Wednesday, February 16, 2011

From Open Screen Monday to Sundance: Local Filmmaker Wins Prize

By Meredith Slifkin, BMFI Intern

Filmmaker Jon Foy has screened a number of his projects at BMFI as part of Open Screen Mondays, and now Foy is the recipient of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival! His film, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, follows friend and artist Justin Duerr through his fascination with the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, a collection of tiles that began appearing throughout Philadelphia in the 1980s with the cryptic message, “Toynbee Idea in Movie 2001. Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter.” To learn more about Foy, Duerr, and the tiles, check out this article on the film published in this week’s Philadelphia Weekly.

Artist Justin Duerr and one of the notorious Toynbee Tiles
Interested in the future award-winners to come out of Open Screen Mondays? Have a film of your own that you want to screen? Open Screen Mondays screens work by local filmmakers on the first Monday of every month, starting at 9:15pm. This unique platform allows you to see your work on the big screen, share it with friends, family, and everyone else, and get valuable feedback from an audience...for free. All are welcome to submit their short films and anyone can come to the screenings. The next Open Screen Monday is March 7. Who knows? You may be on your way to Sundance next!

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