In its 10th year, and offering a slate of 80-plus titles, the First Glance Film Festival sets up shop at the Adrienne Theater today for a 10-day run of indie fare: docs, DIY, music vids, animation and horror - yes, First Glance has linked with the Terror Film Festival to offer platters of splatter next Friday.

Among the 10 features (four of them nonfiction) are:

Liar's Pendulum, an action thriller with a military-industrial complex that comes with "a beautiful but deadly bisexual female assassin."

Midnight Clear, a crossed-paths portrait of lonely souls, one of them played by Stephen Baldwin.

Forgotten On the Bayou, a doc about Hurricane Katrina survivor Rockey Vaccarella and his campaign to bring New Orleans' continuing plight to the attention of President Bush - by having a FEMA trailer towed to D.C. and inviting the commander-in-chief over for gumbo.

Philly-made shorts include: "Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope," by TV newsman Larry Mendte; Warren Bass' mini-doc "At the Wall"; "Away Game," by Temple film student Theodore Nannicelli; Kathilynn Phillips' "Katrina's Wake"; "A.W.O.L.," with David Morse; Michael Licisyn's "Crazy Feeling"; Alidra Solday's "Granny D Goes to Washington," and "Always Greener," from Eric Grote.

Additionally, the festival will offer seminars and workshops about screenwriting, shooting, editing, and the rich history of set-in-Philly films.

For tickets, scheduling and logistical info, log onto or call 215-552-8566. Many of the titles can also be viewed online, courtesy of The Adrienne Theater is at 2030 Sansom St.
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