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OFFICERS Alison Frost - Board Chair Lori Alderfer - President Brent Stokes - Vice Chair Diana Sheehan - Treasurer Katie Kenny - Secretary DIRECTORS Monica Apodaca Joy Antolini James Christian Thomas Henager Susanna Kilby Lisa Larson Norma Parraz Mario Romero Renee Palmer Stevens Jeff Sobotka Ira Wechter NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD Chris LaMont, President Leslie Benner, Vice President Greg Bernstein Stephanie Dowling Linda Herold Jim Manley Rick McCartney Sentari Minor Slobodan Popovic Beth Reynolds PHOENIX FILM FOUNDATION 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Suite 1059 Phoenix, AZ 85054

The Festival 4 Reel Friends 6 Partnership Recognition 9 Festival Staff 10 Festival 101 11 Opening Night Events 81 Film Index

Screening & Programs 18 Feature-Length Film Competition 25 Live Action Shorts 26 Animated and College Shorts 27 Short and Medium-Length Documentaries 28 World Cinema Film Programs 32 Showcase Features 50 Arizona Films 53 Music in Movies 56 Recent Retro 58 Unified by Film 67 Intl Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival 68 IHSFF Showcase Features 72 Horror Features


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2018 OFFICIAL PROGRAM Rick McCartney, Publisher Jason Carney, Editorial Director Benjamin Little, Graphic Designer

75 Sci-Fi Shorts

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Schedule/Seminars/Events 77 Party Schedule 78 Filmmaker Panels

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79 Kids’ Day and Educational Outreach 80 Arizona Student Film Festival


The generous contributions from our Reel Friends support the Phoenix Film Foundation’s educational programs. Thank you to all of our 2018 Reel Friends! Hitchcock Circle members have made donations totaling $1,000 or more over the past year

Brian and Leslie Benner Mary Elizabeth Boyle Jason and Tessa Carney Ira and Myrna Wechter Donna Wool


Kubrick Circle members have made donations totaling $750 or more over the past year

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Anonymous Cynthia Gonzales Len Berger In memory of Ryan Thomas Anderson

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Anonymous Beth Reynolds & Bradley Burt Brienne Chance Barbara & Joseph Philipps Bob & Sheila Roe Chris & Lisa LaMont Daniel & Stephanie Davee Jerry Levine

Lizabeth White Michael B. Bennett Norma Parraz Selma Glass Scorsese Circle members have made donations of at least $250 over the past year

Jon & Jennifer Bohnert Patrick Brogan Linda Peshkin Phoenix Seaside Designs Luc Leemans Sharon & Ken Hettick Max McQueen Slobodan Popovic Michelle Borrillo Susan & Robert Greenberger Mike Simonyi & Lori Catron Vanna Chisamore Myron & Jane Picoult Yvette & Bernie Goldstein AZ Sports Cards in Phoenix Arizona

Tarantino Circle Alison Ewers Alison Frost Ann & Donald Till Ann & Terry Tully Anonymous Bob & Fran Wiesenberger Brent Stokes Chloe Leibowitz Diana Sheehan

Spielberg Circle members have made donations of at least $500 this past year

Tarantino Circle members have made donations of at least $100 over the past year

Gail Eberlein James Christian Judy Cunningham Kenneth Hanover Linda Chicoine Lori Alderfer Nancy Chidel Nora Walker Patricia Johnson In memory of Stan Robinson

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Phoenix Film Foundation At-A-Glance

Mission Statement

The Phoenix Film Foundation is a 501c3 Non-profit Organization whose mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities and growth of independent film within Arizona. The Foundation’s primary functions through its programs are to promote the exhibition of independent films and conduct educational programs that teach the art of independent filmmaking.

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Merchandise Coordinator

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Merchandise Coordinator

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IHSFF Festival Director

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Native American Films Programmer

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TECHNICAL Dan Gluck AV Director

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Kids’ Day Director

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MARKETING Lauren Hansen

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Promotions Manager

Lauren Anderson

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Filmmaker Fusion Director

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Entertainment Director

Jillian Mason

Events Coordinator

Cassandra Nicholson Events Coordinator


Filmmaker Relations Director

Jessica Parks

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Short Filmmaker Relations Director

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Guest Relations Director

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Guest Relations Coordinator

Art Designer

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Social Media Coordinator

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Theatre Operations Lobby Manager

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Theatre Operations Coordinator

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Brennan Polich

Theatre Operations Coordinator

Saisha Worley

Promotions Coordinator

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Larry Callahan

Greg Hall

Usher Coordinator

PFF Features Program Director


Slobodan Popovic

Kim Roadhouse

PFF World Cinema Features Program Director

Deb Hildebrandt

PFF Short Film and Doc Features Program Director

James Lee

PFF Showcase Film Programmer

Dan Gluck

Arizona Film Program Director

Michelle Saldana-Chiago PFF World Cinema Shorts Program Director

Stan Bain

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Cassandra Nicholson

Volunteer Director

Jillian Moore

Volunteer Manager

INTERNS Alexandra Carlson Rachel Cristofani Zackiel Marsh Megan McHolland Chase Murray Jordan Olear Mackenzie Shaffer Tanner Stechnij Andrew Wright

African-American Directed Films Programmer


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Nader Abushhab

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Hello and welcome to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival. If you’re looking for movies (you clearly are,) this is the publication for you. This year, we’ve expanded to eleven days which means 120 more screenings of delicious movies. That makes this program more valuable than ever. Here we go…..

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

With eleven days of film festival, you’ll want to pace yourself. As a finely-tuned filmgoer, you’ve been getting in shape all your life by watching awesome movies. All that blood, sweat and popcorn butter is about to pay off with the best of independent films right here at the Phoenix Film Festival. Need some help trying to understand the categories? Check out pages 18, 24, 32, 50, 53, 56, 58, 67 and 76.Those pages will help get you zoned in on what types of movie you’ll be interested in. You’ve got eleven days, so be bold and see a little bit of everything. So stay hydrated and full of popcorn, we’ve taken care of all of the movies.

84 pages of advice

This program is the first step to learning all you need to do to enjoy the film festival. You can find out when the films will be screening on our schedule, pages 42 to 48. This is integral to becoming a film festival wizard. You can also find specific film location information in our handy index on pages 81 and 82. The individual film pages can tell you what the film is about, who made it, and also has a picture for you visually-inspired people. While you’re here, take a look at our sponsors and keep them in mind throughout the year. They were cool enough to support the festival, so let’s show them a little love.

Passes and tickets are the key to the cinema

Our Festival Ticket Center is just the ticket for movie fun. We are located a few doors east of the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre with a big banner over the door — you can’t miss it! The Ticket Center is your go-to for purchasing any tickets or passes, as well as picking up any tickets or passes purchased online. It’s important to know that even if you have a pass, you still need a physical ticket to see a film — the Ticket Center is your place to go! Our Ticket Center is staffed with friendly and cool volunteers who are here to make sure you have the best Festival experience possible. While they are smiley and stylish, they are not magicians. Be sure to get your tickets early before your top picks sell out. Once tickets are gone, they’re gone! Want to get more bang for your buck? Pro tip: Buy a pass. You can save a bit of money and catch more of the great films playing at the festival.

Everybody line up. Single file please.

Who says waiting in line is boring? Most people, but that’s not the point. Standing in line at the Phoenix Film Festival is a bit different. This complete stranger next to you might just become your film festival buddy. After all,


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you’ve both chosen the same film to watch. So chat up your fellow line members and get the scoop on the best films they’ve seen so far. We have 3 different lines based on the type of pass or ticket you have. • Line 1 is for VIP/Filmmakers/Press/Golden Ticket. If you have one of those passes, your group will be seated first. • Line 2 is for Festival passholders. You seat next. • Line 3 is for Super Flex Pass/Flex Pass/Single Ticket holders. If you want to be seated earlier, you can upgrade at any point onsite at the Festival Ticket Center!

And you thought it was just movies.

You’ve been watching movie after movie and you need a break? Well good news — we’ve got more than just movies going. Head on over to the biggest film party in Arizona! We’ve got you covered with the Arizona Republic Party Pavilion during Opening Weekend. There you’ll find music, bars, parties, and even free filmmaker panels. Don’t forget to check out our silent auction where you can bid on cool stuff while helping out this awesome non-profit! Also, while you’re there, treat yourself to a cold Stella Artois.

What’s with all of these filmmakers?

Sure, you could be perfectly content watching a great film festival movie. But what if we told you there would also be filmmakers there talking about how the movie was made? Of course, you’d be ridiculously excited. Ridiculously! The only thing filmmakers love more than making movies is talking about them. You can hear them do just that immediately following many festival screenings. Don’t be shy; feel free to ask your questions about their films. Don’t worry, they’re friendly. It is highlyunlikely that they bite.

How cool are our volunteers?

If volunteering is cool, consider PFF volunteers Miles Davis. We’re putting it out there. Our volunteers are the coolest. They’re here to help, they’re fashionable in their PFF volunteer shirts and they’re one of our favorite things about the festival. If you have any questions, please let them know and they’ll get you answers or point you in the right direction. Also, give them a warm and hearty thanks for giving their time to this great non-profit organization. Well, that should do it. This should get you on your way to enjoying the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival. Have a great time and thanks for being a part of Arizona’s largest film festival.

Opening Night Premiere Event in The Arizona Republic Party Pavilion Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:00pm Phoenix’s best restaurants cook up a wide variety of different foods that will satisfy any movie goer’s appetite. Along with some of the best food and drink around, you’ll get the chance to bid on some exclusive silent auction items. And when you are full, it’s time to go to the theatre for the Phoenix Film Festival’s Opening Night Film.

Opening Night features music from Amelia. Her independent songwriting explores the aesthetic of music, spreading a layer of introspective lyrics over a foundation of honest melodies and either acoustic strings or her beloved ivory keys. In her own words, “I make music to help you feel things.”


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Lean on Pete

Screening on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 pm Starring: Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, and Charlie Plummer Find out more on page 17


Screening on Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 pm Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston Find out more on page 43

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Screening on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm A fascinating documentary about PBS legend Mister Rogers Find out more on page 46

Final Portrait

Screening on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 pm Starring Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush and Tony Shalhoub Find out more on page 47








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Lean on Pete Run Time: 120 minutes Screening Time: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm Directed by: Andrew Haigh Cast: Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, and Charlie Plummer Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home. Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner; King Jack; Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us.

Eighth Grade Run Time: 93 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 7:00pm Directed by: Bo Burnham Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Natalie Carter Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Donna Wool.


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Bernard and Huey Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 7:40 pm Saturday, April 7, 1:15 pm • Sunday, April 8, 9:55 pm Directed by: Dan Mirvish Cast: Jim Rash, David Koechner, Mae Whitman, Sasha Alexander, Nancy Travis and Bellamy Young Synopsis: From a script by Oscar and Pulitzer-winner Jules Feiffer, Bernard and Huey is a particularly timely story of two men behaving badly, and the strong women who rein them in. resented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Cynthia Gonzales.

DriverX Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 11:10 am Saturday, April 7, 7:40 pm Sunday, April 8, 12:10 pm

Forever ‘B’ Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 3:25 pm Saturday, April 7, 11:05 am • Sunday, April 8, 4:20 pm Directed by: Skye Borgman Cast: Jan Broberg, Peter Welsh, Mary Ann Broberg, Bob Broberg Synopsis: A true crime documentary that tells the twisting, turning story of the Brobergs, a naïve, church going Idaho family that fall under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor who will stop at nothing to be with their 12 year old daughter. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Lizabeth White.

Directed by: Henry Barrial Cast: Patrick Fabian, Tanya Clark, Desmin Borges, Melissa Fumero, Oscar Nunez Synopsis: Leonard (Patrick Fabian) is a 50 year old stay-at-home dad in Los Angeles taking care of two daughters while his wife Dawn works. Opportunities are slim for a “mature-aged” former record store owner. With their savings nearly gone, Leonard becomes desperate; he signs up to drive for DriverX, a popular rideshare company. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Len Berger.

Hunting Lands Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 5:50 pm Saturday, April 7, 3:25 pm • Sunday, April 8, 9:50 am Directed by: Zack Wilcox Cast: Marshall Cook, Joe Raffa, Keyna Reynolds, Kaleb Rittenhouse Synopsis: A reclusive army veteran, living in the snowy woods of Michigan, stumbles upon a crime and decides to take justice into his own hands. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Norma Parraz.



