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4 weeks ago


Wanna hear some amazing a cappella to brighten your day? How about supporting phenomenal student groups and critical causes at the same time?

Check out UpStagedAID — the biggest international college a cappella championship ever, and the first virtual college national championship of its kind. Featuring our very own Penn Masala!

Currently, the Mid-Atlantic Region #3 seed Penn Masala is losing to the #2 seed Princeton Footnotes by 43.1% to 56.9% in the NCPA Western Region Semi-Finals. With about 3 and a half days left (voting ends Oct. 2nd!), there’s still time for Penn to catch up, but only with your help!

Watch and vote here:

And here's some additional info from the organizers about this tremendous event:
"The most decorated collection of college a cappella groups ever assembled, competing in a 32-team bracket for $10,000+ in prize money for both their groups and social justice charities. Hundreds of legendary U.S. applicants hailing from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Howard, Berklee College of Music, Duke, UCLA, BYU, Florida State, and more. 160+ worldwide applicants from 11 countries and five continents, the biggest international college a cappella championship ever."
~ UpStaged Scholastic Productions
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3 months ago


Hey Friends!

There are some really interesting events coming up, two in the next week, that we’d like to put on your radar!

Professor Peter Decherney, Chair of Penn’s Film Studies Program, is teaching a summer class entitled “Hollywood, Covid-19, and the Future of Media” — As part of this class, he has been conducting weekly interviews with Penn alumni in the industry. It’s super informative and entertaining.

There are only TWO remaining interviews:
Former Disney Studios President Rich Ross (TONIGHT July 29th, at 5PM)
… and …
Beetlejuice star Jill Abromovitz (Wed, August 5th, at 5PM)

For more info, please visit Professor Decherney's course page:
”Like" and "Follow" it — and check out the various film industry related interviews that he has been conducting for the course.

If you want to watch one of the past interviews, that can be arranged. Just contact Professor Decherney directly or email

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4 months ago


YOU'RE INVITED to take part in a really phenomenal film festival that our Penntertainment-NYC Chair (Jesse R. Tendler) has been working with for the past few years. The Lighthouse International Film Festival ( runs all week through Saturday, June 20th, featuring a Virtual Cinema filled with over 80 amazing films and DRIVE-IN MOVIES on Long Beach Island, New Jersey! LIFF will be partnering with the Penn Cinema Studies Dep't to bring even more Penn-associated films to the festival in 2021. More info below...

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The 12th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival (#LIFF2020) is happening NOW!!

The FIRST EVER Drive-In Film Festival! Plus, a Virtual Cinema as well!

Featuring WORLD PREMIERES for films selected for SXSW, Tribeca, and Cannes (all of which were canceled/postponed)! We weren't about to let the challenges of a pandemic shut us down. As they say in our industry, the show must go on!!

The selection of films that are screening this year is absolutely spectacular, with a finger on the pulse of our society and everything we’ve been experiencing lately.
Join us in supporting filmmakers from all over the world over the course of the next five days. Get your tickets and passes to our Virtual Cinema here:

And check out our website for a list of all of the amazing Virtual Events, including Q&As, Filmmaker Talks, Awards, and more!

Jesse will be moderating the Q&As for the Episodics. All Q&As and Filmmaker Talks are FREE and open to the public, so join us!!
Here are the links to register for the Episodics Q&As:

And here are the links to buy tickets to watch the Episodics Blocks as part of our Virtual Cinema (only $8 for a block of phenomenal projects):

The Virtual Cinema is open Monday, June 15th through midnight on Saturday, June 20th. Check it out!! 🙂
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5 months ago


Hurrah Hurrah to the Class of 2020! Check out the special guest performance of the Red and the Blue by Penn alum John Legend! ... See MoreSee Less

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