From the Temple University TFMA Film Archive: Three films by Eddie Moses
Boxer / Underdog / The Birthday
Hosted by Leonard Guercio of Temple University
There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker via Skype
Philadelphia in the mid-1970’s was a heady time of social change and cultural innovation. The Flyers had won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975, putting Philadelphia on the national map once again as a winning sports town; Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) ushered in a string of international pop and disco hits that would be defined as the Philadelphia Sound; the ever-controversial Frank Rizzo was elected to a second term in his eight-year reign as mayor, and 1976 saw both the national bicentennial celebration of our country’s founding as well as the debut of the biggest sports film franchises in history: Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone.
For many Philadelphia citizens in this period, it was difficult to see the details of what was happening. While the insiders’ view may be a privileged one, the observant outsider can often bring a more objective perspective to the insider’s experience. Australian film student Eddie Moses came to Philadelphia in 1974 to earn his MFA in Filmmaking from Temple University. During this time, Eddie made three B&W films that documented a fresh foreigner’s view of some of the vital happenings in the city. His films have uniquely captured aspects of local history that we can more objectively study now, forty years afterward. They are time capsules of social attitudes, personal emotions, and public events that have since passed into the collective history of this city.
dir. Eddie Moses, USA, 1975, 16mm, b/w, 14 min.
A short film highlighting the Philadelphia boxing scene through the training of one fighter. Shot at the Cloverlay Gym (Boxing Champion Joe Frazier's former gym) and the now-defunct Philadelphia Spectrum, the film's narrator describes the art of boxing as a perennial means to escape the enslavement of poverty. This was made a year before "Rocky" evoked a national interest in the Philadelphia boxing scene.
dir. Eddie Moses, USA, 1976, 16mm, b/w, 28 min.
A documentary film about the 1975 mayoral campaign of Republican Tom Foglietta in Philadelphia. Ultimately losing to popular former Police Chief and incumbent Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, Foglietta later went on to become the U.S. Ambassador to Italy under President Clinton.
dir. Eddie Moses, USA, 1977, 16mm, b/w, 40 min.
As a graduate student
from Australia, Moses made this film as his Thesis Project for his Master of
Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking at Temple University. Moses wanted to
share his perspective about what the U.S. Bicentennial celebration meant to him
as a foreign student. In the film, he also interviews three representative
Philadelphians and discusses their ideas, feelings, and opinions about the
nation's 200th birthday.