Neon Nights: Parasite
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Neon Nights: Parasite

Parasite

Directed by: Bong Joon-Ho
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Language: Korean

Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity.

Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

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Neon Nights: The Lodge
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Neon Nights: The Lodge

The Lodge

Directed by: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Starring: Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone, Riley Keough

In this psychologically chilling slow burn, a young woman and her reticent new stepchildren find themselves isolated in the family's remote winter cabin, locked away to dredge up the mysteries of her dark past and the losses that seem to haunt them all.

The Lodge was an official selection of Sundance 2019

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Neon Nights: Portrait Of a Lady On Fire
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Neon Nights: Portrait Of a Lady On Fire

Portrait Of a Lady On Fire

Directed by: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Language: French

Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse's first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.

Winner of both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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Neon Nights: Clemency
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Neon Nights: Clemency

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Clemency

Directed by: Chinonye Chukwu
Starring: Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks, Alfre Woodard

How do you salvage your marriage when you are struggling to salvage your soul, your sense of self, and your sense of right and wrong? Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) is a prison warden who, over the years, has been drifting away from her husband while dutifully carrying out executions in a maximum security prison.

When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge), a layer of emotional skin is peeled back, forcing Bernadine to confront the complex—and often contradictory—relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill.

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I Am Cuba
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

I Am Cuba

The Phoenix Film Foundation and the Phoenix Art Museum invite you to the Phoenix premiere screening of the brand new restoration of the 1964 masterpiece I Am Cuba.

Milestone Films first released director Mikhail Kalatozov’s deliriously beautiful masterpiece, I Am Cuba in 1995. Now, decades later, Milestone Films is delighted to have been able to create a brand new restoration of the film from original 35mm fine grain masters they purchased long ago. The newly restored I Am Cuba is even more ravishing and surreal — the improved visuals and the single-language soundtrack allow viewers to experience the film’s extraordinary cinematography, sound editing, and narrative power. Audiences will have no question why this film revolutionized filmmaking in the 1990s and beyond.

Produced by Mosfilm and ICAIC, this film was started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and was designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling romance, Breathless. But I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique — a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist iconography, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. The plot, or rather plots, feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista’s Cuba — deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people.

Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky’s acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots. But I Am Cuba is not just a catalog of bravura technique — it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations. Shown unsubtitled at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I Am Cuba received two standing ovations — during the screening. The first movie ever jointly presented by master filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I Am Cuba is one of the great discoveries in cinema. It will change your view of cinema forever!

This special screening is free for Phoenix Art Museum Members and Phoenix Film Society members.

Tickets are $5 General Admission.

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Phoenix Film Society presents The Goldfinch
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents The Goldfinch

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“The Goldfinch”

 

Directed by: John Crowley

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard

 

Synopsis: Theodore Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Neon Nights: Monos
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Neon Nights: Monos

Monos

Directed by: Alejandro Landes, Christopher Soren Kelly
Starring: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero
Language: Spanish
Rating: NR

On a faraway mountaintop, eight teenaged guerrillas with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as "The Organization." Playing games and initiating cult-like rituals, the children run amok. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Monos was the selected as the Colombian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

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Phoenix Film Society presents "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice"
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice"

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“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”

 

Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Cast: Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne

 

Synopsis: In LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the "rock queen" of the '70s and early '80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson's disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her - and the sound of her voice.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Phoenix Film Society presents 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

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“The Peanut Butter Falcon”

 

Directed by: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

 

Cast: Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes

 

Synopsis: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak's return, to join them on their journey.

 

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Phoenix Film Society presents Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

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“Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love”

Directed by: Nick Broomfield

Synopsis: Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960's bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

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Phoenix Film Society presents Leonard Soloway's Broadway
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents Leonard Soloway's Broadway

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Directed by: Jeff Wolk

Synopsis: Leonard Soloway is an American original and a Broadway legend. In a career that has spanned more than 70 years, Soloway has helped bring to the stage nearly 150 productions that have collected more than 40 Tony Awards, 21 Drama Desk Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes. And at age 90, Leonard is not done, still working to put together yet another show.

Now this extraordinary story is told in LEONARD SOLOWAY’S BROADWAY, a feature-length documentary that goes behind the scenes to show how a master producer brings shows to life, coaxing creativity out of chaos. The movie tells the story of Leonard, at age 87, energetically working to produce Tappin Thru Life, a musical memoir starring veteran dancer and actor Maurice Hines. The movie shows just exactly what a producer does to get a show ready for its New York premiere, and the backstage drama that it takes to keep it alive once it gets there. Interspersed with scenes from the show and backstage are interviews with Broadway luminaries who have worked with Leonard over the years, including John Slattery, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Ashley and others.

