Get to Know Your PFF Alumni - Blayne Weaver

As we gear up for PFF 2016, we are asking Phoenix Film Festival alumni to offer their experience with an educational approach. This week we asked Blayne Weaver to share some tidbits with us. You may have seen Blayne in writer/director (and PFF Alum) Paul Osborne’s psychological thriller Favor at the 2013 Phoenix Film Festival.

Blayne

What projects are you currently working on?

At this moment most of my life is centered around getting Cut To The Chase out into the world. Though the film itself is done, there is still a lot of work for the independent filmmaker: posters, website, the trailer, etc. The job of shepherding your film does eventually slow down, but you're never truly finished.

I've got three future projects at different stages of development: Clip Joint is a crime thriller I wrote with PFF alum Paul Osborne. It's a really exciting and gritty script that I hope to direct next year. Then there is Future Perfect, a noir sci-fi film that I'm producing and starring in for writer/director Soren Bailey. And finally, I'm writing a psychological thriller called Last Fling that I would love to make with the "Chase" team.

What advice do you have for independent filmmakers?

My best advice is to remember to ask advice. The independent film world is a minefield but, luckily, there are tons of talented people who have been through it. A film festival is an ideal place to meet more experienced filmmakers. Ask questions, compare notes, you're not alone--the film-making community is a collaborative one.

What are some rookie mistakes to be avoided?

Most rookie mistakes occur for two reasons: ego or fear. Neither has any place in an artistic environment. Don't be unwilling to accept criticism, other's input or think yourself above the process, but also don't be afraid to stand your ground and fight for your film.

What is your go-to camera and/or favorite piece of equipment?

I defer to my Director Of Photography Rob Senska on this question. To me, the equipment is secondary to an understanding and communication with your D.P. When director and DP are on the same page it can create an almost psychic connection. I love that relationship.

What’s one of your quirks on-set?

I tend to be very enthusiastic on set. Lots of excited yelling and encouragement. I love making movies and I have a blast doing it.

As a filmmaker, what can you not live without?

Diet Coke.

 

Cut to the Chase offers three screenings at #PFF2016. Get your tickets today!

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Get to Know Your PFF Alumni-Liz Manashil

Get to Know Your PFF Alumni-Liz Manashil  

We reachedLiz Manashil Pic out to Liz Manashil, director of last year’s festival selection Bread and Butter, to get her thoughts on the Phoenix Film Festival.

What projects are you currently working on?

My movie, Bread and Butter was just released by The Orchard and it's playing on VOD almost everywhere. We also just landed an awesome airline deal so we'll be in the skies as well!

While we continue to spread the word about that movie, I'm finishing up the script for my second feature. It's a one location, four character surreal drama about facing Death. I'm incredibly proud of it and excited to make a movie that is pro-age. I find there are far too little movies that show the strength of seniors.

What are some of your all-time favorite PFF screenings? 

I saw Wildlike at PFF as well as Listening. Great movies. Recently I watched another PFF alum film called Seven Hours in Heaven and I was really impressed by its quality as well. PFF curates great films, we're proud to be among those chosen!

What are you hoping to see more of at this year’s Festival? 

Honestly, the people. I Love the PFF staff--they are positive, supportive, a lot of fun, and full of energy. I also have fallen in love with the city of Phoenix; so I'm a fan of it being in such a great location.

What’s your favorite genre at PFF? 

I didn't get to see enough of them but I love that PFF has a whole subset devoted to genre films. It's great that the festival can support so many different types of film!

What wbread-and-butter-posteras your biggest take-away from last year’s festival? 

That there are good people out there who want to and have the resources to support indie films--it's rare. It's rarer than people may assume, but the amazing community that supports the PFF consists of some of the friendliest, kindest and indie-friendly movie goers I have ever met.

I made friends with several people in the audience of my films that I still keep in touch with on a weekly basis today. We got to go to several festivals with Bread and Butter, and got to experience several different types of festivals. The infrastructure at Phoenix is... stellar.

Which PFF event did you most enjoy attending, and why?

I liked the pre-festival filmmaker dinner. Looking back on it, I got to meet other filmmakers who were on the circuit with me for months, and it was great to connect with them before the festival began.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search

Thank you to all who submitted their screenplays to the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition. We are very excited to announce this year's winners!

First Place: Half an Inch by Michael Orton from Nipomo, Alabama

Two men with differing views of faith and destiny struggle to land a damaged aircraft.

  • $250 from the Phoenix Film Foundation
  • One InkTip.com Script Listing and one InkTip Magazine Script Listing from InkTip.com. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.
  • Script review and consultation from Script Pipeline for potential industry circulation
  • 3 free entries to any Script Pipeline writing or idea competition
  • A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack
  • Listing on Phoenix Film Festival website
  • Two VIP Passes to the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).

Second Place: The Fable of Nathan Gooch by Ronald Ecker from Palatka, FL

A nerdy college boy who can’t get a date tries using some animal courtship techniques, with surprising results.

  • One InkTip.com Script Listing and one InkTip Magazine Script Listing from InkTip.com. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.
  • One free entry to any Script Pipeline writing or idea competition
  • A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack
  • Listing on Phoenix Festival website
  • Two VIP Passes to the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).

Third Place: Cheeseburgers by Will Berry from Nashville, TN

An unwanted step-son strives to survive one more evening with his disintegrating family.

  • One InkTip.com Script Listing and one InkTip Magazine Script Listing from InkTip.com. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.
  • One free entry to any Script Pipeline writing or idea competition
  • Listing on Phoenix Film Festival website
  • Two VIP Passes to the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).

Top Ten Finalists:

Nothing Is Free by Rebecca Brillhart from Brooklyn, NY

Nothing is free unless everything is.

Flight by Sheri Davenport from Oakland, CA

What starts out as a simple plan to steal a dog and free it from abuse turns into the ultimate escape for a troubled young teen.

Mia by Sheri Davenport from Oakland, CA

Medicine Show Blues by Jeffrey Howe from Ladue, MO

SAIRA by John Kontoyannis from New York, NY

Saira, a Jethwa/attobite hybrid alien, the first of her kind mysteriously appears in the middle of Hugo Crane’s farm. She is, at first, thought to be a sinister being but it quickly becomes evident that she is here to save us. But from what or whom remains a mystery.

The Proposal by Charles Lo Manto from Hamilton, Ontario Canada

"If music be the food of love, play on."

12-8-80 by Alex Simon from Los Angeles, CA

A junior high student in suburban Phoenix learns some hard lessons the day John Lennon is murdered.

Contact information for winning screenplays is available for producers by emailing submissions@phxfilm.com.

Find your new favorite movie poster!

pff_jurassic16pff_napoleon16pff_graduate16pff_kong16The Phoenix Film Festival's design team have been working overtime to bring you the official 2016 Phoenix Film Festival posters. Based on our tagline, "Find your new favorite movie", the team took four iconic images from some of the most classic films and gave them a Camerahead twist!

Congratulations to our designers, Marty Freetage, Lisa Marie Lara, Amy Bornstein and Alex Merrill on a job well done!

You will be seeing a lot more of these posters in the next couple of months!

Celebrate the art of the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival at The Art of Film event!

The Art of Film presented by Cox Communications DATE: Thursday, December 3 TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM LOCATION: The Capital Grille at Scottsdale Promenade

The Phoenix Film Foundation invites you to celebrate The Art of Film at our exclusive Festival preview event presented by Cox Communications

The evening will feature food and drink, music, a raffle, silent auction, networking and the reveal of the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival posters.

Tickets are just $40 per person or $30 for members of the Phoenix Film Society.  All proceeds benefit the student education programs of the Phoenix Film Foundation.

Your ticket price includes:

  • A welcome beverage
  • Appetizers
  • A complimentary raffle ticket
  • Exclusive access to the reveal of the posters to the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival
  • Music provided by Micah Beverly
  • An opportunity to purchase Phoenix Film Festival passes at a discount

Only 60 tickets will be sold to this event so hurry and get your tickets NOW!

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The Early Bird Gets the Discounted Pass!

We may be a couple of months out from the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival, but you can purchase your passes to the Festival right now at a discounted price. We call it our Early Bird Sale, and you can take advantage of these great prices today:

PASS LEVEL REGULAR PRICE EARLY BIRD PRICE!
VIP $250 $169.18
Festival $125 $85.08
Flex Pass $40 $27.90

Prices include service charges.

But don't wait! These prices will only be valid through JANUARY 4, 2016.

Click on the button below to purchase your early bird passes, and we will see you at the Phoenix Film Festival, April 7 - 14, 2016!

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

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

The 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.

PURCHASE TICKETS TO ALL 4 NOW!

 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015

MOJAVE

 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR MOJAVE

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015

KRISHA

 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR KRISHA

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

TBD

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

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR TBD

 

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.

PURCHASE TICKETS TO ALL 4 NOW!