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January 2009


The Philadelphia Industry Lounge at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

Disclosure: When I heard so many friends were going out to Sundance I asked them for photos and stories. Today it’s The Philadelphia Industry Lounge at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival (Next week another friend’s story) The Philadelphia Industry Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival was created to inform and educate filmmakers and entertainment industry professionals about the special tax incentives for filming in Philadelphia and also to showcase the unique landscape and offerings of the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Industry Lounge was privately funded, with the blessings of Mayor Nutter and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, through Philadelphia based businesses such as Cashman & Associates, Shooters Post & Transfer’s DIVE division and entertainment industry professionals such as Cozen O’Connor entertainment lawyer Justin Wineburgh and J.P. Cummins from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC who believe in the initiative and encourage filmmaking in Philadelphia. Located on Main Street in Park City within the Island Def Jam House of Hype, the Philadelphia Industry Lounge was in a prime location for awareness and traffic through the space. Some celebrity guests included Actor Wesley Snipes, Model Christy Brinkley, Actor Kevin Sorbo, the band Hoobastank, Actress Andie MacDowell, musician Ryan Cabrera, and Jay Lyon from MTV’s The City.

In addition to the city and film office information distribution, the Philadelphia Industry Lounge offered guests a “taste” of Philadelphia,” featuring food & beverage products such as Tony Luke’s Philadelphia Cheese Steaks, Tastykakes, Peanut Chews, Bluecoat Gin and Pravda Vodka. Also, the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies sent some fun team items (T-shirts, rally towels, hats, etc.) to be given away at the Lounge.

Dare was another film that premiered in the Festival, starring Emmy Rossum, Ashley Springer, Zac Gilford, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer and Sandra Bernhard. Dare was filmed in Philadelphia and written by Philadelphia native David Brind. (I saw Alan Cumming and Ana Gasteryer on Broadway 2 years ago in Three Penny Opera with Cyndi Lauper, it was wild)
J.P. Cummins of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC,, Alan Cummings and Sharon Pinkenson.Pravda Vodka’s signature Riviera Martini was served in the Philadelphia Industry Lounge.
Philadelphians whooped it up with the stars at premiere party for the documentary Crude hosted by Self Magazine and MSN Green. Sting and wife Trudie Styler were dancing all night, as was Paris Hilton. Pierce Brosnan and famous Philadelphians Kevin Bacon and Jamie Kennedy were spotted at the fete as well. Justin Wineburgh and Paris Hilton.
Ashley Schaffer from Cashman & Associates serves authentic Tony Luke’s Cheese Steaks in the Philadelphia Industry Lounge

On Sunday, January 18th, the Philadelphia Industry Lounge hosted a party to cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Championship game. Eagles fans from all over came to the Lounge to rally for the birds. Former Eagles player Terrell Owens even stopped by unexpectedly (although, we have a hunch he wasn’t too disappointed by the loss). Another unexpected moment at the Eagles party was an engagement via the Lounge’s television screens, to which the fans replied, “Turn the game back on!” You know how diehard Eagles fans are!
Philadelphia Style Magazine also made a presence at Sundance in the Philadelphia Industry Lounge. Wherever there is a star-studded Philly bash, Philadelphia Style is sure to be there – even in Park City! Bluecoat, American Dry Gin is craft-distilled here in Philadelphia and made with organic botanicals. Andrew Auwerda, President of Philadelphia Distilling, acted as brand ambassador in Sundance where he also introduced Vieux Carre Absinthe, the newest spirit from the micro-distillery.

This year’s Festival included at least six films with a Philadelphia connection making 2009 the perfect year for the Philadelphia Industry Lounge initiative. On Friday, January 16th, the Philadelphia Industry Lounge hosted the post-screening party for West Philadelphia-native Lee Daniel’s new film Push, which premiered at the Festival. Members of the cast including Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton and Mo’Nique Imes were in attendance, as well as other celebrities like Nick Cannon, Russell Simons, Young Jeezy, Ben Lyons of E!, Robin Thicke and Cuba Gooding Jr.

