Winners & Happenings at the 2013 Phoenix Film Festival!

2013 Phoenix Film Festival The films have been shown. The awards have been presented. Missed out on the ceremony or miss any of the winning films at the festival? Have no fear because we'll be showing the winning films all week long so you'll get a second chance to catch all the winning films for the rest of the festival! 2013 Phoenix Film Festival Copper Wing Award Winners

International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Fest Awards • Best Sci-Fi Short: White Room: 02B3 • Best Sci-Fi Feature: Channeling • Best Horror Short: Killer Kart • Best Horror Feature: Found.

Short Film Awards • Best Grade/HS: Alone Together • Best College Short: If You’re Serious • Best Arizona Short: Say What You Want • Best Documentary: Short:Ivan and Arnold: Day Laborers From Both Sides of the Border • Best Live Action Short: 6 Years, 4 Months & 23 Days • Best Animated Short:Head Over Heels

World Cinema Awards • Best World Cinema Short: Half Good Killer • World Cinema Best Documentary: Occupy The Movie • World Cinema Best Director: David Ondricek, In the Shadow • World Cinema Best Picture: Inch’Allah • World Cinema Audience Award Winner: Ninah’s Dowry

Foundation Awards • Arizona Filmmaker of the Year: Bob Marquis • Volunteer of the Year: Bill Mondy • Board Member of the Year: Chris LaMont

Feature Film Awards • Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award: Fredrik Stanton, Uprising • Special Jury Prize: Lou Taylor Pucci, The Story of Luke • Best Ensemble: The Retrieval • Best Director: Chris Eska, The Retrieval • Best Screenplay:Paul Osborne, Favor • Best Documentary: Los Wild Ones • Best Picture presented by FX Movie Channel:Putzel • Cox Audience Award: The Retrieval directed by Chris Eska

Click here for the Weekday Schedule!

PHX Film News - January 25

PHX Film News
January 25th, 2013
Spotlight Movie of the Week - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

The Horror/ Sci-Fi crowd should be excited for this weekend’s release of the modern retelling of the fairy tale “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”. Horror Fans should be doubly please that it walks away with an R rating, so keep the kids home for this one.

Everyone knows the Brothers Grimm fairy tale; Hansel and Gretel find a cannibalistic witch’s house in the woods made out of every sweet & delectable treat imaginable. They are captured by the freaky witch but escape from her clutches. In the fairy tale, the children merely escape by their wits, but in this film, they obliterate the crazy witch, burning her to death. Thus, the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters are made.

Click here to read our review

Other new releases

There's plenty of other new releases to take a look at this weekend.

First up is West of Memphis which played at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2012. Now is your chance to catch it at Harkins Camelview. Also opening at Camelview isQuartet which is directed by Dustin Hoffman and has been garnering strong reviews.

Over at Harkins Valley Art is the documentary, Chasing Ice. Plus there are a couple of other wide releases, there'sMovie 43 which is chock full of stars or you could also check out Jason Statham's latest, Parker

Desperado Film Festival continues

The Desperado LGBT Film Festival continues this weekend with a full slate of films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Desperado LGBT Film Festival at Paradise Valley Community College showcases the best in LGBT film and fosters diversity and multiculturalism throughout the state of Arizona.

Giving opportunities to gay and lesbian students to view films that reflect their culture as well as be part of the process of creating an exciting event like this, will empower and strengthen their character. This is a great leadership opportunity for the LGBT students of Paradise Valley Community College's P.R.I.D.E. organization.

Click here to see the full slate of films

In the news - Anatomy of a Feature event

You have a unique opportunity on Jan. 26 to hear firsthand about the making of Juno, the low-budget independent film that went on to win multiple accolades including Best Screenplay for the 2008 Academy Awards. The event, Anatomy of a Feature Film, is produced by ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. This year’s Anatomy will include Director Jason Reitman and Screenwriter Diablo Cody, Cinematographer Eric Steelberg, Producer Mason Novick and key individuals from Juno’s production, finance, marketing and distribution departments. Interviews for the daylong event will be broadcast to ASU via video conference from UCLA. Anatomy of a Feature Film was initiated in 2011 and featured the making of the filmBernie, starring Jack Black. The screening of Bernie drew hundreds to a packed theatre in Tempe, AZ, where producer Judd Payne provided insights into the film, followed by the in-depth class open only to ASU students with key professionals from Bernie. Payne and ASU Visiting Professor Adam Collis will host.

PHX Film News for January 18th

PHX Film News
January 18th, 2013

It's a fairly quiet week with three wide releases and just one new exclusive at Harkins. There's also an interesting film playing at FilmBar this weekend.

Here's this week's updates.....

Pic of the week - The Last Stand

The Last Stand

This week we checked out the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger film, “The Last Stand” directed by Jee-woon Kim. This is Schwarzenegger’s first leading film since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, so the question beckons, Does the Governator still have what it takes to be an action hero?

