The Phoenix Film Festival Features Rwanda & Juliet

from Rwanda and Juliet twitter

from Rwanda and Juliet twitter

Compiled from Film Festival Press Information

The 2016 Phoenix Film Festival runs April 7th through 14th at the Harkins Theatres Scotts-dale 101.

Celebrating their 16th year, the festival will screen more than 150 feature films and shorts. Attendees will be a part of screenings; Q&A sessions with producers, director and talent; enjoy world class entertainment; an impressive silent auction and more.

Thursday, April 7  The opening night premiere event features a cocktail party and a Celebration of the Art of Food in the Party Pavilion. With nearly 20 restaurants presenting a food item, it will be a great opportunity to taste some great food from some of the best of the restaurants in the valley. The cocktail party will be followed by a premiere film screening at the Harkins Cine Capri Theatre at Scottsdale 101.

Friday, April 8 Educational Outreach – The morning session is for Middle-School and High-School Students from across Arizona, who participate in a variety of seminars throughout the morning and early afternoon. Film Screenings begin at 9 am for the public. Enjoy the finest in independent film all day long.

Fox Movie Channel Friday Night Party! It’s Industry Night in the PFF Party Pavilion. From 5– 10pm, actors, directors, producers, agents and everyone else working in the Arizona film industry gather to rub elbows and exchange business cards. At 9pm, the stars come out for some out-of-this-world karaoke until 1 am.

Saturday, April 9 Screenings start at 9 a.m. and go into the night. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Arizona Student Film Festival at 9am to see some of the best and brightest of the next generation of Arizona filmmakers. Kids’ Day: Beginning at 9 a,m,, your budding Spielbergs can learn all about what it takes to make their own movie. Seminars: Saturday afternoon, learn the art of filmmaking from the filmmakers themselves as our seminars take the main stage.

Saturday night is the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley Saturday Night Party. Film goes high fashion as we present Scorpius Dance Theatre in their amazing show, Catwalk! Festival goers can take in a film and dance all night with the party going until 1 a,m.

Sunday, April 10 Film Screenings begin at 9 am and run until 9 pm. The Phoenix Film Festival presents Arts Day at the party pavilion. Learn about some of the coolest arts organizations in the valley with a special seminar panel featuring the state of the arts in Arizona. Stay for the seminars in the afternoon.

And while Sunday may be the last night of the Party Pavilion, it’s the place to be at night. With the party going until midnight, you can see for yourself who will win the coveted Copper Wing Award. Local and national filmmakers will come over to the Pavilion for the 9pm awards hoping to bring home the copper. But everyone wins all night because there’s always a hip DJ and a cool drink on Sunday nights at the Party Pavilion.

Monday, April 11 Film Screenings Start at 10am: Check out the award winners all week long plus some new Arizona premieres.

Tuesday, April 12 Educational Outreach — Screenplay Writing: The morning session is for Middle-school and High-School Students from across Arizona is specifically focused on screenplay writing with an intensive workshop day. Film screenings start at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 13 Educational Outreach – Acting for the Camera: The morning session is for Middle-school and High-School Students from across Arizona and is specifically focused on acting, with professional film actors and casting directors and agents discussing acting. Film screenings start at 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 14 Educational Outreach- Producing and Directing: The morning session is for Middle-school and High-School Students from across Arizona and is specifically focused on producing and directing short films. Film screenings start at 10 a.m. Closing Night Event starts at 7:30 p.m.; A final screening with a big film to close out the 16th Annual Phoenix Film Festival.

In addition to several events, there will be movie screenings that feature Black casts:

Rwanda & Juliet is a documentary that follows eccentric Ivy League professor emeritus Andrew Garrod to Kigali, Rwanda, where he mounts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Rwandan college students from Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds. Twenty years have passed since the 1994 Genocide that left 1,000,000 Tutsis dead. Predominantly orphans, the cast of young Rwandans, led by a stunning, strong-headed Juliet, tackle their country’s past and their own futures as hopes, pasts, personalities and cultures collide and opening night approaches. Showtimes: Friday April 8 at 1:25 p.m., Saturday April, 9 at 3:15 p.m., Sunday April, 10 at 9:45 a.m.

Presenting Princess Shaw is a rousing documentary crowd-pleaser about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her craft secret admirer, Thru You Princess examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age, where showbiz dreams remain but a mouse-click away for even the most hardscrabble striver. Showtimes: Tuesday, April 12 at 7:10 p.m. and Wednesday, April 13th 5:00 p.m.

For information visit phoenixfilmfestival.com

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