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While the Northeast has been a genre hub for quite some time, there are sadly too few genre-oriented film festivals in the region to run alongside the high-caliber fests around the United States. Yet perhaps the silver lining to this fact is that it’s lead to the formation of some of the more eccentric and experimental independent festivals in the NY/NJ/PA area, including the upcoming inaugural run of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival. With only a little over a month before it wreaks havoc on Philly-based fright fans, FANGORIA is excited to announce the exclusive first details and film line-up for PUFF 2016!
Taking place in Philadelphia, PA from October 6th – 9th at CineMug (1607 S. Broad St.) and Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave), PUFF will highlight genre features and shorts from an array of diverse, acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. Entries into Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival include the latest films from the makers of YELLOWBRICKROAD, GUN WOMAN, and lauded selections from festivals such as Fantasia, BiFan, and Tromadance.
“We are extremely excited about our program,” says PUFF co-director Madeleine Koestner. “We were amazed by the amount of submissions we received, and it made the selection process very hard on us! We wish we had time to screen all the films that were submitted to PUFF, but we think we did an excellent job of putting together an interesting lineup of eclectic films by a diverse group of filmmakers.”
The festival kicks off with a free screening of short film SMALL TALK by Nicole Solomon on Thursday, October 6th at CineMug. Immediately following the screening will be the opening night party.
On Friday, October 7th, PUFF will begin its feature selections with the British horror comedy EGOMANIAC, whodunit-slasher film DEAD BODY, and zombie gross-out gore fest NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE. Friday’s program will also include the 30 minute shorts program, dubbed The Bizarre Block.
“We asked for bizarre films and we got what we wished for,” explains Koestner. “The Bizarre Block includes three polarizing films you would never see at a mainstream film festival. If you like experimental, odd and disturbing cinema you will definitely want to come out on Friday night.”
The Bizarre Block will take place immediately following the North American premiere of Kate Shenton’s EGOMANIAC, a witty, gory British comedy about the perils of being a female genre filmmaker in a marketplace that appreciates talking dogs more than good ideas.
Friday night continues with a screening of DEAD BODY, from first time director Bobbin Ramsay and producer Ian Bell. Shot with the help of crowdfunding last year, DEAD BODY can be described as FRIDAY THE 13TH meets CLUE. A game amongst a group of young friends spending the night in a cabin in the woods goes wrong when one of them starts murdering the players one by one. The night concludes with NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE. Easily the most shocking movie of the PUFF program, this gross-out zombie feature from director Jonathan Straiton comes with a warning: not for those that are easily offended or weak in the stomach.
Saturday, October 8th opens with the PUFF International Oddities Shorts Program. The block showcases horror, science fiction, and more, featuring RAMIRO from Spain, THE WAY BACK from Ireland, the sci-fi comedy PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY, and others.
PUFF returns to its feature selections with Tim Reis’ BAD BLOOD: THE MOVIE. Funny, frenetic and colorful, BAD BLOOD is a werewolf movie with an amphibious twist — during the full moon the source of fear isn’t wolves, but werefrogs. We’re equally excited to present WE GO ON, directed by Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton, the same talented duo who brought us YELLOWBRICKROAD in 2010. Another tense tale of psychological dread, WE GO ON stars Clark Freeman as a man whose crippling phobia of death inspires him to take out an ad offering a small fortune to the first person who can prove to him the existence of the afterlife.
“Major theater chains rarely carry independent horror movies anymore, and film festivals are becoming one of the only ways for people to see original movies outside of Netflix and Redbox” explains Gardner. “This is why we are thrilled to bring the films like BAD BLOOD and WE GO ON to Philadelphia. We are also happy with the great mix of subgenres we have to offer at PUFF this year.”
The closing feature of PUFF is the Northeast Premiere of Japanese director Kurando Mitsutake’s wild new movie with an ’80s Cannon film aesthetic: KARATE KILL. Following an incredibly skilled fighter from Japan to Los Angeles to Texas on a mission to rescue his sister from a violent cult, the movie showcases incredible fight choreography while being absolutely over the top from start to finish. Reuniting the GUN WOMAN director with sexy Japanese star Asami, KARATE KILL with satiate those with an appetite for martial arts and splatter.
