Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach's 20 Years in Film

As part of the Phoenix Film Festival this year we'll be presenting "Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach's 20 Years in Film". We will be celebrating Noah's 20 years in film highlighting his work from The High School Years (Squid and the Whale), End of College (Kicking and Screaming), Late 20's, Confusion and Finding Yourself (Frances Ha), and lastly finally becoming an Adult (While We're Young). On Monday, March 30 at 7pm, the Phoenix Film Festival presents The The Squid and the Whale imageSquid and the Whale.  Starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney and Owen Kline, and based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Kicking and Screaming imageOn Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm, we will be showing Kicking and Screaming starring Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz and Samuel Gould. After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to escape their university's pull. Nobody wants to make any big decisions that would radically alter his life, yet none of them wants to end up like Chet, the professional student who tends bar and is in his tenth year of university studies. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Frances Ha ImageOn Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm we have the critically acclaimed Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver. Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

While Were Young 1Finally, our closing night film on Thursday, April 2 at 7pm is Baumbach's latest film While We're Young. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, happily married middle-aged members of New York's creative class.  They tried to start a family and were unable to  and have decided they're okay with that. But as Josh labors over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it's plain that he has hit a dry patch and that something is still missing. Enter Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a free-spirited young couple, who are spontaneous and un-tethered, ready to drop everything in pursuit of their next passion  retro board games one day, acquiring a pet chicken the next. For Josh, it's as if a door has opened back to his youth  or a youth he wishes he once had. It's not long before the restless forty-somethings, Josh and Cornelia, throw aside friends their own age  including Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz in a sly supporting role  to trail after these young hipsters who seem so plugged in, so uninhibited, so Brooklyn cool. "Before we met," Josh admits to Jamie, "the only two feelings I had left were wistful and disdainful." But is this new inspiration enough to sustain collaboration and friendship with a couple twenty years their junior? While We're Young is an openly funny cross-generational comedy of manners about aging, ambition and success, as well as a moving portrait of a marriage tested by the invading forces of youth. No film has better captured the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates: the older ones embracing their iPads and Netflix, the young ones craving vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS