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FirstGlance Film Festival to Open with Philly Premieres

Local Filmmakers Named Finalists

Philadelphia, PA, May 1, 2003 – FirstGlance Film Festival is proud to announce the

programming for the sixth annual independent film festival being held on Friday, June 6, 2003

to Sunday, June 8, 2003 at Prince Music Theater’s Cinema Lounge, The Sharon

Pinkenson Project, 1412 Chestnut Street at Broad Street. Doors open 5:45 p.m. on Friday

and 11:45 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

William Ostroff, Festival Director, said, “With over 450 entries previewed, we are proud to

exhibit the top projects in each category.” The weekend promises the Philly premieres of several

projects, reflecting the festivals’ commitment to promoting local independent filmmaking.

Projects shot in Philadelphia include:

Feature Length

The Cancer – Keith Feighan (US Premiere), Dance by Design – Valerie Weiss (US Premiere), Death by

Association – Anthony Fletcher (Philadelphia Premiere), Superhero Excelsior – Felix Diaz (World



Discovery – Andy Rovins (Philadelphia Premiere), .10 a Minute – David Allen Ruth (Philadelphia

Premiere), Thirtieth Street – David Maietta (Philadelphia Premiere), Code Blue – Robert Manciero

(Philadelphia Premiere)

Shorts Too (Under 10 minutes)

The Clock – Amy Olk, Permit Parking Only – Joe McGarvey (Philadelphia Premiere)

Mini-Docs (Under 30 minutes)

Mount Everest – Ron Strobel (World Premiere), Stories From Chinatown – Debra Kodish, Barry

Dornfeld, Deborah Wei (US Premiere)

Student Directed

Virtually Reality – David Colacioppo, Drinking Rauole – Nora Malone, My Mother – Rob Baniewicz

(World Premiere), Born to Run – Cindy Rago (Philadelphia Premiere), Rapid Eye Movement – Brian

Loschiavo, Mimic – Ben Ceccerelli (World Premiere), Stubb’s and Rogers 3D Adventure -Bobby Miller

(Philadelphia Premiere)

FirstGlance is the first festival to offer the audience the chance to vote for the festival

winners. Winners of the Philadelphia festival will be showcased at the FirstGlance 4 Los Angeles

festival in November.

Visit for up to the minute information on finalists, schedules, ticket

sales and other information on our festivals.

Seating in the Lounge is limited!

Tickets on sale soon through UpStages Box Office.

Please feel free to contact us for interviews, newspaper or magazine articles, television or radio special interest segments or if you’d be interested in pre-viewing a project by one of our finalists for a film review.

A complete list of finalists and project descriptions are available upon request.

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