18 lucky (and quick) improvisors will have the opportunity to study with 4&9′s founder and FILMPROV creator, Pamela Nash and local Philadelphia improv legend, Rick Horner, at a two-day intensive workshop, culminating in a live performance Saturday night.
The company has partnered with Project Twenty1, a Philadelphia indie film incubator, to identify the short films that will screen during the Saturday performance. "So far, Philadelphia has lived up to its name," says Pamela Nash, the show's creator. "I've had some great contacts with the venue and Project Twenty1's involvement really makes this a local show. Instead of bringing films from DC, we will screen three films by Philadelphia filmmakers."
Nash says that the goal of bringing FILMPROV to Philadelphia is to provide a new outlet for improvisors, and encourage collaboration between independent theater and film, "Too many times, there are these great short films, and they're sent out to festivals but not screened locally," says Nash.
FILMPROV was developed as a showcase for these types of films, but also as a new opportunity for improv to expand its audience. As Nash explains, "Improv has gotten stagnant in DC, two theaters with two different styles of improv, and they teach their style and do their shows. But without innovation and breaking out of those molds, we lose the very heart of improv, the spontaneity, the freshness." The City of Philadelphia will have its first chance to see how FILMPROV innovates on December 9.
See FILMPROV Philly Style on Saturday, December 9, 2011, at 8:00pm
The Maas Building
1325 Randolph St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
$7.50, all seats general admission
link to tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/
FILMPROV began in 2008 to showcase live improv comedy together with locally-made short films. Most recently, FILMPROV was featured as the opening act for Pick Up a Stand Up in Vienna, VA -- a speed dating program for stand up comedians who speed date their audience between sets.
ABOUT 4&9 PRODUCTIONS
4&9 is an independent film and theater company where all forms improvisation -- comedy, drama, music, film -- combine to create exciting collaborative improvised theater. Drawing inspiration from improv performance techniques and classic drama structures, 4&9 is an ongoing artistic experiment.
ABOUT PROJECT TWENTY1
Project Twenty1 is a Pennsylvania non-profit dedicated to inspiring, connecting, exhibiting, and promoting artists of all disciplines through film and animation. The 21-day filmmaking competition gives teams of filmmakers and animators from around the world the opportunity to make films and animations up to 10 minutes long in 21 days.
www.ProjectTwenty1.com. Office: 215-253-7640 Email: ProjectTwenty1@