Phoenix Film Festival

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Was there ever really a “film festival” season? It seems you can’t go more than a few weeks without news of films premiering at another film fest, and while we’re only less than three months into the year we’ve already seen two of the big ones in Sundance and SXSW. Smaller fests may not carry the same name recognition, but for filmmakers and film lovers, they’re often just as beloved. The Phoenix Film Festival runs April 4th-11th and celebrates its 13th year of bringing a fine selection of new and award-winning films to Arizona. This year will see over 140 features and shorts playing across the eight days of the fest and, conveniently enough, the fest has once again taken over a multiplex to keep all of the screenings and events in one central location. Check out the official site for more details and to buy tickets. The Spectacular Now has just been announced as the opening night film, and director James Ponsoldt will be on hand as well to introduce and offer a Q&A. The Sundance/SXSW favorite joins other acclaimed films like The East, The Retrieval, Kon-Tiki, and The Kings of Summer in what promises to me a fantastic time at the movies. For all the new films playing though my most anticipated screening is John Carpenter‘s They Live, with Meg Foster in attendance. Keep reading for a look at several of the other features playing this year.

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