Filmmaker’s Spotlight

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Tetsuki Ijichi’s Challenge

Tetsuki Ijichi (in red jacket above), born in Kyoto, Japan, is a filmmaker, producer, writer and film distributor.  He moved to Philadelphia five years ago having migrated from New Mexico and California. Through his new venture Rain Trail Pictures and the film distribution company, Tidepoint Pictures, Tetsuki has deep experience in distributing Asian films in [...]

Rosalie Kicks, Philly Filmmaker

The Old Sport, Rosalie Kicks is a filmmaker, movie critic, and dabbler living in Philadelphia. When she isn’t  making or watching movies, she can be found toiling away in her lab working on the next issue of the subscription based movie zine and review website she runs she co-runs, This month, Rosalie is preparing [...]

FirstGlance Film Festival Highlights

FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996, is holding its 22nd annual indie film fest, Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd at the Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Included in 2019’s selections are films with Philadelphia-area natives in-front-of and behind-the-cameras: Bill Crossland – Catching Up – Bill Crossland [...]

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 [...]

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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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