. A cross between Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey & The Evil Dead. Official Selection of SXSW 2015.
The Awesome Fest was created in 2010 as a scrappy DIY community project designed to showcase innovative and cutting edge independent cinema in unique and non-traditional spaces throughout the City of Philadelphia.
Our annual summer outdoor film & music festival has featured well over 200 screenings, concerts, stand-up comics, and art installations, completely FREE to all who attend. In recent years, we built Center City Philadelphia’s first ever drive-in movie theater, launched a 10 week celebration of the 1980’s, produced/programmed the inaugural Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (Chicago) and hosted an all-night horror movie marathon outdoors in the woods at a summer camp.
The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is a proud fiscal sponsor of The Awesome Fest.