Monday, April 28, 2014

Adopt-A-School Spotlight: Kensington CAPA High School & Drumline

Students of the Kensington CAPA Drumline posing with their brand new vibraphone!

Musicopia is proud to support the Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School through their Adopt-A-School initiative. So far this year, they have been able to provide the school with in-school and afterschool arts enrichment programs, including a hip-hop dance residency with renowned Philadelphia choreographer, Roger Lee, guitar and songwriting training programs, brass coaching, and a six-week sound engineering course. In June, the students of the songwriting club will be joining forces with the school's orchestra to record an original musical work.

The Kensington CAPA competitive indoor drumline, led by professional percussionist and Philadelphia public school teacher, Jesse Mell, is also supported through Musicopia's program. Jesse's dream for the drumline was to one day add a vibraphone to their inventory, a tonal percussion instrument that adds great depth to indoor percussion repertoire. In March, Musicopia was able to surprise him at the school with a brand new one (as seen in the above photo). The students were thrilled that they were able to play it in their spring competitions. On April 5th, the drumline jumped seven points in the last week of the season to place 3rd in the Cavalcade of BandsIndoor Percussion Championship at Pottsgrove Middle School, and were the only competing ensemble from a Philadelphia public school.
On March 28th, Musicopia was able to bring the Kensington CAPA Drumline to close out the TEDx Philly conference at the Temple Performing Arts Center. The Drumline ended the wonderful day of inspiring talks and demonstrations "with a bang," and received a standing ovation as they exited the stage. Musicopia would like to thank TEDx Philly for providing the Drumline with this wonderful opportunity for the drumline, students, and faculty at Kensington CAPA. Pictures and videos soon to come!
To help Musicopia keep music in our public schools, visit their site at

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

REGGAE IN THE PARK: Philly's Premiere Summer Reggae Festival

Sun. August 3 @ 2:00PM

Celebrate the 3rd Annual Reggae in the Park - Philly's Premiere Summer Reggae Festival Sunday, August 3rd at the Mann featuring performances by Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Mavado, Konshens, Morgan Heritage, Inner Circle & many more. "Reggae In The Park" features music on both the Mann's Main Stage and at the Crescendo tent including performances from legendary reggae artists plus live DJ sets on the main plaza as well as arts & crafts vendors, Caribbean & global cuisine, and more at the top of the hill - all in the heart of Fairmount Park! Children 12 & under admitted for free with parent.


Monday, April 21, 2014

World premiere: Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Presents "Anthracite Fields" by Julia Wolfe

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, with Bang on a Can All-Stars, will combine voice, music, movement and lighting to transport audiences deep down into the coal mines of Pennsylvania and the hearts and souls of coal miners and their families.

The world premiere by Julia Wolfe will be presented at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral: April 26 & 27, 4pm & 7:30pm

 Buy tickets here:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Deadline Extended For Philadelphia's Youth Poet Laureate Applications


The City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) has extended its call for nominations for Philadelphia’s next Youth Poet Laureate through Monday, April 21, 2014. The OACCE instituted this position in order to promote interest in poetry throughout the city and to give one young person an opportunity to develop his or her talents in poetry. This individual will also promote poetry through their work with Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Frank Sherlock, and appearances in their capacity as Youth Poet Laureate from June 2014 through May 2015

The application process is open to any youth residing in Philadelphia and attending high school at the time of application. However, students graduating high school in June 2014 are ineligible. Applicants are required to have an organization or adult nominate them whose contact information must also be included in the application. 

It is our hope that you will also take this as an opportunity to educate and engage students on the subject of poetry. Applications of nominated youth are due to be submitted online or postmarked to the OACCE by April 21, 2014.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay T. So at (215) 686-4591 or

Click here to Visit Creative Youth Laureate's Website For More Information

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ice Cube and Sour Grapes?

Photo: Philip Litevsky

Ice Cube's PR team didn't waste a minute. Moments after the report of his less than gracious reaction to his and “Ride Along” co-star Kevin Hart’s loss to Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker at the MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo, Ice Cube went into action, claiming his remarks were out of context.

