"Road," "Machuca," and "Me and You and Everyone We Know" Among Winners in Philadelphia

by Brian Brooks

John Hawkes and Miranda July in a scene from July's "Me and You and Everyone We Know", winner of a prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

The 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival closed out its event last week, giving awards to list of winners were the feature films "Road" (jury award), "Machuca" (audience award) as well as "Me and You and Everyone We Know," which took the "Archie Award for Best First Film." The documentaries "Shake Hands with the Devil" won a jury award, while and "Mad Hot Ballroom" won an audience award.

The festival reported a large increase in crowds this year, posting an attendance record of 65,101, compared to last year's record of 61,000. Of the 300 screenings the festival held from April 7-20, a record 90 sold out, and 20 films drew an audience of over 600.

The festival was produced by the Philadelphia Film Society and headed by artistic director Raymond Murray, executive director Thom Cardwell and managing director Patrick Brogan.

"This year the festival reached a certain level of maturity and secured its position as a major cultural event in the city," Murray commented via a festival release.