Join us for the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival Fall Showcase October 19 - 22, 2015

The Arizona Republic presents Phoenix Film Festival Fall Showcase hosted by Bill Goodykoontz.

616481-250The weather is under 100 (almost) which means that fall is upon us! What better way to spend 4 amazing October nights than at The Phoenix Film Festival Fall Showcase. Audiences will have an opportunity to preview some of the best and most anticipated studio films before they're released! Plus they will be treated to a discussion of the films by The Arizona Republic's own Bill Goodykoontz.

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Directed by William Monahan Starring: Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Walter Goggins and Mark Wahlberg

Synopsis: In this electrifying and darkly comedic Hollywood neo-noir, an artist has an ominous encounter with a drifter in the desert, which gets taken to shocking extremes when the drifter follows him back to his privileged L.A. home life.

Garret Hedlund plays Thomas, a brooding artist in a spiritual funk who leaves the comfort of his Hollywood Hills home to spend a few days in the Mojave desert.  Before long, though, he meets Jack (Oscar Isaac), a dangerous, chameleon-like drifter who resents Thomas' wealth and privilege; after a heated campfire conversation, Thomas tries to get away from Jack but in the process accidentally ends up killing an innocent stranger.  Jack witnesses the murder and decides to follow Thomas home, adopting a new identity and relentlessly pursuing Thomas, holding his dark secret over his head as he attempts to infiltrate and destroy his seemingly-perfect life. Thomas must come to terms with his own insecurities and self-doubt to protect himself and his family, and go head-to-head with his nemesis in a riveting two-man clash that plays out in exciting and unexpected ways.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by The Arizona Republic's Bill Goodykoontz






Director: David Gordon Green Cast: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan

A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock).  In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition.  But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerabilityboth on and off the campaign trailJane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers.  Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, "Our Brand is Crisis" reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by The Arizona Republic's Bill Goodykoontz






Directed by Trey Edward Shults Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Trey Edward Shults, Chris Doubek, Olivia Grace Applegate, Alex Dobrenko, Chase Joliet

Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South-by-Southwest Film Festival, and official selection of Critics' Week at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Krisha is the story of a woman's return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving.

When Krisha shows up at her sister's Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately, a palpable unease permeates the air, one which only grows in force as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time by catching up with her various relatives, chief among them her nephew, Trey. As Krisha's attempts at reconciliation become increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion reach their peak, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments coming to the fore as everyone becomes immersed in an emotionally charged familial reckoning.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by The Arizona Republic's Bill Goodykoontz






Directed by Tom McCarthy

Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian D'Arcy James, Billy Crudup

This film tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. This tense investigative dramatic-thriller traces the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.


A discussion will follow the film hosted by The Arizona Republic's Bill Goodykoontz



4 Amazing Films.

4 Amazing Nights.

Tickets are $10 each and a pass for all 4 films is just $30. Don't wait to buy tickets. Seating is limited to only 250 seats per screening.

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Volunteer Search - Social Media Manager


We are looking for a volunteer social media enthusiast to join our marketing team! If you're ready to help engage and inspire our excited and vocal film community, we need you!

The goal for this position is to nurture and grow our fans and followers through sharing film related updates and news. As we approach our festival we'll transition to sharing schedules, trailers and lots of exciting details about the festival.


  • Build and execute social media plan for before, during and after the festival
  • Generate, edit, publish and share content on a weekly basis (original text, images, video) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action
  • Set up and optimize festival pages within each platform to increase the visibility of the festival's social content
  • Moderate all user-generated content in line with the moderation policy for each community
  • Create editorial calendars and syndication schedules
  • Continuously improve by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information
  • Collaborate with other departments (filmmaker relations, events, promotions, etc) to manage content, identify opportunities and coordinate actions


  • Proven working experience in social media or related field
  • Excellent writing, editing (photo/video/text), presentation and communication skills
  • Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
  • Knowledge of online marketing and good understanding of major marketing channels
  • Positive attitude, detail and community oriented with good multitasking and organizational ability
  • Love and interest in the film industry

If you think you’re the right fit, send an email to or

Volunteer Search - Promotions Manager

PFFlogo We're looking for a Promotions Manager volunteer to join our marketing team! This person will be responsible for creating an event marketing plan with the Marketing Director. The Promotions Manager will create an event agenda for the Festival Street Team and will manage all promotional item needs, volunteers and scheduling for event efforts. Additionally, the Promotions Manager needs to be able to build strong relationships and communicate with many partners throughout the Phoenix area.