Cube and Hart were among the nominees, but the award went to Diesel and Walker. Walker, as we should all know by now, died in a car crash last November.

It was reported that Cube accused fans of the "sympathy," vote.

He told USA Today, "We was robbed. Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period."
It was also reported that Cube told reporters he decided to leave the awards ceremony shortly after arriving, to “watch a basketball game at home”. He said, "I just wasn't into it. I have been going in and out of these things (awards shows) for 25 years. If you ain't into it, why torture yourself? As soon as you get bored, get up and leave."

Ice Cube wrote, "Re: The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people! Don't believe the hype. We should honor people before they die. That's all. MTV Awards. Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s--- is what I gotta get use to. Last tweet and I'mma leave it alone. Remember this: A lie travels further then the truth (sic). Damn the devil is busy. And Paul Walker fans don't trip. I was a fan too."

Monday, April 14, 2014


This week marks the fifth year of BACKLINE MAGAZINE. To commemorate, we thought we'd dig into our archives and post some pictures of our original guests and hosts when we were on the air at WNWR. Our humble and sincere thanks to all who were there from the beginning when it was nothing more than a concept.

Co-hosts Brother Marcus and Lady Simone (left)
with Producer Carvin Haggins and guest

Actor, Brandon Ruckdashel "Changing the Game" 


Intern, NU NU Brown

Intern Simone Liggons
Cee Knowdlege aka Doodle Bug
Formerly of Diggable Planets

Dennis "LA" White, "Changing the Game"

Media Queen and guest host, Envy McKee

Make-up artist and stylist, Ursula Augustine
Vaughnette Bigford
Jerri Lynne Johnson, Maestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Actress Karen Malina White

Media personality Kharisma

Entertainment Law Advisor, Nikki Johnson Huston
Liimu Gill
Sean Riggs "Changing the Game"

Rel Dowdell, Producer/Director
"Changing the Game" and "Train Ride"

Aliha Love, a BACKLINE original 

Casting Director, Mike Lemon, CSA
Irish Folk group RUNA

Summer Valentine, "Changing the Game"

BLM Executive Producer, Michael Quintero-Moore
with film and WhoMAG producer Rob Schwartz 
BLM partner, Producer, and co-host
Simone "Lady Simone" Lynch-Smith
(with a new hairstyle)



Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival, is quickly becoming a go-to festival for cutting-edge film by independent black filmmakers. A destination community event with an attendance of over 3,000, the Festival is one of the most prominent and well-attended arts programs in Philadelphia.

BlackStar14 is a competitive film festival with a cash prize attached to our Short Screenplay Competition. Audience awards are given for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short. There are also juried prizes given for Best Cinematography and Best Directing. 
Deadline for submission is May 15, 2014


Philadanco Premiere's "Bad Blood" at the Kimmel Center

Don't miss the company premiere of the Ulysses Dove masterpiece, Bad Blood (1984). Created for four women and three men, Bad Blood is a highly physical and forceful piece about couples and relationships.

Ulysses Dove (1947-1996) was an independent choreographer who worked in both the modern dance and ballet idioms. He created significant works for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Sweden's Cullberg Ballet, and the Dutch National Ballet, among many others.

Support for the restaging and presentation of Bad Blood made possible in part by: The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage;The National Endowment for the Arts; and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

For more infomation visit

Get a M.A. in International Film Marketing from Arcadia University

Marketing of film has become one of the most dynamic, rewarding and exciting fields on a global scale. Each filmmaker or promoter must position himself or herself to highlight the achievements of the films in various venues and through diverse channels available today. It is a competitive and a challenging field.

Marketing activities strengthen the films and bring them the spotlight they deserve. Films are marketed through film festivals, through the new media (including social media and direct-to-consumer channels), and in established circuits of distribution that demand innovative strategies.