(OMG What Happened to, he’s buff and bearded) Sting and my buddy Ray Evers
J.P. Cummins of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, sponsor of the Philadelphia Industry Lounge; Justin Wineburgh of Cozen O’Connor, sponsor of the Philadelphia Industry Lounge; Lee Daniels, Philadelphia native and director/screenwriter of the film Push; Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; Nicole Cashman of Cashman & Associates, sponsor of the Philadelphia Industry Lounge at the Push premiere party.


The Pennsylvania Groundhog tries to escape his Shadow – Plus Monday at Noon in City Hall Courtyard celebrate Groundhogs Day

Remember to scroll all the way to the bottom to read about a special Groundhog Event Monday at Noon in Phila City Hall Courtyard, and maybe you will be on PhillyChitChat, if you want.

I was at the Reading Terminal Market the other day and noticed these flyer’s regarding the missing Pennsylvania Groundhog, which is just unacceptable this close to Groundhog day next Monday. Seems he was in a bit of an accident according to

Someone wants him to stay underground maybe in an attempt to stem global warming
Who could be so dastardly…why it’s Shadow

Maybe the Reading Terminal security guards are in on it, as they point in the direction where they last saw the Groundhog scurry. Captured and on his way back to his hole
and punished by Shadow as he gives him a swift kick in the tail
Just “Me and My Shadow

But Groundhog won’t give up without a fight, he wants Spring to come as soon as possible, don’t you, if not to just shut up the alarmist weather guessers of Philadelphia, especially the bow tie guy who predicted a very snowy winter including 6 inches in December.

This year is the 5th anniversary of the Pennsylvania’s Groundhog tourism advertising and Philebrity is giving away a plate to commemorate the celebration, as well has having a video of this incredible event.
Last year I told you about:

A Groundhog Day Celebration – Jan and John Haigis lead a sing-along of their Groundhog Day Carols at City Hall

Every year in the Courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall, local musicians Jan and John Haigis lead a sing-along of Groundhog Day Carols to celebrate the changing seasons

So look for The Haigis to lead you in song (songbooks for sale) on Groundhogs Day in Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard at Noon on Monday. How unique is that?


OSCAR VIEWING PARTY IN PHILADELPHIA 2009 to benefit the Traverse Project

Years ago there used to be one at The Franklin Institute, I don’t know what happened to that but this year there is one right on Rittenhouse Square at the Ethical Society. I love a fun Oscar Watching party, but this sounds like more than that:

Alright…here’s the latest on the Red Carpet Party (an Oscar Viewing Celebration and Benefit)
-Remember “OSCAR” when used to signify the Awards, is a trademark 😉
Large Scale Oscar(R) Ceremony Projection . Two Floors of Fun . Cocktails . Special Guest Hosts February 22, 2009 8:00 PM until the Best Picture Award!

DJ for the evening—Ricky Paul of Dumpsta Players

Kitchen Master–Chef Amanda MacWilliams, Former Grill Chef at the old Stripped Bass Restaurant
Red Carpet Interview Crew-DOWNTOWN: The Actors Lounge with Tony Lankford
Red Carpet Photo–Lui (You will actuall get a high quality photo and have it printed out to take with you)

Open Bar with Wine, Beer, and Vodka Cocktails
Vodka Cocktails—Sponsored by Rain (NO…RAIN VODKA IS NOT ALL FLAVORED! We will have 18 bottles of the core, unflavored fodka, and 4 bottles of the flavored ones.)

Truffle Station – YUM
“Build Your Own” Ligurian Blinis
(Ligurian Olives Tapenade with Sun Dried Tomatoes)
Dessert Selections and lots more to eat

Franzia Wine sponsored by The Wine Group

More to come folks!
$50 (Advance Purchase at
$75 At Door

$30.00 At the door Once we start ads in Citypaper next week, they will snowball out!

Start Time:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Monday, February 23, 2009 at 12:00am
The Ethical Society Building
1906 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

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