Phoenix Film Festival 2011

[caption id="attachment_410" align="aligncenter" width="310" caption="The Phoenix Film Festival runs March 31-April 7, 2011"]Phoenix Film Festival[/caption]

I'll admit I'm a little biased when it comes to our film festival. I went to high school with the director and he's one of the nicest guys I'm sure I will ever have the pleasure of knowing. So of course anything this guy is associated with is going to be golden in my book. However, there's a long list of supporters of the Phoenix Film Festival, so you don't have to take my biased opinion as gospel. Ask around and you'll see they are well loved so you are going to want to get tickets ASAP.

The Phoenix area sometimes gets an unfair criticism regarding a "supposed" lack of culture and arts. What I have found is that conservative states have less funding for fine arts programs and must instead rely on community activists and volunteers to bring arts to the masses. Over the past decade I have seen amazing groups and organizations go above and beyond to make sure the Phoenix area is filled to the brim with arts and culture. The Phoenix Film Festival has not only become an important fixture in our city's arts community, but has made a name for itself on a national and even international level. As with other art groups, we all benefit from the Film Festival's ultimate labor of love.

This year actors like Peter Weller and Cuba Gooding Jr. may top the list of people to see, but the festival supports it's humble roots with indie and cult favorites as well. I'm personally holding back screams of excitement for Heather Langenkamp who will be in attendance on Saturday. "Nancy Thompson", of the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Dream Warriors and New Nightmare, will be promoting her new "I Am Nancy" documentary. And there are so many other amazing shorts and indie films that are sure to provide a fix for every film-goers favorite genre. Don't worry about being too overwhelmed with choices. They have such an organized set up on their site that guests can read through options, buy tickets and easily add choices to their calendar. They also ticket packages for full event choices or single movie viewings. Every budget can find something an affordable and enjoyable way to participate.

Parents are sure to delight in the Festival's Kids Day on Saturday with tons of fun hands-on activities for the little ones. There will also be a family-friendly film screening at the end of the event. What a wonderful way to get kids involved with the film process and embrace an area of the arts that is often forgotten. Children can learn about how their favorite films are made and gain a whole new respect for how much time, energy and work is behind the process.

For more information visit the Phoenix Film Festival site.

If you plan on attending, what or who are you looking forward to seeing? Which films are on your calendars? I look forward to seeing you all there. Come back and tell me what you thought.



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