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Scottsdale Film Festival Intoduces New Children's Programs

The annual Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for the 13th time on October 4 at Harkins Shea 14 Theaters. The entertainment will continue until October 8.

The festival will showcase local and foreign films, which have not been announced yet. The festival will also introduce a new children’s program that is sponsored by Republic Charities in partnership with Deer Valley Unified School District.

The children’s program will include a live action and animated series of films, curated by the Northe Film Forum’s Seattle International Children’s Film Festival. Your little one can enjoy the theater on October 7 at 10:30 a.m.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to experience the wonder of great filmmaking and explore the art form deeper than a major blockbuster,” says Amy Ettinger, Executive Director of the Scottsdale International Film Festival. “Without Republic Charities belief in and support of this program, we wouldn’t be able to give these kids the chance to see the world from the view of their counterparts around the world.”

Children will hop aboard a celluloid magic carpet and take a trip all the way from the Arctic to Mozambique, with stops along the way to see animated sights in Turkey, Germany, France, Argentina, and India, through movies like Bottle, Istanbul, Chinti and much more!

Films are appropriate for all ages. Ticket will become available on September 3. Prices range from $8 to $12.


"Landfill Harmonic" Exceeds Fundraising Goal

Landfill Harmonic, a documentary produced by Scottsdale’s Alejandra Amarilla Nash that tells the moving story of The Recycled Orchestra exceeded its fundraising goal of $175,000 by nearly 23%. The Kickstarter campaign, which began March 29, raised a total of $214,129, to fund the completion of the film.

Backed by nearly 5,000 people and organizations, Landfill Harmonic surpassed its goal a week prior to its May 15 deadline. “I’m beyond thankful to everyone that has supported this project,” said founder and executive producer, Alejandra Amarilla Nash. “Because of those who donated the orchestra can now use their talents to inspire others on a bigger scale.”

Earlier this week Amarilla Nash and national 60 Minutes news team returned from a 10-day filming tour with the The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. The orchestra consists of a group of children from a shantytown called Cateura, in Paraguay, who play musical instruments made from trash. The Landfill Harmonic film crew remained in Paraguay to wrap-up filming. During the trip both teams got a closer look at the landfill in Cateura and had an opportunity to interview orchestra members.

“The strength and seeing the kids’ progression was amazing,” said Amarilla Nash. “I can’t wait to share with others their stories of resilience and triumph.”

The Landfill Harmonic project began in 2009 and has been led by a Phoenix-based team, which includes Amarilla Nash, producer Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus and executive producing partner Rodolfo Madero.

“Our primary goal now is to complete the film at the end of this year and share this movement with the world,” said Amarilla Nash. “We are one step closer to bringing music to underserved children and youth.”

To learn more about the film or how you can be a part of  The Recycled Orchestra movement, visit: http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com/.

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First-Ever Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival Starts…Now

Yesterday began what will be an historic event in already-historic Jerome, Arizona. Jerome, formerly famous as the “Wicked-est Town in The West” and currently known as AZ’s trendiest ghost-town, is hosting their first-ever Jerome Indie Film and Musical Festival until Sunday, June 16 at various venues around town. Sponsored by local individuals and businesses to Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant and the town of Jerome itself, the festival features over forty films, from documentaries to shorts to music videos. Some of the films we’re looking forward to include Romans Road, Speak No Evil (featuring AZ Big Media’s own Cindy Johnson!) and comedy short Questions.

119357663Bands like Tryst, Threefold Fate and Two in the Chest will perform from 1 to 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Starlit Mine Theatre. Panels and Q&A’s will be hosted throughout the weekend, including Behind the Screens:  What do Film Festivals Want From Filmmakers? from 1:10 – 2:10 p.m. tomorrow at the New State Motor Co. Building.

The Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival was founded by Toni Ross, an Arizona native with a passion for Arizona and Jerome (which has “had [her] heart since she was 6”) and a love for people, adventure, the arts, the Arizona filmmaking community, VW bugs and her children. She states that she “founded this film and music festival on the wings of [her] son, Trey.”

For more information, visit http://jeromefilmfestival.com/


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IPic Theater In Scottsdale Quarter To Offer New Movie-Going Experience

A traditional night out at the movies will be redefined in Scottsdale this December after the opening of IPic Theaters.

The new, eight-auditorium cinema will seat between 71 and 91 people per theater featuring plush seats, pillows, blankets and state-of-the art technology.

IPic movie goers will have the option of choosing between two types of seating: premium seats will feature 30-inch leather chairs or Gold Class seats with custom recliners and foot rests that also offer food-and-beverage service during the movie as well as complimentary popcorn and valet parking.

Dining selections will include a seasonal menu, a 60-bottle wine list, cocktails, beer, breads, salads and desserts. Food and beverage service is available before or after the movie. Those items may also be brought directly into the theater.

A smart phone application is in the works that will enable guests to order food from their seat.
“We will give them as little or as much service as they want,” says Mark Mulcahy, Vice President of Marketing for IPic Theaters. “We’re trying to make sure the people who come in have the greatest experience possible.”

The theater’s opening couldn’t have come at a better time. Its Dec. 17 date will allow it to benefit from the holiday season’s offering of such first-run films including Little Fockers, Tron and True Grit. In an effort to promote a more stress-free environment for its viewers, iPic will not show pre-movie advertisements on the screen.

Apart from bringing an upscale form of movie-going to the Scottsdale area, the theater is also a boon the economy by creating 150 new jobs.

Open-call interviews will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until all positions are filled. Positions include sales and marketing, guest services, and bartending. All new employees will go through a three-week training session.  Training will include educating workers on proper food and wine pairing.
In addition to providing jobs, the theater hopes to further boost the economy by bringing in more business to the surrounding Scottsdale area.

“This is a movie town,” Mulcahy says. “It will be a great asset to Scottsdale’s night life and will increase business for the Scottsdale Quarter as well as driving people over here for movies.”

Until its Dec. 17 opening, IPic is offering a free movie ticket for those who sign up online for its membership services. Members will also receive discounts for online advanced ticket purchases, member-only movie screenings along with weekday promotional events.

“They’re just going to have a better night out,” Mulcahy says. “People like to go out and people like to eat and we’re bringing it all to them.”

For more information on IPic Theaters or to sign up for membership services visit www.ipictheaters.com.

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Arizona On The Silver Screen 1970-1979 (Part 4)

Here’s Part 4 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1970-1979.

  • The Great White Hope 1970 Globe
  • Billy Jack 1971 Prescott
  • Bless the Beasts and Children 1971 Prescott
  • Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 Flagstaff, Kingman
  • Joe Kidd 1972 Tucson
  • Junior Bonner 1972 Prescott
  • Night of the Lepus 1972 Tucson
  • Ulzana’s Raid 1972 Nogales
  • Electra Glide in Blue 1973 Carefree, Phoenix, Sedona
  • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 1974 Tucson
  • Death Wish 1974 Tucson
  • Harry and Tonto 1974 Sedona
  • The Trial of Billy Jack 1974 Canyon de Chelly, Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tucson
  • A Star Is Born 1976 Tempe, Tucson
  • Hawmps! 1976 Tucson
  • The Gumball Rally 1976 Flagstaff, Prescott
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Tucson, Page, Patagonia
  • Damnation Alley 1977 Meteor Crater
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 Page
  • Haunted 1977 Apache Junction
  • Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 Sedona
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 Yuma
  • The Gauntlet 1977 Phoenix, Superior
  • Comes A Horseman 1978 Flagstaff
  • The Frisco Kid 1979 Mescal
  • The Villain 1979 Tucson
  • Wanda Nevada 1979 Prescott