Brace Yourself, Philadelphia! Things Are About To Get Awesome!

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Awesome Fest returns to Philadelphia this summer with a series of 1980's themed screenings - and concerts - that fully merit the 'awesome' tag. How so? How about a double bill of The Psychedelic Furs and A Flock Of Seagulls? How about Alex Winter on hand to present screenings of Downloaded and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure? How about Escape From New York and a shedload of John Hughes films nestling up against Interior. Leather Bar? How about most events being free?

Check out the full press release below and the festival trailer - created by Twitch fave Brian Lonano and his Robot Hand crew - even farther below that.

THE AWESOME FEST ANNOUNCES SUMMER FESTIVAL LINEUP -Thursday, June 14, 2013 - Friday, August 17, 2013-

Philadelphia, PA - April 30, 2013 - This summer, from June 14th through August 17th, The Awesome Fest is teaming up with presenting sponsor Parx Casino® and media sponsor Citypaper, to launch a 10 week citywide film & music festival celebrating the 1980's. The Festival will include over 50 events, featuring 30 outdoor movies, special guests, anniversary screenings, an '80's style prom, and popular musicians from the decade. In keeping with the festival tradition, the majority of the events and all outdoor screenings are presented free of charge.

"Since 2010 The Awesome Fest has worked tirelessly to ensure the majority of our outdoor events and screenings stay completely free to attend. Thanks to our presenting sponsor - Parx Casino®, and an overwhelming amount of community support, we are able to do so once again, this time nearly tripling the amount of events we produced last year. More movies, more music, more special guests, and way more Kenny Loggins than ever before. This is unequivocally our most awesome summer yet." said Josh Goldbloom festival creator and director.

The opening night celebration kicks off Friday, June 14th with a live concert performance by The Psychedelic Furs at The Trocadero Theatre. Closing night, 8/17, will feature the 25th Anniversary of Killer Klowns From Outer Space, with the filmmakers, The Chiodo Brothers, very first appearance in Philadelphia. Festival highlights to include the 25th Anniversary screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with the voice of Roger Rabbit, Charles Fleischer, 8 Philadelphia Premieres, a special performance by Flock of Seagulls and a super secret concert on the Parkway! With over 50 awesome events happening at The Awesome Fest, there is truly something for everyone.

Check out the full lineup at:

www.theawesomefest.com

WATCH THE AWESOME FEST TRAILER:

http://vimeo.com/64933656

facebook.com/theawesomefest twitter: @theawesomefest

ABOUT THE AWESOME FEST
Established in 2010, The Awesome Fest has show- cased well over 150 Philadelphia Film Premieres in some of the cities most unique venues and non- traditional outdoor spaces. The citywide free summer series is recognized for its themed events and innovative approach to programming. It has quickly become one of Philadelphia's most popular outdoor attractions.

ABOUT PARX CASINO®
Parx Casino®, the number one revenue generating Pennsylvania casino, owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, Inc. Parx Casino® is conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37 or PA Turnpike exit 351 (westbound), exit 352 (eastbound) onto Street Road in Bensalem. Parx features 164,000 square feet of gaming and entertainment including 3,350 slot machines, 110 live table games and 60 poker tables. Amenities include live thoroughbred racing & simulcast action, Parx grill signature restaurant, Foodies food court, Chickie's & Pete's crab house and sports bar, 360 nightclub, Jax sports bar, Finish Line bar, Sang Kee Noodle Bar and complimentary parking for over 5,000 cars. For more information on Parx Casino®,
visit
http://www.parxcasino.com/

The full festival lineup is as follows:

OPENING NIGHT

PSYCHEDELIC FURS perform on Friday, June 14th at the Trocadero Theater.

CLOSING NIGHT

The 25th Anniversary Screening of cult classic KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE on Saturday, August 17th at sundown outside at PARX CASINO.

CONCERT EVENTS

PSYCHEDELIC FURS open AWESOME FEST, June 14th at the Trocadero.

FLOCK OF SEAGULLS to perform Sunday, July 14th at the Trocadero Theater

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF screening and concert event on

July 19th at Eakins Oval with SECRET MUSICAL PERFORMANCE to be announced on May 4th. Check www.theawesomefest.com for the announcement!

AWESOME SCREENING EVENTS

WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S with Andrew McCarthy Q&A on May 31st at the Convention Center

PRETTY IN PINK screening on June 15th with Prom Night Party at Lounge 360 at PARX CASINO. Prom attire not required but encouraged!

POLICE ACADEMY with Steve Guttenberg Q&A on June 1st at the Convention Center

REWIND THIS! Screening on June 17th at the Trocadero hosted by Director Josh Johnson and Producer Carolee Mitchell

CHILD'S PLAY 25th Anniversary celebration and FRIGHT NIGHT will screen at PARX CASINO with Director Tom Holland in appearance on June 22nd

DOWNLOADED and BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE to screen at the Trocadero with Director/Actor Alex Winter in attendance on June 24th

The newly restored cult classic, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK will premiere in Philadelphia on June 26th at the Ritz East.

