Film Festival Showcases Work Of Locals

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by Nathan Lerner
Now in its 24th edition, this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival will include over 130 works from 28 different countries. It will feature Funny Bunny, which was written and directed by local filmmaker, Alison Bagnall.
The Philadelphia Film Festival 24 will run from Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 1. Funny Bunny screens on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Prince Theater.

LOCAL filmmaker Alison Bagnell debuts Funny Bunny.

LOCAL filmmaker Alison Bagnell debuts Funny Bunny.

Funny Bunny is a contemporary story involving three quirky characters. In it, Gene is a socially maladroit protagonist. Although he is estranged from his wife, they continue to live together. Gene goes door to door in his affluent neighborhood, trying to raise consciousness about the issue of childhood obesity. In the course of his canvassing, Gene meets Titty, an emotionally stunted neighbor. The latter has successfully sued his father to win back a large inheritance. The two men decide to track down a woman, Ginger, with whom Titty has cultivated an internet relationship.
Bagnall lived in Italy for six years. “I got to hang around Bernardo Bertolucci a lot. I learned a lot from talking to him over the years. I also learned a lot from French director Arnaud Desplechin, whom I’ve known since I was 15, through a high school exchange program,” he said.
Bagnall returned to the United States and lived in New York City.
There, she co-wrote Buffalo 66, which Vincent Gallo directed and starred in. Subsequently, she co-wrote and directed The Dish & the Spoon, which starred Greta Gerwig. For more information on the festival, visit
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