2017 Weekend Workshop Schedule

Hosted by Festival alumni and veteran podcasters, our weekend workshop series is designed to enhance your experience at the Phoenix Film Festival by bringing together filmmakers, film lovers and industry professionals. Be a part of the conversation!

This year’s filmmaker panels will include a special Sunday podcast, featuring some of our visiting filmmakers. There is something for everyone to learn at the the Phoenix Film Festival's Weekend Workshops!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday is ARTS DAY! We celebrate the collaboration of diverse art forms and disciplined crafts that create the multimedia entertainment that you see in the theater, at the movies, on your TV and on the Web. Our Saturday line-up includes filmmakers of diverse backgrounds, cultures, gender and ethnicity; artistic professionals who shape our culture through contributions in performing arts; and a selection of some of our many feature and short film directors. 

3:30 PM

The Power of the Arts

Hosted by David Appleford
Phoenix Critics Circle Member
davidappleford.com

Panelists:
Lisa Starry, Director of Scorpius Dance Theatre

Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman, 
Subject of the documentary, HAPPY

Irin Daniels, Music producer, filmmaker, educator

Kevin NashWaking David

Virginia Olivieri, Valley Director & Actor

Ron May, Director
Stray Cat Theatre

2:30PM

DIverse perspectives

Hosted by Leigh Ann Dolan
The Governor (2007)

Panelists:
Boise Esquerra, H.A.M. 

Paul Sanchez,
Mysterious Ways

Daniel Maldonado, H.O.M.E.

Concepcion Alicino, Secondhand Hearts

Alexandria Rizik, Contentment

 

5:30PM

Let's talk about...
Music in film

Hosted by Monte Yazzie
Festival Director, IHSFF

Panelists:
Jody Lambert
Brave New Jersey

Rick HamiltonChoices

Michael MckinleyHAPPY

Chris Cowden, Sweet Oil

 

 

4:30PM

DIRECTORS' ROUNDTABLE

Hosted by Brian Ronalds 
Netherbeast Incorporated (2007)

Panelists:
Victoria NegriGold Star

Jeff Kimble,  The Dutchman

Thomas MarcheseFALLEN

Austin Everett
Secondhand Hearts

Jordan HorowitzPainless

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday is GEEK DAY! We celebrate all things geeky by examining the fan-driven ethos of modern films. "Ethos" is defined as the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations. Whether we're talking about classic periods of the past, wholly-spun worlds of the future, or unexplored and mysterious cultures of the present; we use movies to give substance to our imaginations. Our Sunday panels explore the art of how screenwriters and actors breath life into characters who may never have existed before. Then we'll talk with horror and sci-fi filmmakers about their own special worlds. We end the day with the return of a favorite podcast from last year's Festival. 

3:30PM

SCREENWRITERS' ROUNDTABLE

Hosted by Paul Osborne 
Official Rejection (2009)

Panelists:
Julian Fort, The Midnighters

Oz Guttman,    
Land of the Little People

John Serpe, The Happys

Nicholas Thurkettle,
The Retriever

Kevin NashWaking David

 

 

 

 

 

2:30PM

ACTORS AND THE CHARACTERS THEY PLAY

Hosted by Bay Dariz  
Welcome to Happiness (2015)

Panelists:
Phillip Rhys, The Scarecrow

Mallory Corinne,
Secondhand Hearts

Mark DiConzo, Unnerved

Ben Isaacs,
Secondhand Hearts

Robert Rodenbach, IM'perfect

5:30 PM

Drinks & Discourse: Comic Book Films

Hosted by
Brent Hankins & Kyle Wilson

Panelists:
Nicholas Thurkettle, 

The Retriever

David Miller, L.A.S.E.R. Pen

Tyler Riggs, L.A.S.E.R. Pen

Paul DeNigris, Toppled

 

 

 

4:30PM

THE WORLDS OF HORROR AND SCIENCE FICTION

Hosted by Matthew Robinson Phoenix Critics Circle Member
darkofthematinee.com

Panelists:
Letia Clouston, The 6th Friend

Gary King, Unnerved

Anthony Ambrosino, Painless

Greg Emetaz, Spell CLAIRE