The Philadelphia Film Festival returns for its 32nd year, featuring over 60 films from Oct. 19-29. Venues include the Philadelphia Film Center, PFS Bourse, and PFS East theaters. Highlights include Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” a Leonard Bernstein biopic, Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers,” “Rustin” by George C. Wolfe, and Thom Zimny’s “Sly,” a Sylvester Stallone documentary.
The festival premieres “Stand Up & Shout: Songs From A Philly High School,” an HBO documentary co-produced by John Legend about Hill-Freedman World Academy. Local talent shines with “Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia,” a documentary on gun violence backed by Allen Iverson. The lineup also features works like “Chestnut” by Jac Cron, “I Think I’m Sick” by Danny Gervitz, and “This Closeness” by Kit Zauhar.
Tickets go on sale for PFS members on Oct. 9 and for the public on Oct. 10. Regular screenings cost $17 for the public and $12 for PFS members, with weekday matinees $5 cheaper. Explore the lineup on the PFS website.