Filmmaker’s Spotlight

/Filmmaker's Spotlight

First Day Back, written by Deshawn Plair & Sade Oyinade, directed by Deshawn Plair

First Day Back is a short film that deals with a very current and unfortunately familiar issue, gun violence in schools. Written by female filmmaking duo Deshawn Plair and Sade Oyinade. The film takes a unique approach by dealing with the aftermath of a school shooting. So after all the thoughts and prayers, what now? What does their world look [...]

Nakia Dillard, Actor/Writer/Director/Entrepreneur

Currently, in his recurring role as Terrance Long, on the third season of the CW Network television series “Black Lightening,” Actor, writer, director, and entrepreneur, Nakia Dillard is a local native born & raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has passionately built a solid career while selflessly mentoring & training others along his journey. As a [...]

Spotlight on Todd Wolfe and “We Need to Talk”

Pictured: (L to R)  James Maslow, Christel Khalil, Todd Wolfe, Emily Bett Rickards, Johnathan Fernandez on set of "We Need to Talk."     Todd Wolfe is an award-winning filmmaker, and a Philadelphia resident of more than two decades.  Originally from Danville, PA, Todd relocated to Phily to attend school, and pursue a career in [...]

Filmmaker Mike A. Pender

Philly born and bred Mike A. Pender is an internationally honored filmmaker with a few dozen projects under his belt. Pender honed his craft while studying Film & Media Arts at Temple University. He has worked with the talents of Bobby Seale, Patti LaBelle, Jermaine Dupri, David Mann, Chubb Rock, and Sean Stockman of Boyz [...]

Spotlight on Monique Impagliazzo

Monique Impagliazzo was born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in Film and Media Arts. Fresh out of college, she went on to intern at the Mary Anne Claro Talent Agency, where she soon became Mary Anne’s right hand. Mary Anne Claro then referred Monique to Producer, [...]

African Animals’ Lullaby

Jessica Dimuzio, VMD, is a veterinarian who has worn many hats in her pursuit of preservation of wildlife and their habitats: field researcher, conservation educator, nonfiction children’s book author, and now filmmaker. In 2006, she wrote a poem describing all the sights and sounds of the African savannah, based on her experience living in a [...]

Filmmaker Doug Sakmann

Doug Sakmann is an award-winning producer and director living in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Queens NY, over the last twenty years Sakmann has produced over forty feature films as well as many TV projects, music videos, short films & commercials. Doug is also an accomplished SPFX Artist and FX Supervisor, creating monsters and horrific blood [...]

Spotlight on MING Media

El Sawyer is a filmmaker and social justice advocate based in Philadelphia. Drawing on his own experience with incarceration, Sawyer speaks internationally on the challenges of reentry, recidivism, and neglected communities. He has won numerous awards for his film and community work met with President Obama about criminal justice reform and was named a 2016 [...]

Sanford Jenkins, Jr.

Sanford Jenkins Jr. is a Philadelphia-raised, Oakland-based artist, writer and filmmaker, and a graduate of Morehouse College and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His work has screened at Camerimage, Palm Springs, and BlackStar film festivals, has been published by Violet Summer and AFROPUNK, and has been staged by play collaborative arts in Los Angeles. He [...]

FirstGlance Film Festival 2018

FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996, is holding its 21st annual indie film fest, Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA. Filmmakers and films with a Philly/local connection screening at FirstGlance Film Fest include: Friday, October 12th 7:45 p.m. Bill McGarvey - [...]

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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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