Today is the start of the 16th annual FirstGlance Film Festival. It runs through the weekend at the Franklin Theater at the Franklin Institute. There’s a total of 38 projects screening with everything from feature length films to web series pilots to music videos. I am looking forward to seeing the short documentary, Who Shot Rock and Roll: The Film, about recording artists and the photographers who have captured them on film.
The TV show, The Monkees, premiered on September 12th, 1966. With comedy that was a little off-the-wall and fun music, it’s no surprise that the series still lives on in re-runs and the music continues through the touring of the remaining members.
The Monkees were, and still are, one of my favorite groups. I used to watch their show every day growing up and got to see them for the first time in the mid-eighties in Atlantic City. I saw them pretty much every time they played Philly after that. I even had the pleasure of meeting Davy Jones after a performance at the Woodbine Inn in NJ in the late eighties/early nineties. He was so nice to talk to and autographed my Monkees’ picture disk.
If you’re a Monkees fan like me, then you may want to stop by and pick up The Monkees Greatest Hits, More of the Monkees or my favorite, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
This is a really busy weekend for us. In addition to the start of our First Friday Flicks, Independent Film Screening Series in association with FirstGlance Films tonight, we will be out at the Lansdowne Arts Festival at the Twentieth Century Club, Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and we’ll be at the iRadioPhilly tent on the field near the corner of Eagle and Darby roads in the center of Havertown at the Haverford Music Festival from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. We’ll be giving out lots of prizes and a few surprises, so stop by and say hello.
Art and music makes for a perfect weekend, don’t you think?