Phoenix Film Society presents Operation Finale
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents Operation Finale

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Directed by: Chris Weitz
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Melanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Michael Aronov, Haley Lu Richardson
 
OPERATION FINALE vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust.Fifteen years after the end of World War II, acting on irrefutable evidence, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travel to Argentina where Eichmann (Kingsley) has been in hiding together with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. In attempting to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel while being pursued by the country's right-wing forces, agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Love, Gilda with special guest, National Comedy Theatre Phoenix Creative Director, Krissy Lenz
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Love, Gilda with special guest, National Comedy Theatre Phoenix Creative Director, Krissy Lenz

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In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Following the film, we will have a discussion with comedienne and Creative Director of National Comedy Theatre Phoenix, Krissy Lenz.

FILM SOCIETY MEMBERS

$7

GENERAL ADMISSION

$10

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Phoenix Film Society presents The Children Act
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents The Children Act

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Directed by: Richard Eyre

Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

Synopsis: Smart, elegant, and deeply moving, The Children Act stars two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson in a riveting performance as Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge who, in the midst of a marital crisis, must rule on a life-changing legal case concerning the survival of a teenage boy. At issue whether to order a blood transfusion on the boy (Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead), a Jehovah's Witness who, just months short of his eighteenth birthday, is refusing on religious grounds the procedure that would save his life. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel, and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal; Iris), The Children Act is a deeply affecting portrait of strength, devotion, and love, with the incomparable Emma Thompson giving one of the very best performances of her career.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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CineLatino Phx: Summer 1993
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

CineLatino Phx: Summer 1993

In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

*Presented with English Subtitles

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CineLatino Phx: The Last Suit
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

CineLatino Phx: The Last Suit

At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, from Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is on his own but also accompanied by the characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help. A standout among these is the iconic Spanish actress Angela Molina, as the proprietor of the Madrid hotel where he stays. With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, THE LAST SUIT approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. And in its mix of Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish it is a globe-trotting surprise, a late-in-life road movie with planes, trains and heart.

*Presented with English Subtitles

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CineLatino Phx: Zama
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

CineLatino Phx: Zama

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.

*Presented with English Subtitles

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CineLatino Phx: The Desert Bride
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

CineLatino Phx: The Desert Bride

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

*Presented with English subtitles.

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PFF Summer Showcase Night 3: The Wife
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

PFF Summer Showcase Night 3: The Wife

The Wife

Director: Björn Runge

Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Stark, Elizabeth McGovern

After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion
and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later -- a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

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PFF Summer Showcase Night 2: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

PFF Summer Showcase Night 2: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Director: Desiree Akhavan

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr.

Synopsis:  Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she's caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens struggling with same-sex attraction. At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious de-gaying methods, and earnest Christian rock songs but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she's able to find her place among fellow outcasts.

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PFF Summer Showcase Night 1: Juliet, Naked
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

PFF Summer Showcase Night 1: Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

 

Director: Jesse Peretz

Cast: Rose Byrne, Ethan

 

 

Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. Duncan is far more devoted to his music idol than to Annie. When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, it leads to a life-changing encounter between Annie and the elusive rocker himself.

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Phoenix Film Society presents McQueen
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents McQueen

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Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.

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May
4
7:00 PM19:00

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary with special guest Richard Walter of the MIM

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

WITH SPECIAL GUEST, RICHARD. D WALTER, PHD
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM CURATOR FOR UNITED STATES/CANADA

 

ABOUT THE FILM: 

What's Star Wars without John Williams? Pirates of the Caribbean without Hans Zimmer? Toy Story without Randy Newman?

What makes a score unforgettable? Taking a peek at how composers developed some of the most iconic scores in history, SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY follows the creative struggles of designing a modern soundtrack from scratch, featuring some of cinema’s most recognized names in film music.

SCORE explores the power and influence of film scores in the modern world while revealing the evolution of sound and how composers assemble music the complements a picture to achieve powerful reactions from worldwide audiences.

Featuring interviews from: Composers Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore, and Mark Mothersbaugh; Directors James Cameron and Garry Marshall; Film Critic Leonard Maltin; and archival footage from Steven Spielberg, John Williams, and Thomas Newman

 

JOINING US FOR OUR POST-FILM DISCUSSION IS RICHARD D. WALTER, PHD, CURATOR OF UNITED STATES/CANADA FOR THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM.

Richard Walter earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from Washington & Lee University and his master’s and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology and folklore from Indiana University. Throughout his career, he has witnessed the value of sharing live music with local communities, gained knowledge of historical recording technologies at audio archives, and conducted fieldwork across the United States. A variety of teaching positions encouraged him to adopt new strategies for communicating the value of art and music in peoples’ lives.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) represents an ideal intersection where Walter’s interests in material culture, musical traditions, and human interactions from around the world are explored and celebrated every day. With particular interests in American vernacular music and associated instruments, he is primarily focused on MIM’s North American collections and exhibits.

 

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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Official Rejection with special guest Greg Hall, Phoenix Film Festival Feature Programmer

A documentary following the exploits of a group of filmmakers as they take their independent feature, Ten 'til Noon (2006), along the film festival circuit, and the politics, pitfalls, triumphs and comic tragedies they encounter along the way. Full of interviews with important players in the indie world, this is a must see for young filmmakers on what happens when the shooting stops.

