Your Favorite Movies - Thomas Beatty

What are Your Favorite Films?

For the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival we encourage you to Find Your New Favorite Movie! As we approach the festival we’ve started a new series on our site where we ask some Phoenix Film Festival filmmaker alumni about some of their favorite movies.  

rebecca_thomas-1Thomas Beatty, writer and co-director (along with Rebecca Fishman – who also happens to be his wife) took home a PFF 2014 Copper Wing Award for Best Ensemble for his film The Big Ask. Known as Teddy Bears at PFF, the Movie Guys tagged the film as: One of the most fun indie films I’ve watched in a long time. Drama, Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama, Boom, Boom, Boom.” This week Thomas shares some of his favorites with us, as your must-watch list grows!


What is your …

  • Favorite Comedy?

Trouble in Paradise by Ernst Lubitsch … oldie but a goodie!


  • Favorite Drama?

Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro. I think about this more than any other movie on an almost weekly basis.


  • Documentary?

Gotta go with The Thin Blue Line.  So great.  More recently, I loved A River Changes Course.


  • Favorite film you saw on the circuit?

Little Hope Was Arson!  What what!


  • What is a favorite film that you think most people have never seen, but should?

Trouble In Paradise ...


  • Do you have a favorite film poster?DirtyHarryPoster

Magnum Force.


Since PFF 2014, The Big Ask screened at some ten festivals, gathered a healthy handful of awards, was released by Tribeca Films, and is now available on Amazon Prime.

                                                – Laurie Smith