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Locating Silver Lake Run Time: 110 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 1:25pm Saturday, April 7, 7:15pm Sunday, April 8, 11:50am Directed by: Eric Bilitch Cast: Josh Peck, Finn Wittrock, Aubrey Peeples, Amaury Nolasco, Dan Lauria Synopsis: Arriving in Los Angeles, Daniel settles into a diverse area just ‘adjacent’ to the popular neighborhood of Silver Lake. He quickly becomes entrenched in two worlds pulling him in opposite directions. A single mother of two and a gang member serve as his closest neighbors, but in the hip epicenter of Silver Lake, Daniel finds charismatic young friends with dangerous secrets.

More than Enough Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:00am Saturday, April, 7 5:15 pm • Sunday, April 8, 2:25 pm Directed by: Anne-Marie Hess Cast: Maddie Hasson, Billy Burke, Melora Walters Synopsis: When a bullied young girl with a mentally unstable mother reaches her breaking point, she finds refuge in the company of an eccentric, wealthy bachelor who encourages her to believe in herself and find her own voice. More Than Enough- Presented in part by a donation from an Anonymous Reel Friend.

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Modern American Artists Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 1:25 pm Saturday, April 7, 5:20 pm Sunday, April 8, 10:00 am Directed by: Douglas Kaplan Cast: Peter DiStefano, Michael Gorman, Alice Asmar Synopsis: Rockstar Peter DiStefano searches his home of Los Angeles to find modern American artists to create new works of art with. Peter displays his nationalism and love for helping others to expose other artists in various mediums. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Yvette & Bernie Goldstein.

Rich Kids Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 11:10 am Saturday, April 7, 3:05 pm • Sunday, April 8, 4:15 pm Directed by: Laura Somers Cast: Gerardo Velasquez, Justin Rodriguez, Michelle Magallon, Alessandra Mañon, Ulysses Montoya, Naöme Antoinette Synopsis: A group of troubled teens from a low-income community resolve to break into “Los Ricos”, the local mansion with a border fence, in order to forget their difficult lives and experience a different one. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Susan and Robert Greenberger.


Sinatra in Palm Springs Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:00 am Saturday, April 7, 3:15 pm Sunday, April 8, 12:10 pm Directed by: Leo Zahn Synopsis: This documentary explores Frank Sinatra’s deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, his primary home for almost 50 years. The film captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and pays tribute to the unique lifestyle of Sinatra’s Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Myron and Jane Picoult.

The Idea of Manhood Run Time: 75 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 7:50 pm Saturday, April 7, 11:00 am • Sunday, April 8, 2:20pm Directed by: Serge Kushnier Cast: Jeremy Kushnier, Karl Bury Synopsis: “The Idea Of Manhood,” is the story of two old friends who unexpectedly spend a day together and end up debating each other’s shortcomings as adults. The conversation and day go places neither of them could have predicted. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Mike Simonyi and Lori Catron.

The Best People Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 3:50 pm Saturday, April 7, 9:00 am • Sunday, April 8, 4:40 pm Directed by: Dan Levy Dagerman Cast: Joseph D. Reitman, Bianca A. Santos, Elle Evans Synopsis: A young woman is still reeling from the loss of her mother when her younger system abruptly announces she is engaged. Convinced her sibling is getting married for all the wrong reasons, she teams up with the best man (who believes his friend is likewise making a huge mistake) to do whatever it takes to sabotage the engagement. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Sharon and Ken Hettick.

Up to Snuff Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 5:35 pm Saturday, April 7, 9:10 am • Sunday, April 8, 2:10 pm Directed by: Mark Maxey Cast: Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Fred Savage, and Snuffy Walden Synopsis: Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. Friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to become one of the most beloved composers in television history. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Patrick Brogan.


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Live Action

Shorts A |

Live Action Run Time: 90 minutes

Shorts B |

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 11:05 am • Saturday, April 7, 3:10 pm Sunday, April 8, 4:25 pm • Monday, April 9, 12:30 pm

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:05 am • Saturday, April 7, 5:25 pm Sunday, April 8, 12:00 pm • Tuesday, April 10, 10:15 am

Graham’s Mate

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Directed by: Andy Hill Synopsis: A short about 2 friends looking for a great deal...

Laboratory Conditions

Directed by: Jocelyn Stamat Synopsis: A physician who investigates a missing patient uncovers an unlawful experiment.


Directed by: Austin Everett Synopsis: On the last leg of his journey, a Spanish conquistador inches closer to his mythical destination within the South American jungle.


Directed by: Jacob Kirby Synopsis: A burnt-out American globetrotter stumbles upon a psychadelic adventure in Kathmandu.


Directed by: Jesse Tendler Synopsis: After 20+ years without contact, Ryan discovers that his absentee father is terminally ill and decides to confront him on his deathbed about his transgressions.

The Drive

Directed by: Corinne Kassor Synopsis: A daughter struggles with role reversals as she drives her aging parents to their new assisted living home.

The Scorpion’s Tale

Directed by: Jhosimar Vasquez Synopsis: The perfect killer sits on death row, until someone from the past visits him. The Scorpion realizes that when debts are owed, someone must pay.

Directed by: Liz Manashil Synopsis: A musical about a female filmmaker submitting a film to a film festival

The Dinner Scene

Directed by: Nicholas Thurkettle Synopsis: A screenwriter battles frustration and self-doubt to craft the most dramatically juicy scene between a couple at dinner that she can.

Anything Helps

Directed by: Kevin Broggie Synopsis: A homeless man is transported to better places as he makes progress in solving a Rubik’s Cube.

Killed In Action

Directed by: Christine Weatherup Synopsis: A WWII widow is visited by a veteran. He shares a dark secret from the war… can she come to accept it?


Directed by: Erin Brown Thomas Synopsis: Kate purchases a Groupon to rekindle her relationship with her high school sweetheart. But she soon discovers, the 40% discount is there for a reason...


Directed by: Kimmy Gatewood Synopsis: A woman suffering from OCD writes a suicde note that turns into a suicide binder.


Directed by: YueCheng Liu Synopsis: When Frankie’s husband is detained at the airport for being a spy, she must decide whether to sacrifice her secrets to save him.

The Lightkeeper

Directed by: Zach Bandler Synopsis: Set on a stretch of stormy coastline, a young woman agrees to dinner at the home of an recluse.


Animated |

Run Time: 85 minutes

The Big Shot

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 4:50 pm • Saturday, April 7, 9:10 am Sunday, April 8, 2:15 pm • Monday, April 9, 10:15 am

Directed by: XiaoMing Zhang Synopsis: SkyChaos is about the main character’s experiences and the relationships between them and their enemies in the ancient China Yuan Dynasty.

Revelation: City of Haze


Directed by: Mao Qichao Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a dark age has occurred. In the city, inequality and misery prevail, and insurgents are thrown down by stormtroops…

Directed by: Joe Sulsenti Synopsis: Fishy explores the relationship between a father and son through a life threatening situation where the father accepts his son for who he is.


Torture by Sound

Directed by: Yung Gul Cho Synopsis: “E-delivery” critiques today’s cultural climate of human’s total dependency on machines.

Two Balloons

Directed by: Mark C. Smith Synopsis: Two travelers return to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.

College |

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 5:55 pm • Saturday, April 7, 11:15 am Sunday, April 8, 9:45 am • Thursday, April 12, 10:15 am

Night Call

Directed by: Amanda Renee Knox Synopsis: When a black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance, she is forced to make an unprecedented life-altering decision.


Directed by: Drew Boylan Synopsis: Fifteen year-old Ben Garber has a secret — a secret that leads him to infiltrate the household of a family in a neighboring town.


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Directed by: Gwenyth Christoffel Synopsis: What if everyday sounds left you in pain? Torture by Sound explores the impact misophonia has on its victims.


Directed by: Mo Davoudian Synopsis: Pilots are sent to retrieve secret elements but are forced into becoming heroes once the secret is revealed to them.

The Driver is Red

Directed by: Randall Christopher Synopsis: Argentina, 1960: this true crime documentary follows the hunt for one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals.

Gloria Talks Funny

Directed by: Kendall Goldberg Synopsis: When a voice actress discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-to-fame cartoon is being remade, she tries to reprise her role.


Directed by: Shilpi Shikha Agrawal Synopsis: When a manual scavenger cannot continue her work, emptying dry non-flushing outdoor toilets for upper caste villagers, her 11-year-old daughter must assume the responsibility.

Look at Me

Directed by: Andres Gil Synopsis: Everett (74) finds his opportunity to feel relevant when he sees a local newspapers’ advertisement looking for a nude model for a local art class.

Short Docs |

Run Time: 82 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 12:50 pm • Saturday, April 7, 1:15 pm Sunday, April 8, 2:30 pm • Tuesday, April 10, 12:35 pm

Last Dance at Johnson’s Barn

Directed by: Clay Haskell Synopsis: A prairie tradition comes to an end as the Johnson family makes the heartbreaking decision to sell their iconic dance barn.

$30 to Antarctica

Directed by: Joey Chu Synopsis: $30 to Antarctica follows the story of Ka Foon Chau, who grew up an impoverished child, and retired a renowned doctor.

A Name That I Admire

Directed by: Sam Smartt Synopsis: A seventh-generation dairy farmer in southwest Virginia casts his presidential ballot for an unlikely candidate.

Still Sophie

Directed by: Caroline Knight Synopsis: Four years ago, young talent Sophia Salveson’s life changed forever. Doctors said she’d never walk again, never talk again... never perform again. They were wrong.

Mott Haven

Directed by: Kyle Morrison Synopsis: In the aftermath of a student’s murder, a social worker rallies the community to prepare for a show in his honor.

Back to Camp

Directed by: Ashley Mosher Synopsis: During a mid-life crisis, 40 year old Ashley decides to go back to the one place that never changes, but always changes you... summer camp.

Medium Docs |

Run Time: 75 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 4:00 pm • Saturday, April 7, 9:20 am Sunday, April 8, 4:30 pm • Wednesday, April 11, 10:15 am


Directed by: John Gallen and Alex Faoro Synopsis: Daddy examines the life of beloved youth basketball coach and duplicitous drug trafficker Curtis Malone


My Indiana Muse

Directed by: Ric Serena and Jen Serena Synopsis: Follow artist Robert Townsend as he discovers his Kodachrome muse, embarking on an ambitious and emotional project that’ll take more than a decade to complete.



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Becoming Who I Was Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Time: Friday, April 6, 1:50 pm Saturday, April 7, 11:40 am Sunday, April 8, 4:15 pm

A Sublime Life Run Time: 105 minutes Screening Time: Friday, April 6, 6:00 pm Saturday, April 7, 9:20 am • Sunday, April 8, 11:45 am Directed by: Luis Diogu Cast: Eric da Silva, Susie Filipe and Rui Oliveira

Directed by: Moon Chang-Yong/Jeon Jin Cast: Angdu Padma,  Rigzin Urgain Synopsis: After a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past.

Synopsis: Dr. Ivan has found two radical cures for unhappiness: the diagnosis of fake terminal cancers and the temporary elimination of some of the 5 senses. But will the therapies result or do they have unforeseeable side effects?

Julia Blue Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 8:15 pm Saturday, April 7, 6:15 pm • Sunday, April 8, 9:35 am Directed by: Roxy Toporowych Cast: Dima Yaroshenko, Polina Snisarenko

All the Wild Horses Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 1:35 pm Saturday, April 7, 8:20 pm • Sunday, April 8, 9:35 am

Synopsis: A love story set in modern day, postrevolutionary Ukraine between Julia, an idealistic student activist, and a wounded soldier fresh from the warfront.

Directed by: Ivo Marloh Synopsis: International riders forge unexpected bonds as they compete in the Mongol Derby, at 1,000 kilometres of Mongolian steppe the longest and toughest horse race in the world. The harsh Mongolian wilderness soon takes its bone-crunching toll as the competitors are whittled down mercilessly one by one. This is their epic story.


STREAKER (Flitzer)


Run Time: 98 minutes

Run Time: 80 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:10 am Saturday, April 7, 1:25 pm • Sunday, April 8, 6:45 pm

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 11:25 am Saturday, April 7, 4:20 pm • Sunday, April 8, 11:45 am

Directed by: Peter Luisi

Directed by: Karl R. Hearne

Cast: Beat Schlatter, Bendrit Bajra, Doro Mueggler, Dani Mangisch, Philippe Graber, Luna Wedler

Cast: Hugh Thompson, Lola Flanery

Synopsis: In order to get out of a financial crisis, high school teacher Balz Naef (53) starts recruiting and training streakers for illegal sports betting. While he and his team help streaking become the new trend sport, his situation does not improve. On the contrary: His troubles have only just begun.

