When walking to the Philadelphia Film Center, we didn’t know what to expect. This was our first time going to the Philadelphia film festival, and we thought we would need more time to see a massive number of people waiting in line.
The movie “Till” directed by Chinonye Chukwu, was shown that night. When we got in line, we spoke to Diamond Thomas, a journalist who was there to watch the movie with some friends. He told us about his experiences watching films and explained, “Movies have affected me from the moment I can see, and you know it’s an incredible thing to have that as a medium.” When asked about the movie tonight, Thomas was happy to tell us how he felt “I read a few things about this movie. I’m looking forward to seeing how it transcends into a film.”
Not only were the attendees looking forward to the film, but so were some of the staff and volunteers. While in line, it was easy to see how happy the staff were to greet and help anyone attending. The festival brought a sense of convergence. Kait Calabro, the director of communications and digital media at the Film Festival, told us how important this film festival is to the community. “I’m hoping that people are excited and will keep coming back to the theater feeling safe again, wanting to have that community sense because that’s what movies are all about. “
The Philadelphia Film Festival will end on October 30th. Check out the festival’s webpage to see what films will be showing next.