It was put on with co-operation and sponsored by the Philadelphia City Paper one of the big free weekly newspapers here in town. The shin-dig was held at the FESTIVAL CABERET a madeover old brewry
located in the re-gentried Northern Liberties section of Philly, north of Spring Garden. An area that is replacing blight and crack houses with yuppies who are spending hundreds of thousands to fix up rundown and abandoned old row homes in an area of the city which started to decline early last century with the decline in the textile industry in Philadelphia.
This area is pretty historic, as is much of old Philadelphia
I arrived early at the Festival Cabaret with my brother Marc who is in town for a visit. He took many of these picks. You can also read his taake on things and see more picks on his BLOG.
Before the show started the bar was packed with many people waiting 3-4 deep for very small cups of FREE BEER.
The door to the stage area was blocked as a "rehersal was going on".
After about an hour of this I was pretty bored and the cigarette smoke started to get to me, the free beer was foamy...bring on the fucking show!
Finally after we took our seats and waited some more my brother and I as well as every man in the place spotted these dancers...whoohoo! Let the show begin!
And it did hosted by the
Master of cerimonies was DANA SNYDER aka Master Shake from Adult Swim's Aquateen Hunger Force.
Snyder along with fellow Adult Swim Alumni(many former Philadelphians) came to town during the 14th annual Philadelphia Film Festival to try and find a dozen or so local film makers or animators to pitch their show ideas live on stage infront of Adult Swim show creators and a love/hate philly crowd. The winner supposedly had a chance of actually getting a shot of pitching his or her show to the newtwork in hopes of becoming another Adult Swim superstar or at least to leave a message on Mike Lazzo's answering machine, which as it turned out only gace the winner (more later) 10 seconds before it cut him off.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Jay Edwards and Ned Hastings (Aquateen Hunger Force) Christain Danley (Sealab 2021) Doc Hammer and Jackson Public (Venture Brothers)a RAT and Eric Wareheim (Tom goes to the Mayor) A contestant and Dana Snyder.