  • Be familiar with the Phoenix area and events that take place throughout the Valley
  • Be familiar with event marketing and event planning
  • Prepare and execute unique, comprehensive promotional campaigns for the Phoenix Film Festival
  • Coordinate street team and grass roots marketing efforts with local market contacts
  • Manage an event budget, taking into account event participation fees, flyer needs and giveaway items (as needed)
  • Work with other team members to coordinate effective promotions and take advantage of related promotional inventory


  • Experience in entertainment industry marketing, show marketing background
  • Outgoing and excited to attend events on behalf of the Phoenix Film Festival
  • Creative thinker
  • Team-oriented with a collaborative work approach
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written
  • Love and interest in the film industry

If you think you're the right fit, send an email to or

Join us for the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival Summer Showcase August 10 - 13, 2015

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Are you suffering from Phoenix Film Festival withdrawals? Not to fret! The Phoenix Film Festival is proud to announce its Summer Showcase. Audiences will have an opportunity to preview some of the best and most anticipated studio films before they're released!

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Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Michael Chernus

In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) - a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town - she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by Phoenix Critics Circle member Eric Forthun.





Starring: Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi, 

Oren Moverman's drama TIME OUT OF MIND stars Richard Gere as George, a homeless, mentally-ill man who has been unable to hold a job for years. He drifts through the city looking for food, alcohol, and shelter. He also tries to make contact with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). Eventually George takes advantage of some of the social services provided by the city of New York, but he lacks the proper paperwork to get the financial assistance he needs. He befriends a fellow homeless man (Ben Vereen) who claims to have been a successful jazz musician.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by Phoenix Critics Circle member David Appleford.





Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim

Kevin Bacon (The Following, HBO's Taking Chance, Mystic River) stars in director Jon Watts' delightful throwback thriller COP CAR. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a quick joyride. Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the county sheriff (Kevin Bacon) and leads to brutal consequences.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by Brent Hankins, Kyle Wilson and Matt Surly






Starring: Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Nick Nolte, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

A discussion will follow the film hosted by Phoenix Critics Circle member Colin Boyd.




4 Amazing Films.

4 Amazing Nights.

Following the screenings there will be a hosted discussion about the film.

Tickets are $10 each and a pass for all 4 films is just $30. Don't wait to buy tickets. Seating is limited to only 250 seats per screening.

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Update NOW to help the Phoenix Film Foundation while you shop for groceries!

frys-frys-marketplaceHey Members of the Phoenix Film Festival Community! Here's a way to support the Phoenix Film Foundation while you shop at Fry's!

The Phoenix Film Foundation is a part of the Fry's Community Rewards Program. As a part of OUR community, you can help us out just by linking your Fry's V.I.P. card to the Phoenix Film Foundation. It couldn't be easier.

If you have already done this, thank you! You will need to re-link your card every year and that time is NOW!

Just go to THIS PAGE on the Fry's Food Website.

In the upper right corner, either Log in to your Fry's V.I.P. account or create a new one.

Once you have an account, click on the "My Account" button. Just below the "Personal Information" section, you will find the "Community Rewards Section" .

Search for "PHOENIX FILM FOUNDATION" (or type in our number: 84752) and click enroll.

Once registered and signed up, you help the Phoenix Film Foundation every time you use your Fry's card!

On behalf of everyone here at the Phoenix Film Foundation, we thank you for your support!


This post is for members of the Phoenix Film Festival community only and not meant as a public solicitation for participants. 

It's time to submit to the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival!