Synopsis: A ghostly, genre-hopping mystery about a young woman who disappears from her building and her solitary landlord who tries to track her down. Part murder mystery, part love story between an unlikely father figure and a nine-year-old girl, this dreamlike, dark and odd film creates a tender but disturbing portrait of human isolation.

Wonderlus Run Time: 120 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 11:20 am Saturday, April 7, 1:50 pm Sunday, April 8, 6:25 pm Directed by: Johan Cronje

The Best of All Worlds Run Time: 105 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 3:45 pm Saturday, April 7, 11:10 am • Sunday, April 8, 1:55 pm Directed by: Adrian Goiginger Cast: Helga Wachter, Adrian Wachter, Gunter Goiginger Synopsis: A kid’s true story of his life in the unusual world with his heroin-addicted mother and their love for each other.


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Cast: Mila Guy, Lea Vivier, Edwin van der Walt, Beer Adriaanse Synopsis: A wedding goes awry and the morning after, friends and foes need to piece together the puzzle of the night before. In search of answers, a groom needs to pursue the love of his life, a bride has to untangle herself from the past and a waitress tries to escape the present.

World Cinema Shorts Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 2:50 pm Saturday, April 7, 11:10 am Sunday, April 8, 9:45 am Wednesday, April 11, 2:45 pm

Don’t be Afraid

Directed by: Lakshmi Devy Synopsis: Divya is the less-spoken about Indian Girl. She is smart and yet devoid of opinions as “having an opinion” was never an option.

Say Goodbye

Directed by: Oliver Goodrum Synopsis: With only days to live, a husband needs to get something off his chest and insists he has something to tell his wife.

Stealing Silver

Directed by: Mark Lobatto Synopsis: A woman confronting a painful time in her life after she discovers the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her.


Directed by: Mike Jackson Synopsis: A man made of wood and a woman with secrets connect online, sharing truths that free them from the lies that have imprisoned them.

The Patron

Directed by: Lionel Auguste Synopsis: Antoine comes back home and finds his girlfriend in bed with a stranger. Surprisingly, the expected argument doesn’t take place. Instead, a strange manipulation begins…

To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You

Directed by: Dan Castella Synopsis: A strange romance about two lost souls; Wendy (one good eye) & Sidd (short for Siddartha) try to connect in a midrange airport hotel.



The Last Movie Star

Leave No Trace

Run Time: 94 minutes

Run Time: 108 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 3:35 pm Monday, April 9, 5:05 pm

Screening Time: Saturday, April 7, 8:15pm

Directed by: Adam Rifkin

Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane Synopsis: “Fact or fiction?” moments abound as an octogenarian movie star (Burt Reynolds) travels to Nashville to accept a film festival lifetime achievement award. Like the man who plays him, Vic Edwards was a college football star and sexy 1970s action hero. The echoes of that reality add a layer of emotional weight as Edwards revisits old haunts with his reluctant driver Lil (Ariel Winter). Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Selma K. Glass


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Directed by: Debra Granik Synopsis: Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.

Eating Animals Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 12:35 pm Tuesday, April 10, 7:05 pm Directed by: Christopher Dillon Quinn Cast: Natalie Portman Synopsis: A documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same title, that will be both uplifting and heart-rending, surprisingly funny and full of gravity. “We are what we eat” — as the saying goes. And we are what we see — and this film will enlighten and enrich.

A Swingers Weekend Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Thursday, April 12, 5:05 pm Friday, April 13, 10:55 am • Saturday, April 14, 8:05 pm Directed by: Jon E. Cohen Cast: Mia Kirshner, Erin Karpluk, Erin Agostino, Randal Edwards, and Michael Xavier Synopsis: With perfect jobs, perfect kids, and a perfect marriage, Lisa and Dan Brown’s love is invincible. When they embark on a well-planned swingers weekend, they’re in it for the thrill and nothing more. They’re ready to have some fun with the hippest and hottest young couple they know. But when a third couple drops in unexpectedly, things go south.

A Shot in the Dark Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 8:00 pm Saturday, April 7, 3:40 pm Directed by: Chris Suchorsky Cast: Anthony Ferraro, Pat Smith, Mike Malinconico, Tony Caravella, and Robert Ferraro Synopsis: Despite a lifetime of adversity, a blind high school wrestler attempts to win a New Jersey State Championship before the end of his senior year.

Scotty and The Secret History of Hollywood Run Time: 98 minutes Screening Time: Saturday, April 7, 5:45 pm Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer Cast: Peter Bart, Scotty Bowers, Robert Hofler Synopsis: A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars


Untitled Search Project Run Time: 105 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 7:25 pm Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn Synopsis: A hyper-modern thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens, “Untitled Search Project” chronicles the most intense and harrowing experience of any parent’s life. After David Kim’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead to help, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet and the one place we all keep our secrets today. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Max McQueen.

The Guilty Run Time: 85 minutes

Who We Are Now Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 11:00 am Sunday, April 8, 6:50 pm Directed by: Matthew Newton Cast: E.J. An, Helen Beyene, Jason Biggs, Jimmy Smits, Lea Thompson Synopsis: An ex-con tries to get back custody of her son with the help of an idealistic young public defender and at the same time falls into a romantic fling with a traumatized former US soldier. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Michelle Borrillo.

Alex & The List Run Time: 115 minutes

Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 3:15pm Wednesday, April 11, 10:20am

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 1:05 pm Tuesday, April 10, 4:40 pm

Directed by: Gustav Mӧller

Directed by: Harris Goldberg

Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen, Katinka Evers-Jahnsen Synopsis: Alarm dispatcher and former police officer, Asger Holm, answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Luc Leemans.

Cast: Patrick Fugit, Jennifer Morrison, Karen Gillan Synopsis: Alex, a lovable, unassuming dog trainer is in love with a great woman — Katherine — smart, talented, from a good family. Katherine adores Alex’s quirky sense of humor, honesty and capacity to listen. Having decided to pop the question, Alex is blindsided when Katherine produces a detailed list of well-thought-out “improvements” she feels will tweak Alex on their way to becoming the ideal couple. Alex instinctively rejects the suggestion that he needs to change anything. But with the threat of a new competitor, Alex decides to “do the list.” Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Linda Peshkin.


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First Reformed

Crime + Punishment

Run Time: 108 minutes

Run Time: 110 minutes

Screening Time: Sunday, April 8, 6:40 pm

Screening Times: Sunday, April 8, 11:55 am Tuesday, April 10, 9:00 pm

Directed by: Paul Schrader Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke,  Cedric the Entertainer  Synopsis: A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.

Directed by: Stephen Maing Synopsis: Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, CRIME + PUNISHMENT intimately observes the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops known as “The NYPD 12” and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.

Black Cop Run Time:95 minutes Screening Times: Tuesday, April 10, 4:55 pm Wednesday, April 11, 9:15 pm Directed by: Cory Bowles

The War in Between Run Time: 66 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 11:05 am Monday, April 9, 2:45 pm Directed by: Riccardo Ferraris Synopsis: A feature documentary film on an incredible bond between combat veterans and rescued wolves, both suffering from PTSD. In a ‘Back to Nature’ therapy, men and animals learn how to trust each other to heal.


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Cast: Ronnie Rowe, Sophia Walker, Sebastien Labelle Synopsis: It’s not easy being a black cop. Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you, and everyone assumes you hate NWA. And when the world is on edge waiting for a grand jury verdict on a high profile police case involving unarmed youth, you can bet all eyes are on you. For one black cop already struggling between duty and moral obligation, it only gets worse when he is profiled by his colleagues off-duty, nearly getting himself killed in the process — pushing him over the edge. Armed with the power of his badge, an antagonizing radio show for company, and some good old fashioned rage — the stage is set for a whirlwind day filled with vendetta and just desserts — as black cop targets the very community that justifies his colleagues –on a collision course with his own identity. Racial tension, law enforcement, and social media are the focus in this hyper active satire.

Sweet Country Run Time: 113 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 7:10pm Friday, April 13, 7:50pm

Docs for Foodies Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Times: Thursday, April 12, 7:15 pm • Saturday, April 14, 11:20 am A pairing of two documentaries from the food and restaurant world:

Directed by: Warwick Thornton

Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda

Cast: Bryan Brown, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan

Synopsls: Chef Nobuo Fukuda grew up with a desire to bridge the gap between his native Japan and the rest of the world, to become, in the words of his father, “Kakehashi.” Nobuo faced incredible challenges to pursue this destiny: leaving his family in Japan and immigrating to the United States, rising from a dishwasher at Benihana to James Beard Award winning chef, innovating a cuisine that connects Japan to the rest of the world.

Synopsis: Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down.

A Prayer Before Dawn Run Time: 116 minutes Screening Time: Wednesday, April 11, 4:30pm Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai Synopsis: The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

directed by: Andrew Gooi

The Last Blintz Directed by: Dori Bernstein Synopsls: The closing of the The Cafe Edison (aka The Polish Tea Room), the Broadway diner immortalized in Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway, is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors, it is the fading away of a piece of an America past.

The 12th Man Run Time: 135 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 5:25pm Thursday, April 12, 4:40pm Directed by: Harald Zwart Cast: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen Synopsis: Above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, the dramatic story of the young resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud, unfolds. Jan is the only one, out of twelve resistance fighters to escape the Germans, but the Gestapo is on his heels. Jan’s moral fiber, incredible

strength and his courageous countrymen keeps him alive. But when he seeks refuge in a mountain cave and ends up being trapped by a blizzard for two weeks, all hope seems lost. Nevertheless, Jan is recovered, weak, frostbitten and barely alive, but one question remains; will he make it to neutral Sweden before the Germans find him?


Get out of pain. Get back into life.



The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a proud sponsor of the Phoenix Film Festival. Through Professional Development and Artist Research & Development Grants (ARDG), the Arizona Commission on the Arts helps Arizona filmmakers push their craft to the next level. Meanwhile, our Festival and Community Investment Grants support nonprofit organizations in offering unique cinematic experiences to Arizona communities. To learn more, visit

Pictured (Clockwise): The Loft Cinema, Tucson, 2016 Community Investment Grant recipient; Lisa Molomot, filmmaker & 2016 ARDG recipient; Phoenix Film Foundation, 2016 Community Investment Grant recipient; Juan Freitez, filmmaker & 2016 ARDG recipient; and Steven Yazzie, filmmaker & 2015 ARDG recipient.


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Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Run Time: 86 minutes Screening Time: Wednesday, April 11, 7:10pm Directed by: Christian Papierniak Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Carrie Coon, Lakeith Stanfield, Haley Joel Osment, Alia Shawkat, Alex Russell, Annie Potts, Rob Huebel Synopsis: Riot girl Izzy wakes up hungover AF to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend tonight at a bougie party across town. Enraged and desperate, Izzy embarks on a frenetic quest across L.A. to break up the party in order to fulfill what she believes to be her destiny ... before it’s too late.

Godard Mon Amour Run Time: 110 minutes Screening Time: Wednesday, April 11, 4:45pm Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius Cast: Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot, Grégory Gadebois, Félix Kysyl, Arthur Orcier, Marc Fraize Synopsis: With his romantic and slyly funny Godard Mon Amour the Academy Award-winning director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, once again affectionately transports moviegoers back to a unique time and place in cinematic history: France, in the late 1960s. Actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin) finds herself juggling political protests and artistic challenges in her married life with renowned filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel). As her country undergoes enormous cultural change, so too does Anne’s dynamic with her husband. Godard Mon Amour is a story of both real love and reel love.

Breath Run Time: 115 minutes

Under the Tree Run Time: 89 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:15 am Saturday, April 7, 5:10 pm • Monday, April 9, 10:20 am Directed by: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, and Selma Björnsdóttir Synopsis: When Baldvin & Inga’s next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 9:35pm Wednesday, April 11, 5:05 pm Directed by: Simon Baker Cast: Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh Synopsis:   Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.


The Long Dumb Road Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Time: Tuesday, April 10, 7:10pm Directed by: Hannah Fidell Cast: Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, Casey Wilson, Ciara Bravo, Pamela Reed, Ron Livingston Synopsis: The Long Dumb Road tells the story of two very different men at personal crossroads who meet serendipitously and take an unpredictable journey through the American Southwest. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Chris and Lisa LaMont.

