The summer season may be over, but outdoor fun doesn’t need to be. This year, the Philadelphia Film Society has extended its “Movies on the Block” series into September, with screenings in neighborhoods around the city.
The film society partners with community organizations for each of the screenings, said Julie Basla, education and outreach manager at the film society.
“We work with different stakeholders in each neighborhood, community development corporations and different nonprofits, to tailor each event to be specific to the needs of the particular community,” she said. “We’ll have arts activities, community services, that reflect what the lead partner is about.”
Friday’s screening is set for the Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, where Karen Krivit will have the Philadelphia Goat Project’s herd on hand.
“We’ll have three baby miniature goats and two full-size goats available for people to pet, and walk and get to know,” she said. “They’re very people-friendly and well trained.”
While Movies on the Block serves the communities where they’re staged, Basla said she hopes people from other neighborhoods take the opportunity to visit. “It’s a chance to come out to a different neighborhood that’s not Center City and see a film,” she said.
The screening starts with activities at 6:30, followed by an animated film of Khalil Gibran’s “The Prophet” at sundown. Screenings later this month will take place in Fairhill Square Park in North Philadelphia and the Lawncrest Recreation Center in the Northeast.