TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME
OLIVIA LICHTENSTEIN | UK | ENGLISH | 2018 | 106 MIN
Detailing the extraordinary story of Philadelphia’s own Teddy Pendergrass, this moving doc examines his brilliant career, inspiring story, and unique contribution to the history of popular music.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Teddy Pendergrass rose to fame after landing a gig with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Initially the group’s drummer, Teddy’s striking baritone voice, and undeniable presence quickly moved him to the group’s front man, responsible for such unforgettable hits like “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love T.K.O,” and “Close the Door.” Striking out on his own, Teddy was an instant success, becoming one of the most in-demand performers in the world as well as the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums in the US. Poised to become the biggest R&B artist of all time, Teddy’s career was threatened when he suffered a tragic accident, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and changing his life forever. Featuring interviews with Teddy’s family and friends, as well as industry legends including Stevie Wonder, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and rarely seen archival footage, TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME is not only a tribute to the career and life of Teddy Pendergrass, but an affirmation of the power of perseverance, courage, and triumph over adversity.
CAST: Teddy Pendergrass, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
In Competition: Pinkenson Award
Closing Night Festivities
AWARDS CEREMONY & CLOSING NIGHT FILM
PHILADELPHIA FILM CENTER
Friday, October 26
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY at AQIMERO
Ritz Carlton Lobby | 10 Avenue of the Arts
10:00 PM–1:00 AM
Toast to this year’s winners and celebrate another year of outstanding film as the 27th Philadelphia Film Festival comes to a close. Featuring lite bites and complimentary drinks.
Friday, October 26 7:20 PM | Ritz East B
Tickets to the screening at the Ritz East are FILM ONLY and do not include admission to the party. Special guests are scheduled for the Philadelphia Film Center screening only.
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