Celia: The Queen Run Time: 96 minutes Screening Time: Friday, April 13, 7:50pm Directed by: Joe Cardona, Mario de Varona Cast: Celia Cruz, Andy Garcia, Quincy Jones, Johnny Pacheco Synopsis: This documentary narrates the inspiring impact of renowned Cuban singer and front woman of Latin music, Celia Cruz. The biography recounts how Celia dedicated her life to bringing people together through her captivating compositions. Presented in part by the Musical Instrument Museum.

Gutland Run Time: 107 minutes Screening Times: Tuesday, April 10, 12:25 pm Saturday, April 14, 1:20 pm Directed by: Govinda Van Maele Cast: Vicky Krieps, Frederick Lau, Pit Bukowski Synopsis: When a mysterious, weathered German with a duffel bag full of money wanders into a quaint Luxembourg village and strikes up a peculiar romance with the mayor’s daughter, his entire reality is turned upside-down in this haunting neo-noir debut. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Jon and Jennifer Bohnert.

On Borrowed Time Run Time: 97 minutes Screening Time: Saturday, April 7, 1:05pm Directed by: Yasir AlYasiri Cast:  Saad Alfaraj, Salloum Haddad, Marie Alhalyan, Mansour Alfeeli Synopsis: When an elderly man in Dubai suddenly inherits countless millions, he and his three friends plot an escape from their monotonous lives in a senior home in order to follow their forgotten dreams. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Jerry Levine.


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Branding for the bold™



THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 Harkins Cine Capri Theatre 7:30pm - Lean on Pete

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 AARP Theatre

Tuft & Needle Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

KJZZ Theatre





Shapiro Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre











High School Educational Outreach 5 hours 2:00pm

Sinatra in Palm Springs 95 Min 10:35am

Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much 75 Min 10:35am

Under the Tree 90 Min 10:45am

Streaker 100 Min 10:50am

Live Action Shorts B 90 Min 10:35am

More than Enough 95 Min 10:35am







Rich Kids 100 Min 12:50pm

The War in Between 70 Min 12:15pm

Wonderlus 120 Min 1:20pm

Touched 80 Min 12:45pm

Live Action Shorts A 90 Min 12:35pm

DriverX 100 Min 12:50pm







Modern American Artists 85 Min 2:50pm

Documentary Shorts 85 Min 2:15pm

Becoming Who I Was 95 Min 3:25pm

All the Wild Horses 90 Min 3:05pm

Alex & The List 115 Min 3:00pm

Locating Silver Lake 110 Min 3:15pm







Forever B 95 Min 5:00pm

World Cinema Shorts 85 Min 4:15pm

Medium Length Documentaries 75 Min 5:15pm

The Best of All Worlds 105 Min 5:30pm

The Last Movie Star 105 Min 5:20pm

The Best People 85 Min 5:15pm








College Filmmaker Panels 3 hours 6:30pm

Up to Snuff 80 Min 6:55pm

Animated Shorts 85 Min 6:15pm

Palacios 80 Min 7:05pm

A Sublime Life 105 Min 7:45pm

College Shorts 90 Min 7:25pm

Hunting Lands 85 Min 7:15pm








Beirut 110 Min 9:20pm

Bernard and Huey 95 Min 9:15pm

Downrange 90 Min 8:30pm

Latino American Shorts 90 Min • 9:15pm

Julia Blue 90 Min 9:45pm

A Shot in the Dark 90 Min 9:30pm

The Idea of Manhood 75 Min • 9:05pm





Sci-Fi Shorts A 90 Min 11:20pm

Cynthia 90 Min 11:00pm

Feral 90 Min 11:35pm

Horror Shorts A 90 Min 11:10pm

Beirut Run Time: 110 minutes Screening Time: Friday, April 6, 7:30 pm Directed by: Brad Anderson Cast: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, and Dean Norris Synopsis: A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Leslie and Brian Benner.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 Tuft & Needle AARP Theatre Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

KJZZ Theatre

Shapiro Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre

Harkins Theatre











A Sublime Life 105 Min 11:05am

Animated Shorts 85 min 10:35am

Pick of the Litter 85 Min 10:25am






The Best People 85 Min 10:25am

Up to Snuff 80 Min 10:30am

Medium Length Documentaries 75 Min 10:35am








College Shorts 90 Min 12:45pm

The Best of All Worlds 105 Min 12:55pm

Becoming Who I Was 95 Min 1:15pm

World Cinema Shorts 85 min 12:35pm

Who We Are Now 95 Min 12:35pm

Palacios 80 Min 10:35am

The Idea of Manhood 75 Min 12:15pm

Forever B 95 Min 12:40pm








Space Jam 90 Min 2:30pm

Documentary Shorts 85 Min 2:40pm

I Stand: The Guardians of the Water 65 Min 2:25pm

Streaker 100 Min 3:05pm

Wonderlus 120 Min 3:50pm

On Borrowed Time 95 Min 2:40pm

Bernard and Huey 95 Min 2:50pm








Live Action Shorts A 90 Min 4:40pm

Sinatra in Palm Springs 95 Min 4:50pm

Rich Kids 100 Min 4:45pm

A Shot in the Dark 90 Min 5:10pm

Touched 80 Min 5:40pm

The Guilty 85 Min 4:40pm

Hunting Lands 85 Min 4:50pm








More Than Enough 95 Min 6:50pm

Live Action Shorts B 90 Min 6:55pm

Modern American Artists 85 Min 6:45pm

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood 100 Min 7:35pm

Julia Blue 90 Min 7:45pm

Under the Tree 90 Min 6:40pm

The 12th Man 135 Min 7:40pm









Untitled Search Project 105 Min 9:10pm

DriverX 100 Min 9:20pm

Summer of 84 105 Min 9:05pm

African American Shorts 95 Min 9:45pm

All the Wild Horses 90 Min 9:50pm

Locating Silver Lake 110 Min 9:05pm

Leave No Trace 110 Min 10:05pm

Tully 95 Min 9:05pm





Imitation Girl 85 Min 11:00pm

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story 110 Min 11:30pm

Horror Shorts B 90 Min 11:20pm

Sci-Fi Shorts B 85 Min 11:20pm

Tully Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Time: Saturday, April 7, 7:30pm Directed by: Â Jason Reitman Cast: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston Synopsis: The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Mary Elizabeth Boyle.


SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018 AARP Theatre

Tuft & Needle Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

KJZZ Theatre

Shapiro Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre














College Shorts 90 Min 11:15am


Hunting Lands 85 Min 11:15am

Modern American Artists 85 Min 11:25am

All the Wild Horses 90 Min 11:05am

Julia Blue 90 min 11:05am

World Cinema Shorts 85 Min 11:10am

Bernard and Huey 95 Min 11:30am








Live Action Shorts B 90 Min 1:30pm

Crime + Punishment 110 Min 1:45pm

DriverX 100 Min 1:50pm

A Sublime Life 105 Min 1:30pm

Touched 80 Min 1:05pm

Locating Silver Lake 110 Min 1:40pm

Sinatra in Palm Springs 95 Min 1:45pm








Animated Shorts 85 Min 3:40pm

Up to Snuff 80 Min 3:30pm

Documentary Shorts 85 Min 3:55pm

The Road Forward 105 Min 3:50pm

The Best of All Worlds 105 Min 3:40pm

The Idea of Manhood 75 Min 3:35pm

More Than Enough 95 Min 4:00pm








Live Action Shorts A 90 min 5:55pm

Rich Kids 100 Min 5:55pm

I Stand: The Guardians of the Water 65 Minutes 5:45pm

Medium Length Documentaries 75 Min 5:45pm

Becoming Who I Was 95 Min 5:50pm

Forever B 95 Min 5:55pm

The Best People 85 Min 6:05pm








A Kid Like Jake 95 Minutes 8:35pm

Rock Steady Row 80 Min 7:55pm

Native American Shorts 60 Min 8:10pm

Wonderlus 120 Min 8:25pm

Streaker 100 Min 8:25pm

First Reformed 110 Min 8:30pm

Who We Are Now 95 Min 8:25pm

A Kid Like Jake

On Chesil Beach

Run Time: 95 minutes

Run Time: 105 minutes

Screening Time: Sunday, April 8, 7:00 pm

Screening Time: Thursday, April 12, 7:10pm

Directed by: Silas Howard

Directed by: Dominic Cooke

Cast: Claire Danes, Priyanka Chopra, and Octavia Spencer

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.

Synopsis: A Brooklyn couple has always known that their four-year-old son is more interested in fairy tale princesses than toy cars. But when his preschool director points out that his gender-nonconforming play may be more than a phase, the couple is forced to rethink their roles as parents and spouses.


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Synopsis: Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.



AARP Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre







Animated Shorts

Under the Tree



Live Action A

Eating Animals



The War in Between

Free Fire





Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much

You Racist Sexist Bigot

The Last Movie Star






Sweet Country

African American Shorts





Latino American Shorts

AARP Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre







Live Action B

Ginger & Rosa




Doc Shorts



The Road Forward

The End of the Tour





Alex & The List

Native American Shorts

Coalesce: A City Composed

Black Cop






The Long Dumb Road

I Stand: The Guardians of the Water


Eating Animals








The Dead King

Porcupine Lake

Crime + Punishment


Mister Sadpants



AARP Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre

AARP Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre













Med Doc Shorts

The Guilty

College Shorts

Encore Screening





Porcupine Lake

The Lovers

Encore Screening

Boom for Real…





World Cinema Shorts


Encore Screening

The Bling Ring









Godard Mon Amour

Latino American Shorts

Breath 115 Min

A Prayer Before Dawn

Hot Summer Nights

Encore Screening

A Swingers Weekend

The 12th Man









Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town



Pick of the Litter

On Chesil Beach

Docs for Foodies


Far from the Tree









Dark River

African American Shorts

Director's Cut

Black Cop

Native American Shorts

The Heretics

Arizona Shorts A

Arizona Shorts B


FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 AARP Theatre

The Pain Center Theatre

Shapiro Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre













Coalesce: A City Composed 70 Min 10:20am

Best of Shorts 90 Min 10:50am

Encore Screening

Sci-Fi Shorts A 90 Min 10:45am

The Evil Within 100 Min 11:00am

You Racist Sexist Bigot 65 Min 10:05am







A Swingers Weekend 90 Min 12:25pm

Susanne Bartsch: On Top 85 Min 12:50pm

Encore Screening

Chimera 80 Min 12:40pm

Horror Shorts A 90 Min 1:05pm

Arizona Shorts B 85 Min 12:35pm







Mister Sadpants 105 Min 2:45pm

The Buddy Holly Story 115 Min 3:20pm

Encore Screening

Sci-Fi Shorts B 85 Min 2:40pm

Marla Mae 95 min 3:15pm

20 Weeks 90 Min 2:40pm







Arizona Shorts A 90 Min 4:50pm

Invisible Hands 75 Min 5:05pm

Encore Screening

Andover 100 Min 4:55pm

Closer Than We Think 85 Min 5:15pm

The Mad Hannans 85 Min 4:50pm







The Maestro 90 Min 6:55pm

Snapshots 95 Min 7:15pm

Encore Screening

Rock Steady Row 80 Min 6:55pm

Secret Santa 90 Min 7:30pm

The Dead King 75 Min 6:45pm







Won’t You Be My Neighbor 95 min 9:05pm

Sweet Country 115 Min 9:45pm

Celia: The Queen 100 Min 9:30pm

Darken 90 Min 9:25pm

The Ranger 80 Min 9:25pm

The Godfathers of Hardcore 95 Min 9:15pm





Imitation Girl 85 Min 11:40pm

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story 110 Min 11:50pm

Horror Shorts B 85 Min 11:45pm

Director’s Cut 90 Min 11:35pm

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Time: Friday, April 13, 7:30pm Directed by: Morgan Neville Cast: Joanne Rogers, McColm Cephas Jr., François Scarborough Clemmons Synopsis: Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville’s latest documentary takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this documentary is an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius,


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who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Ira and Myrna Wechter.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 AARP Theatre

The Pain Center Theatre

Shapiro Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre













Arizona Student Film Festival 105 Min 10:45am

The Dead King 75 Min 10:20am

Encore Screening

Darken 90 Min 10:45pm

Horror Shorts B 85 Min 10:45am

Far from the Tree 95 Min 10:45am







Docs for Foodies 80 Min 12:40pm

Arizona Shorts A 90 Min 12:25pm

The Maestro 90 Min 12:45pm

Sci Fi Shorts B 85 Min 12:50pm

Secret Santa 90 Min 12:50pm

20 Weeks 90 Min 12:45pm







Arizona Shorts B 85 Min 2:35pm

School of Rock 110 Min 2:50pm

Gutland 110 Min 3:10pm

Chimera 80 Min 2:45pm

Horror Shorts A 90 Min 3:00pm

Invisible Hands 75 Min 2:50pm







Best of Shorts 90 Min 4:40pm

Alaska is a Drag 90 Min 4:55pm

Talk to Me 120 Min 5:45pm

Revenge 110 Min 5:05pm

The Evil Within 100 Min 5:15pm

Mister Sadpants 105 Min 5:15pm







The Godfathers of Hardcore 95 Min 6:50pm

Dark River 90 Min 7:00pm

Coalesce: A City Composed 70 Min 7:30pm

SF Shorts A 90 min 7:05pm

Lowlife 100 Min 7:35pm

A Place to Be (En Algun Lugar) 120 Min 7:50pm







Final Portrait 90 min 9:00pm

The Mad Hannans 85 Min 9:05pm

A Swingers Weekend 90 Min 9:35pm

All the Creatures Were Stirring 80 Min 9:05pm

Marla Mae 95 Min 9:45pm

Snapshots 95 Min 10:00pm





Wildling 95 Min 11:20pm

Andover 100 Min 11:45pm

The Heretics 90 Min 11:50pm

Closer Than We Think 85 Min 12:00am

Final Portrait Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Time: Saturday, April 14, 7:30 pm Directed by: Stanley Tucci Cast: Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Shalhoub Synopsis: In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

FINAL PORTRAIT is a portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, everevolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Elizabeth Stewart.


SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 The Pain Center Theatre

Shapiro Theatre

Fox Networks Theatre

Desert Diamond Theatre

Arizona Republic Theatre

AARP Theatre












Moulin Rouge! 130 Min 11:40am

Encore Screening

Andover 100 Min 11:20am

Marla Mae 95 Min 11:15am

A Place to Be (En Algun Lugar ) 120 Min 11:30am






Zoo 100 Min 2:00pm

La Bamba 110 Min 1:40pm

Darken 90 Min 1:30pm

Secret Santa 90 Min 1:35pm

Susanne Bartsch: On Top 85 Min 1:35pm






Alaska is a Drag 90 Min 4:05pm

Empire Records 90 Min 3:50pm

Chimera 80 Min 3:30pm

The Evil Within 100 Min 4:00pm

Bus Call — Life on the Tour 90 Min 3:45pm






RBG 100 Min 6:20pm

That Thing You Do 110 Min 6:15pm

All the Creatures Were Stirring 80 Min 5:35pm

Flash Gordon 110 Min 6:25pm

Measure of a Man 100 Min 6:10pm 7:00pm Closing Night Film: Eighth Grade 95 Min 8:35pm

Measure of a Man Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 4:30pm Directed by: Jim Loach Cast: Blake Cooper,Donald Sutherland, Luke Wilson, Liana Liberato, Danielle Rose Russell, Luke Benward, Beau Knapp and Judy Greer Synopsis: During the summer of 1976, fourteen-year-old Bobby Marks (Blake Cooper), insecure and overweight, must endure another tortuous family vacation at Rumson Lake. His summer job, tending to the palatial estate of the reclusive, enigmatic and overly demanding Dr. Kahn (Donald Sutherland) is backbreaking. His parents (Judy Greer & Luke Wilson) appear on the verge of divorce; his sister Michelle (Liana Liberato) is forcing him to help conceal her clandestine rendezvous with the local pretty boy; and his best friend and kindred spirit Joanie


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(Danielle Rose Russell) is leaving for a month and won’t tell him why. On top of that, a crazy townie has focused his hatred of the rich “summer people” exclusively on Bobby. Over the course of this emotional rollercoaster of a summer, secrets are revealed, lessons are learned and Bobby comes to understand who he is and what makes up the true measure of a man.

Zoo Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 4:50 pm Sunday, April 15, 12:20 pm Directed by: Colin McIvor Cast: Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney Synopsis: Belfast 1941. Young Tom’s (Art Parkinson, Game of Thrones) zookeeper father is enlisted in the army, leaving behind his family and the newest member of the zoo, baby elephant Buster. When German air raids threaten the safety of the zoo animals, Tom and his gang of misfit friends set out to rescue Buster with the help of an eccentric animal lover (Penelope Wilton, Downtown Abbey). Inspired by true events, writer-director McIvor delivers an uplifting tale of dogged bravery.

Pick of the Litter Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 9:00am Wednesday, April 11, 7:05pm Directed by: Dana Nachman Synopsis: Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Daniel and Stephanie Davee.

Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Bob and Sheila Roe.

Space Jam Run time: 88 minutes Screening Time: Saturday, April 7, 1:00 pm Directed by: Joe Pytka Cast: Michael Jordan, Billy West, Wayne Knight, Bugs Bunny Synopsis: In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much Run Time: 75 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:20 am Monday, April 9, 4:55 pm Directed by: C.J. Wallis Synopsis: The film explores how Ted became adept at memorizing prices of prizes and products on the show from its inception in 1972, culminating in him helping a contestant bid perfectly on a showcase in 2008 — which resulted in one of the biggest controversies in game show history. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Brienne Chance.


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Coalesce: A City Composed

The Dead King

Run Time: 70 minutes

Run Time: 75 minutes

Screening Times: Tuesday, April 10, 5:05 pm Friday, April 13, 9:10 am • Saturday, April 14, 6:20 pm

Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 9:25pm Friday, April 13, 5:30pm • Saturday, April 14, 9:05am

Directed by: Joshua Provost

Directed by: Austin Harmon

Cast: Megan Jonas, Jordan Ignacio

Cast: Mitchell Todd, Tiara Ballard, Ami Todd, Edson Garcia

Synopsis: Phoenix is in focus as a painter and a musician join forces in search of beauty and inspiration in alleyways, tract homes, intersections, utility poles, and power lines. An intimate portrait of creation and collaboration as native Megan Jonas and newcomer Jordan Ignacio create four new works. Groundbreaking animation brings paint and music to life in ways never seen before.

Synopsis: Gathered together for a memorial game of Dungeons & Dragons, four friends contend with each other and the memory of their deceased friend as allegations of abuse are brought to the forefront.

Arizona Showcase

You Racist, Sexist, Bigot. Run Time: 65 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 5:00 pm Friday, April 13, 9:00 am

Mister Sadpants Run Time: 105 minutes Screening Times: Tuesday, April 10, 9:15 pm Friday, April 13, 1:00 pm • Saturday, April 14, 3:30 pm Directed by: Wade Shields Cast: Frank Piciullo, Brooke Hartnett Synopsis: When a strange vandal terrorizes Gladwater High with sad poetry, a guidance counselor competes with a newspaper student to solve the mystery in this comedy about sadness.

Directed by: Pita Juarez Co-Directed by: Matty Steinkamp Synopsis: Discrimination is rooted not just in seeing ‘the other’ but in being led to believe that ‘other’ equals ‘worse’. This film shares a rainbow of amazing humans in order to tear down the walls that prevent us from seeing that we are far more similar than we are different, and that it is the differences which give us our own beauty.




Screening Times: Wednesday, April 11, 9:20 pm • Friday, April 14, 3:20 pm Saturday, April 15, 10:55 am

Screening Times: Thursday, April 12, 9:30 pm • Friday, April 13, 11:10 am Saturday, April 14, 1:10 pm

With Ben Again

Helsing Inc.

Adam’s Mask

Our Desert Farms


The Secret Lives of Teachers

From the Dark


Shorts A | Run Time: 90 minutes

Directed by: Frank Di Bugnara Synopsis: A celebration reminds Daniel of a secret he has suppressed. But even though Daniel has the secret, the secret may have him first. Directed By: Jeff Fields Synopsis: Stuck inside his abyss, Adam fights through the depression of reality. Losing hope, he takes matters into his own hands. Directed by: Killian Davies Synopsis: With minimal resources, a helicopter pilot must use her wits to escape isolation behind enemy lines. Directed by: Matt Jones Synopsis: A student finds she’s not alone after her tutor fails to show up for an after school session.

Shorts B |

Run Time: 85 minutes

Directed by: David A. Miller Synopsis: Working in a call center that sells weapons for monsters, some employees become bored drones with everyday problems. Directed by: Anna Augustowska Synopsis: “Our Desert Farms” gives voice to three Central Arizona farmers who are forced to adapt to keep the tradition alive. Directed by: Steve Anderson Synopsis: A romantic story about two eccentric teachers who find love and each other through a shared passion for a unique hobby.


Directed by: Sheila Patterson Synopsis: A girl fights depression amidst a parallel dimension, while unseen forces war over her.

Directed by: Margaret Adams Synopsis: A young woman, lost in the discoveries found at the cusp of adulthood, finds herself being shown the importance of simplicity by two strangers.

Check, Please!

Take a Stand

Directed by: Victor Vargas Synopsis: Gabe is stood up, so his friend sets him up on crazy blind dates, which has Gabe begging for the check.


Directed by: Christopher Claxton Synopsis: In the Wild West, a man gets a taste of the lawless life when he follows the path of the wicked

Natural Promotion

Directed by: Sean Oliver Synopsis: A journey, backed by the music of Danny Elfman, about a worker who transforms and discovers his true purpose.


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Directed by: Robert Felix Synopsis: When two girls start a lemonade stand and two boys use grapefruit as a weapon against them, they make a bold decision.

Blue Goodbye

Directed by: Matthew Decker Synopsis: Two brothers find themselves alone and unmoored as a development in their day unearths unresolved family history.

All These Little Things

Directed by: Josh Kasselman Synopsis: Alice is left in the care of a neighbor for the morning, as her parents lock horns over their crumbling marriage.

The Mad Hannans Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 3:25 pm Saturday, April 14, 7:40 pm

The Godfathers of Hardcore Run Time: 95 minutes

Cast: Jerry Hannan, Sean Hannan, Sean Penn, Jerry Harrison

Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 7:40 pm Saturday, April 14, 5:15 pm

Directed by: Martin Shore

Directed by: Ian McFarland

Synopsis: Mad Hannans is a film about brothers, musicians, bandmates Jerry and Sean Hannan, chronicling their rise, fall, and ultimate reconciliation. It is a true story of life’s joys, trials, devastating losses, and the unbreakable bonds that hold them all together. By following the brothers we learn the importance of redemption and doing the things you love before it’s too late.

Cast: Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma

Presented in part by a donation from an Anonymous Reel Friend.

Synopsis: Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma are lynchpins of New York Hardcore (NYHC), and their band Agnostic Front played a key role in defining, shaping and establishing the sound and cultural code of conduct for the still-thriving movement. Unlike the dozens of bands that have come and gone, leaving their indelible footprint along the way, Agnostic Front are still going strong, 11 studio albums into their 30-plus year career.


Moulin Rouge! Run Time: 130 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 9:30am Cast: Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo

The Maestro Run Time: 97 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 5:25 pm Saturday, April 14, 11:15 am Directed by: Adam Cushman Cast: Xander Berkeley, Sarah Clarke, Leo Marks, Mackenzie Astin, and Jon Polito

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann Synopsis: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet (Ewan McGregor), who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star (Nicole Kidman)

Synopsis: After the Second World War, budding film composer Jerry Herst leaves his family to move to Hollywood to study with infamous master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco — composer of over 200 films and mentor to John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Andre Previn. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friends Beth Reynolds and Bradley Burt.

Bus Call — Life on Tour Run Time: 90 minutes

The Buddy Holly Story

Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 2:15 pm

Run Time: 94 minutes

Directed by: KONGOS

Screening Time: Friday, April 13, 1:25pm Directed by: Steve Rash

Cast: KONGOS and their road crew Synopsis: KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers, sons of South African/British musician and songwriter John Kongos. They’re a 10+ year “overnight success” with a huge breakout song (Come With Me Now). By hitting the road and toughing it out with their loyal road crew, they try to turn a hit song into something much more. This documentary series is travel, culture, humor, relationships, drama, heartbreak, redemption and most importantly, a family of characters with a common goal. This is a nomadic life where everything changes on a daily basis. This is Bus Call.


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Cast: Gary Busey, Charles Martin Smith, Don Stroud, Maria Richwine Synopsis: A chronicle of the rise and brief career of rock ‘n’ roll star Buddy Holly (Gary Busey), who aspires to play music the way he wants it to sound. Holly and his band, the Crickets, are first invited to record in Nashville, where they encounter creative differences with the producing staff. Later they play a major booking at the Apollo Theater, scheduled there under the mistaken assumption that they’re a black band. Holly’s career eventually goes solo — until the tragic day the music dies.