Film festivals support the cultural wealth of a community as well as the entrepreneurial, creative economy of a city, a region, the nation or on an even larger scale. Such promotional activities, from making a pitch for the film or the script to strategic positioning in the market, make it essential for good ideas to thrive. Opportunities to complete projects at film festivals add the essential dimension of global learning to students’ preparation for successful careers. Arcadia Univerity's M.A. degree program in International Film Marketing opens up employment or entrepreneurial opportunities in the following fields:
  • Film marketing at the regional and national level
  • Film promotion using public relations strategies
  • Marketing and distribution
  • Use of emerging, user-savvy technologies to promote films
  • Strategic brand development and management for films
  • Film festival management, either entrepreneurial or organizational
  • Development and implementation of media strategies in film marketing and distribution
For more information contact:
Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Program Chair
Aracadia University
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Looking to license your music? Consider royalty remuneration

While BACKLINE takes care not to endorse anything we haven't tried ourselves, we thought it would worth while for our readers to at least check this company. The company is called "Express in Music" (EIM). They are out of Singapore. 
 Jerry Chen, Business Development Director for EIM, claims that EIM has a portal on which he invites songwriters to "ingest your music in exchange for monetary remuneration through music royalties". (His words)

Basically, they license your tracks and stream them through commercial retailers and food & beverage outlets. They pay for your music and with the transparent system, you get your music heard worldwide as background ambient in-stores .

Check out their website website out to see how they license and give back royalties for your music:

They also claim this is an honest music proposition to pay you music royalties and get you heard in real physical outlets. You don’t need to pay them anything, they just need to get your permission to license the music. Still, we suggest talking with an entertainment lawyer first.
You can Google them and check out their legitimacy. They have won numeous wards in Singapore: and

They only offer this for original and independent music tracks to rightfully license.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Sundance Returns To Philly This Weekend With Workshops For Aspiring and Established Film Score Composers

Looking for something free to do this weekend?

Join Sundance Film Forward This weekend in Philadelphia. Featuring free films, Filmmaker Q&A and a special Case Study.

All screenings and programs are free of charge. 

Saturday, April 12
12:00 p.m. The Rocket 
Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Director Kim Mordaunt will be in attendance for a discussion following the film

4:00 p.m. If You Build It 

PhillyCAM 699 Ranstead Street - Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Producer Christine O'Malley will be in attendance for a discussion following the film

Sunday, April 13 1:00 p.m.-5 p.m.
If You Build It Screening and Case Study: The Intersection of Film and Music

What goes into a successful film score? What is the ideal way for directors and composers to interact? What are some of the many roles music can play as part of the film making process? How can music enhance (or ruin) a movie? These and other questions related to the intersection of film and music will be the basis of today's discussion.

Using the documentary If You Build It as a case study, join composer Peter Golub and producer Christine O'Malley in a screening and discussion of the film and its music. O'Malley, (whose films include Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A., These Amazing Shadows) and Golub, Director of the Sundance Film Music Program and composer of many films (including Frozen River, The Great Debaters, Wordplay, The Laramie Project) will show examples from their work together and discuss the role of music in film making. International House Philadelphia 

3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

1:30 p.m. The Rocket Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Director Kim Mordaunt will be in attendance for a discussion following the film

For more information and the full schedule of Film Forward in Pennsylvania, visit our website:

Dance this weekend at The Painted Bride 4/11 & 12

Performance by Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Music by Jonathan Melville Pratt, Brandon McCune, Kurt "KC" Clayton, Scott Patterson
Fri-Sat April 11th-12th| 8 pm
$25 in advance/$30 day of show | Members: $18.75/$22.50

Click HERE for tickets. USE CODE "Dance50" for 50% off.

Post-show discussions led by Dr. James Peterson (Fri.) and Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild (Sat.)

"Camille A. Brown & Dancers performance of "Mr. TOL E. RAncE" had it all - heart, mind, soul, passion, full-out dancing and introspective solos." - The Herald-Sun

Two-time Princess Grace Award recipient, Camille A. Brown, a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works brings an evening-length dance theater work that celebrates African-American humor, examines "the mask" of survival and the "double consciousness" of the black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture. Through comedy, animation, theater, soul-stirring live music and poignantly retrospective dance vocabulary, Mr. TOL E. RAncE speaks to the issue of tolerance- how much Black performers had to tolerate, and addresses forms of modern day minstrelsy we tolerate today.

Note: This show contains adult language that may not be suitable for viewers under 13. Parental discretion is advised.

Assumption of Risk

Ten years and twenty-five short films later, Philadelphia actor-producer, Mark Kochanowicz, will release his first feature-length motion picture, Assumption of Risk this spring 2014.This mystery/thriller shot in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs consists of cast lead by Philadelphia actor and Temple University graduate Daniel McGlaughlin, Hollywood veteran Frankie Faison (Banshee, The Wire), Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless), Patricia Mizen (Boston Legal) and Christopher Mann (Michael Clayton).Assumption of Risk is based on the screenplay, Anomaly, which was a grand prize finalist for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office 2011 SIP screenplay competition. Co-writers Wade Ballance and Mark Kochanowicz tweaked the script and partnered with local actor-producer, Benjamin Kanes, to produce Assumption of Risk.


Cutting edge technology spawns an enterprise of unimaginable greed which manipulates life and death as the ultimate profit making tools.


Using charts and medical history, actuary Wes Riemann can statistically predict how many years someone has to live. But it's only a prediction. When he discovers the life insurance firm he works for has been cancelling policies weeks, sometimes days before the policy holder dies in order to avoid costly payouts, he comes to grip with the impossible - that somehow, they know the exact date when someone will die. In order to prevent the firm from destroying anymore lives, including his own, Wes will risk it all to discover an unbelievable secret.

Watch the mystery/thriller "Assumption of Risk produced & directed by Mark Kochanowicz. Just released at

This indie film features Hollywood veteran Frankie Faison and Philly talent, Pete Postiglione, Brian Anthony Wilson, Dan McGlaughlin, Christopher Mann, Benjamin Kanes and many more.

You can view the trailer on YouTube at:
Official Sites:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Summer Music Festival Guide

                                        by Susan Elliott Editor, Special Reports

With this Special Report, we are returning to a time-honored Musical America tradition of previewing summer festivals. We’re taking a slightly different approach than in the past: the information has been provided by the festivals themselves, as submitted in answers to questionnaires we emailed to our list, culled mostly from the North American and International Festival Listings in the 2014 Musical America Directory. In addition to our request for dates, contacts, and ticket-price ranges, we asked about the coming season’s highlights, which, having poured over them all, I can say with confidence point to a robust summer season for classical music. We edited for space only; otherwise, wherever possible, we left respondents’ answers intact.
You’ll note that there are a few TBAs from festivals that assemble their schedules relatively late in the game. We will add them to as they arrive. We launch the issue with a three-way interview led by our Chicago-based correspondent Wynne Delacoma, between Martin T:son [yes, that’s how it’s spelled] Engstroem, founder and executive director of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. We chose these two because their respective operations have so much in common—both are professional presenters and at the same time training programs for young artists, both have turned seasonal ski results into thriving, year-round tourist destinations.
Our next Special Report, in June, will be devoted to music publishing. We’ll be examining the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of recent developments, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope our Summer Festivals Guide helps you selectively savor the sounds of summer. Regards, Susan Elliott Editor, Special Reports

How Has Technology Affected The Music Industry?

by Taliferro Music 

You would think the music industry would be a simple one. Artists, producers and songwriters practice their craft , find management, seek out record labels/ publishing companies who then promote the artist and the songs via live gigs, TV and radio. Music is such a big part of life and it’s place within advertising, the media and even the common workplace is so substantial that it will always be a precious commodity.

So why do people complain that there is no good new music around anymore and why are record labels and publishing companies disappearing at a rate of knots? – One key aspect of the complex issue as to why the music industry is presently in flux is technology. We live in an age where anyone and his dog can produce a record from their home lap-top and release it to the world via posting mp3′s on social networking sites- you would think that this would be a good thing- encouraging more people to take up music and add healthy competition to the market, however the truth of the matter is entirely the opposite.

