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Phoenix Film Festival is movie fans’ Mecca

Monte Yazzie ~ Movie Columnist~ 3/25/2015

PHOENIX – Can you smell the popcorn? The 15th Annual Phoenix Film Festival returns this weekend to North Phoenix at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theaters from March 26 to April 2. For the movie fan, that’s eight days of movies, popcorn, and socializing with some talented filmmakers and other movie fans who share a love for the cinema. The Phoenix Film Festival brings another exceptional lineup.
The opening night film is “Danny Collins” starring Al Pacino and Annette Bening. Pacino plays an aged rock star who has a life changing moment when he discovers a letter written to him by John Lennon. Playing on Saturday night is the winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl”, a film about a high school senior forced to spend time with a girl he barely knows from his childhood, who was also recently diagnosed with cancer.
Running concurrently with the Phoenix Film Festival is the 10th Annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Festival, a unique counterpart to the PFF that displays the best of genre filmmaking. With the United States Premier of director Marcus Nispel’s “Exeter”, a horror comedy about a group of young people who encounter an evil spirit in an asylum, and the 2014 Spirit Award Winner “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”, a story about a lonely woman in Tokyo who believes that a VHS tape holds a treasure map to a suitcase of buried money in North Dakota, the options for original genre films are abundant.
For film fans, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival Web site at www.PhoenixFilmFestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.  For more information, call (602) 955-6444 or visit www.PhoenixFilmFestival.com.