Mummers-Inspired Film Opens Oct 30
“THE NEW YEAR PARADE” BROUGHT MUMMER CULTURE TO FILM FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD; Now Set to Open at Ritz at the Bourse on October 30th
THE NEW YEAR PARADE, directed by Bucks County native Tom Quinn, will enjoy a week-long theatrical run at the Ritz Bourse in Philadelphia starting October 30th before arriving on DVD on November 24th. The fiction film is set against the working-class backdrop of Mummer culture and follows two South Philadelphia siblings through the first year of their parents’ divorce. The independent production was filmed over the course of three years with a cast of mostly non-actors including The South Philadelphia String Band, which welcomed the cast and crew in for over two years. With a seamless blend of fiction filmmaking and documentary footage, the film follows the band’s preparations for the 2005 Mummers Parade.
Although filmed for only $7,000, THE NEW YEAR PARADE won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative when it premiered at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT. It went on to win seven additional film festival awards around the country for best narrative, supporting actress, ensemble cast, and directing.
Join the filmmakers on Friday, October 30 for an Opening Night Party at the TOP HAT (247 Market Street, Philadelphia). Doors open at 9:00 p.m. following the 7:30 screening.
The cast and crew will be on hand for Q & A on the Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 evening showings.
Screening times: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, from October 30 – November 5. Click here for more details on the Ritz at the Bourse.