School of Rock

Talk to Me Run Time: 120 minutes

Run Time: 109 minutes

Screening Time: Saturday, April 14, 3:45pm

Screening Time: Saturday, April 14, 1:00pm Directed by: Richard Linklater Cast: Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove, Joan Cusack, Mike White

Directed by: Azazel Jacobs Cast: Don Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mike Eps

Synopsis: Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates -- much to the consternation of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock ‘n’ roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands.

Synopsis: Outspoken ex-convict Ralph “Petey” Greene talks his way onto the air at a white-owned radio station in 1960s Washington, D.C. Fueled by the new music and social upheaval of the times, he courts controversy while becoming the voice of the black movement.

La Bamba Run Time: 109 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 11:50am

Empire Records

Directed by: Luis Valdez Cast: Loud Diamond Phillips, Danielle von Zerneck, Esai Morales, Marshall Crenshaw

Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 2:20 pm Directed by: Allan Moyle Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger Synopsis: The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.

Synopsis: Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens becomes an overnight rock ‘n’ roll success in 1958 thanks to a love ballad called “Donna” that he wrote for his girlfriend whose parents didn’t want her to date a Latino boy. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob, and becomes haunted by a recurring nightmare of a plane crash just as he begins his first national tour alongside Buddy Holly.

That Thing You Do! Run Time: 149 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 4:25pm Directed by: Tom Hanks Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Everett Scott, Steve Zahn, Liv Tyler Synopsis: Wily band manager Mr. White helps a small town band achieve big time success when they release a Beatles-style pop song in 1964. Pennsylvania band the “Oneders” become a sensation after their drummer breaks his arm, and is replaced by jazz enthusiast, Guy Patterson, who injects something a bit different into their music


Free Fire

Ginger & Rosa

Run Time: 91 minutes

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Time: Monday, April 9, 2:50 pm

Screening Time: Tuesday, April 10, 10:20 am

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

Directed by: Sally Potter

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy

Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening

Synopsis: Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.


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Synopsis: A look at the lives of two teenage girls — inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa — growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship.

The End of the Tour Run Time: 106 minutes Screening Time: Tuesday, April 10, 2:40 pm Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Laggies Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2:50pm

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky Synopsis: Writer and journalist David Lipsky interviews author David Foster Wallace for Rolling Stone magazine.

Directed by: Lynn Shelton Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber Synopsis: When 28-year-old Megan attends her 10year high-school reunion, she realizes that very little in her life has changed. An unexpected marriage proposal from her boyfriend sparks a panic in Megan, causing her to wander off into the night. She meets 16-year-old Annika who is with friends and proceeds to get drunk with the teens. Deciding she needs a break from her unfulfilling life, she tells her boyfriend she’s going to a seminar but hangs with Annika.

The Lovers Run Time: 97 minutes Screening Time: Wednesday, April 11, 12:35 pm Directed by: Azazel Jacobs Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letters, Aidan Gillen, Jessica Sula Synopsis: A man and his wife, each embroiled in an extramarital affair, are sent reeling when they suddenly fall for the least likely person imaginable -- each other.

The Bling Ring Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Time: Thursday, April 12, 2:40 pm Directed by: Sofia Coppola Cast: Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard Synopsis: A teenager and his gang of fame-obsessed youths use the Internet to track the whereabouts of celebrities, then rob their homes.



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Hot Summer Nights Run Time: 120 minutes Screening Time: Thursday, April 12, 4:30 pm Directed by: Elijah Bynum Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Thomas Jane and William Fichtner Synopsis: A boy comes of age during a summer he spends in Cape Cod.

African American Shorts Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 8:10 pm Monday, April 9, 7:15 pm • Wednesday, April 11, 9:10 pm

Blank Canvas

Directed by: Steve Bennet Synopsis: A millennial suffering from a broken heart and a Gen-X painter who’s just witnessed her husband’s adultery form an unlikely bond on a rooftop.

The Truth of Us

Directed by: Destinee Stewart Synopsis: When Amy discovers the truth of herself outside of her marriage, she must make a choice between leaving it all behind and leaving herself behind.

Baby Steps

Directed by: Eric Dyson Synopsis: On the anniversary of his father’s suicide, Kenn’s growing depression pushes him closer to what he fears will be his destiny.

Baby Steps


Directed by: Donna Augustine Synopsis: When a Caucasian family moves into Bed-Stuy, an elder in the family says something inappropriate causing the local African American community to take extreme measures.


Directed by: Jackie Stone Synopsis: After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman’s desperate plans are intercepted.


Directed by: Otoja Abit Synopsis: Man locks himself in the back room of a church, with the best man he knows. Recalling the woman of his past, he questions choices.


Palacios Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 5:45pm • Saturday, April 7, 9:15am Wednesday, April 11, 7:15pm Directed by: Robert T Herrera Cast: Libby Bibb, Olajuwon Davis Synopsis: A widowed woman and an inner-city teen spend the 4th of July holiday together on a Midwest city rooftop where they create an unlikely bond that forces them to stop ignoring the circumstance that placed them there together.

Latino-American Shorts Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 7:45 pm Monday, April 9, 9:20 pm • Wednesday, April 11, 5:00 pm

One More Kiss/Un Besito Mass

Directed by: Simon Brand Synopsis: The music video for Jesse & Joy’s “Un Besito Más” follows the narrative of one family’s undocumented journey and their sudden, tragic separation.


Directed by: Maria Alice Arida Synopsis: Isabelle, a lonely gallery owner, meets a dangerously seductive performance artist and discovers they have more in common than expected.

Desde El Pincipio

Directed by: Miguel J. Soliman Synopsis: In a soundproof recording studio, a conversation sparks between two voice actors dealing with a shared tragedy.


Directed by: Rogelio Almeida Synopsis: A young man with moderate-to-severe autism who has been searching the country to reunite with his lost mother.


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Sell Your Body

Towards the Sun

Directed by: Monica Santis Synopsis: Under the threat of deportation, an unaccompanied minor at an immigrant children’s shelter in Texas learns to express herself through the power of art.

Sell Your Body

Directed by: Jaanelle Yee Synopsis: A millennial horror story about student debt, dating apps, and a threesome gone wrong.


Directed by: Mary Angelica Molina Synopsis: During the hottest day ever recorded in human history, a fastidious maid’s duties are interrupted when her vagina comes to life.

I Stand: The Guardians of the Water Run Time: 65 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 1:20 pm • Sunday, April 8, 4:40 pm Tuesday, April 10, 7:15 pm Directed by: Kyle Harris Cast: John Floberg, Floris Whitebull, Ronya Hoblit, Anitra Hill Synopsis: The story of Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their continued fight for clean water and opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Native American Shorts Run Time: 60 minutes Screening Times: Sunday, April 8, 7:10 pm Tuesday, April 10, 5:00 pm • Thursday, April 12, 9:25 pm

Five Dollars

Directed by: Ty Coughenour Synopsis: A father watching over his estranged son in rural Washington State will have to fight for his life when unexpected guests arrive.


Directed by: Kyle Kauwika Harris Synopsis: Three glamorous female bank robbers flee in to a vacant building while being pursued by two U.S. Marshals.

The Entrada

Directed by: Mark Lewis Synopsis: Working late in a museum, a foreign exchange student finds her decision to keep a Native artifact may have horrific consequences.

The Entrada

K’ina Kil: The Slaver’s Son

Directed by: Jack Kohler Synopsis: Two Native Nisenan girls are kidnapped. They will be forced into sex slavery unless Tintah can save them. First he must confront his own father.

Missing Indigenous

Directed by: LaRonn Katchia Synopsis: Detectives investigate the homicide of a young woman on the reservation, and uncover a silent epidemic in Indian country of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


20 Weeks Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 1:10 pm Saturday, April 14, 11:15 am Directed by: Leena Pendharkar Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison, and Richard Riehle

Porcupine Lake Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Tuesday, April 10, 9:25pm Wednesday, April 11, 12:30pm

Synopsis: A couple must decide on how to move forward when their baby is diagnosed with a serious health condition at the 20 week scan.

Directed by: Ingrid Veninger Cast: Charlotte Salisbury, Lucinda Armstrong Hall, Christopher Bolton Synopsis: Porcupine Lake is a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood is quickly vanishing.

Invisible Hands Run Time: 75 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 3:50 pm Saturday, April 14, 1:35 pm Directed by: Shraysi Tandon Synopsis: Invisible Hands is the first feature documentary to expose child labor and trafficking within the supply chains of the world’s biggest companies. It is a harrowing account of children as young as 6 years old making the products we use everyday. Invisible Hands marks the directorial debut of journalist Shraysi Tandon and is produced by Oscar winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson.

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of JeanMichael Basquiat Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Time: Thursday, April 12, 12:40 pm Directed by: Sara Driver Cast: Alexis Adler, Fab 5 Freddy, Patricia Field, Jim Jarmusch Synopsis: Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ‘80s shaped his vision.


RBG Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 7:05pm Sunday, April 15, 4:40pm Directed by: Julie Cohen, Betsy West Cast: Ruth Bade Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenburg Synopsis: “RBG” uses archival footage to trace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s barrier-busting career, following her rise from a brainy Brooklynite to the highest court in the land. It also delves into her relationship with her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and catches the justice in private moments, following her on workouts and with her granddaughter. What emerges is a portrait of a person who used her legal career to fight for women and minorities.

The Road Forward Run Time: 101 minutes Screening Times: Sunday, April 8, 2:05 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2:45 pm Directed by: Marie Clements Synopsis: The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

Dark River Run Time: 90 minutes

Far From the Tree Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm Saturday, April 14, 9:10 am Directed by: Rachel Dreztin Cast: Andrew Soloman Synopsis: Based on the NY Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another a variety of ways.


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Screening Times: Thursday, April 12, 9:40 pm Saturday, April 14, 5:30 pm Directed by: Clio Barnard Cast: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean Synopsis: Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.




Alaska is a Drag

Run Time: 95 minutes

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 5:40 pm Saturday, April 14, 8:25 pm

Screening Times: Saturday, April 14, 3:25 pm Sunday, April 15, 2:35 pm

Directed by: Melanie Mayron

Directed by: Shaz Bennett

Cast: Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams, Emily Baldoni, Brett Dier and Max Adler

Cast: Martin L. Washington Jr., Maya Washington, Matt Dallas, Christopher O’Shea and Margaret Cho

Synopsis: Love lost, love found, love betrayed. When Rose’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit. What happens that summer of 1960? With the discovery of a simple roll of film it begins.

Synopsis: Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring superstar, and his twin sister are trapped working in a fish cannery in Alaska -- the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. But, they fight back. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be Leo’s sparring partner, he has to face the real reason he’s stuck in Alaska.

En Algun Lugar (A Place to Be) Run Time: 120 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 14, 5:50 pm Sunday, April 15, 9:30 am

Susanne Bartsch: On Top Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 11:25 am Sunday, April 15, 12:10 pm Directed by: Anthony & Alex Cast: Susanne Bartsch, David Barton Synopsis: Seamlessly mixing past and present, the film explores how Susanne Bartsch has influenced NYC culture and trailblazed her own singular trajectory through motherhood and aging, while ultimately struggling to come to terms with her legacy.


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Directed by: Tadeo Garcia Cast: Andrew L. Saenz, Nelson A. Rodriguez , Jessie Prez, Ian Tranberg, and Erica Cruz Hernandez Synopsis: Abel and Diego fall deeply for each other. But Diego’s been hiding a secret: he’s an undocumented immigrant. His repeated attempts to attain citizenship have led nowhere. When word reaches him that his mother is dying, Diego must risk a trip to Mexico, knowing he’ll jeopardize his chances of returning and future with Abel.


Rock Steady Row Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Times: Sunday, April 8, 6:35 pm Friday, April 13, 5:35 pm Directed by: Trevor Stevens Cast: Isaac Alisma, Jordan Allen, Marcus Blake Synopsis: Rock Steady Row centers around a young college freshman who, after his bike is stolen, lands on a college campus and is compelled to take action against the reigning fraternities and ultimately the dean.

All the Creatures Were Stirring

Flash Gordon (1980) Run Time: 110 minutes Screening Time: Sunday, April 15, 4:35 pm Directed by: Mike Hodges Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton Synopsis: A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. The famous comic strip blasts to life in the timeless sci-fi cult adventure, featuring an unforgettable score by Queen.

