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Philadelphia has a long history with film. Long before Hollywood, there was the Lubinville Studio on 20th Street (1911), Thomas Edison opened the first film company across the Delaware River, and the steadicam was invented in this area. In addition, several classics were filmed in Philly. With the Women’s Film Festival through March 23 and the upcoming qFLIX, Philly’s film culture continues.

Places, everyone, places! The Women’s Film Festival is about to kick off its fifth year of presenting 10 days of films “By, for and about women.”

This year’s festival opens March 14 at The Kimmel Center with “This Changes Everything,” a documentary about gender equality in media that features a who’s-who of prominent women in the film industry, including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Sandra Oh, Reese Witherspoon, Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett.

Lori Schreiber was the first openly gay elected official in Montgomery County. Currently running for Clerk of Courts, if she wins this year, she will be the first gay “Row Officer” in Pennsylvania. 

A production of “The Bridges of Madison County” recently opened in Philadelphia, presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company. I had only seen clips of the movie. And I have to admit based on that, I didn’t realize that the play was a musical — a Tony-Award winning musical at that. That was until they introduced the conductor, Amanda Morton, before the show began. The show features soaring ballads and a super-cool set.

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