WELCOME JOSH GOLDBLOOM
Founder/ Awesome-tistic Director This festival is my tribute to the 1980’s. It’s a celebration of the films and music that shaped me, and a salute to a time that defined us all.
STAFF JOANNA PANG
TIERNEY KELLY MEDIA DIRECTOR
OLEG KREMESHNOY GRAPHIC DESIGNER
KATE LAUDERDALE INTERN
Since 2010, I have worked tirelessly to ensure the majority of our events and screenings stay completely free to attend. Thanks to The Awesome Fest team, community support, and our presenting sponsor - Parx Casino, we are able to do so once again. This summer will feature nearly 50 screenings with over 30 movies outdoors. All outdoor movies are screened on our state-of-the-art 30 foot movie screen. It’s my favorite way to watch a movie and I think it will quickly become yours too. The rules for enjoying the Fest are simple: bring a towel or blanket, some friends and a cold drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie in some of the best outdoor settings Philly has to offer. Costumes and bad hair are highly encouraged. This is the 80’s were talking about here.
ABOUT THE AWESOME FEST Established in 2010, The Awesome Fest has showcased well over 150 Philadelphia Film Premieres in some of the cities most unique venues and nontraditional outdoor spaces. This citywide free summer series is recognized for its themed events and innovative approach to programming. It has quickly become one of Philadelphia’s most popular outdoor attractions. www.theawesomefest.com facebook.com/theawesomefest @theawesomefest
DEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY TO: GOOSE
THE AWESOME FEST OPENING NIGHT
THE AWESOME FEST CLOSING NIGHT
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WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (GRADUATED 1989)
A pair of losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, but the murderer is out to “finish him off.” Fun Fact: After Richard knocks out the man that Bernie fired, he informs Larry “You can come out now Rambo.” First Blood, the first Rambo movie, was also directed by Ted Kotcheff.
Q+A with ANDREW MCCARTHY TERRACE BALLROOM 3 & 4 @ 7PM
POLICE ACADEMY (GRADUATED 1984)
A group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks. Fun Fact: This movie was the most successful film of 1984 in Germany.
Q+A with STEVE GUTTENBERG ROOM 113ABC @ 6PM
Drexel Park is a large public green space located on 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue, near Drexel University’s campus. The former Consolidated Laundry industrial site has been redeveloped into open green space serving as a recreational facility for both Drexel’s students and the Powelton community. Construction on the 2.5 acres, $500,000 project, began in Fall 2007 and was completed on September 30, 2008. The park includes more than 45 trees, walking paths, lighting, and benches. N. 32ND ST. AND POWELTON AVE., PHILADELPHIA, PA ALL SCREENINGS BEGIN AT SUNDOWN ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE
REVENGE OF THE NERDS (GRADUATED 1984)
At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect. Fun Fact: According to an interview with Curtis Armstrong (Booger), the sound that comes out of his mouth to win the belching contest is actually the sound of two camels mating.
ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (GRADUATED 1987)
Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down for a night of TV and boredom. When her frantic friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from a Chicago bus station, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of adventures. Fun Fact: Elisabeth Shue landed the lead role after Valerie Bertinelli and Michelle Pfeiffer both declined.
SPACEBALLS (GRADUATED 1987)
The planet Spaceball is running out of air and the planet’s ruler, President Skroob has devised a evil scheme. He plans to steal the air from the atmosphere of the peaceful planet Druidia. Fun Fact: The Barf costume was operated by three people. John Candy operated Barf’s tail using a hidden control in his paw, while two assistants each controlled an ear. Candy’s costume was powered by a 30-pound battery that he wore on his back.
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (GRADUATED 1985)
When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Fun Fact: This is the first (and only time) Pee-Wee swears when he says “I don’t want some other crappy bike.”
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party. Fun Fact: Richard Gere was considered for the role of John McClane.
(CHRISTMAS IN JULY PARTY )
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. Fun Fact: Michael Jackson was asked to write and perform the songs for the movie, but he had to turn it down due to his concert commitments.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (GRADUATED 1987)
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. Fun Fact: The original premise of the film involved Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films. This idea was rejected by the studio, though Wes Craven later used it for New Nightmare.
THE NEVERENDING STORY (GRADUATED 1984)
A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. Fun Fact: The theme song is sang by the lead singer of the pop band Kajagoogoo.