Click here to read our review

Other new releases

Opening this weekend at Harkins Valley Art Theatre is The Blue Jewel, a new documentary from director, Oliver Hauck. You can meet the filmmakers during Q&As after the 7:30pm show on Friday, January 18 and after the 4:20pm show on Saturday, January 19. Read more about it here

Another new release that's intriguing is the new supernatural thriller Mama which stars recent Golden Globe winner, Jessica Chastain.

The last wide release this week is Broken City which stars Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe.

Upcoming film events - Only the Young at FilmBar

Only the Young

This weekend be sure to catch this film over at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix.

Here's the synopsis: ONLY THE YOUNG follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California – a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do in a place that offers nothing – yet in the course of observing their day-to-day lives, we see them discover friendship, first love, heartbreak, and what it means to be young. Tippet and Mims’ delicate, ethereal filmmaking and ONLY THE YOUNG’s innocent yet rebellious subjects collectively embody the very essence of adolescence.

Click here for more information and tickets.

In the news - 2013 Academy Awards

Now that the Golden Globes have been dished out, it's time to turn our focus towards the Oscars. The big date is February 24 and it's time to start watching all the films to start picking your favorites. As we get a little closer keep an eye out here for details on an upcoming Oscar contest.

PHX Film News - January 11, 2013

PHX Film News
January 11th, 2013

Happy New Year!

This week we've got a review for Gangster Squad, info on this weeks new releases, details on a Phoenix Art Museum screening and finally, the PHX Film News Top 10 of 2012.

Pic of the week - Gangster Squad

Hey Phoenix Film fans! Opening this week is the highly anticipated film “Gangster Squad” starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma stone.

Inspired by a true story, the backdrop of the film is set in Los Angeles circa 1949. Gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) moved west from Chicago, claiming the city of angels as his town. War hero and now L.A.P.D. Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is a rare type of law man; he’s been able to withstand the temptation of being bought off by Cohen’s gang or any other type of criminal. Instead, he hunts them down renegade style, which lands him frequently in hot water with his department Police Chief. O’Mara refused to stand by and look the other way while corruption and mayhem over take the city he loves.

Click here to read our review

Other new releases

Fresh off its Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Amouropens in Phoenix. You can see it exclusively at Harkins Camelview.

Other notable releases include Chris Colfer's Struck By Lightning which you can catch at Harkins Shea 14. If you're in the mood for spoof comedy, A Haunted House also opens. Looking for some smaller films, check out The Blue Jewel, Madoka Magica Parts 1 & 2 or Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu

Film event at the Phoenix Art Museum

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

January 11 to 13 at 1:00pm Phoenix Art Museum

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles.

Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus. Childhood fears and ideals, adult anxieties and desires, the influences of pop-culture all combine to form who we are, and for Crewdson, motivate his work.

Click here for more information

Your Top 10 of 2012

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite movies of 2012. So here it is the PHX Film News Top 10 of 2012....

10 - The Avengers 9 - Life of Pi 8 - Beasts of the Southern Wild 7 - Moonrise Kingdom 6 - The Intouchables 5 - Les Miserables 4 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 3 - Silver Linings Playbook 2 - Lincoln 1 - Argo

Note: With the late Phoenix releases of Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, they didn't quite make the list.

PHX Film News - 12/28/12

PHX Film News
December 28, 2012

Since there are no new releases today, we're going to something fun to end the year. See below for information on casting your vote for top films of 2012.....

Vote for your 5 favorite movies of the year

We're compiling our own Top 10 list for the best movies of 2013 and we need your help. Over the next week (through January 3rd), we'll be collecting your votes for your five favorite movies of 2012.

Just click the link below and vote for your FIVE favorite films of the year. Please only choose five films or your vote won't be counted.

Happy voting and tune in next week for the results.

Click here to cast your vote

PHX Film News for 12/21/2012

PHX Film News
December 21, 2012

Wow. We've got a jam-packed newsletter for you this week. Lots of releases and reviews, including for a couple of big films coming out on Christmas Day.

Plus we'll close out this week's newsletter with a special best and worst from a long time friend of the festival.

Spotlight Movie of the Week - This is 40

There comes in time in every adults life when you realize that the candles on your cake keep increasing, your body starts going through the next phase of change, but your mind hasn’t quite caught up to the age of your body? In Judd Apatow’s latest film, This is 40, he brings back the gang (some of them) from Knocked Up – the family made up of Pete, Debbie and their girls Charlotte and Sadie a few years older, maybe a little wiser but still trying to figure life and relationships out with a sense of humor.

Click here to read our review

More new releases

If you’re looking for an action movie to take him this weekend before the Christmas holiday opening in theaters,“Jack Reacher”, a film based on the book “One Shot” by Lee Child, starring Tom Cruise. Now click here to see what we thought.

What do you get when you team up one of the most successful directors of all time, but as a producer, another Academy Award nominated director and the equivalent of a modern day circus? The million dollar answer is… “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away”, brought to you from Executive Producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe). Click here to see the review.

With less than two weeks to go for the 2012 movie release schedule, The Guilt Trip is a comedy that doesn’t quite fit the typical holiday release film type. Director Ann Fletcher brings together a quirky, yet witty cast of characters, with the most intriguing pairing of mother and son in Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen.Click here for our review

Christmas Day Releases - Django Unchained and Les Miserables There are a couple of huge releases on Christmas Day and we've got a couple of early reviews for you.

