10th Annual SouthSide Film Festival, June 11-15 in Bethlehem


Movies from around the world, and from a few Lehigh Valley locals as well, will be screened all around south Bethlehem this week. Films include documentaries, horror, shorts, and adult-themed animations. There are more than a few music documentaries, as well as films from Turkey, New Zealand, and Russia.

More than 60 films, many screened more than once during the week, will be shown in the following locations; Victory Firehouse, 205 Webster Street; Broughal Middle School Auditorium, 114 Morton Street; Sinclair Lab Auditorium, Lehigh University, 7 Asa Drive. Tickets are $5 per screening, $10 for late night and closing night screening, and $65 for all-access pass ($50 for students and seniors). Tickets are available at Deja Brew (101 W 4th Street), Cleo’s (21 E 3rd Street) or at any of the venues. All Access Passes can be purchased online.

Film list and descriptions  along with film schedule and film block information is found on the official site.

Some of the films you might want to check out; Denmark’s Mama Don’t Like No Guitar Pickers ‘Round Here; Greenwich Village: music that defined a generation; More Than Honey (documentary examining why bees are facing extinction worldwide); Out of Print (how libraries are losing visitors to the internet); Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film (“documentary about Polaroid’s decision to retire instant film in 2008 and its unlikely rebirth”); Barbed Wire City: The unauthorized story of extreme championship wrestling; Cockneys vs. Zombies (“The Bow Bells Care Home is under threat and the McGuire’s Andy, Terry, and Katy – need to find some way to keep their grandfather and his friends in the East End, where they belong. But, when you’re robbing a bank, zombie invasions makes things a lot harder. “); Dear Mr. Watterson (“Calvin and Hobbes dominated the comics in thousands of newspapers for a decade, but when the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip in 1995, readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin and his tiger…Dear Mr. Watterson is an exploration to discover why Watterson’s ‘simple’ comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.”); and a mock commercial short (less than 2 minutes long) Funeral Home Pinatas, to name just a few.

Read about all of the films  and then figure out how many you can see in less than a week!

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