Mp3 technology has enabled mass theft and piracy of music in a way that has never been possible in any other point of history. A professional album is no cheap thing to make and most record labels are struggling to re-coup what they spend on creating a record. To top this the people who do buy music buy less albums people are more likely to download one single song they like rather then risking their hard earned money buying an album they might not enjoy.

Record labels are so afraid of losing money that they tighten their spending and only grant funding to artists that are likely to succeed in a commercial way.

Gone are the days of music being an art form and the sound of the music leading the A & R, the best commercial bets are usually pop acts and TV talent show artists and we all know how that story ends.

Does Background Music Require A Dramatic License?

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.

"I have written a one-man show. Do I need to get a dramatic license for background music?"
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s review:

In order for music to be “performed” (either live or via a recording) in a public place, there needs to be a “performance license.” Most often, these licenses are obtained from one of the performance rights organizations (ASACP, BMI or SESAC) and, most often, they are obtained by the theater, concert hall, or venue where the performance is taking place.

In order to perform music “dramatically”—that is, to use a composition as an integral part of a story or plot, or to interpret the composition dramatically, such as through the use of movement, costumes, and props—you must obtain a “dramatic license.” Most often, these licenses are obtained by the composer or producer of the dramatic work.

In short, you will always need a performance license to “perform” music. Whether or not you also need to obtain a “dramatic license” depends on the context of how you are using the composition. These contextual distinctions can be articulated as follows: if you plan to stand and perform, you only need a performance license. If, on the other hand, your performance involves sets and costumes and you will be performing the composition to help tell a story, develop a character, or interpret the composition, you will need both a dramatic license as well as a performance license.

In your case, your answer depends on what you mean by “background music.” If the music is being used purely to create a mood or theme and could easily be replaced with other music with a similar mood or theme (ie: “insert disco music here” or “play something peppy here”), then you only need a performance license. If, on the other hand, your show requires a specific work to be performed in the background at a specific time to help you dramatically convey a specific emotion or event in your narrative (ie: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” plays in the background while you tell the story of the tornado that dropped a house on your sister), and the thought of replacing that work with anything else renders you heartsick and artistically impotent, then you need a dramatic license.

If you plan on re-recording the works (or recording your own performance), changing the orchestrations, or otherwise making any significant changes or adaptations other than those written by the composer, other licenses may be required as well. As a general rule of thumb, when using any creative material you did not create yourself, its always safest to ask first and use later.


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The Dali Quartet - Classical Roots, Latin Soul

With an artist’s grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dalí Quartet is today’s freshest voice in Classical and Latin-American music. Anchored in both Venezuela's El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting young quartet combines the best of both worlds.

The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form.

The quartet is comprised of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time, and recorded for Dorian, Centaur and Naxos. As a quartet, they have been invited to perform with emphasis on the Latin-Classical connection for television, festivals and presenting organizations from Toronto to Texas, and from New York to Venezuela.

The Dalí Quartet serves as Quartet in Residence for the Elite Strings Program where it hosts the Dalí String Quartet Summer Music Camp and Festival. The Dalí is also a Resident Ensemble of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, which is dedicated to normalizing minority participation in classical music. A part of the Dalí Quartet’s mission includes the presentation of many educational concert activities each year – its popular events for students in grades K-12 are complemented by interactive concerts for the entire family.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are products of Venezuela’s social and music education movement El Sistema and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Dali Quartet is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, LLC.

The Dalí Quartet is a roster ensemble of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT). To learn more visit PennPAT at

Friday, April 4, 2014


Reelblack Presents Philly Shorts (2012-2014/122min/ Various Directors) Reelblack shines the spotlight on some of Philadelphia's brightest talent with a special night of short films. New work from a dozen directors will be showcased followed by a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers. Presented in Collaboration with PIFVA and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the Black Film Advisory Committee.

At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in West Philly.