The Heretics

Run Time: 80 minutes

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Times: Saturday, April 14, 7:45 pm Sunday, April 15, 4:15 pm

Screening Times: Thursday, April 12, 9:35 pm Saturday, April 14, 10:20 pm

Directed by: Rebekah and David McKendry

Directed by: Chad Archibald

Cast: Constance Wu, Johnathan Kite, and Mark Kelly

Cast: Nina Kiri, Ry Barrett, Jorja Cadence, Will King, Nina Richmond, Austin Duffy

Synopsis: When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season. Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Michael B. Bennett.


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Synopsis: A cult kidnaps a girl and sacrifice themselves in the light of the locust moon. Years later, the girl is kidnapped again by a surviving cult member and learns a demon has been growing inside of her all these years.

Summer of 84 Run Time: 105 minutes Screening Time: Saturday, April 7, 7:20 pm

Feral Run Time: 90 minutes

Directed by: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 10:05 pm Thursday, April 12, 7:20 pm

Cast: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery

Directed by: Mark Young

Synopsis: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Olivia Luccardi, Lew Temple Synopsis: A wild animal attacks six medical students on a weekend hike in the woods. One by one, they become infected with a “feral disease,� turning them into rabid, bloodthirsty creatures, and the vacation becomes a nightmare as they fight to survive each other.

Imitation Girl Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 9:35 pm Friday, April 13, 10:15pm

Downrange Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pm Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura Cast: Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alexa Yeames, Jason Tobias Synopsis: A tire blowout brings a van to a sudden stop, and its youthful occupants become stranded within the crosshairs of an enigmatic sniper. Relying on the paltry protection of their vehicle and its resources, these hapless targets must rise to the occasion should they hope to best the barrage of bullets streaking towards them.

Directed by: Natasha Kermani Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Adam David Thompson, Sanam Erfani Synopsis: A mysterious young woman materializes in the middle of the southwestern desert, where each step teaches her about her new world and her new body. As she assumes her new life, she discovers she has a twin with whom she shares more than just an outward appearance.

Presented in part by a donation from Reel Friend Vanna Chisamore.


Revenge Run Time: 110 minutes Screening Times: Tuesday, April 10, 7:10 pm Saturday, April 14, 3:15 pm Directed by: Coralie Fargeat Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, and Guillaume Bouchède Synopsis: Never take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway, especially one devoted to hunting — a violent lesson for three wealthy men.

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 9:40 pm Friday, April 13, 10:00 pm

Wildling Run Time: 95 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 9:35 pm Saturday, April 14, 9:45 pm Directed by: Fritz Bohm Cast: Liv Tyler, Brad Dourif, Bel Powley, James Le Gros, Mike Faist Synopsis: A teenage girl’s coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Chucky star Brad Dourif) who has done everything possible to conceal the truth about the girl’s origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler), it soon becomes clear that the young woman is far from ordinary.

Directed by: Derek Dennis Herbert Cast: Kane Hodder, Bruce Campbell, Danielle Harris, Robert Englund, Cassandra Peterson, Adam Green, Bill Moseley Synopsis: The harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp. To Hell and Back peels off the mask of Kane Hodder, cinema’s most prolific killer, in a gut-wrenching, but inspiring, documentary. After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back — an uniquely human story about one of cinema’s most vicious monsters.

Cynthia Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:30 pm Tuesday, April 10, 9:35 pm Directed by: Devon Downs, Kenny Gage Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Kyle Jones, Rebecca Marshall, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Lynn Lowry Synopsis: Cynthia is a horror film about the ‘perfect’ couple and their desperate obsession to have a child which descends into a terrifying dark comedy.


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Director’s Cut Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Wednesday, April 11, 9:40 pm Friday, April 13, 10:05 pm Directed by: Adam Rifkin

Lowlife Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Times: Monday, April 9, 7:20 pm Saturday, April 14, 5:55 pm Directed by: Ryan Prows Cast: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald Synopsis: What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a justout-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows.

The Ranger Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Time: Friday, April 13, 8:05 pm Directed by: Jenn Wexler Cast: Chloë Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden Synopsis: When Chelsea and her friends get in trouble with the cops, they flee the city and go on the run. Fueled by a hallucinogenic drug called Echo, they hope to lay low—and get high—in an old family hideout in the woods. But Chelsea’s got reservations about going back to nature and secrets she’s not sharing with her friends. When a shot rings out, her past comes crashing back, and the punks find themselves pitted against the local authority— an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

Cast: Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin, Lin Shaye, Nestor Carbonell, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette Synopsis: In this ultimate “meta movie”, Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller kidnaps his favorite actress and forces her to star in his amateur movie. The result is an insane, genre-bending cinematic sleight of hand about a cineaste stalker.

Closer Than We Think Run Time: 85 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 3:50 pm Saturday, April 14, 10:35 pm Directed by: Brett Ryan Bonowicz Cast: Syd Mead, Aubrey de Grey, Matt Novak Synopsis: A documentary about the art and life of futurist imagineer Arthur Radebaugh, creator of the 1950’s Sunday comic strip Closer Than We Think.


Marla Mae Run Time: 92 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 1:40 pm Saturday, April 14, 8:10pm Sunday, April 15, 9:40 am Directed by: Lisa Van Dam-Bates Cast: Jason Stange, Lisa van Dam-Bates, Travis Johnny Ware, Katie Hemming Synopsis: Marla has her life together. When a family friend turned doctor shows up and offers her a free appointment at the women’s clinic, Marla jumps at the chance to get a free IUD. At first, Marla’s boyfriend is the only one with mixed feelings about the procedure, but after his sudden and gruesome death, she is convinced something is wrong.

The Evil Within Run Time: 100 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 9:20 am Saturday, April 14, 3:35 pm • Sunday, April 15, 2:20pm Directed by: Andrew Getty Cast: Frederick Koehler, Sean Patrick Flanery, Michael Berryman, Brianna Brown Synopsis: The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.


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Secret Santa Run Time: 90 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 6:00 pm Saturday, April 14, 11:20 am • Sunday, April 15, 12:05 pm Directed by: Adam Marcus Synopsis: A Christmas Eve dinner goes horribly and hilariously wrong in director Adam Marcus’ savvy seasonal shocker. Someone has put something in the party punch, causing everyone to tell the absolute unvarnished truth at the already dysfunctional Pope family’s holiday reunion. When the head of the household freaks-out with a fork, the scene is set for murderous mayhem and splatterific revenge as the deviant relatives reveal their long-buried hatreds and festering loathings. Sustaining its refreshingly insolent tone, vicious pace and twisted tension for a frighteningly cheeky slay ride, the sugarplum look is delicious and the canny use of classic festive music exceptional. Shrewdly, SECRET SANTA comes with all the expected genre trimmings and is the very naughty but Oh-so nice gory gift that just keeps on giving. Yule love it!

Darken Run Time: 86 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 7:55 pm Saturday, April 14, 9:15 am Sunday, April 15, 12:00 pm Directed by: Audrey Cummings Cast: Olunike Adelivi, Paul Amos, Rob Archer

Andover Run Time: 96 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 3:15 pm Saturday, April 14, 10:05 pm Sunday, April 15, 9:40 am Directed by: Scott Perlman Cast: Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Finnigan, and Jonathan Lipnicki Synopsis: A genetics professor clones his dead wife, over and over, in a desperate attempt to get her back exactly as she was.

Synopsis: After a young woman is accosted by a dying warrior in the middle of the street, a bizarre incantation propels her into the realm of Darken — a violent prison-like world of labyrinthine rooms, interconnected with no apparent rhyme or reason and no way of escape. As she fights for survival within this brutal place, she finds allies who are rebelling against the rule of a self-appointed religious despot who demands allegiance to an all-powerful god called “Mother Darken.” Eve and her allies must fight with everything they have if they are to have any hope of surviving the horrors Darken has in store for them.

Chimera Run Time: 80 minutes Screening Times: Friday, April 13, 11:20 am Saturday, April 14, 1:25 pm • Sunday, April 15, 2:10 pm Directed by: Maurice Haeems Cast: Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan, Erika Ervin, Jenna Harrison, and Karishma Ahluwalia Synopsis: A brilliant but disturbed scientist freezes his children alive, while he races against time to cure their deadly genetic disease by experimenting with stem calls and decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish.



Shorts A |

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:40 pm Friday, April 13, 11:35 am • Saturday, April 14, 1:30pm

Love Cuts Deep

Directed by: Veronica Shea Synopsis: A dark romantic comedy about a young man, who more than anything wants to find love — a foreign notion for a serial killer.

Fisher Cove

Directed by: Sean Skene Synopsis: A fisherman and his dog hunt down a creature that doesn’t belong in Falcon Lake.

It Began Without Warning

Directed by: Santiago C. Tapia Synopsis: ‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said. And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row. From Executive Producer of Oscar-nominated GET OUT.

The Night Delivery

Directed by: Scott O’Hara Synopsis: Three grocery employees discover they are being hunted by a demon on the last delivery of the day.

The Dollmaker

Directed by: Alan Lougher Synopsis: A mother latches on to a surrogate for her lost child. But some miracles come with big consequences.


Directed by: Steve Boyle Synopsis: A white-collar worker seeks an escort with an ability to grant his deepest desires.

Something in the Darkness

Directed by: Fran Casanova Synopsis: Veronica is a 6 year old girl who is trying to overcome her fear of the dark.

Rigor Mortis

Directed by: Matthew E. Robinson Synopsis: David regrets pushing his conjoined twin, Kane, into separation surgery. Now, Kane haunts David as the guilt eats him alive.


Shorts B |

Run Time: 85 minutes

Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 9:50 pm Friday, April 13, 10:20 pm • Saturday, April 14, 9:20 am

Alfred J Hemlock

Directed by: Edward Lyons Synopsis: Abandoned in the night, Emily’s only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious entity Alfred J. Hemlock.


Directed by: Adam Losurdo Synopsis: A senseless wandering ghoul, roaming a world of the hunger-less undead and resentful humans, discovers a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without hope.

En Passant

Directed by: Barron Hilton Synopsis: Carly sneaks into an exclusive underground club and the night turns out to be much more than she bargained for…


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En Passant

What Metal Girls Are Into

Directed by: Laurel Vail Synopsis: Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer in their isolated vacation rental.

The Day Mum Became A Monster

Directed by: Josephine Darcy Hopkins Synopsis: Candice is delighted at the thought of seeing her father for her birthday. Only her mother starts to change, plunging them into a terrifying nightmare.


Directed by: Tanuj Chopra Synopsis: A lonely starlet unravels when a photographer crosses the line.


Shorts A |

Run Time: 90 minutes

Screening Times: Friday, April 6, 9:50 pm Friday, April 13, 9:15 am • Saturday, April 14, 5:35 pm


Directed by: Vesa Manninen Synopsis: She wakes up after a big bang, and something has gone terribly wrong.


Directed by: Qihong Wei Synopsis: An AI expert is assigned to test a problematic maid droid, and in the end, digs out an astounding secret.

Metta Via

Directed by: Warren Flanagan Synopsis: ‘Deliverance is initialized.’ A young woman wakes up in a mysterious ‘temple like’ room and must figure out what her purpose is there.

Echo and Solomon

Directed by: Jem Garrad Synopsis: Two women living in isolation struggle to survive in a world dominated by Artificial Intelligence.

Apocalypse Will be Automated

Directed by: Melanie Killingsworth Synopsis: Melbourne, 2021. A virus runs rampant. In the fight between humans and zombies…who will machines side with?


Directed by: Jackson Tobiska Synopsis: Edward is auditioning for a role he was, quite literally, made for. Unfortunately, that fact is exactly what is standing in his way.


Directed by: Daniel Bydlowski Synopsis: Eugene, a shy 10 year-old, is bullied until he discovers a secret underneath the school that keeps him safe, but there is a price to pay…


Shorts B |

Run Time: 85 minutes

Screening Times: Saturday, April 7, 9:55 pm Friday, April 13, 1:15 pm • Saturday, April 14, 11:25 am Land of Behemoths

Land of Behemoths

Directed by: Fred Grant Synopsis: In the year 2035, guardians protect earth from giant creatures that nearly brought humanity to extinction.


Directed by: Duncan Roe Synopsis: Caitlin is having therapy to cope with the loss of her son. An accident leads her to a truth that nothing can prepare her for.

