We are sorry to inform you that due to the impending snow-pocalypse about the hit the area that the RISE OF THE TIGERS SCREENING AT THE ROXY is being postponed to Tuesday, February 17th at 7:30pm.

Here is the new link for the event: http://filmadelphia.org/events/fatrfeb2015/

Because this is a new event, ticket holders will need to re-reserve tickets for the new date. You will be getting an email from PFS’s Ticketing Manager shortly telling you the same. Please share this with anyone who may have gotten tickets, we wouldn’t want them showing up to the theater in this weather!

Stay safe and warm! We can’t wait to see you in February!


CONTACT: Max Pulcini, max@spiritnews.org

Philadelphia– The Philadelphia Film Society will be hosting a special screening of the documentary “Rise of the Tigers” at The Roxy Theater on Tues., February 17, 2015 at 7:30PM.

Rise of the Tigers follows a high school football team from Kensington, Philadelphia, a notoriously violent and dangerous neighborhood. The film explores how the sport influences young men growing up in one of the most turbulent communities in the city, as well as capturing the vision of a coach who wants nothing more than to have a safe place for the community to congregate around their passionate youth.

The film reveals Kensington in a light not commonly portrayed by local and national media. Passionate educators and loving families put their own time, energy and dedication into creating a program that is setting their sights upward to the dream of Friday Night Lights Under the El.

View the trailer for the film at: https://vimeo.com/116697644

“We believe this is more than just a football story. It’s a human story,” co-director Max Pulcini said. “It’s a story that somebody from any part of the country can be moved by, whether they are a football fan or not. The dedication of a coach and the young men on his team is inspiring.”

“I’m really excited for the guys on the team to see the movie at the Roxy,” co-director Matthew Albasi said. “They deserve to see themselves larger than life.”

Rise of the Tigers will play after another short, Surviving Kensington. After both films conclude, join the filmmakers and select cast for a Q&A at the theater and then a post-screening happy hour at Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse. Following the screening, Downhill Productions will be releasing Rise of the Tigers on the internet through their hyper-local news outlet, The Spirit News, and their upcoming website.

The film is being screened in association with The Philadelphia Film Society and Filmadelphia at the Roxy, a curated series designed to highlight local filmmakers and allow the city’s communities to participate with the Film Society in an accessible way.

You can register for your tickets at: http://filmadelphia.org/events/fatrfeb2015/

The cast and crew of Rise of the Tigers is pleased to announce some exciting news!

Rise will be screening at The Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom St. Philadelphia) as part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s Filmadelphia at the Roxy series. The event starts at 7:30PM and admission is FREE. The film will play after another short, Surviving Kensington. After both films conclude, join for a Q&A at the theater and post-screening happy hour at Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse to continue the conversation and have some fun.

We’d love to see you all out for the screening and will be posting more information as the date approaches! We’ll be posting regularly on social media and creating a Facebook event page to keep everyone informed on the latest Rise of the Tigers news!

Filmadelphia at the Roxy is a curated series designed to highlight local filmmakers and allow the city’s communities to participate with the Film Society in an accessible way. Submission and screening fees are waived and tickets are free thanks to generous support from the Knight Foundation. All Filmadelphia at the Roxy events, both feature films and short film programs, are part of this larger series and are not considered by PFS as stand alone, private film premieres.

Welcome to RiseoftheTigers.com! Here you can find information on “Rise of the Tigers.”

This includes:

Film Synopsis

Press Coverage

Directors’ Page

Movie Posters

Updated Contact Info

Downhill Productions film, Rise of the Tigers, has recently been submitted to various film festivals across the globe! We are very excited for the opportunity to have a large audience see our film and the experience the story of the Kensington High School Football Team.

The festivals we have submitted to are the following:

Philadelphia Film FestivalAustin Film FestivalEdinDocs,  London Independent Film Festival,Portland Film FestivalSouth Dakota Film FestivalSt. Louis International Film FestivalChicago International Film Festival and DOC NYC.

We will keep you posted on which festivals we get accepted to and dates that we be screening. Thanks for all of the support throughout this entire process.


Rise of the Tigers: The Movie is currently in the works via Downhill Productions!

Lift up your soul and rise. Join the Philadelphia Soul and Downhill Productions for an exclusive movie screening and fundraiser event to support the Kensington Tigers Football program. Be the first to preview Rise of the Tigers, a full-length documentary showcasing one man’s dream to help students achieve their full potential through the hard-hitting game of football.

$10 for High School Students
$15 for College Students
$20 for Friends, Family and Online Sales

Ticket includes:
– Movie Screening of Rise of the Tigers
– Access to the 7PM Philadelphia Soul vs. New Orleans VooDoo Game
– Signed Tiger Jones Autograph
– Meet & Greet with the Directors, Players and the Soulmates!

All proceeds benefit the Kensington Tigers football program. Show your support by wearing YELLOW & BLACK! Contact Ellwood Erb at 215.251.0518 or ellwooderb@gmail.com or visit riseofthetigers.com to purchase tickets.

You can check out all news about the upcoming film here or at DownhillProductions.com/Rise.

Here’s the trailer for the movie: