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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Martine Pelletier of the Film Fringe Tour

Posted August 15th, 2012

Film Fringe Tour is in Scotland right now, strutting its reels at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Even fitted with international features that include Runaway, filmed in Bangladesh, and Viette, which explores the divide between a first-generation American and her Vietnamese parents, one real draw is local. The Prep School Negro is a feature-length film by André Robert Lee, and explores the consequences of elite education: as a 14-year-old growing up in a low-income Philly neighborhood, Lee receives a scholarship to attend Germantown Friends School. Soon he finds himself sharing classrooms with children of the city’s wealthiest (and whitest) families, while feeling increasingly ousted by his neighborhood allies. Watch a preview below:


After the jump: One of the tour’s producers Martine Pelletier Vital Stats’d us.

Name: Martine Pelletier.

Age: 21.

Where were you born? Boston.

Where do you live now? A hop, skip, and a jump from Eastern State Penitentiary.

Show Title: Film Fringe Tour.

Explain your performance in two sentences. To an eight-year-old. Film Fringe Tour is a bunch of movies that we show in three different cities. It’s awesome and you should tell your parents to come watch it (some material is not suitable for children).

What was your favorite toy as a kid? Polly Pocket!

What do you love (or hate) most about Philadelphia audiences? They don’t stay for the credits!

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria? Practice my pizza dough air-spin.

Did you go to college or grad school? If so, where? Drexel University Class of 2012.

What’s your favorite nickname for Philadelphia? City of Brotherly Love. You can really ‘feel the love’ whenever you walk down the street in a tank top in the summer, if you know what I mean.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA? A woman letting her child pee on a seat.

A doctor puts a scope inside your ear. What does she see? My doctor always used to say she saw a vegetable garden!

Film Fringe Tour runs September 8 and 9 at 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm at the 2nd Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street. $5.

–Audrey McGlinchy