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    Reader comments on Philadelphia Film Festival

    Subject: Rittenhouse Square: A Great Lie
    Date: Jun 26, 2006
    Sender: Terry JamesPrevious

    What a crock any film that portrays Rittenhouse Square as a "music" mecca is!

    Before it became this Mecca for world musicians, I remember clearly being A.) arrested for playing in Rittenhouse Square, B.) accosted and propositioned by every rich fag in the surrounding buildings, and C.) mugged, knifed, stabbed, jumped, and carted off to one of those "Magistrate's Courts" which some other idiot also tries to make light of in some stupid frog film about courts in general.

    Yeah, you can play there now, if you're that little brat with some Philly Orchestra's borrowed Stradivarius, but you know, even the Performing Arts Schools in Philadelphia specifically outlaw composers of orginial music. Read it in their requirements for admissions.

    WMMR is around the corner from The Square, and they don't like musical competition either!

    The Square is home to a lot of homo community, and no young boy is safe by himself after 5:00 P.M. in Rittenhouse Square. Of course, they won't make mention of "Uncle Bill," who used to solicit young boys and all those who follow in Bill's footsteps these days, they'll just go on making faerie tale films about how wonderful it all is in Philadelphia and Rittenhouse Square.

    I also got arrested, and often clubbed in the head, or just plain punched out by Philadelphia's Finest, for playing in the subway. It never ceases to amaze me that these days in most cities, even New York City, there are mostly music students now playing in both parks and subways who never actually paid the dues required to set the precedence that free public performance wasn't a crime.

    Where is the film on the truth about these places?

    And the Philadelphia Film Festival; well, I may go next year just to see if there really are any films of the Philadelphians, for the Philadelphians, and by the Philadelphians.

    The city looks great in film. Now, if it would only invite its own damn filmmakers!

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