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Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Love Between The Covers with special guest, author Kris Tualla

SPOTLIGHT ON... DOCUMENTARIES

Love Between the Covers is a feature-length documentary film about the little-known, surprisingly powerful community of women who read and write romance novels.

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful.  And so are the women who write them. While romance novels and their signature covers are ubiquitous around the world, the global community of millions of women who read, write, and love them remains oddly invisible. Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of five very different authors who invite us into a vast female community, running a powerhouse industry that’s on the cusp of an irreversible power shift.

For three years, we follow the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. 

We watch romance authors and readers building communities and friendships that don’t just exist on social media sites, blogs, and message boards, but also transition into the real world. We accompany authors on trips with their readers, at conferences and special romance events -- and we see them encouraging their readers to become writers themselves.

Post film discussion hosted by Leigh Ann Dolan with romance author Kris Tualla

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Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Forever Pure with special guest Rabbi Micah Caplan

SPOTLIGHT ON... Documentaries

January, 2013. A secretive transfer deal transported two Muslim players into the heart of Israel and the Jewish oriented Beitar Jerusalem F.C., leading to the most racist campaign in Israeli sport. One season and one football team in crisis, as power, money and politics fuel a club spiraling out of control.

Post film discussion with Leigh Ann Dolan and Rabbi Micah Caplan from Congregation Or Tzion

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All We Had with special guest, filmmaker Cassandra Nicholson
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

All We Had with special guest, filmmaker Cassandra Nicholson

SPOTLIGHT ON... WOMEN FILMMAKERS

Ruthie Carmichael (Stefania Owen) makes the best of bad circumstances, pulled along in the wake of the hard luck of her mother Rita (Katie Holmes). From escaping a bad boyfriend to their car breaking down on the road to going broke, they continually find themselves in search of stability. When their attempt at settling in a new town hits a stumbling block, and as the shine wears off of the kind strangers who supported them when they had first arrived, even Ruthie struggles to keep it together.

Based on Annie Weatherwax's 2014 novel, Katie Holmes's feature directorial debut is a sensitive rendering of the Great Recession as told by people who were unprepared for the shortfall and could not have seen it coming. Owen and Holmes are perfectly matched as they explore a mother-daughter bond crashing against universal teenage themes: growing up under hardship, realizing the imperfections of parents and facing the many little dramas that overwhelm positivity and progress. Holmes finds in All We Had a stimulating and ultimately enriching coming-of-age drama about a resilient mother and daughter who find strength in each other.

Post film discussion with Leigh Ann Dolan and local filmmaker Cassandra Nicholson

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Chicken People with special guest, documentarian Penelope Price
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Chicken People with special guest, documentarian Penelope Price

SPOTLIGHT ON... DOCUMENTARIES

In a world where a bent feather can mean a broken dream, CHICKEN PEOPLE is a real-life “Best in Show,” about chickens. Every November exotic poultry breeders from across America proceed to Columbus with the goal of winning the title of Grand Champion at the Ohio National Poultry Show. The film follows the struggles and triumphs of the men, women and the chickens they love, examining the daily lives of the breeders and how they’re shaped by their quest for perfect fowl. Subjects Brian Knox, Brian Caraker and Shari McCollough struggle to overcome life’s obstacles, not least of which is a nationwide outbreak of the Avian Flu. Can this put a stop to their dream of “Grand Champion of Show?”

Post film discussion with Leigh Ann Dolan and documentary filmmaker and Scottsdale Community College film instructor Penelope Price.

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Hooligan Sparrow with special guest, documentarian Stephanie Lucas
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Hooligan Sparrow with special guest, documentarian Stephanie Lucas

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Spotlight on... Women Filmmakers

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media.

Filmmaker Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely and tenaciously keeps shooting, guerrilla-style, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, and in the process, she exposes a startling number of undercover security agents on the streets. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wang is able tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.

Post film discussion with Leigh Ann Dolan and documentary filmmaker and film instructor at Glendale Community College Stephanie Lucas.

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Sonita with special guest, documentarian Penelope Price
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Sonita with special guest, documentarian Penelope Price

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Spotlight on... Documentaries

If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she's worth $9,000. What's more, women aren't allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?

Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary makers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path in this Sundance award winning film.

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The Fits with special guest, filmmaker Cassandra Nicholson
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Fits with special guest, filmmaker Cassandra Nicholson

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Spotlight on... Women Filmmakers

The Fits is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower)—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted.

The Fits was Written, Produced & Directed by Anna Rose Holmer. The film premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival as part of the Venice Biennale Cinema College showcase and was an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  

Post film discussion with Leigh Ann Dolan and local filmmaker Cassandra Nicholson

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Harry Benson: Shoot First with special guest, photographer Trystan Trenberth
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Benson: Shoot First with special guest, photographer Trystan Trenberth

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Harry Benson: Shoot First charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, and his work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Now 86, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping.

Post film discussion with Leigh Ann Dolan and concert photographer Trystan Trenberth.

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