Liberty Lands is a community-established and run park. Blankets or low chairs are recommended for your comfort, as is mosquito repellent. Bring your own refreshments or enjoy something from the many nearby restaurants of Northern Liberties. With a playground and gardens at the park, the venue is family-friendly. 926 N AMERICAN ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA ALL SCREENINGS BEGIN AT SUNDOWN ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (GRADUATED 1987)
A classic fairy tale: with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, and a beautiful princess. Fun Fact: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was offered the role of Fezzik and was extremely interested in taking the role but was unable because shooting conflicted with his NBA schedule.
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally-wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. Fun Fact: The RoboCop suit was so hot and heavy that Peter Weller was losing 3 lbs a day from water loss. Eventually, an air conditioner was installed in the suit.
THE GOONIES (GRADUATED 1985)
A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirateâ€™s treasure map. Fun Fact: The pirate ship was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped.
HOWARD THE DUCK (GRADUATED 1986)
A sarcastic, humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. Fun Fact: George Lucasâ€™s close friend John Landis was originally slated to direct this film but after reading the script turned down the opportunity due to the police car crashes in the finale. He felt this was too similar to that of his previous film The Blues Brothers.
THE LOST BOYS (GRADUATED 1987)
After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires. Fun Fact: Executive producer Richard Donner originally intended to direct the movie himself, but as production languished, he moved onto Lethal Weapon and eventually hired Joel Schumacher for the job.
OVER THE TOP (GRADUATED 1987)
Lincoln Hawk is a struggling trucker who’s trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife, he tries to make amends with his son who he left behind years earlier. Upon their first meeting, his son doesn’t think too highly of him until he enters the nation-wide arm wrestling competition in Las Vegas. Fun Fact: John Wetton, lead singer of the rock group Asia, sang “Winner Takes It All” for the movie, but after performing the song, it was felt that his voice wasn’t “mean” enough, so the song was offered to Sammy Hagar, whose version ended up being the one on the soundtrack. Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
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PRETTY IN PINK (GRADUATED 1986)
A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. Immediately following the movie it’s 80’s Prom Night at 360 Lounge in Parx. Big Bang Baby will be performing & DJ Tommy Up will be spinning all of your favorite 80’s dance hits. Prom Queen & King will be crowned.
JUNE 22 DOUBLE FEATURE
25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
CHILD’S PLAY (GRADUATED 1988)
A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, later they find out that the doll is possessed with the soul of a serial killer, who try to put his soul into the boy’s body in order to become human. Fun Fact: The film was released on the same date (November 9, 1988) as the opening scene, when Charles Lee Ray transfers his soul into the doll.
FRIGHT NIGHT (GRADUATED 1985)
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.
DIRECTOR TOM HOLLAND IN ATTENDANCE
25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (GRADUATED 1988)
A ‘toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit’s only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. Fun Fact: Although the film’s title is a question, no question mark appears in the title, as this is considered bad luck in the industry.
CHARLES FLEISCHER ( THE VOICE OF ROGER RABBIT )
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TOP GUN (GRADUATED 1986)
As students at the Navy’s elite fighter academy compete to be best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from an instructor that are not taught in the classroom. Fun Fact: In preparation for his role, Tom Cruise was allowed to take 3 rides in the F-14 Tomcat. He vomited during the first trip. Goose Memorial Night / Volleyball Tournament
JULY 13 DOUBLE FEATURE
LABYRINTH (GRADUATED 1986)
15-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in 13 hours. Fun Fact: The final feature film directed by Jim Henson.
PURPLE RAIN (GRADUATED 1984)
Purple Rain, the first starring role for Prince, is the story of an arrogant young singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. Fun Fact: Most of the songs were recorded live.
GHOSTBUSTERS (GRADUATED 1984)
Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Fun Fact: The role of Peter Venkman was originally written for John Belushi.
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BACK TO THE FUTURE (GRADUATED 1985)
A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Fun Fact: The backlot used as the town of Hill Valley is also seen in the first episode of Twilight Zone.
AUGUST 3 DOUBLE FEATURE
ROCKY III (GRADUATED 1982)
When Rocky is defeated by a brutal challenger, Apollo Creed offers to retrain him and help him regain his fighting spirit. Fun Fact: The fight sequence between Rocky and Thunderlips took 10 days to film.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (GRADUATED 1982)
A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his tribe and the murder of his parents, both slain by an evil sorcerer while he was a boy. Fun Fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger had to tone down his workout, as his arm/chest muscles were so big that he couldnâ€™t wield a sword properly.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (GRADUATED 1981)
Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Fun Fact: Indiana Jones’ kangaroo-hide bull whip was sold in December, 1999 at Christie’s auction house in London for $43,000. His jacket and hat are on display at the Smithsonian.
25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (GRADUATED 1988)
A small town is invaded by aliens from outer space that all look like circus clowns. Only a few young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends and save the town. Fun Fact: The $2 million budget went primarily to production costs. The clowns and visual effects were created almost entirely by the filmmakers at very little cost.
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The Trocadero Theatre was first opened in 1870, offering musical comedies and traveling minstrel shows under the name Arch Street Opera House. Later, vaudeville and burlesque came to its stage with notable professional showgirls performing burlesque during the 1950’s. The Theatre was refurbished in the late 1970’s for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre. In the 1980’s, the Theatre was remodeled as a dance club and finally for its current use as a concert hall and live music venue. 1003 ARCH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE
REWIND THIS! (GRADUATED 2013)
Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape. Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival
DIRECTOR JOSH JOHNSON PRODUCER CAROLEE MITCHELL IN ATTENDANCE
JUNE 24 DOUBLE FEATURE PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
DOWNLOADED (GRADUATED 2013)
A documentary exploring the downloading revolution looking at the kids that created it, the bands businesses effected by it, and its impact on the world at large. Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival
BILL & TEDâ€™S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (GRADUATED 1989)
Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. Fun Fact :The phone booth time machine in the film was given away as a contest prize in Nintendo Power magazine, as the magazine was promoting a then-new Bill and Ted game for the NES.
DIRECTOR/ACTOR ALEX WINTER IN ATTENDANCE
JULY 1 DOUBLE FEATURE PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
I AM DIVINE (GRADUATED 2013)
How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon. Directed By Jeffrey Schwarz
Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival
POLYESTER (GRADUATED 1981) A suburban housewife’s world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he’s unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who’s been breaking local women’s feet.
THE ADVENTURES OF BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE: STRANGE BREW (GRADUATED 1983)
Something is rotten at the Elsinore Brewery. Bob and Doug attempt to help the orphan Pam regain the brewery founded by her father. To help Pam they must confront the suspicious brewmaster and two teams of vicious hockey players. Fun Fact: The basic plot and the name of the brewing company are references to William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
JULY 15 DOUBLE FEATURE
30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
VALLEY GIRL (GRADUATED 1983)
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Fun Fact: The producers approached Frank Zappa about making a film based on his single “Valley Girl” but he refused, Zappa later sued them but lost the case.
APRIL FOOL’S DAY (GRADUATED 1986)
A group of nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s day weekend.
ACTRESS DEBORAH FOREMAN IN ATTENDANCE
A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor. Fun Fact: In one scene, George and Bob discuss TV lineups. One of the shows mentioned is “Volcano Worshippers Hour.” In high school, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic started a “Volcano Worshippers” club just to get in the yearbook.
JULY 29 DOUBLE FEATURE
ROAD HOUSE (GRADUATED 1989)
A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar. Fun Fact: Patrick Swayze was approached to star in Predator 2 but could not commit due to an injury while making this film.
ABOVE THE LAW (GRADUATED 1988)
AUGUST 5 DOUBLE FEATURE
A police detective goes undercover in the sleazy and underground gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is murdering numerous gay men with S&M tactics.
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (GRADUATED 2013)
Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from “Cruising” as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom. Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival
Nico Toscani is a martial arts expert who was recruited by the CIA while in Japan. While there he witness the sadistic treatment of prisoners which unravels secrets that follow him for years to come. Fun Fact: Steven Seagal personally selected every weapon seen in the film.
SIXTEEN CANDLES (GRADUATED 1984)
A young girl’s “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Trivia: Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future The Breakfast Club co-star.
Eakins Oval was once a smaller traffic circle called Fairmount Plaza, constructed in 1918. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway planners left space for two proposed art school buildings that would frame the view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 26TH ST. AND THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY PHILADELPHIA, PA 19130 ALL SCREENINGS BEGIN AT SUNDOWN ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (GRADUATED 1982)
A meek little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. Can he find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet? Fun Fact: Juliette Lewis auditioned for the role of Gertie, but her father reportedly made her turn it down.
FOOTLOOSE (GRADUATED 1984)
A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, can his rebellious spirit and fancy footwork change their minds? Fun Fact: Kevin Bacon was offered the leading role for the Stephen King movie Christine, at the same time that he was asked to do a screen test for Footloose. Thriller (Dance)
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