Delightful Road Picture Just Added: PICKIN' & GRINNIN

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 0 comments
PICKIN AND GRINNIN added to FFF2010's Road Picture Program!
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome PICKIN AND GRINNIN to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

PICKIN AND GRINNIN dir. John Gries
Two down and out brothers (the Johnsons), who come from a long legacy of losers, decide to give their dream of musical stardom one last chance. Leaving the ghosts of failure behind them, they set out in their 1976 Winnebago Brave from their hometown of Banning California, to Music City, Nashville Tennessee to win the 'Sing-A-Ling' contest. This musical road trip of redemption will show the brothers why they started playing music in the first place and just what it means to be a brother.

What's that? You're wondering if Kenny Loggins has a brilliant role in the film? Yes, the answer is yes, he does indeed. And you're also hoping that there would be an appearance by comedy legend Garrett Morris? That was arranged, too.

Submission Deadline is Here

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Wowie. Today is the big day. The very last day for submitting your film to our very first film festival. We've already watched hundreds of shorts and features but we want to see YOUR FILM TOO.

It's time to get on it, folks! Submission will be available until MIDNIGHT ON JULY 1, 2010. At "press time", that's precisely 12 hours and 42 minutes away.

Take the time to submit any genre of film, created after Jan. 1, 2009. Do this now, so that you can join us in August. You absolutely want to BE THERE FROM THE BEGINNING!

Submissions are open through midnight via our listing on Withoutabox.

Living Off the Grid: WOODSY

Monday, June 28, 2010 0 comments
WOODSY To Screen at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short documentary WOODSY to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

WOODSY dir. Alicia Nogueria
Living fully off the grid (and partially outside the law) is a rewarding way of life for two characters in this homegrown film. Telluride director Alicia Nogueira profiles Angela Mallard and David Brankley, locals who are fully engaged in this community, yet they choose to live in the woods, where they feel more aligned with the natural world. Woodsy is an inspiration as well as a clear choice.

Immigration Issues from a Spanish Perspective

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND (IN) SECURITY To Screen at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND (IN) SECURITY to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND (IN) SECURITY dir. Pablo Gomez-Castro 
A couple waits at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office. They have been waiting forever. A clerk finally receives them and gets to revising their file. He embodies the most feared aspects of U.S. Immigration Laws: their inflexibility and the cumbersome procedures they entail. The couple have already answered many questions, passed several tests and filled in many forms. However, this clerk is very suspicious of their relationship and wants to further interview them to find out whether their marriage is legitimate or whether they got married to defraud the system.

Gomez-Castro's film will be shown as part of our program on Immigration & Border issues.

CARE Screens at FFF2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010 0 comments
Short Doc CARE To Screen at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome a poignant short doc, CARE to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

CARE dir. Erica Gronek
Care is the story of one woman's journey to get long term care for her mentally ill and ailing mother. Stuck in the 'sandwich generation' she is both caring for her mom and her young son. She is troubled by her mother's obvious cognitive impairment yet struggles to build a case with the state long term care agency. She finds that there is a gaping hole between care for the body and the mind as well as for the intersection of mental health and aging.

About the Flagstaff Film Festival
We're celebrating our inaugural year this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona. We're celebrating all film genres and spicing things up with several special programs, workshops, live podcasts, and panel discussions.

About Flagstaff
Beautiful and historic Flagstaff Arizona is hosting the first Flagstaff Film Festival, and we could not be happier!  Situated on classic Route 66, Flagstaff is the place to go for history, science, endless nature, and some pretty darn cool indie folks.

About the Venue
A classic town of unprecedented beauty, Flagstaff has a theater that is just as perfect as the Flagstaff weather in August.  The Orpheum Theater, originally constructed in 1911, boasts plentiful seating, a balcony, a full bar, and even a lounge for filmmakers to mingle with one another.

Contacts
Meg Askey, Director | meg@flagstafffilmfestival.org
Valerie Richarmé-Grotto, Marketing & Publicity | valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

Scheduling Has Begun

Thursday, June 24, 2010 0 comments

Three Brilliant Words: PHONE SEX GRANDMA

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PHONE SEX GRANDMA Added to FFF2010 Film Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to present PHONE SEX GRANDMA to audiences this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

PHONE SEX GRANDMA, dir. Jack Truman
Simply put, this short doc focuses on a 60-something grandmother who works a phone sex line in a small Southern ghost town.

We Have Another Web Series to Share! HITMANNING!

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HITMANNING!
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to exhibit portions of a comedy web series for audiences this summer! SOLO joins a full roster of other independently-produced media projects to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

HITMANNING! dir. Ian Hinck
In HITMANNING! two friends discover that the man who has been sleeping on their couch for the past few years is actually a hitman known as Doug 'The Florist' Thornton when police burst into their home and take him away. The two quickly learn that The Florist (who is also actually a florist) had been paying all their bills when the power company cuts them off. They decide to open one of the mysterious black envelopes that keep arriving at their apartment and try their hand at HITMANNING! As could be expected the two lovable slackers aren't as good at being assassins as they might have hoped. Yet somehow, despite their ineptitude, their targets always seem to die mysterious deaths. When The Florist breaks out of prison he decides to take them along on his hits and they see how a real pro goes about being a hitman.