Even though memories of the Party Pavilion and sold-out crowds are still fresh in our minds, we can't help but get excited about the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival.

For the past 15 years, the Phoenix Film Festival has helped its audiences find their new favorite movies, and who knows, your film could be someone's new favorite movie!

The 2016 Phoenix Film Festival is happening from April 7 - April 14, 2016 and we want YOU to be there as a filmmaker.

We are NOW open for submissions! So get those finishing touches on your film. Color correct away! Balance that audio! CUT! Because with only 150 films throughout the week, we want to see the best you have to offer.

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Join us on July 2 for Phoenix Loves Sci-Fi

Phoenix Loves Sci-Fi celebrates the best and brightest sci-fi, fantasy and animated films that have been produced or screened in Phoenix throughout the last year. The one-night event highlights a variety of official selections from community partners including the Phoenix Film Festival, Filmstock Film Festival, International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival and the Independent Feature Project Phoenix.

Most of these Arizona projects feature local casts and crews, and highlight a community of talented filmmakers whose unique voices have found a broader audience outside the desert.

The Phoenix Loves Sci-Fi program also includes eye-popping, award-winning, live-action and animated films from around the world, all utilizing diverse styles and exploring fantastic characters, worlds and themes.

The program features Arizona live-action, sci-fi shorts, such as “Alone,” directed by Tony Severe; “Focus,” directed by Matt Chesin; “Hoyt’s Awakening,” written and directed by Boise Esquerra; “Ouroboros,” directed by Alexander Broderick; “Reprogrammed,” directed by Daniel Jones; “The Rogue Animal,” directed by Adolpho Navarro; and “Vault of Souls: The Pact,” directed by Kevin R. Phipps.

For genre filmmakers whose journeys are vast and varied, taking a story from concept to script to screen, Phoenix Loves Sci-Fi is a celebration of those efforts and a proud call to “geek on.”

DATE: Thursday, July 2, 2015 TIME: 6:00PM - 9:30 PM LOCATION: Cronkite School of Journalism, ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus 555 S Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the Phoenix Film Foundation’s youth education program.

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Your Favorite Movies - Anthony Grippa

What are Your Favorite Films?

As PFF 2015 has wrapped up, we encourage you to continue to Find YOUR New Favorite Movie … there are SO many amazing films to choose from and we'll be back in 2016 with plenty more to choose from.


Anthony GrippaWriter/Director Anthony Grippa’s film HALF BROTHER, a PFF 2015 Feature Competition Film, screened at the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival. Anthony was at the festival, and was on hand for post-screening Q&A.


And here, Anthony shares some of his favorite films!


  • Favorite Comedy

SIDEWAYS: Alexander Payne is my favorite director. I love all of his movies, but Sideways is my favorite. Paul Giamatti is heartbreaking, and I just love the subtle blend of humor and pathos throughout this entire film.


  • Favorite Drama

I can't name just one, but anything by the Dardenne Brothers. The stories they tell seem so simple on the surface, but they execute them in such a powerful way that you feel blindsided by how emotionally devastating their work can be.


  • Favorite Documentary

I saw the Roger Ebert documentary LIFE ITSELF a few months ago and I thought it was pretty great.


  • What film were you looking forward to seeing at PFF 2015 (besides your own of course!!)?

I'm looking forward to seeing MANGLEHORN because I'm a big fan of filmmaker David Gordon Green.


  • What is a favorite film that you think most people have never seen, but should? Speaking of David Gordon Green films, ALL THE REAL GIRLS, starring Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschanel is a really great movie that I don't think many people have seen.  It's probably my favorite love story of all time.
  • Do you have a favorite film poster?

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE.  It's also one of my favorite comedies and the poster is great too!The squid and the whale


HALF BROTHER is a story about a family going through a divorce.  It's a personal story that Anthony hopes a lot of other people will be able to connect with. 


Anthony tells us that he is hopeful that Half Brother will be released later this year. After that, he will be shooting a comedy about a band who reunite for a friend's wedding.

– Laurie Smith