Up first is the latest from Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained. Whether you love him or hate him, Tarantino always is pushing the envelope and developing iconic characters. Click here to read what we thought about his latest effort

Then of course, there's Les Miserables. This film boasts a stellar cast and is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. We love ending the year with a musical and here's what we thought

A special best and worst of the year from Neil Cohen

The saddest moment of the year for us was the recent passing of local film critic, Neil Cohen. Neil was a founding member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society and a judge of the Phoenix Film Festival for over ten years. He was a vibrant person, an actor, writer and was always smiling.

We'll greatly miss Neil, but he left us with one last gift, and that's his best and worst in film this year. Or as they're better known, "The Neelys"

Click here to read Neil's thoughts on the films 2012 from Echo Magazine

PHX Film News 12/14/12

PHX Film News
December 14, 2012It's Hobbit Week and the big film opens today. There's a couple of other gems worth a look as well....
Spotlight Movie of the Week - Hyde Park on HudsonOpening in theaters this week is Hyde Park on the Hudson, starring a stellar ensemble cast of Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West and Olivia Coleman. With the 2013 Golden Globe Nominations released this week, one thing on viewers minds will be if Bill Murray walk away with an award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of the 32nd president.

You can see this one at Harkins Camelview and you can check out our review here.

Other new releases - The Hobbit and The Central Park FiveThe Hobbit is this week's big release. Tolkien fans should be overjoyed; the long awaited prequel to the Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings Saga is finally here. There have been advances in filmmaking technology since the first Lord of the Rings film was release, so audiences will now be able to experience a more life like viewing of the film, thanks to 48 frames per second projection rate and in 3D. Thank you Peter Jackson & digital projection. Now here's what we thought.

Also opening is The Central Park Five. n 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it "the crime of the century." But the truth about what really happened didn't become clear until after the five had spent years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. You can catch this one exclusively at Harkins Shea 14.

Saturday is your chance to check out the holiday classic, A Christmas Story at select Harkins Theatres. Click here to find a theatre near you.

Yojimbo at Film BarFor you classic film fans, here's a cool film that is playing at Film Bar this weekend.


Synopsis: The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

Click here for more information

In the news - Phoenix Film Festival passes at a great priceWe're down to the last couple of weeks of Early Bird Pricing for Phoenix Film Festival passes. Now's the time to save 25% and get your holiday shopping done.

Click here to purchases passes

PHX Film News for December 7, 2012

PHX Film News
December 7, 2012 Another slow week for new releases, but not to worry things will pick up next week. There are a few smaller releases this week worth a look and also some holiday fun. So lets begin....
Pic of the week - Elf and Christmas VacationA couple of new Christmas classics have upcoming screenings at Harkins which gives you a chance to see them on the big screen.First up is Elf starring Will Farrell, Zooey Deschanel and James Caan. This comedy will be playing at select Harkins theatres tomorrow (December 8) at 10am.

Click here for information on theatres

Then on Tuesday, you can catch Chevy Chase and the rest of the Griswold family in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This one screens at 7pm on Tuesday, December 11th at select Harkins Theatres.

Click here for details

Plus there's a cool Christmas event tonight at the Phoenix Art Museum. More info about that below.

Other new releasesFirst up is Waiting for Lightning, which is the story of Danny Way, a young boy from a broken home in Vista, CA, whose passion for skateboarding would one day bring him and his creation, a ramp of prodigious and dangerous proportions, across many cultural and ideological boundaries to attempt the impossible: jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard. It's playing at Harkins Valley Art. Click here to read a Q&A with the director.Our token review this week is for Playing for Keeps which stars Gerard Butler. It's the only new wide release movie this week and here's what we thought..

Also opening this weekend are Matchmaker, Lay the Favorite, and Sister.

Tonight - A Very Merry Sci-Fi Christmas ShowGood holiday fun tonight at the Phoenix Art Museum.Dr. Diabolic and Nerd Nite Phoenix will present a Christmas Holiday Show on December 7th at 7pm, during First Friday in Phoenix Art Museum's Whiteman Hall. The show will feature highlights from the Star Wars Holiday Special, a Darth Santa & Mandalorian Merc Christmas Photo booth and presentation from Star Wars aficionado guest speaker Dustin Diehl. Museum admission is complimentary; tickets to the variety show are $5 and will be available at the entrance to Whiteman Hall and online. New Toys are also being collected for a Charity Toy Drive. The event is all ages and is presented with support from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

The complimentary Christmas Photo booth will be available for patrons to strike a pose with Darth Santa and the Bounty Hunter Elves from the Mandalorian Mercs Shonare Vhekaldla Clan beginning at 6pm.

Click here for tickets and more information

Get Phoenix Film Festival passes at a 25% savingsDon't forget that you can still pick up passes to the 2013 Phoenix Film Festival at a 25% discount. They make great gifts and they'll just be available at these prices through the end of the year.Click here to get your passes