Narrated by Campbell Scott, the film is a delightful ride through Broadway’s golden age, illuminated by Leonard’s dry wit and including never-before-heard stories of Marlene Dietrich, Carol Channing, Jason Robards, Lauren Bacall, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch and many other stars of the stage and screen. Leonard also tells stories of his personal journey as a proudly out gay man in an era when a “don’t ask, don’t tell” mentality was the rule, even in many theatrical circles.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Phoenix Film Society presents 5B
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents 5B

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Directed by: Paul Haggis, Dan Krauss

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Synopsis: 5B is the inspirational story of everyday heroes who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the United States. 5B is stirringly told through first-person testimony of the nurses and caregivers who built Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital in 1983, their patients, loved ones, and hospital staff who volunteered to create care practices based in humanity and holistic well-being. The result is an uplifting yet bittersweet monument to a pivotal moment in American history and a celebration of quiet heroes worthy of remembrance and renewed recognition.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Phoenix Film Society presents Late Night
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents Late Night

Directed by:  Nisha Ganatra

Cast: Emma Thompson, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Amy Ryan, Max Casella, Mindy Kaling

Synopsis: Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, who is a legendary late-night talk show host, whose world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer played by Kaling. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Cafe Pino Awards Party
Apr
13
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Pino Awards Party

Who says you need a tent to have a good party? At the Cafe Pino Awards Party, we’ll present the awards for Arizona Films, as well as those from the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. We’ll also be honoring our Arizona Filmmaker of the Year in a special presentation. And if you need any more convincing as to why you should pay this party a visit, guests can also anticipate lively acoustic tunes and tasty good and drink options.

Cafe Pino is located just a few steps South of the Harkins 101 Scottsdale Theatre.

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Phoenix Film Society presents Storm Boy
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents Storm Boy

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“Storm Boy”

Directed by: Shawn Seet

 Cast: Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpilil

 
Synopsis: A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.

THIS FILM IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PHOENIX FILM SOCIETY ONLY

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Phoenix Film Society presents "The Wedding Guest"
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Film Society presents "The Wedding Guest"

“The Wedding Guest”

 

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

 

Cast: Dev Patel, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh         

 

Synopsis: This propulsive, globetrotting thriller from acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom is a breathless tour through the shadowy underworlds and hidden realms of Pakistan and India. Jay is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding - armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be. Despite his cool efficiency, the plot quickly spirals out of control, sending Jay and his hostage on the run across the border and through the railway stations, back alleys, and black markets of New Delhi - as all the while attractions simmer, loyalties shift, and explosive secrets are revealed. Pulsating with the sights and sounds of the Indian subcontinent, The Wedding Guest conjures a colorful world where danger lurks at every turn and nothing is as it seems.


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The Best Scene I've Ever Seen - Best Music Moment
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Best Scene I've Ever Seen - Best Music Moment

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The Best Scene I've Ever Seen - Best Music Moment

Quick! What’s your favorite movie scene? What's the best scene under water? The best car chase? The best scene without any dialogue?

Join the Phoenix Film Foundation for an entertaining evening of opinions, facts and just plain fun as we gather together a group of movie lovers -- just like you -- and try to answer those questions. Our experts will take you on a voyage through cinema as they dive deep into film history to find only the best underrated, and overlooked movie scenes in film history! Then, it's their job to explain why their scene actually is... the best scene they've ever seen.

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Music Moments!

Music is such a pivotal part of film and there are so many songs that make us remember our favorite films and scenes. The Scene Team is ready to present The Best Music Moment Scenes They've Ever Scene.

IFP- Phoenix Member
$7

Phoenix Film Society Member
$7

General Admission
$10


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Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

The Art of Film

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Tickets are just $40 per person and just $30 for members of the Phoenix Film Society. Only 60 tickets will be sold to this event. 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 2019 Phoenix Film Festival

  • Live Music from 76th Street

  • An opportunity to purchase Phoenix Film Festival passes at a discount


Phoenix Film Society Members
$30

General Admission
$40

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IFP Breakout Challenge Film Screening
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

IFP Breakout Challenge Film Screening

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2018 IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge Screening and Awards Event


Join us for the culmination of our Breakout Film Challenge as we screen the completed films and announce the winners. It's a great opportunity to see local films and network with filmmakers. Here's a breakdown of the evening...

7:00pm - Opening remarks followed by a screening of all of the completed short films.

After the screening, there will be a short break followed by the announcement of the award winners.

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