The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's GrouponLive deal: for $35, you get an admission package to the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival (an $86 total value) that includes the following:
- Admission to the Philly F/M Kick Off Party at The Skybox (at 2424 Studios) on Thursday, September 22 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. (a $10 value)
- An all-access pass to the 10 films being screened at the Invincible Pictures Sound Stages during the following dates and times (a $76 value):
- Friday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Saturday, September 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Sunday September 25 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The second annual Philly F/M Festival culls hordes of independent films and live music, emphasizing the interplay of the two media. Thursday night hosts the event's kick-off party as Philadelphia Slick douses the crowd with waves of toe-tapping beats and games of Simon Says. The neighborhood's lights dim on Friday as the film screenings begin at 7 p.m. with Sound It Out, a phonetically precise documentary that chronicles the last vinyl record shop in Teesside, England. Meet Me on South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs (September 24 at 6:30 p.m.) delves into Philadelphia's artistic subculture and underground crocheting scene from the 1970s to 1996 through the lens of one of its signature and now defunct musical establishments.
Bob and The Monster (September 25 at 8:45 p.m.) melds contemporary footage, animation, and interviews with such notable performers as Anthony Kiedis and Flea into its portrayal of rock icon Bob Forrest's struggles with drug addiction. Six years in the making, the feature will conclude with a Q&A session with Forrest as well as director Keirda Bahruth, allowing attendees to gain valuable insight into the film and finally learn the differences between crocodiles and alligators.