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Arizona Filmmaker Showcase September – Burdens laid down by the river side

The films selected to screen at last Sunday’s Arizona Filmmaker Showcase were evenly split right down the middle; two very serious films and two comedies, with one nature film to even out the mix. Hosted by Matt Robinson of 'The Dark Of The Matinee,' The Arizona Filmmaker Showcase takes place every last Sunday of the month at [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?’ – Sexy gun control comedy returns to Arizona

After winning both the Audience Choice and Directors Choice awards for 'Best Comedy Feature' at the 22nd Sedona International Film Festival, the next stop for the indie film 'Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?' was (naturally) the Phoenix Film Festival, where the racy comedy directed by Matt Cooper once again entertained audiences during a [...]

By |September 11th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

The Voice That Was Louder Than Before – AZ director presents final film in experimental trilogy

Director Suzanne Steinberg has completed her latest feature film 'The Voice That Was Louder Than Before,' an experimental film shot in Scottsdale Arizona. According to Steinberg, this film completes a trilogy of dark, personal experimental films that began with 'The Sound of Running Water' (2013) and followed by 'Shattered Glass' (2014). Much like her previous [...]

By |September 5th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2016 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival announces winning selections

The 2016 Phoenix Comicon has come and gone daddy gone, leaving only memories and a few nice prizes in the hands of some hardworking filmmakers. The categories for awarding prizes remain the same from previous years but the criteria for the winning selections continues to bemuse and befuddle. Last year found a bevy of gore [...]

By |June 19th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top 5 Arizona-made short films at Phoenix Comicon 2016

The Phoenix Comicon film selections for 2016 offered a generous selection of locally made short films. Some of the films are screening for the very first time at Comicon, while a few have been around for a while. This years collection is a mixed bag of horror, suspense, sci-fi and comedy, with each film bringing [...]

By |May 25th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top 5 AZ indie short films from the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival

The 2016 Phoenix Film Festival is shaping up to be a very memorable experience with an interesting assortment of AZ made indies. This year offers up an impressive batch of films that explore a new direction in local indie; steering clear of long, oversaturated stories jammed with excessive character development and banausic scripting. This year’s [...]

2015 IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge: Good things come to those who wait

The IFP Phoenix Breakout film Challenge took place last week, screening a total of 18 completed films, 4 of which were ineligible for awards. The prizes included 12 pre-paid film festival submissions for the 1st place film, 5 for the 2nd place film and 3 for the third. Reminiscent of the Beat The Clock challenge [...]

By |November 15th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2015 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival Awards: Winning films present diverse styles

The 2015 Phoenix Comicon is over and the cosplayers have all gone home. The color and vibrancy that energized the Phoenix Convention Center is no more and the building has returned to its ugly, smelly former state. I can say without hesitation that this has been the best Phoenix Comicon I have attended and I [...]

By |June 2nd, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top 5 Arizona short films from Phoenix Comicon 2015

Before we dive into the films, let me clear up a little misunderstanding regarding last years must-see movies. Some of the films I suggested were really rough, and in pretty bad shape. Some moviegoers felt as though they had been deliberately led astray like hapless tourists on a Florida vacation, duped into a bargain basement [...]

By |May 19th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Voices From The Grave’: Local indie horror scares up supernatural delights

The locally made horror film “Voices From The Grave” premiered last Friday night at the Tempe Pollack Cinema. Despite the lateness of the screening (9:30 pm, w a y past my bedtime), the premiere was well attended and the theatre filled quickly. Directed by Richard Stoudt and Laurence C. Holloway, “Voices From The Grave” is [...]

By |April 19th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments