Beginning Thursday, the Cinedelphia Film Festival takes over PhilaMOCA for its third iteration, with an eclectic array of Philly-centric programming over the next two weeks. This year’s theme is the “outsider,” which encompasses participants both in front of and behind the cameras (and, in many cases, in the audience as well). Amateur filmmakers, obsessive archivists and eccentric subjects will all be represented.
Here are a few of the wide-ranging and offbeat highlights.
‘Vietnam Appreciation Day’
The festival opens with this work-in-progress screening of a new, locally produced documentary about Philly-area Vietnam war re-enactors. A group of young men in green fatigues, many of them frustrated at their inability to serve in the actual military, stage jungle maneuvers within the walls of Revolutionary War-era Fort Mifflin, complete with a Bob Hope impersonator.
April 9, 7:30 p.m., $10
Artsploitation Double Feature
Philly art-horror distributors Artsploitation bring a more cerebrally strange edge to the fest with a
pair of recent Belgian thrillers: “Cub” is a dark fairy tale about a camping trip gone wrong, while “The Treatment” offers a disturbing twist on the whodunit.
April 14, 7:30 p.m., $10
As-Seen-On-TV Creature Feature
Exhumed Films recreates the glory days of commercial-interrupted TV horror with a double feature of ’70s Paul Naschy films interspersed with vintage television commercials.
“Saturday Night Dead” hostess Stella (The Man-Eater of Manayunk) will make a guest appearance.
April 15, 7:30 p.m., $12
‘I Am Thor’
This is the Philly premiere of Ryan Wise’s documentary on would-be superhero and ’80s rock frontman Jon Mikl Thor, tracing a comeback tour sandwiched between a pair of mighty Norse nervous breakdowns.
April 20, 7:30 p.m., $10
Moron Movies Retrospective
Everything is Terrible’s Dimitri Simakis hosts a look back at Broomall ad man-turned-filmmaker
Len Cella’s cult favorite 8mm short films, which enjoyed runs on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and Dick Clark’s “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes.” Cella will be in attendance.
April 24, 7:30 p.m., $10
Best Worst Movie Marathon
Cinedelphia will close with a 12-hour bad movie marathon celebrating the 25th anniversary of the reviled/beloved “Troll 2.”
April 25, 7:30 p.m., $17-$22
If you go:
Cinedelphia Film Festival
April 9 to 25
531 N. 12th St., 800-838-3006