The 25th Anniversary celebration of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT will screen at PARX CASINO with Stand Up featuring the voice of Roger Rabbit, Charles Fleisher, on June 29th

The 30th Anniversary celebration of VALLEY GIRL will screen as a double feature with APRIL FOOL'S DAY at the Trocadero on July 15th with actress Deborah Foreman in attendance.

AWESOME PHILADELPHIA PREMIERES

V/H/S/2 will have its Philadelphia Premiere on May 23rd at the Ritz Bourse. Called "One of the scariest rides I've ever been on" by the Oakland Tribune, this is a "can't miss" for horror fans.

After premiering at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, REWIND THIS! will make its Philadelphia premiere on June 17th at the Trocadero Theater. REWIND THIS! examines the myriad aspects of art, technology, and societal perceptions that were altered by the creation of videotape. Director Josh Johnson and producer Carolee Mitchell will be in attendance at the screening.

DOWNLOADED, a documentary exploring the down- loading revolution looking at the kids that created it, the bands businesses effected by it, and its impact on the world at large, will premiere on June 24th at the Trocadero. DOWNLOADED also comes to Philadelphia after premiering at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

I AM DIVINE premieres in Philadelphia on July 1st at the Trocadero. Come find out how Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon. I AM DIVINE also premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

The Philadelphia Film Society in partnership with AWESOME FEST present the Philadelphia Premieres of THE KINGS OF SUMMER, PRINCE AVALANCE and COMPUTER CHESS.

THE KINGS OF SUMMER - A modern-day homage to Stand By Me and The Goonies, this fun new summer tale sees three friends who run away from home to build their own lodging in the middle of the local woods. Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Starring Nick Offerman, Moises Arias, Nick Robinson.

THE KINGS OF SUMMER will screen on May 29th at the Ritz East.

PRINCE AVALANCHE -In 1988 two city highway workers journey into the woods. The forest sets the backdrop for a summer of misadventures and bonding over shared experiences. Dir. David Gordon Green. Starring Paul

Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault. PRINCE AVALANCHE will screen on Tuesday, June 25th at the Ritz Five.

COMPUTER CHESS - During a weekend tournament for chess software programmers, technology and the human spirit compete. This film set in the 1980's lays the groundwork for artificial intelligence, as we know it. Dir. Andrew Bujalski. Starring Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins. COMPUTER CHESS will screen on Tuesday, June 25th at the Ritz Five.


AWESOMEFEST SCREENINGS (by location): Drexel Park
6/20/13 REVENGE OF THE NERDS
6/27/13 ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING 7/11/13 SPACEBALLS

7/18/13 PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE 8/1/13 BATMAN
8/8/13 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST III 8/15/13 THE NEVERENDING STORY
Liberty Lands

6/21/13 THE PRINCESS BRIDE 6/28/13 ROBOCOP
7/5/13 THE GOONIES
8/2/13 HOWARD THE DUCK 8/9/13 THE LOST BOYS 8/16/13 OVER THE TOP


Parx Casino

6/15/13 PRETTY IN PINK EVENT 80's Prom Night @360 Lounge 6/22/13 CHILD'S PLAY with Director Tom Holland in attendance

6/29/13 WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT with the voice of Roger Rabbit, Charles Fleischer in attendance.

7/6/13 TOP GUN

7/13/13 LABYRINTH/PURPLE RAIN

7/20/13 GHOSTBUSTERS

7/27/13 BACK TO THE FUTURE

8/3/13 ROCKY III / CONAN THE BARBARIAN

8/10/13 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

8/17/13 KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE with special appearance by the Chiodo Brothers


The Trocadero

6/17/13 REWIND THIS! With special appearance by Director Josh Johnson and Producer Carolee Mitchell

6/24/13 DOWNLOADED/ BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE with special appearance by Director/Actor Alex Winter

7/11/13 I AM DIVINE /POLYESTER

7/15/13 VALLEY GIRL /APRIL FOOL'S DAY with special appearance by Actress Deborah Foreman

7/22/13 UHF
7/29/13 ROAD HOUSE/ ABOVE THE LAW

8/5/13 CRUISING / INTERIOR. LEATHER. BAR (*Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival)

8/12/13 SIXTEEN CANDLES


Eakins Oval

7/12/13 E.T.
7/19/13 FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF with Special Concert TBA 7/26/13 Footloose

\Landmark Ritz Theaters
5/23/13 V/H/S/2
5/29/13 THE KINGS OF SUMMER / STAND BY ME
6/25/13 PRINCE AVALANCHE /COMPUTER CHESS
6/26/13 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
7/24/13 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE


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  • Christopher Webster

    Tron graced the masthead for this post. Seems apropos of 80s Awesomeness.

  • Ha! I love when stuff like that happens ...

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