Phoenix Film Festival is the place to be this weekend for anyone with an interest in local filmmaking. The AZ indie filmmakers have covered every base, presenting several short films, a web series and feature length films.
Beginning tonight at 5pm, the first season of “Hangin’ With Fidel” hits the screen. The comedy web series looks in on the daily exploits of two easygoing guys (Sean Mullaney and Jordan Ignacio) who happen to share an apartment with Fidel Castro (Gabriel Loyer). This web series is presented in classic sitcom style: a catchy theme song, laugh track, physical comedy, catch phrases, and concludes with weekly moral lessons.
At 7:30 pm, the long awaited premiere of the (all AZ) feature film “Paranoia” will be screening. A psychological thriller from tireless AZ indie director Bivás Biswas and filmmaker Diane Dresbeck, “Paranoia” is a complex, plot driven story featuring several familiar faces from the local indie scene. Ambitious detective, Ben (James Ray) investigates the murder of his wife’s best friend’s husband (Shane Dean). Alaina Denison (Katherine Stewart) holds the key to the mystery of her husband’s death, but struggles between a world of reality and imagination brought on by experimental drugs from her infertility treatment program.
Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, the Arizona Showcase will present six short films dealing with everything from incompetent car thieves to clumsy cultists. Spoiler alert! You can read the reviews for some of the films screening at the Arizona Showcase here.
Immediately following the Arizona Showcase, Arizona Shorts fill the screen with 11 films. This selection offers a terrific mix of AZ challenge films, as well as the premiere of “Parallax,” the graduate thesis film of UAT instructor Paul DeNegris. Director Chris Redish checks in (what would a film festival be without a Chris Redish film?) with his Sedona made comedy “Leviticus: God’s Law.” The reviews for some of the films screening during the Arizona Shorts program are available here.
Come out and see that movie you were in one more time, on the big screen. Or take a look at what the local indie filmmakers are up to. Whatever format or genre’ or style of filmmaking you can think of, it’s all being done, right here in Arizona.
The Phoenix Film Festival runs from March 29th through April 5th 2012.