$10 adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack Season 11 and IHouse members. Featuring:

Birthday Present (dir. Cedra Walton 15:00)
Brenda (dir. Rashawn Tucker & Talyr Williams 10:00)
A Child Of God (by Floyd Marshal and Angelique Marshall 20:00)
Choices (by Jacobi Simmons and Mike A. Pender 17:00)
I Dream (dir. Vernon Jordan 5:00)
Talk It Out ( dir. Derek Thompson 15:00)
Therapy (dir. Kenneth Oyegun 11:00)
Trip and Mary Jane (by Atif R. Lanier and Mike A. Pender 22:00)
For additional Info: visit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia


Camp Dates: Monday, July 21 - Friday, August 1, 2014
Program Fees: $25 Registration (non-refundable)
Audition Dates: Sat, Apr 5 AND Sat, May 3 at 12pm in Merck Education Classroom

What is the Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia?

Built on a decade of excellence in arts education - the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is proud to offer this new annual two-week summer intensive to up-and-coming musicians. Selected by audition, students between the ages of 13 - 20 will explore jazz technique, repertoire, and performance. Their robust curriculum provides students with instruction in musicianship, ensemble interaction, and the creative process. Most importantly, KCJCP allows this generation's brightest young jazz talents to gain invaluable experience, alongside students from near and far, in a creative live performance setting on the Kimmel Center?s world-class campus.

Jazz Camp Curriculum

Taught by more than 30 world-renowned jazz musicians, the Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia includes expert instruction for intermediate and advanced students in:

Instrument specific workshops
  • Theory
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm skills
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Collective composition
  • Sight Reading
  • Ensemble interaction & performance
  • Jazz History 
Registration & Audition Instructions

Acceptance into Jazz Camp of Philadelphia will be by audition only. NEW this year, the people at Kimmel encourages you to video audition via web link! Submit links to your audition videos on the registration application, instructions are below. (Limited space is available for in-person auditions.)

Fpr more info or to register, visit the Kimmel's website at  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Support Philly's Korean Film Series

Joe Kim, founder of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is curating a Korean Film Series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that runs each Wednesday in April at 6pm. The film series features a mix of contemporary Korean films, documentaries, and classics and showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the museum's Treasures from Korea exhibition. Films are screened in the museum's Van Pelt Auditorium and are $8 for general audiences, $5 for museum members and FREE for students with valid ID. (Does not include museum admission, which is Pay What You Wish on Wednesdays after 5pm).

For trailers and images, visit

APRIL 2: Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire)

Chi-hwa-seon is a vivid portrait of the life of one of Korea's greatest artists, renowned painter Jang Seung-eop. Celebrated filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director prize for this film, which follows Jang's struggles with his artistic identity during turbulent political revolutions in late-ninetenth-century Korea. The screening is followed by a conversation with Hyunsoo Woo, the Museum's Maxine and Howard Lewis Associate Curator of Korean Art; and Eugene Y. Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

(Includes strong sexual content and some gore)

APRIL 9: Sunny

Sunny is a film about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend's dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school. Featuring a soundtrack of 80s pop hits, this heartwarming film will alternately make you laugh and cry as these long-lost friends discover they can still change one another's lives.

Feel free to come dressed in your 80's best!

APRIL 16: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

From the brash actions of youth, through the dawn of adolescence, to the fullness of adulthood, one man's life lessons are learned as seasons pass, his emotional inner life changing with the landscape around him. Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a lushly exotic, yet universal story about the human spirit and its evolution, from innocence to love, evil to enlightenment, and ultimately to rebirth. This screening is followed by a discussion with Aaron Mannino (multimedia artist, film programmer, writer), Donald Fredericksen (professor of film and Religious and Visual Studies at Cornell) and Rev. Sanghyeon Cheon (chair of Won Buddhist Studies program at the Won Institute).

APRIL 23: Planet B-Boy

Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams. This screening is followed by a filmmaker discussion and a b-boy demonstration.

APRIL 30: The Yellow Sea

Desperate to pay off mounting debts, a Korean man living in China (a joseonjok) agrees to carry out an assassination in South Korea. But soon the man finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy as he begins to uncover a vicious trap of betrayal and lies. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

To get tickets visit or call 215-235-SHOW (7469)