Hear ye witches, goblins, and film lovers, things are getting diabolic at this year’s Cinedelphia Film Festival! Presented by PhilaMOCA, 2018 is the 6th year running for CFF – and they’ve affectionately titled this incarnation of the fest “Cinedelphia 666.” This year’s festival theme is centered around “spirituality, the occult, and outsider thought,” with the infernal events kicking off April 12.
Opening night of the fest will feature TST founder Lucien Grieves performing a live ritual followed by a screening of the Mexican cult film Alucarda. Other highlights of CFF this year include actress Jessica Harper in attendance for a screening of a rare 35mm Italian print of the beloved horror classic Suspiria, and director Frank Henenlotter presenting his documentary Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, about the first American artist ever to be convicted of obscenity.
Some acclaimed films are making their Philadelphia premieres at CFF, so be sure to check out Jenn Wexler’s debut feature The Ranger and Steve Mitchell’s King Cohen (with both directors in attendance). Other premieres of note include Sundance favorite I Am Not A Witch — a documentary chronicling the modern persecution of witches in Zambia and Ghana, and the critically acclaimed Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse — a German horror fantasy that digs into witchcraft and Paganism in the Dark Ages.
Fans of midnight movie sensation The Room won’t want to miss a screening of actor/author Greg Sestero’s new film Best F(r)iends Volume One (starring himself and Tommy Wiseau). Sestero will be in attendance to present his film as well as lead a group of local actors in a live table-reading of the original script draft of The Room.
And if you’re looking for some family-friendly occult entertainment, look no further than PhilaMOCA’s regular monthly Saturday Morning Cartoons program. CFF is taking over this month and presenting a monster-themed edition with free cereal for everybody! (Let’s hope they have Boo Berry.)
So grab your friends and strap in for all this and more maniacal mayhem at this year’s CFF!