Of Course You'll Like SOLO ... It's Funny AND Set In Space!

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SOLO Added to FFF2010 Film Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to exhibit portions of a comedy web series for audiences this summer! SOLO joins a full roster of other independently-produced media projects to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

SOLO dir. Jorge Urbina
Our hero, Scott Drizhal, is chosen to go on a solo, 3 year mission to Mars as part of a reality series. Unfortunately the show is canceled and Scott is now stuck on a round-trip ticket to Mars and back. With no company in deep space other than a smart-ass, artificially-intelligent ship computer (PHAL), his wife declaring him legally dead so she can claim the millions in insurance, a Napoleonic producer whose hubris lands him and the show into Japanese mafia infested waters and a malfunctioning, prototype ship that was never meant to fly to Mars… Hilarity ensues.

TRANSMISSION To Delight Flagstaff Audiences with Unparalleled Weirdness

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 0 comments






TRANSMISSION
(Run-time: 52m) dir. Alex Kopel
An alien crashes to Earth in the form of a famous movie cowboy, with the message that humans are destroying the Universe through negative thoughts and actions. Nobody believes him, and the alien succumbs to human ways of lust, violence, and gluttony himself until he finally figures out how to save time and space with one epic image. Soundtrack from Igor Stravinsky's 'The Firebird'.

  • Screenings: World Premiere in Flagstaff, Opening Day, Monday August 9, 2010
  • Trailer: youtube * imdb
  • Links: facebook event
  • Tasty tidbit: This film was inspired by a visit to  Meteor Crater, located just 35 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40!





Animated Short RUSTBUCKET Is Even More Delightful Than It Sounds!

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Add RUSTBUCKET To Your Must-See List!
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome another great animated short, RUSTBUCKET, to our roster of independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

RUSTBUCKET, dir. David Meyers
Jarito is a young boy living all alone in a dusty post apocalyptic junkyard. His only link to the past is a strange golden disk with strange symbols on it. Then one day a mysterious piece of junk falls from the sky bearing similar markings to that of his disk. But before Jarito can examine the junk further, he gets interrupted by another strange machine that has come from up above and seems to seek destruction to whatever gets in its way.

BREAK UP/BREAK DOWN dir. Yael Singer (Israel)

Sunday, June 20, 2010 0 comments
BREAK UP/BREAK DOWN screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome BREAK UP/BREAK DOWN, to our the growing list of compelling independent shorts to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

BREAK UP/BREAK DOWN, dir. Yael Singer, (Hebrew w/ English subtitles) addresses the human desire to be loved, embraced, independent, respected.

Dir. Dylan Kelley Premieres PROUD MARY at FFF2010

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PROUD MARY Added to FFF2010 Film Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the moving short PROUD MARY to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

PROUD MARY dir. Dylan Kelley
This heartwarming experience accompanies Mary through trepidatious times of imminent change and her search for inner harmony.

dir. J. M. Aragon To Screen Two Short Docs

Saturday, June 19, 2010 0 comments
J. M. Aragon screens two shorts at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival happily welcomes two short docs from director J. M. Aragon,  TUCSON YOUTH RISE UP and ARIZONA RESISTE, to our roster of engaging independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

TUCSON YOUTH RISE UP
A youth movement in Tucson galvanizes students to take action against Arizona laws that ban ethnic studies in their schools.

ARIZONA RESISTE
A movement in Arizona begins as youth organize themselves in protest that sparks national attention toward the anti-immigrant laws in Arizona.

Find The Perfect Shoes, Run To See SNEAKERS & SOUL

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1 comments
SNEAKERS & SOUL Added to FFF2010 Film Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome SNEAKERS & SOUL to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

SNEAKERS & SOUL dir. Jonathan Zelenak
“You should always have a perfect bed and comfortable shoes, because when you’re not in one, you’re in the other.”

This is the credo of Johnny-boy Bailey’s late father, Murray, a man whose passion for life and love for adventure was an inspiration to all. It is also the credo that has haunted Johnny-boy, an overworked and under-enthused lawyer from South Jersey who finds himself trapped in a routine as dull as the black loafers he spends every day in. When Johnny-boy inherits a pair of blue sneakers and a key to a mysterious New York City apartment from his father, he is given a chance to find a new direction for himself and live up to his father’s legacy.

With his best friend, Ace, by his side Johnny-boy slips on the sneakers and the two embark on foot for a journey spanning the state of New Jersey to the Big Apple. It’s a trip that will not only bring them to the brink of friendship, but also give them a chance to rediscover the connections that matter most in this world.

Sit. Stay. GOOD BOY Screens at FFF2010

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GOOD BOY Screams I Mean Screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the so-scary-it-almost-made-me-cry feature GOOD BOY to our roster of films screening this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

GOOD BOY dir. Patrick Roddy

GOOD BOY is the story follows a young man in a dead end job, who steals from his employer and hits the road for a new life. His journey to freedom is derailed by a mysterious, sadistic killer and his human pets.

  • Screenings: Arizona International Film Festival
  • Trailer: vimeo
  • Links: myspace
  • See in in Flagstaff:  Tuesday, August 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM
  • Tasty Tidbit: "Good Boy is a stunning film and reinforces my belief that director Patrick Roddy is destined for great things!" [read full review at fatally-yours.com]

Films You'll See At FFF2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 0 comments
We've viewed around 100 films so far this season and have accepted about 1/3 of those submissions. Here's a quick look at some of the films that will screen at FFF2010. Take a good long look, because tickets go on sale next week and we're sure you'll want to know what to expect.