PUFF’s final event on Sunday, October 9 PUFF will bring the festival back to Cinemug, wrapping up the weekend with a night of Philly-made local shorts. You can check out the complete festival line-up and showtimes below, and you can also find more information on the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival at their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. Stay tuned for more coverage on PUFF here at FANGORIA.com!
PUFF 2016 Schedule:
Thursday, October 6th @ CineMug (1607 S. Broad St.)
8:00 – Small Talk (Dir. Nicole Solomon) A young phone sex operator named Al’s career takes a strange turn as her more unpleasant clients begin dying under mysterious circumstances after speaking with her. Al is left with sudden, intense headaches after each incident, the likes of which she has never experienced before. Is this coincidence, or is she somehow causing these deaths? (23 min) — screening with “CRSHN ON U”
Friday, October 7th @ Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave)
6:00 – Egomaniac (Dir. Kate Shenton) Filmmaker, Catherine Sweeney is determined to make a zombie horror romantic comedy. However, in order to get the funding, everyone in the industry is telling her to put a talking dog in it. Desperate, Catherine does whatever it takes to get her film made… at the cost of her own sanity. (70 min)
7:20 – Bizarre Block 30 minutes of odd and disturbing films. Films include bad backs / dale balls, THE PANTY SYMPHONIC, and WET NURSE TRILOGY.
8:00 – Dead Body (Dir. Bobbin Ramsey) Nine high school kids celebrate graduation at a secluded home in the wilderness. They fight, philander, and feel nostalgic as they embark on a life away from home, in college. Once the party dies down they play a game: Dead Body. But when one party-goer takes the game too far, actually murdering the other guests one by one, it’s up to the group to set aside their tensions, and ferret out the murderer before it’s too late. (85 min) — screening with FANNY THE FRUGAL FOODIE
10:00 – Night of Something Strange (Dir. Jonathan Straiton) Five teenage friends set out for the beach on their Spring Break vacation. Good times are cut short when one of the group, Carrie, contracts a deadly sexual transmitted disease during a bathroom stop. When they stop for the night at an isolated motel, the real terror begins when the STD virus starts running rampant, turning those infected into the living dead. (95 min)
Saturday, October 8th @ Adobe Cafe (1919 E. Passyunk Ave)
4:00 – PUFF International Oddities Shorts Program 90 minutes of science fiction, horror, and dark comedy shorts from around the world. Films include RAMIRO, PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY, INNSMOUTH, THE WAY BACK and more.
6:00 – Bad Blood: The Movie (Dir. Tim Reis) Victoria’s parents think she’s on drugs. The reality is much, much worse. Now the only person who can save her is being held hostage in his secret underground laboratory… under a gas station. BAD BLOOD puts an amphibious spin on the classic werewolf movie while creating a colorful universe all its own. (81 min) — screening with MUTE
8:00 – We Go On (Dir. Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland) Miles Grissom, determined to eradicate his crippling fear of death, is offering $30,000 to the first person who can show him a ghost, a demon, a past-life memory in hopes that having certainty will let him live without fear. He sorts through the thousands of responses to arrive at a few viable candidates, he and his protective mother Charlotte embark on an adventure through Los Angeles – one that will spiral into a nightmare. (89 min) — screening with MINDLESS
10:00 – Karate Kill (Dir. Kurando Mitsutake
) When a mysterious loner and Karate master Kenji’s little sister goes missing in Los Angeles, whoever stands in his way of finding her will face the wrath of a lethal KARATE KILL! (90 min)
Sunday, October 9 @ CineMug (1607 S. Broad St.)
8:00 – Local Shorts A collection of short films from Philadelphia filmmakers. Films include XX, MARIONETTE, VANISHED, TRICK OR TREAT, IZZY’S STORM, DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD and MINOR ATROCITIES.