Congratulations to the Final Five!

Thursday, July 29, 2010 1 comments
We're in the home stretch heading into the very first Flagstaff Summer Film Festival (August 9-16, 2010) and we're pleased to announce the Five Finalists who will be in competition to receive Screenwriting Awards.

Big congrats to James Lantz, Matt Allen, Philip Sedgwick, Faiza Ambah, and Jeff Oswald. Take a peek at great stuff they gave us to read ...


Hide Fox by James Lantz
Art vs. Economics. We know who wins. But what does the matchup look like? Meet Steven Fitz, an economics professor fresh out of school, and his wife, Emma, an aspiring artist. They're young, educated, and about to have a baby. Everything is going as planned -- that is, until a homeless youth is discovered living on campus. When Emma takes an interest in the boy, she discovers that he's also an aspiring artist. As the two of them grow closer, Steven becomes isolated and soon starts listening to a chain-smoking old woman who claims to be the controversial philosopher, Ayn Rand. What follows is a Hitchcockian tale that leads to a mountain wood, and a body hidden in the hollow of an old tree.

Hoax by Matt Allen and Scott Park
An investigation into a reality show massacre turns into a fight for survival when a team including a brilliant primate specialist and led by a ruthless television producer must come to grips with the possible existence of Bigfoot.

Kate by Philip Sedgwick
An environmentally friendly (female) Everglades ranger holes up in a mud hut in the Everglades with her adversary, a rich, slick and of course, hot real estate developer, to ride out a category five hurricane. With the denouement of this script, it's really suited only to be an indie film - an evocative script of redemption and reformation. Strong female lead.

A Reverence For Spiders by Faiza Ambah
The basis of a Brooklyn-based imam's faith and his relationship with his daughters is tested when he battles the parents of a young man and members of his own mosque on behalf of a boy for whom he provided a Muslim burial.

Where's Willie by Jeff Oswald
Deranged but somewhat lovable loser-at-life, failed musician, and part- time tortilla presser Cordell McAllister never got a break. So he decides to collect on a broken promise made decades ago, and kidnaps country music legend and all-around American hero Willie Nelson. In a barn in the desolate Texas hill country, Cordell stumbles and bumbles his way through realizing his dream of recording one of his songs accompanied by Willie Nelson.

Southwest Inn at Sedona Has Special Deals For YOU!

Monday, July 26, 2010 0 comments
We're thrilled to announce special lodging deals from Southwest Inn at Sedona, created especially for FFF2010 attendees.

What you get10% off any room reserved during the week of August 8 through August 16.

How You Get It
Call 1.800.483.7422 to reserve your rooms. Mention the Flagstaff Film Festival to get your special rate.

Big thanks to the people at Southwest Inn at Sedona for supporting independent filmmaking in Arizona!

MOTHER STORIES, dirs. Peter & Paul Perreault, Screens at FFF2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010 0 comments

MOTHER STORIES

The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short doc MOTHER STORIES to our roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

MOTHER STORIES, dir.  Peter & Paul Perreault
MOTHER STORIES began with an idea. Father Randall had great stories to tell about Mother Teresa and these stories would be forgotten if no one captured them. Shortly after Mother's passing, Perreault brothers Peter and Paul with mother Marion traveled from Massachusetts to Kentucky to brave a blizzard and record Father Randall for an exclusive interview.

Unsung: The Ballad of Blackjack Young; short doc debuts at FFF2010

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UNSUNG: THE BALLAD OF BLACKJACK YOUNG Premieres at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short doc UNSUNG: THE BALLAD OF BLACKJACK YOUNG to our roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

UNSUNG: THE BALLAD OF BLACKJACK YOUNG, dir. Cody Young
After his service in World War II as a Navy frogman, Jack Young came to Hollywood hoping to become an actor.  Instead, he stumbled into the world of the Hollywood stuntman.  Taking the name “Blackjack,” he specialized in Westerns and worked with the icons of the genre, such as John Wayne, John Ford, and Howard Hawks.  In this short documentary, Jack’s son, Cody Young, explores his father’s career by showcasing some of the more notable stunts Blackjack performed and the untold stories behind them.

Another Feature Film, PRE, Just Added!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 0 comments
Documentary Feature PRE Just Added to Schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the feature film PRE to our roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

PRE, dir. Steven Tanenbaum
On September 1st, 2001, the ensemble, Another Urban Riff, had been performing their critically acclaimed play, MONO, on the Lower East Side of New York City for one year. Three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the director and actors – except for one who was missing – returned to the theatre for the first time to vote on whether it was okay to continue performing a dark comedy.