111 DEGREES LONGITUDE, dirs. Yuri Makino and Cindy Stillwell
Directors Yuri Makino and Cindy Stillwell’s documentary crosses the 111th meridian to speak with two very different women in two very different parts of the U.S. With one in Tucson, AZ and the other in Bozeman MT, they each share their stories and questions about life’s expectations, family, and what it is that is keeping them in their respective locations. The similarities between them and indeed, humans on the whole, become apparent.

3-IRON dir. MATT KAZMAN
Synopsis: In this dark comedy, Frank is a meek, passive man who gets no respect from his wife and his overactive, borderline-violent 8-year-old son, over whom he has no control. His escape is golf, but this Saturday his routine is interrupted when he accidentally discovers his wife's affair with a sweaty neighbor. For the first time in his life, he reacts in an aggressive way, unintentionally gaining his son’s attention and admiration in the process.

389 MILES "LIVING THE BORDER" dir. Luis Carlos Romero-Davis
Synopsis: A human journey, a story documented by director Luis Carlos Romero-Davis who grew up in the shadow of the Mexico-Arizona border. It presents the raw, daily life of human beings compromised economically, and the potential rewards for those who exploit them. There is no purely good side or bad, only the steel wall or a strand of rusty barbed wire and the complex web of human emotions and issues forged by them—survival, human trafficking, rape, corruption, evil and grace in many disguises.

THE ART OF CHER LYN: A HEALING JOURNEY, dir. Kurt Lancaster
Synopsis: An exploration of visual artist Cher Lyn and her spiritual paintings based on her vision quests. Explores her abusive past and how she uses painting as a form of 'medicine' in order to bring healing to herself.

CHASE THOMPSON, A FILM BY CHASE THOMPSON, dir. Vincent Lin
Synopsis: When up and coming filmmaker Chase Thompson is hired to direct a lackluster romance film, the foolhardy director takes it as an opportunity to fire the crew and turn the film into his own zombie slaying masterpiece, starring himself. When studio executives notice their film isn't the one being made, Chase must decide which film is the one he truly wants to direct.

CLEMENCY, dir. Joseph Albanese
Synopsis: Arthur Poe (Cris D’Annunzio) is a sadistic killer who likes to torture his victims. In 1993, he was captured and subsequently convicted by the state of Virginia for several gruesome murders. Poe received a sentence of death. Years later and days before his execution, the newly elected governor granted Poe clemency based on a testimony given by a forensic psychologist during Poe’s murder trial. The testimony convinced the governor that Poe deserves psychiatric care rather than death. Many are outraged by the governor’s act of leniency. A reporter (Maury Morgan) takes on Poe in an interview seeking to shed light on the emotionally charged topic. What she learns can never be forgotten or forgiven.

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER dir. Bill Plympton
Synopsis:  Award-winning animator Bill Plympton's newest animated short, THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER is the tragic story of a bovine seduced by advertising led down the path of butchers and carnivores.

CRAVEN dir. Robert Fullerton
Synopsis: Alex Petrov, once a Russian hockey prodigy, left his family as a young man to come to Canada to live his dream. Now, 20 years later, he is just another immigrant, popping pills and pimping his glory days as he tries to sell people security systems. He shares a house with his two teenage kids who live in their own world and they all try to forget the woman that was once there.

DEL:100 , dir. Craig Volk
Synopsis: Del:100 is a visually haunting documentary short that highlights the career of centenarian journalist Delores Plested. Born in 1908, Del witnessed and reported on many of the major events of the 20th century. Her life experiences included writing for the New York Times and The Ladies Home Journal in the 1940s, observing the Hindenburg dirigible before its tragic crash and meeting many celebrities. Later, she was a trail blazing female reporter in Colorado who covered Eisenhower, Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover when Ike had his summer White House in Denver. Del also covered Jackie Kennedy’s Aspen holiday with John-John and Caroline. Her amazing life is celebrated in her own words and accompanied by poetic cinematography and a jazz score. Del:100 offers to the viewer a poignant account on the amazing life experiences of this bold woman.

DELUSION, dir. Alexander Markov
Synopsis: An artist attempts to put his fantasies on canvas. The artistic process opens him up to new and unexpected ideas and this awakening gives him a new life. In his new world there are no borders between the real and imagined worlds.

DREAMING OF HAIR, dir. Dara Elerath
Synopsis:  A text-based animation inspired by a poem of the same name by writer Li-Young Lee. Animated by Dara Elerath and narrated by the renowned artist and puppeteer Michael McCormick. The poem is about waking up and finding your lover's hair in your mouth. The imagery and visuals use are done in a Kinetic Text style that evokes the sensuality and romance inspired by the poem.

FAITH HEALER, dir. Adam Hirsch
Synopsis: An engrossing thriller, the story of an alleged healer, Jefferson Bull Fermor, who sat for two interviews of a documentary before unexpectedly fleeing. Shortly after, the filmmakers found an old box, the contents of which allowed them a glimpse into his mysterious life.