Wishing You Well

Directed by: Caroline Corkindale Synopsis: An orphaned boy makes a wish contained in a bottle which he drops into a well. He receives a reassuring answer — from the future.


Directed by: Eddie Lebron Synopsis: A woman copes with grief through the use of a state-of-the-art virtual reality headset.


Directed by: Luis Tinoco Pineda Synopsis: Debbie is rude with her own family. But after a dramatic car accident, she starts to regret the way she behaved with them.


Directed by: Eva Konstantopoulos and Deborah Correa Synopsis: In the near future, where technology has made memory a commodity, a desperate husband seeks a risky procedure to save the love of his life.


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Don’t miss all the action in The Arizona Republic Party Pavilion! FRIDAY, APRIL 6th


The Party Pavilion is open from 5PM – 1AM

The Party Pavilion is open from 1:30PM to midnight


GEEK DAY! 1:30PM – 6:30PM


Actors, directors, producers, agents and everyone else working in the Arizona film industry gather to rub elbows and exchange business cards. Industry night features music from longtime Phoenix musician Rick Sabral and singer / songwriter Tyler King


At 10PM, sing along with the live karaoke band, The Rhythm Nation, an eight member, variety ultimate party band.


The Party Pavilion is open from 9AM – 1AM KIDS’ DAY 9AM – 2PM

Bring your young filmmakers out to the Festival for some hands-on exploration into the world of filmmaking. Who knows, you may have the next Spielberg on your hands.


See the breakdown of the panels and the schedule on page 78.


The evening’s entertainment kicks off at 6:30 with JAM, a younger singer / songwriter. Then taking the stage at 9:00pm is a high energy tribute band to dance the night away.

Comics, art, superheroes, zombies… everyone is invited out for this fun, free event featuring the best in Phoenix’s geek culture. Whether you’re a veteran filmmaker, passionate film-lover or PFF n00b, you shall not pass… up this event!


See the breakdown of the panels and the schedule on page 78.


And while Sunday may be the last night of the Party Pavilion, it’s the place to be at night. Filmmakers will come over to the Pavilion for the Copper Wing Awards (scheduled for 9:30PM). With music from The Robby Roberston featuring Robby, Arlienne Scofield and Eddie Garnero.


Friday night Cafe Pino after party 9PM – MIDNIGHT

We don’t need a tent to party! After the Friday night films, come on over to Cafe Pino for some great drinks, great food and great music from eighteen year-old americana singer/songwriter Lois Zozobrado.


Saturday night Cien Agaves after party 9PM – MIDNIGHT

Saturday night is the last night we have to party the night away! So come on over to Cien Agaves for some tacos, some tequila and some music from award-winning musician Jeordie.


2018 Opening Weekend Filmmaker Panels Free in The Arizona Republic Party Pavilion Our Filmmaker Panels are designed to help you learn more about the filmmaking process by introducing you to a wide variety of subjects. The panels are great for both filmmakers and film lovers. Get a peek at how films are made and feel free to be brave and ask your toughest questions. Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:30pm “Time Is Money So Make It Short!” — Short Filmmaker Panel 3:30pm “That’s Not the Way It Looked When I Wrote It” — Screenwriting Panel 4:30pm “Why Is Everyone Looking At ME?” — Directors Panel 5:30pm “What’s Hot And What’s Not” — Phoenix Critics Circle Panel Sunday, April 8, 2018 2:30pm “Playing To the Lens” — Actors Panel 3:30pm “Now It’s MY Turn” — Women Filmmakers Panel 4:30pm “Reality Is NOT A TV Show” — Documentary Panel 5:30pm “Shock And Awe: Horror and Sci-Fi” — Genre Filmmaker Panel


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Kids’ Day at the Phoenix Film Festival Saturday, April 7 — 9:00am to 2:00pm The Arizona Republic Party Pavilion, next to Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre Kids’ Day gives children of all ages the chance to learn about the art of film for FREE. Younger festivalgoers can grab a movie poster to color or attend a crafts and story time event. Older film fans can try their hand at acting, editing and creating their own short films. These age-appropriate stations allow kids to explore the filmmaking process from beginning to end, and every part in between! Kids will also be able to check out “Space Jam” at a special price after attending the event. Kids’ Day is presented by Steele Foundation, Bookmans, IFP Phoenix, Valley Youth Theatre, Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, Grand Canyon University and University of Advancing Technology.

Middle and High School Educational Programs Ever wondered what goes into making a movie? Ever wanted to be part of the action? The Phoenix Film Festival Educational Outreach Program is a great place to start! Designed specifically for middle and high school students, this weeklong program during the Phoenix Film Festival allows you to join other students in creating a film from script to screen one day at a time. Each day different aspects of filmmaking will be explored with various Film Industry Professionals. From film lovers to filmmakers, and from writers to actors, these seminars are a great way to complement your school’s current curriculum with real world exploration and application.

Filmmaker Panel

Friday, April 6 You will start with meeting filmmakers who have films in the Festival. In this exclusive panel session, they’ll share about their experiences making films and answer your questions about the process.

Screenwriting Day

Tuesday, April 10 Join other students in writing a script during the screenwriting day. A panel of successful screenwriters will share lessons and answer your questions, then help you in creating your own story. The best script moves on into pre-production!

Pre-Production Day

Wednesday, April 11 On pre-production day, you will learn from industry professionals about storyboarding a script and planning out shots. You will get to create a plan for filming the script using tools and terminology from the pros!

Production Day

Thursday, April 12 On production day, you will actually film the script using the materials from pre-production day. Working with actors and crew members, you will get to find out first-hand what it is like to be behind the camera, next to the lights, or holding the boom mic.


Started in 2007, the Arizona Student Film Festival is a yearly film festival and competition that celebrates the next generation of Arizona Filmmakers. Grade school and high school students from all over the state of Arizona are invited to submit their best short films under 8 minutes. Films are reviewed and selected by Phoenix Film Festival programmers. Films selected for the AZSFF are screened during the Phoenix Film Festival.


Meet the Missionaries

Just Drum Major Things


Glass Blowing

nanay ko


Life in Motion

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Dance Documentary

10:31 a.m.

Jurassic School

On Shaky Ground


by Titus Ruemler (Homeschooled)

by Helena Haber from Arizona School for the Arts

The Gap

Lightsaber Duel Experiment

by Quentan Delarosa from Wigwam Creek Middle School

by Jacqueline Garcia from Metro Tech High School


by Jacob Staudenmaier from Arcadia High School by Jake Baily from Williams Field High School by Audrey Luster from Williams Field High School by Daniel Considine from Benson High School

by Taylor Corbit from Walden Grove High School

by Peyton Peterson from Perry High School

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by Angela Houston from Boulder Creek High School by Nate Brown from Walden Grove High School by Elie Carlos from Xavier College Preparatory by Joriel Cura from Williams Field High School by Rachel Chung from Xavier College Prep


by Jacob Staudenmaier from Arcadia High School

Beatboxing: The Gum that Holds the Song Together by Derek Rinsema from Arizona School for the Arts

MOVIE TITLE PAGE $30 to Antarctica 27 (Out)caste 26 20 Weeks 63 A Kid Like Jake 44 A Name That I Admire 27 A Place to Be 66 A Prayer Before Dawn 37 A Shot in the Dark 33 A Sublime Life 29 A War in Between 36 Adam’s Mask 52 Alaska is A Drag 66 Alex & The List 34 Alfred J Hemlock 74 All the Creatures Were Stirring 68 All the Wild Horses 29 All These Little Things 52 Andover 73 Anything Helps 25 Apocalypse Will be Automated 75 Avulsion 74 Baby Steps 59 Back to Camp 27

MOVIE TITLE PAGE Becoming Who I Was 29 Beirut 42 Bernard & Huey 19 Black Cop 36 Blank Canvas 59 Blue Goodbye 52 Bodega 59 Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michael Basquiat 63 Breath 39 Bullies 75 Bus Call — Life on the Tour 54 Carol 60 Caronte 75 Celia: The Queen 40 Check, Please! 52 Chimera 73 Closer Than We think 71 Coalesce 51 Control 25 Crime + Punishment 36 Cynthia 70 Daddy 27

MOVIE TITLE PAGE Dark River 64 Darken 73 Deadbeat 25 Desde El Principio 60 Director’s Cut 71 Docs for Foodies 37 Don’t be Afraid 31 Downrage 69 DriverX 19 Eating Animals 33 Echo and Solomon 75 E-Delivery 26 Eighth Grade 17 Empire Records 55 En Passant 74 Erebus 52 Far from the Tree 64 Feral 69 Final Portrait 47 First Reformed 36 Fisher Cove 74 Fishy 26 Five Dollars 61

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MOVIE TITLE PAGE Flash Gordon 68 Forever B 19 Free Fire 56 From the Dark 52 Ginger & Rosa 56 Glass 52 Gloria Talks Funny 26 Goard Mon Amour 39 Godfathers of Hardcore 53 Grahams Mate 25 Grin 74 Gutland 40 Heel’D 61 Helsing Inc. 52 Hope 74 Hot Summer Nights 59 Hunting Lands 19 I Stand: The Guardians of the Water 61 Imitation Girl 69 Instinct 52 Instinct 60 Intercept 59 Interrogation 25 Invasion 75 Invisible Hands 63 Isabella 75 It Began Without Warning 74 Izzy Gets the F out of Town 39 Jitters 59 Juila Blue 29 Juventud 25 Kathmandude 25 Killed In Action 25 K’ina Kil: The Slaver’s Son 61 La Bamba 55 Laboratory Conditions 25 Laggies 57 Land of Behemoths 75 Last Chance at Johnson’s Barn 27 Lean on Pete 17 Leave No Trace 32 Locating Silver Lake 21 Look at Me 26 Love Cuts Deep 74 Lowlife 71 Marla Mae 72 Measure of A Man 48 Metta Via 75 Missing Indigenous 61 Mister Sadpants 51 Modern American Artists 21 More Than Enough 21


MOVIE TITLE PAGE Mott Haven 27 Moulin Rouge! 54 My Indiana Muse 27 Natural Promotion 52 Night Call 26 Nora 26 Noro 75 On Borrowed Time 40 On Chesil Beach 44 One More Kiss/Un Besito Mass 60 Our Desert Farms 52 Palacios 60 Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much 49 Pick of the Litter 49 Porcupine Lake 63 RBG 64 Re/collection 75 Rekindled 25 Retribution 52 Revelation: City of Haze 26 Revenge 70 Rich Kids 21 Rigor Mortis 74 Rock Steady Show 68 Sandbox 75 Say Goodbye 31 School of Rock 55 Scotty 33 Untitled Search Project 34 Secret Santa 72 Sell Your Body 60 Sinatra in Palm Springs 23 Snapshots 66 Something in the Darkness 74 Space Jam 49 Stealing Silver 31 Still Sophie 27 Stray 26 Streaker 30 Summer of 84 69 Susanne Bartsch 66 Sweet Country 37 Swingers Weekend 33 Take a Stand 52 Talk to Me 55 That Thing You Do 55 The 12th Man 37 The Best of All Worlds 30 The Best People 23 The Big Shot 26 The Bling Ring 57

18th Annual Phoenix Film Festival April 5 – 15, 2018

MOVIE TITLE PAGE The Buddy Holly Story 54 The Day Mum Became A Monster 74 The Dead King 51 The Dinner Scene 25 The Dollmaker 74 The Drive 25 The Driver is Red 26 The End of the Tour 57 The Entrada 61 The Evil Within 72 The Guilty 34 The Heretics 68 The Idea of Manhod 23 The Last Movie Star 32 The Lightkeeper 25 The Long Dumb Road 40 The Lovers 57 The Mad Hannans 53 The Maestro 54 The Night Delivery 74 The Patron 31 The Ranger 71 The Road Forward 64 The Scorpion’s Tale 25 The Secret Lives of Teachers 52 The Truth of Us 59 The War In Between 36 This is A Short Film… 25 To Hell & Back 70 To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You 31 Torture by Sound 26 Touched 30 Towards the Sun 60 Tully 43 Two Balloons 26 Under the Tree 39 Untitled Search Project 34 Up to Snuff 23 Valentina 60 Visage 75 What Metal Girls Are Into 74 Who We are Now 34 Wilding 70 Wishing You Well 75 With Ben Again 52 Wonderlus 30 Won’t You be My Neighbor 46 Woodman 31 You Racist Sexist Biggot 51 Zoo 49




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2018 Phoenix Film Festival Program  
2018 Phoenix Film Festival Program