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Phoenix Film Festival

Gears Up For Its 15th Year

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Now In Its 15th Year, The Largest Film Event In The State Will Bring Hollywood Heavyweights And Local Luminaries To North Scottsdale For A Celebration Of Cinema

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

March 19, 2015 — After taking a break for 2014, the 15th Phoenix Film Festival is set to take over the Harkins Scottsdale 101 14, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale, from March 26 through April 2, featuring more than 150 films from local filmmakers and also a smattering of big Hollywood names.

Some of the highlights of the many films being shown at this years festival are While We’re Young, a new dramedy starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver, the world premiere of the documentary A Dog Named Gucci, a film documenting a dog who was set on fire and the man who rescued him, the Sundance Film Festival Favorite Me and Earl and The Dying Girl and for the first time ever, the Arizona Student Film Festival will be part of the Phoenix Film Festival.

The eight-day festival is packed with events each day beyond the scheduled screenings. The days will be filled with various themes and parties for patrons of the festival to enjoy.

March 26 will feature the Opening Night Premiere Event with the presentation of the Phoenix Film Foundation’s Visionary Award as well as the event kick off and cocktail party. March 27 is Industry Night, where everyone working in the film industry will come together to enjoy the festivities and mingle.

The festival won’t only be catering to adults, however. Saturday March 28 is Kids Day, which will allow for festival attendees to bring their children to enjoy movies and seminars that are intended to be enjoyable for both kids and their parents.

Independent filmmaker Chris LaMont, who made the movies Film Club and The Graves, started the Phoenix Film Festival in 2001 with former festival director Golan Ramras, current program director Greg Hall and current world cinema director Slobodan Popovic.

In that time, the festival has taken on a life of its own, with an attendance of 23,000 in 2013, making it the largest film festival in the state by a wide margin. The festival has also been home to some big industry names in the past such as Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne and Tom Arnold.

Those looking to attend the festival have a wide range of options as far as tickets go, depending on how much of the festival they would like to see. Tickets range from $13 for individual screenings to $300 for the platinum festival pass, which includes access to the Opening Night Premiere, all events, parties and priority seating for all showings. All tickets and passes do have student and senior discounts available.

The Phoenix Film Festival is happening from March 26 to April 2 at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 14, 7000 East Mayo Boulevard, Scottsdale. Tickets are available now at the Phoenix Film Festival website or at the Harkins Theater Box office. For more information, full event schedule or to purchase tickets for the event visit the website at http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/ or the events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixFilmFestival.

Ryan Scott is a contributor to Modern Times Magazine. He lives in Mesa.
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