FIRST NIGHT, written & directed by Julius Galacki
Synopsis:  First Night is a neurotic comedy that finds a couple in bed after having sex for the first time with less than stellar results.

FLUORESCENT GRAY, dir. Leo Age
Synopsis: Something bad is happening in a marriage that no one wants to confront.

HILLMON'S BONES, dir. Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
Synopsis: Three University of Colorado professors journey to uncover a mystery regarding the identity of a body buried in Lawrence, Kansas in 1879. A young widow, a decades-long lawsuit, suspected insurance fraud, two grave exhumations, six separate trials, two unusual Supreme Court rulings, and uncertain identities culminate in a riveting tale chronicled in the documentary Hillmon's Bones.

KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ, dir. Tessa Moran
Synopsis: Chronicling the changing kibbutz through the eyes of some of its most devoted members, Keeping the Kibbutz examines the challenges faced by a community in transition. While some members faced heartbreak, others found new opportunities, and the kibbutz marched toward an inevitable end. A story about nostalgia, the effects of communal living and the hope for what lies ahead, Keeping the Kibbutz captures the lingering ghost of a movement left behind.

MARS, dir. Geoff Marslett
Synopsis: The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way we discover that love - biological, spiritual, and even mechanical - can flourish in all kinds of ways.

MY FATHER'S SON, dir. JorDan Fuller
After picking up his son Carlos from a Mexican orphanage, Miles and the boy head out on the road for the States. Struggling to connect and unable to speak each other’s language, their new beginning is quickly wrecked as they become stranded in the desert overnight. Finding themselves blood-related strangers, they must now face the past and any possibility of a future together.

QUESTION, dir. Dara Elerath
Synopsis:  A short, experimental poem-collage based on the work of May Swenson, created and narrated by Dara Elerath. This was as elf-directed learning project. All skills and techniques used were created by the artist's own experimentation and problem solving. This project has led to subsequent projects and the discovery that there is a deep affinity for this particular art form.

ROCK DOVE, dir. Christopher Burke
Synopsis: Recently released from prison, Rodney Sinclair, sets out to reconnect with his family, and start living the life he has always longed for. It has been 10 years since he has seen his daughter, but he is determined to get to know the woman she has become. As he begins to put his life back together, Rodney is faced with a life long obsession that threatens to unravel him.

TELEFONE, dir. Jeffrey Bliss
Synopsis: Two isolated individuals desperately search to make connections. Amidst their loneliness, mysterious gift boxes containing rotary telephones begin appearing around them. Upon spinning the dial, the callers are transported to favorable experiences with the people they love and miss. However, the increasing number of calls overwhelms a maniacal switchboard operator. Connections become confused and ultimate destruction is never far away.

TO THOSE WHO WAIT dir. William Norton
Synopsis: Simply put, a waitress and bartender, longing to close, are frustrated by lingerers looking for love.

TWO MEN, TWO COWS, TWO GUNS dir. Pardis Parker
Synopsis: Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns is an unpredictable comedy short from Canadian filmmaker Pardis Parker. This is a delightfully odd short containing sharp dialogue and hilarious action that unfolds at a breakneck pace.

urFRENZ, director Jeff Phillips
Starring Lily Holleman, Gayla Goehl, and Najarra Townsend, urFrenz is a feauture-length drama that convincingly reflects the all-too-real downside and functionality of social networking sites and their impact on teens, families, and society.  Director Jeff Phillips teams up with producer Jana Winternitz to re-create the chaotic and often silent world of cyber-bullying.  When lonely young Catharine (Holleman) thoughtlessly posts a rumor about an old friend (Townsend) on the fictional social networking site UrFrenz, it starts the ball rolling on a catastrophic spiral into the dark side of cyber-bullying and social pressures that teens face every day, both online and at school.  urFrenz highlights the relationships between parents and children, demonstrating through a series of escalating events the digital generation gap and the harsh realities of online socialization for teens.

WEIGHTLOSS, dir. Roman Arriola
Synopsis: This is a documentary about Alex Anaya trying to lose weight. He hires a strange trainer, Travis, who creates more problems than solves. Alex has a reason for losing weight, and her name is Priscilla, a girl that jogs in front of his house every sunset. Alex puts all his effort into losing weight, but somehow it always seems to rain on his goal.

WICKED BAD, dir. Brandon Barker
Edward, 16, is not entirely discreet about his foray into Devil worship. Fed-up, Edward’s militant older brother hires George, an irreverent out-of-work actor, to masquerade as the devil himself, all to teach Edward a valuable life lesson. Through much trial-and-error, George convinces the boy that he is indeed the Devil incarnate. Hilarious yet unintentional advice helps Edward get the girl, revenge upon his brother, and ultimately a deeper understanding of what he really wants out of life. Unexpected results unfold as the larger-than-life actor quickly becomes the father figure Edward never intended.

WRECKED dir. Luke Ralston
Synopsis: Be careful about talking on a cell phone while driving. This short animation follows a man humorously forced to confront his own mortality after suffering a devastating car accident. Encountering a few new characters and arriving at some unwanted conclusions before he is ushered into the afterlife. Enjoy this cautionary animated tale from dir. Luke Ralston.

WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER, dir. Charles Fairbanks
Synopsis:  Wrestling with my Father features my father sitting on bleachers, facing the camera. We hear a whistle and he tenses up, reacting physically to the action that remains offscreen, hidden to us. He plants his feet, sways his hips, leans, grabs, and grimaces, wrestling - or is it dancing? - with the object of his gaze.

Connections Explored: TELEFONE to screen at FFF2010

Monday, June 14, 2010 0 comments
Connections Explored: TELEFONE Added to FFF2010 Film Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome TELEFONE to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

TELEFONE dir. Jeffrey Bliss
Two isolated individuals desperately search to make connections. Amidst their loneliness, mysterious gift boxes containing rotary telephones begin appearing around them. Upon spinning the dial, the callers are transported to favorable experiences with the people they love and miss. However, the increasing number of calls overwhelms a maniacal switchboard operator. Connections become confused and ultimate destruction is never far away.


About the Flagstaff Film Festival
We're celebrating our inaugural year this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona. We're celebrating all film genres and spicing things up with several special programs, workshops, live podcasts, and panel discussions.

About Flagstaff
Beautiful and historic Flagstaff Arizona is hosting the first Flagstaff Film Festival, and we could not be happier!  Situated on classic Route 66, Flagstaff is the place to go for history, science, endless nature, and some pretty darn cool indie folks.


About the Venue
A classic town of unprecedented beauty, Flagstaff has a theater that is just as perfect as the Flagstaff weather in August.  The Orpheum Theater, originally constructed in 1911, boasts plentiful seating, a balcony, a full bar, and even a lounge for filmmakers to mingle with one another.

Contacts:
Meg Askey, Director | meg@flagstafffilmfestival.org
Valerie Richarmé-Grotto, Marketing & Publicity | valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

Bittersweet, Understated ROCK DOVE Added to FFF2010 Film Roster

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Bittersweet, Understated ROCK DOVE Added to FFF2010 Film Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the dramatic short ROCK DOVE to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

ROCK DOVE dirs. Tommy Walsh and Christopher Burke
Recently released from prison, Rodney Sinclair, sets out to reconnect with his family, and start living the life he has always longed for. It has been 10 years since he has seen his daughter, but he is determined to get to know the woman she has become. As he begins to put his life back together, Rodney is faced with a life long obsession that threatens to unravel him.

About the Flagstaff Film Festival
The Flagstaff Film Festival celebrates our inaugural year this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona. We're celebrating all film genres and spicing things up with several special programs, workshops, live podcasts, and panel discussions.

About Flagstaff
Beautiful and historic Flagstaff Arizona is hosting the first Flagstaff Film Festival, and we could not be happier!  Situated on classic Route 66, Flagstaff is the place to go for history, science, endless nature, and some pretty darn cool indie folks.

About the Venue
A classic town of unprecedented beauty, Flagstaff has a theater that is just as perfect as the Flagstaff weather in August.  The Orpheum Theater, originally constructed in 1911, boasts plentiful seating, a balcony, a full bar, and even a lounge for filmmakers to mingle with one another.

Contacts:
Meg Askey, Director | meg@flagstafffilmfestival.org
Valerie Richarmé-Grotto, Marketing & Publicity | valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

Bovine Confusion Explored by Bill Plympton in THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

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The new Bill Plympton short THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER, to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER dir. Bill Plympton
Award-winning animator Bill Plympton's newest animated short, THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER is the tragic story of a bovine seduced by advertising led down the path of butchers and carnivores.

About the Flagstaff Film Festival
The mission of the Flagstaff Film Festival is simple – we want to showcase quality independent films and filmmakers without all of the pretention of big city festivals. In our first year the Flagstaff Film Festival is growing and developing new partnerships, making new friends, and exhibiting independent films from international filmmakers. There will be panel discussions, premieres, frolicking good times, and so much to take in, so come along and join us. Like we say, be there from the beginning and take part in the First Annual Flagstaff Film Festival.

About Flagstaff
Beautiful and historic Flagstaff Arizona is hosting the first Flagstaff Film Festival, and we could not be happier! Situated on classic Route 66, Flagstaff is the place to go for history, science, endless nature, and some pretty darn cool indie folks.

About the Venue
A classic town of unprecedented gorgeousness, Flagstaff Arizona has a theater that is just as perfect as the Flagstaff weather in August. The Orpheum Theater, originally constructed in 1911, boasts plentiful seating, a balcony, a full bar, and even a lounge for filmmakers to mingle with one another.

For more information, questions, and submissions, please contact us.
Meg Askey, Director: meg@flagstafffilmfestival.org
Valerie Richarme-Grotto, Marketing: valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

Ever seen a metacinematic thriller? FAITH HEALER, dir. Adam Hirsch, a Must-See at FFF2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010 0 comments
FAITH HEALER screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short, kinda-doc kinda-not, FAITH HEALER, to our the growing list of compelling independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

FAITH HEALER, dir. Adam Hirsch
FAITH HEALER is an engrossing thriller, the story of an alleged healer, Jefferson Bull Fermor, who sat for two interviews of a documentary before unexpectedly fleeing. Shortly after, the filmmakers found an old box, the contents of which allowed them a glimpse into his mysterious life.

The film unravels the documentary form while searching for truth. Fact becomes blended together with fiction, and façades begin to crack. The result is an engrossing mystery, a reflection on form, and, most compellingly, a love story.

