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Hell or High Seas, produced by FreshFly

Hell or High Seas is an incredible true story of a former Navy Rescue Swimmer’s battle with PTSD, and his mission to pave a smoother path for veterans returning to civilian life. It's a story of resiliency, hope and second chances. Now streaming. Visit to find out more, and follow along @hellorhighseas on Facebook [...]

Local Team Behind Launch of American Veterans Media

Inaugural Film “Edison 64” Premieres in October Shawn Swords (pictured), Roger Bruce, Art Swanlund, James Kirlin, Gene Halus, Ralph Galati, Darryrl Johnson, and John Ricciutti are the team of military scholars, veterans’ advocates, and filmmakers that are behind the launch of American Veterans Media, a new production company based in Philadelphia, that is producing veterans-themed [...]

The 24th annual FirstGlance Film Festival

The 24th annual FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996, returns to the iconic Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA, October 15-17, 2021. Over forty-five original indie films from Philadelphia and around the world will be in competition during the weekend event. Selections with ties to the Philadelphia area include: Kris Roselli [...]

“Silent Partner” and Roderick Lawrence-actor, creator and producer

Roderick Lawrence is an actor, creator and producer, who debuted in Philadelphia at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music as Simba in Disney’s “The Lion King.” Having performed as Ramses in Stephen Schwartz’s “The Prince of Egypt” and as the first Black lead in the musical “ONCE,” Roderick has been in demand all over the country for [...]

Greg Koorhan, director, producer and co-founder of Crossbow Studio

Greg Koorhan is a film director, producer and co-founder of Crossbow Studio, an independent production company specializing in uplifting stories that inspire, educate and entertain. His award-winning short films have engaged festival audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Over his 30+ year career as a storyteller and marketer, Greg has created campaigns for companies from [...]

Filmmaker Kevin Hackenberg

Kevin Hackenberg is an accomplished producer, director & cinematographer who has been telling inspiring stories and making people laugh on six continents for over twenty-five years. Kevin has directed celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris and Kevin Hart, famous athletes, media icons, and fortune 50 executives. As a director, Kevin is also known to pull [...]

Melissa Davey and Beyond Sixty

Beyond Sixty Tag line: A Woman’s Age is not her Story Movie Description/Marketing: The myth that older women are invisible is shattered in this inspirational and revealing look at remarkable women thriving, leading lives rich in experiences and accomplishments that defy perceptions and reveal what is possible beyond sixty. A woman’s age is not her [...]

Alex Nicoletti & My First Shot

Alex has not always been on the path to be a filmmaker. He spent time as a Special Education major in college before switching to film. During my time in that major he worked at Variety Club, a summer camp for kids with disabilities, for two summers. Even after switching his major to film, he [...]

Shameka Sawyer and the 5 Shorts Project

Shameka Sawyer is a filmmaker and founder of the 5 Shorts Project, a project that helps aspiring filmmakers to make their first short film, based in Philadelphia, PA. During the global pandemic of 2020, known as COVID 19, Shameka's brother was brutally murdered one block away from his home. In looking for ways to process [...]

Chuck Rayner

I have written, produced, and directed several feature films and TV shows over the past few years; however, "The Paramedic Angel" is definitely my favorite of them all being that I was an actual paramedic for many years before I became an actor, producer, and director, and this production is something near and dear to [...]

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The Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) is a "film commission" representing southeastern Pennsylvania that officially serves the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

We are a member of the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI). GPFO, first established in 1985 as a part of Philadelphia city government, continues to reside within city offices.

In 1992, we became a regional economic development agency, incorporating in 2000 as the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.


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