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September 8, 2000 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
International House said yesterday it formed a partnership with TLA Video Entertainment Group to produce an expanded Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. "By creating a partnership with TLA, we bring together two very strong and very different, and complementary organizations with different and complementary resources," said Ellen Davis, president of International House. "Together we can make the 2001 festival the most exciting festival ever for our 10th anniversary year. " Early in its history, she said, festival officials realized at some point a partner would be necessary.
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January 3, 1992 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steel-drum king Terrence Cameron, backed by his sextet, the Steel Kings, will provide the music. Traditional West Indian food, such as curried goat, "jerk" chicken and rice and beans will be on sale. The event will take place in IH's Hopkinson Hall, at 37th and Chestnut Streets. Admission is $10. The fun begins at 8 p.m. To reserve tickets, call the Folklife Center at 215-895-6537 or TicketMaster at 215-336-2000.
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February 12, 1988 | By Kathy Hacker, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Hopkinson Hall were a high school gym, it might have ranked among the grandest in the city. As a theater, it had problems. Big problems. Because the hall at International House had a flat floor and no raised seating, audiences regularly had to abandon their chairs and dash for the aisles if they wanted to see a performer tap-dancing or clogging. Often they stood because the modular metal seats weren't designed for the posterior anatomy. "Sitting through a two-hour film or a concert," moaned spokeswoman Gail Bower, "was close to hell.
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November 17, 1990 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
Ben Franklin was the starting image for The Driver's Son, the near-opera, near-movie by "Blue" Gene Tyranny performed last night at International House, in a program set in motion by the Electrical Matter. The author/composer noted that this was only a stop en route to the finished event, which will include video and computer components, themselves generated by the character of the vocal line. The text turns out to be the music, while the music - three pianos, two marimbas and some electronic additions - is an atmosphere through which the narrator-singer reports his position and presses the images of a ride through time and space.
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November 10, 1986 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's happening at International House, the unique arts and residence center devoted to international and intercultural understanding, is exciting, says Ellen Davis, its president. Exciting is a word Davis employs often in talking about the $3 million renewal of the 16-year-old building at 37th and Chestnut Streets, about the multipurpose theater that will be an important part of it, the expanded conference facilities, and the foundation grants that are making things possible.
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January 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pornography became a chic topic this summer with the release of Lovelace , a biopic starring the brilliant young actress Amanda Seyfried as hard-core porn actress Linda Lovelace, who shot to fame in 1972's Deep Throat . Lovelace's film was so popular at the time that mainstream threaters did the unthinkable and began screening it. For good or ill, pornography was inextricably tied to the reshaping of America's sexual mores during the...
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August 8, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
There is a certain awkwardness about Uber. With a taxi or a bus, there's a professional divide that allows passengers to disassociate and pretend the person at the wheel is apart from them. With Uber, the driver could just as easily be on the stool next to you at a bar as behind the wheel of the car. He could be sucked into your life, or you into his. Matthew Cherry's new movie 9 Rides , which plays Sunday at the final day of the BlackStar Film Festival, chronicles a night in the life of one Uber driver.
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August 7, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
FILM DIRECTOR Tina Morton says 80-year-old Adeline Behlin remembers when her family fled South Carolina for Philadelphia. "Her grandfather had been beaten by a mob for trying to organize black people to vote," Morton said. "He had worked on the railroad and when they beat him, they left him on the railroad tracks. He felt the vibration of a train coming and had just enough strength to crawl off the tracks. A neighbor found him. And the family fled the next day. " Morton recounts Behlin's story in "When We Came Up Here," one of several short films about people finding new lives in Philadelphia that will be shown Saturday at International House in West Philadelphia as part of a project called the Great Migration: A City Transformed.
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February 22, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
Next weekend the International House will show back-to-back films by the French auteur Jean-Luc Godard, which were also filmed back-to-back. The pulpy riff on American noir, Made in U.S.A , was shot in the afternoons, while the discursive collage of Two or Three Things I Know About Her was filmed in the mornings. Both features will pain moviegoers with little tolerance for experimentalism. Godard is one of those filmmakers who snugly fit the stereotypes of art-house cinema, largely because his successors have yet to stop ripping him off. An uncharitable reading would find much of his work, especially by the late 1960s (when both of these were made)
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February 19, 2016
An alleged Center City bank robber was arrested by police Tuesday after refusing to pay for his meal at an International House of Pancakes restaurant, according to federal authorities. Michael Bellini of Philadelphia was arrested at the restaurant at 13th and Walnut Streets after a manager called police to complain that Bellini had declined to pay his bill, according to charging documents. Bellini - already under federal supervision for a previous bank-robbery conviction - subsequently confessed to robbing three banks in four days starting Saturday, charging documents said.
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February 6, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
It is becoming accepted wisdom that art must be about more than just art. We now expect art to relate to realms outside itself - as a social truth-teller, lens to social injustice, or tool for "activating" civic spaces. I'm not sure where this leaves art for art's sake, since art can settle scores on behalf of humanity only sometimes. And who could have looked into the hearts of anyone in the room Tuesday night, when clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and visual artist Kevork Mourad teamed up for Home Within ?
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October 31, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Being frightened is not our thing - in fact, we're emeritus members of the Scaredy Cat Crybaby Club. So we're not taking in any All Hallow's Eve horror movies or haunted houses, no matter how much fun they might be. The 2005 animated classic Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is about as intense as we like our thrills to get in our Halloween festivities (that, or a candy apple in our trick-or-treat bag - gaah! ). In this adventure, Nick Park's stop-motion heroes are running a high-tech garden-pest-control company humanely collecting cottontails - until something goes wrong, and they accidentally create a mutant bunny ( gaah!
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October 10, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Numbers and letters are some of the earliest characters to show up in our lives, and unlike most childhood attachments, they stay with us the whole way (sure, you may still have that teddy bear or toy truck up on a shelf, but your relationship can never be the same). It's natural to anthropomorphize those crooked and curved lines beyond their utilitarian use, something that, say, Sesame Street gets (as does Google, with its mildly annoying "little g" football Sunday doodles). In William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg's animated short The Numberlys , a group of digitally designated friends living in a black-and-white world of integers sets out to create letters and let some color into the place, as well as jelly beans (because, well, jelly beans)
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July 31, 2015
The BlackStar Film Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday, featuring some of the best films from black directors, writers, and documentarians encompassing the African diaspora. Films such as BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez and dream hampton's Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story aren't the only must-sees at the fest. We chose five more. All tickets are $12; $8 for students or seniors: Life Essentials with Ruby Dee: Director Muta'Ali Muhammad tells the story of his grandparents, who happen to be famed actors and activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
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April 18, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Amazing animal sculptures made from recycled material will be on display at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. "Second Nature" features works by 12 artists from around the globe (including some from Philly) using recycled and repurposed materials, like a pink eight-foot crocodile made entirely of chewing gum. Philly artist Leo Sewell shows off his 175-pound rhinoceros sculpted from 250 silver serving trays collected from scrap piles, junk sales, and curbsides. Sculptures range from bunnies and gorillas to flowers made from a car hood.
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April 15, 2015 | A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
  When director/screenwriter Nefertite Nguvu appears at International House on Tuesday to screen and discuss her debut feature, In the Morning , she'll talk about sadness, laughter, love, and all the other everyday emotions portrayed in her visually and poetically arresting look at relationships among a group of black Brooklyn friends. That kind of normalcy, she contends, is missing from African American cinema. "In this increasingly vulgar climate of violence against us," Hollywood's penchant is to present black lives in the context of heroism, crime, or racial adversity, says the 38-year-old Nguvu.
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