We Totally Dig HILLMONS BONES

Saturday, June 12, 2010 0 comments
HILLMON'S BONES screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short HILMON'S BONES, to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

HILLMON'S BONES, dir. Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
Three University of Colorado professors journey to uncover a mystery regarding the identity of a body buried in Lawrence, Kansas in 1879. A young widow, a decades-long lawsuit, suspected insurance fraud, two grave exhumations, six separate trials, two unusual Supreme Court rulings, and uncertain identities culminate in a riveting tale chronicled in the documentary Hillmon's Bones.

Countdown to Final Submissions

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Look over there  >>
Over to the right  >>

Look for something that reads "SUBMISSION DEADLINE COUNTDOWN" It's an actual  live countdown indicating how many days remaining for our absolutely last deadline to get your film in to FFF2010.

In case that's too subtle, you can find a larger, more obnoxious clock on The FFF2010 Website.

How do you submit? Via our Withoutabox Listing, naturally.

Another Day, Another Great Doc: THE ART OF CHER LYN: A HEALING JOURNEY

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THE ART OF CHER LYN: A HEALING JOURNEY Premieres in Flagstaff This Summer
The Flagstaff Film Festival 2010 is pleased as punch to announce that moving short documentary THE ART OF CHER LYN: A HEALING JOURNEY will screen this August in cool & piney Flagstaff Arizona!



THE ART OF CHER LYN: A HEALING JOURNEY, dir. Kurt Lancaster
An exploration of visual artist Cher Lyn and her spiritual paintings based on her vision quests. Explores her abusive past and how she uses painting as a form of 'medicine' in order to bring healing to herself.

WEIGHTLOSS, dir. Roman Arriola

Friday, June 11, 2010 2 comments
WEIGHTLOSS Added to FFF2010 Roster
The Flagstaff Film Festival 2010 is pleased as punch to announce that the hilariously touching short documentary WEIGHTLOSS will screen this August in cool & piney Flagstaff Arizona!

WEIGHTLOSS, dir. Roman Arriola
This is a documentary about Alex Anaya trying to lose weight. He hires a strange trainer, Travis, who creates more problems than solves. Alex has a reason for losing weight, and her name is Priscilla, a girl that jogs in front of his house every sunset. Alex puts all his effort into losing weight, but somehow it always seems to rain on his goal.

389 Miles "Living the Border" dir. Luis Carlos Romero-Davis

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FFF2010 Accepts 389 MILES "LIVING THE BORDER"
The Flagstaff Film Festival is pleased as punch to announce the acceptance of another fascinating documentary that will be screened this August in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

389 MILES "LIVING THE BORDER" dir. Luis Carlos Romero-Davis
389 Miles: “Living the Border” is a human journey, a story documented by director Luis Carlos Romero-Davis who grew up in the shadow of the Mexico-Arizona border. It presents the raw, daily life of human beings compromised economically, and the potential rewards for those who exploit them. There is no purely good side or bad, only the steel wall or a strand of rusty barbed wire and the complex web of human emotions and issues forged by them—survival, human trafficking, rape, corruption, evil and grace in many disguises.

DREAMING OF HAIR and QUESTION, dir. Dara Elerath

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Dir Dara Elerath screens two animated shorts at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome two shorts from director Dara Elerath,  DREAMING OF HAIR and QUESTION, to our roster of engaging independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

DREAMING OF HAIR
Dreaming of Hair: A text-based animation inspired by a poem of the same name by writer Li-Young Lee. Animated by Dara Elerath and narrated by the renowned artist and puppeteer Michael McCormick.

The poem is about waking up and finding your lover's hair in your mouth. The imagery and visuals use are done in a Kinetic Text style that evokes the sensuality and romance inspired by the poem.

QUESTION
A short, experimental poem-collage based on the work of May Swenson, created and narrated by Dara Elerath. This was as elf-directed learning project. All skills and techniques used were created by the artist's own experimentation and problem solving. This project has led to subsequent projects and the discovery that there is a deep affinity for this particular art form.




Short Doc DEL:100 To Screen at FFF2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 0 comments
DEL:100 screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short doc DEL:100, to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

DEL:100 , dir. Craig Volk
Del:100 is a visually haunting documentary short that highlights the career of centenarian journalist Delores Plested. Born in 1908, Del witnessed and reported on many of the major events of the 20th century. Her life experiences included writing for the New York Times and The Ladies Home Journal in the 1940s, observing the Hindenburg dirigible before its tragic crash and meeting many celebrities. Later, she was a trail blazing female reporter in Colorado who covered Eisenhower, Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover when Ike had his summer White House in Denver. Del also covered Jackie Kennedy’s Aspen holiday with John-John and Caroline. Her amazing life is celebrated in her own words and accompanied by poetic cinematography and a jazz score. Del:100 offers to the viewer a poignant account on the amazing life experiences of this bold woman.

FLUORESCENT GRAY Screens This Summer

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 0 comments
FLUORESCENT GRAY screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short FLUORESCENT GRAY, to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

FLUORESCENT GRAY, dir. Leo Age
Something bad is happening in the house of marriage. They promised not to tell.

KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ Accepted

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KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ to premiere at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the documentary feature KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ, to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

KEEPING THE KIBBUTZ, dir. Tessa Moran
Chronicling the changing kibbutz through the eyes of some of its most devoted members, Keeping the Kibbutz examines the challenges faced by a community in transition. While some members faced heartbreak, others found new opportunities, and the kibbutz marched toward an inevitable end. A story about nostalgia, the effects of communal living and the hope for what lies ahead, Keeping the Kibbutz captures the lingering ghost of a movement left behind.

Worth the wait: TO THOSE WHO WAIT

Monday, June 7, 2010 0 comments
FFF2010 Accepts Romantic Short TO THOSE WHO WAIT
The Flagstaff Film Festival is pleased as punch to announce  the acceptance of another hilarious short film that will be screened this August in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

TO THOSE WHO WAIT dir. William Norton
Simply put, a waitress and bartender, longing to close, are frustrated by lingerers looking for love.

About the Flagstaff Film Festival
The mission of the Flagstaff Film Festival is simple – we want to showcase quality independent films and filmmakers without all of the pretention of big city festivals.  In our first year the Flagstaff Film Festival is growing and developing new partnerships, making new friends, and exhibiting independent films from international filmmakers.  There will be panel discussions, premieres, frolicking good times, and so much to take in, so come along and join us.  Like we say, be there from the beginning and take part in the First Annual Flagstaff Film Festival.

About Flagstaff 
Beautiful and historic Flagstaff Arizona is hosting the first Flagstaff Film Festival, and we could not be happier!  Situated on classic Route 66, Flagstaff is the place to go for history, science, endless nature, and some pretty darn cool indie folks.

About the Venue
A classic town of unprecedented gorgeousness, Flagstaff Arizona has a theater that is just as perfect as the Flagstaff weather in August.  The Orpheum Theater, originally constructed in 1911, boasts plentiful seating, a balcony, a full bar, and even a lounge for filmmakers to mingle with one another.

For more information, questions, and submissions, please contact us.
Meg Askey, Director:  meg@flagstafffilmfestival.org
Valerie Richarme-Grotto, Marketing: valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER To Premiere at FFF2010

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WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER to premiere at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome the short film WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER to our roster of fantastic independent films to be screened this August 9-16 in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER, dir. Charles Fairbanks

Wrestling with my Father features my father sitting on bleachers, facing the camera. We hear a whistle and he tenses up, reacting physically to the action that remains offscreen, hidden to us. He plants his feet, sways his hips, leans, grabs, and grimaces, wrestling - or is it dancing? - with the object of his gaze.

NorAz Debut for SoAz dir. Ralston

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FFF2010 Accepts WRECKED 
The Flagstaff Film Festival is pleased as punch to announce  the acceptance of another hilarious short film that will be screened this August in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

WRECKED dir. LUKE RALSTON
Be careful about talking on a cell phone while driving. This short animation follows a man humorously forced to confront his own mortality after suffering a devastating car accident. Encountering a few new characters and arriving at some unwanted conclusions before he is ushered into the afterlife. Enjoy this cautionary animated tale from dir. Luke Ralston.

FFF2010 Accepts Another Hilarious Short, 3-Iron

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FFF2010 Accepts Another Hilarious Short, 3-IRON
The Flagstaff Film Festival is pleased as punch to announce  the acceptance of another hilarious short film that will be screened this August in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona.

3-IRON dir. MATT KAZMAN
In this dark comedy, Frank is a meek, passive man who gets no respect from his wife and his overactive, borderline-violent 8-year-old son, over whom he has no control. His escape is golf, but this Saturday his routine is interrupted when he accidentally discovers his wife's affair with a sweaty neighbor. For the first time in his life, he reacts in an aggressive way, unintentionally gaining his son’s attention and admiration in the process.

CLEMENCY is a Bloody Good Film

Sunday, June 6, 2010 0 comments
CLEMENCY SCREENING AT THE 2010 FLAGSTAFF FILM FESTIVAL
The Flagstaff Film Festival 2010 is pleased as punch to announce a few of our films that will be screened this August in splendid Flagstaff Arizona!

CLEMENCY, dir. Joseph Albanese
Arthur Poe (Cris D’Annunzio) is a sadistic killer who likes to torture his victims. In 1993, he was captured and subsequently convicted by the state of Virginia for several gruesome murders. Poe received a sentence of death. Years later and days before his execution, the newly elected governor granted Poe clemency based on a testimony given by a forensic psychologist during Poe’s murder trial. The testimony convinced the governor that Poe deserves psychiatric care rather than death. Many are outraged by the governor’s act of leniency. A reporter (Maury Morgan) takes on Poe in an interview seeking to shed light on the emotionally charged topic. What she learns can never be forgotten or forgiven.

Filmmakers, Media, Friends & Fans

Saturday, June 5, 2010 0 comments
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MARS Is Closer Than You Think

Friday, June 4, 2010 0 comments
Animated. Feature. About Science Stuff. We Love MARS
The Flagstaff Film Festival is pleased as punch to announce that we've found a delightful science-themed animated feature to screen for you this August in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona!

MARS, dir. Geoff Marslett
The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way we discover that love - biological, spiritual, and even mechanical - can flourish in all kinds of ways.


