The Phoenix Film Festival puts the spotlight on themes and films that most Arizona filmgoers would not get to see.

 

Spotlight on...
Women Filmmakers

Women directors may be grossly underrepresented in Hollywood, but women filmmakers are alive and working in independent film. Join us while we watch and discuss some groundbreaking films made by women.

 

Spotlight on... Documentaries

Join us as we watch and discuss some of the best in non-fiction cinema. These films have not been shown to the Phoenix filmgoing audience before. If you are a doc lover (like we are), this spotlight series is not to be missed!

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DECEMBER 1: CHICKEN PEOPLE
7PM
HARKINS SCOTTSDALE 101

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DECEMBER 8: ALL WE HAD
7PM
HARKINS SCOTTSDALE 101

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.

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.

CHICKEN PEOPLE 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?”

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 12: TBD
7PM
HARKINS SCOTTSDALE 101

January 5: FOREVER PURE
7PM
HARKINS SCOTTSDALE 101

 

Beitar Jerusalem Football Club is the most popular and controversial football team in Israel: it is the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player.

Midway through the 2012-13 season, a secretive transfer deal by the owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, brought two Muslim players from Chechnya. The deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sport that sent the club spiraling out of control.

Director Maya Zinshtein bring us one season in a life of this famed club -- a story of Israeli society, personal identity, politics, money and a window into how racism is destroying a team and society from within.