Flagstaff is Life Magazine's #5 Most Underrated City

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"People think Arizona is desert and cactus. Flagstaff is mountains and forests and clear skies," Tamony says. 

CHASE THOMPSON, A FILM BY CHASE THOMPSON

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ANOTHER BRILLIANT COMEDY SHORT ADDED TO FFF2010 ROSTER
The Flagstaff Film Festival is pleased as punch to announce that we've found another hilarious short film to screen for you this August in cool and piney Flagstaff, Arizona!

CHASE THOMPSON, A FILM BY CHASE THOMPSON, dir. Vincent Lin
When up and coming filmmaker Chase Thompson is hired to direct a lackluster romance film, the foolhardy director takes it as an opportunity to fire the crew and turn the film into his own zombie slaying masterpiece, starring himself. When studio executives notice their film isn't the one being made, Chase must decide which film is the one he truly wants to direct.

Writer/Director Vincent Lin is an award winning filmmaker and founder of Mints in Tin Pictures. He is an active voice in the Asian American artist community. He graduated with honors and an academic scholarship from New York University and has been directing and producing since.

This Film is WICKED BAD!

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WICKED BAD SCREENS AT FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival 2010 is pleased to welcome Brandon Barker's feature-length comedy WICKED BAD to this summer's line-up.

Teen Finds Father Figure in Satan
Edward, 16, is not entirely discreet about his foray into Devil worship. Fed-up, Edward’s militant older brother hires George, an irreverent out-of-work actor, to masquerade as the devil himself, all to teach Edward a valuable life lesson. Through much trial-and-error, George convinces the boy that he is indeed the Devil incarnate. Hilarious yet unintentional advice helps Edward get the girl, revenge upon his brother, and ultimately a deeper understanding of what he really wants out of life. Unexpected results unfold as the larger-than-life actor quickly becomes the father figure Edward never intended.

DELUSION, dir. Alexander Markov, screens at FFF2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010 0 comments
DELUSION SCREENS AT THE 2010 FLAGSTAFF FILM FESTIVAL

The Flagstaff Film Festival 2010 is pleased to welcome Alexander Markov's short film DELUSION to the FFF2010 line-up.

Russian Short Explores Themes of Artistic Inspiration and Dedication
An artist attempts to put his fantasies on canvas. The artistic process opens him up to new and unexpected ideas and this awakening gives him a new life. In his new world there are no borders between the real and imagined worlds.

About the Flagstaff Film Festival
The mission of the Flagstaff Film Festival is simple – we want to showcase quality independent films and filmmakers without all of the pretention of big city festivals.  In our first year the Flagstaff Film Festival is growing and developing new partnerships, making new friends, and exhibiting independent films from international filmmakers.  There will be panel discussions, premieres, frolicking good times, and so much to take in, so come along and join us.  Like we say, be there from the beginning and take part in the First Annual Flagstaff Film Festival.

About Flagstaff   
Beautiful and historic Flagstaff Arizona is hosting the first Flagstaff Film Festival, and we could not be happier!  Situated on classic Route 66, Flagstaff is the place to go for history, science, endless nature, and some pretty darn cool indie folks.
About the Venue

A classic town of unprecedented beauty, Flagstaff Arizona has a theater that is just as perfect as the Flagstaff weather in August.  The Orpheum Theater, originally constructed in 1911, boasts plentiful seating, a balcony, a full bar, and even a lounge for filmmakers to mingle with one another.

For more information, questions, and submissions, please contact us.
Meg Askey, Director:  meg@flagstafffilmfestival.org
Valerie Richarme-Grotto, Marketing Director: valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

CRAVEN premieres at FFF2010

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CRAVEN SCREENS AT THE 2010 FLAGSTAFF FILM FESTIVAL

    The Flagstaff Film Festival 2010 is pleased as punch to welcome Robert Fullerton's powerful short film CRAVEN to the FFF2010 line-up.

Director & Producer Robert Fullerton's CRAVEN premieres at FFF2010
    Alex Petrov, once a Russian hockey prodigy, left his family as a young man to come to Canada to live his dream. Now, 20 years later, he is just another immigrant, popping pills and pimping his glory days as he tries to sell people security systems. He shares a house with his two teenage kids who live in their own world and they all try to forget the woman that was once there.

Then, one night, in a bar parking lot, Alex witnesses a brutal gang style beating of a native man. He unexpectedly meets eyes with the man as he fights for his life. Something is exchanged.

While Alex tries to avoid being involved, a young female police detective finally tracks him down and forces him to testify against a powerful gang leader. Alex is assured of police protection, but soon finds out that he and his family are in danger and quietly, one night, he removes his family from their home and they take refuge on a local Native Reserve with a Native woman, Rita, whom he has met and come to like.

While the gang leader and the RCMP each try to find him first, Alex discovers that the beaten man’s wife and son have a strange attraction to him, one that leaves both he and Rita struggling with their sense of justice and responsibility.

Buy Merchandise, Indie Cred on our CafePress Store Front

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Our CafePress Storefront is up and running. Below you can see a sample of the artwork (top row) and merchandise you'll find at the store. 

For now, we are maintaining a storefront that is free. That means that you'll need to do a bit of sleuthing to find precisely what you want. Plans are afoot to improve our shop but until then you can support FFF2010 by buying stuff that you need anyway! Like Shirts!

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