PRE, the first aftermath comedy, was inspired by the days immediately after 9/ll and literally refers to the ninety minutes before a play starts. PRE is an ensemble story that follows a diverse group of young artists; packing backstage horseplay, romance, addiction, the-show-must-go-on tradition, even dream sequences and flashbacks into its 85 minutes. Inspired by New York City mythologies both pre and post 9/11 (notably a passage from E.B. White’s Here Is New York), PRE documents the every-day-ordinary backstage traumas that are heightened by an extraordinary situation to explore fundamental truths about our humanity.

In New York City, right after 9/11, mainstream entertainment had not yet resumed, so it took nerve for Another Urban Riff to perform MONO three days after the attack but it was inspirational to be funny. The writer/director of PRE, who survived a crippling, near fatal collision following 9/11, injects the film with the same life-saving humor that helped him survive an aftermath.

PRE recreates the small pocket of time directly following 9/11 when all New Yorkers, and most of the world, acted as if they were part of an ensemble.

Top Ten Screenplays PLUS Descriptions

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My Dirty Secrets by James Tuverson
With a manipulative predator as a tutor, a teenage boy is drawn into the lurid world of Internet prostitution when he struggles to keep himself and his younger brother from being separated after their single mother disappears. The only adult he trusts is a social worker, a grieving mother who establishes a unique phone friendship with a kid in way over his head.

The Good One by Dawn Marie Guernsey
Lynn finds herself wandering a country road, hurt and bleeding. She goes to a farmhouse for help. There she discovers the farmer brutally murdered on the kitchen floor. To her horror, she remembers killing the man. Lynn slowly pieces back her fragmented memory, reaching for a family she thinks exists and searching for answers. Who was this dead man and why did she kill him? The mystery unfolds. Lynn is not the villain. In fact she'd better run for her life. Betrayal abounds. There's a wild car ride. Barns burn. A little girl's in danger. Two little boys are home alone. At long last, Lynn saves the day.

A Reverence For Spiders by Faiza Ambah
The basis of a Brooklyn-based imam's faith and his relationship with his daughters is tested when he battles the parents of a young man and members of his own mosque on behalf of a boy for whom he provided a Muslim burial.

Triptych by Wayne Keeley
Three poker-playing couples decide to spice up the game (and their lives) by allowing the winner to spend a night with another player's spouse, which ultimately results in tragic consequences.

Claim Denied by William Roth
Claim Denied is the compelling story of Jack Denny, a health insurance executive whose soul is in conflict with his sense of duty and ambition. He is haunted by an incident that occurred more than 20 years ago when, as a customer service representative, he was on the phone with a desperate woman who killed herself. Jack copes by erecting a mental barrier separating the business decisions he must make from the impact they have on real people.

After letting his guard down and personally helping a woman get heath insurance, he finds himself in an ethical dilemma in which he must decide whether to follow his heart and help her, or do right by his company and preserve his career and reputation.

Kate by Philip Sedgwick
An environmentally friendly (female) Everglades ranger holes up in a mud hut in the Everglades with her adversary, a rich, slick and of course, hot real estate developer, to ride out a category five hurricane. With the denouement of this script, it's really suited only to be an indie film - an evocative script of redemption and reformation. Strong female lead.

There are No Superheroes by Benjamin Bates
Alexandra & Chloe, left after their parents perish in a car crash, find themselves under the care of an orphanage led by a pedophile priest. Alexandra suffers abuse, then seeing her sister as the next target, slaughters the priest. The sisters leave the orphanage and go on the run, traveling through strange towns, until they meet Ares. Ares, having suffered similar tragedies, makes a pact with the girls to train to take a stand against evil. Their attempts at good end in even more bloodshed and a need for all three to go on the run again.

Hoax by Matt Allen
An investigation into a reality show massacre turns into a fight for survival when a team including a brilliant primate specialist and led by a ruthless television producer must come to grips with the possible existence of Bigfoot.

Hide Fox by James Lantz
Art vs. Economics. We know who wins. But what does the matchup look like? Meet Steven Fitz, an economics professor fresh out of school, and his wife, Emma, an aspiring artist. They're young, educated, and about to have a baby. Everything is going as planned -- that is, until a homeless youth is discovered living on campus. When Emma takes an interest in the boy, she discovers that he's also an aspiring artist. As the two of them grow closer, Steven becomes isolated and soon starts listening to a chain-smoking old woman who claims to be the controversial philosopher, Ayn Rand. What follows is a Hitchcockian tale that leads to a mountain wood, and a body hidden in the hollow of an old tree.

Where's Willie by Jeff Oswald
Deranged but somewhat lovable loser-at-life, failed musician, and part- time tortilla presser Cordell McAllister never got a break. So he decides to collect on a broken promise made decades ago, and kidnaps country music legend and all-around American hero Willie Nelson. In a barn in the desolate Texas hill country, Cordell stumbles and bumbles his way through realizing his dream of recording one of his songs accompanied by Willie Nelson.

Unbeknownst to the two of them, the record company has decided that Willie would be more profitable dead than alive. Willie and Cordell eventually realize that all is not as it seems, and that they will need each other to escape and survive.

All Hell breaks loose across the state of Texas when hit-men, sleazy private investigators, FBI agents and redneck vigilantes cross paths and converge on the barn, setting off mayhem on the highways and in the skies over Texas as Willie and Cordell flee in Cordell's daddy's old crop-duster biplane.

The chase is on as all the players race to the Fort Worth stockyards and converge again for a 21st Century Texas shoot-out.

It should also be mentioned that there are ninjas. Yes. Ninjas.

Top Ten Screenplays!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1 comments
A big WOOOT WOOOOOT  to the top ten finalists in our screenplay competition. Look for a synopsis of each film here in the coming days. Aren't we ever so cheeky for making you wait? Yes, we are.

Claim Denied
by William Roth

The Good One
by Dawn Marie Guernsey

Hide Fox
by James Lantz

Hoax
by Matt Allen

Kate
by Philip Sedgwick

My Dirty Secrets
by James Tuverson

A Reverence For Spiders
by Faiza Ambah

There are No Superheroes
by Benjamin Bates

Triptych
by Wayne Keeley

Where's Willie
by Jeff Oswald

Creator of Ren & Stimpy Presents Two Special Programs at FFF2010!

Monday, July 12, 2010 0 comments
John Kricfalusi, Creator of REN and STIMPY Brings Classic Kiddie Cartoons and Rare Cartoons From His Vaults to the Flagstaff Film Festival
The Flagstaff Film Festival is proud to announce the addition of two special programs to our week-long celebration of film and media. John Kricfalusi, creator of the classic and much-beloved Ren & Stimpy cartoons joins us live and in person for JOHN K. PRESENTS A KIDDIE MATINEE and A JOHN K. RETROSPECTIVE.

John K kicks off our full-day celebration of cartoons, Animation Nation, on Saturday, August 14th. JOHN K. PRESENTS A KIDDIE MATINEE shows from 1:00 - 2:30 PM at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff. This kid-friendly, hour-and-a-half program includes classic slapstick and mayhem from the Golden Age of Cartoons. After the presentation, John K sticks around to meet, greet and SKETCH you ($10 for kids; $20 for adults) alongside his very own characters, Ren and Stimpy.

John K returns to the Orpheum Saturday evening at 7:00 PM with a more adult-oriented program, A JOHN K. RETROSPECTIVE. Audiences are treated to a program of cartoons from John K's very own archive, some never seen, some banned from TV! John K. introduces each cartoon and gives behind-the-scenes stories of the making of them. He also sticks around after the screening to chat with audiences and sketch caricatures ($20 for adults).

John K. cartoon merchandise will be available for purchase before and after both programs.

The Deets:
1:00 PM
John K. Presents a Kiddie Matinee

7:00 PM
A John K. Retrospective

Where:
The Orpheum Theatre
15 W. Aspen St.
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA 86001

Buy tickets now via the Orpheum's Box Office!

Hello Neighbor! MISTER ROGERS & ME to Screen at FFF2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010 1 comments
MISTER ROGERS & ME, dir. Wagner Brothers
Benjamin Wagner first met “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, Fred Rogers, at Rogers’ summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. On the afternoon of their first meeting, “America’s Favorite Neighbor” asked the young journalist about his job as an MTV News producer. Wagner felt exposed and embarrassed, a PBS mind in a jump-cut, sound-bit MTV world. Mister Rogers said warmly, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than complex.”

Later, Rogers told Wagner, 'Spread the message, Benjamin.” MISTER ROGERS & ME does just that.
  • Screenings: Nantucket Film Festival
  • See in in Flagstaff: Opening Night, Monday, August 14, 2010
  • Trailer: youtube
  • Links: web site * blog
  • Tasty Tidbit: Inspired by these profound words from Mister Rogers: "Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex."

Official Selections. Woooooot!

Friday, July 9, 2010 0 comments

Yep, we've announced most of our Official Selections. Check out the films you'll see on the official schedule (.jpg here).

By the way, if you're a filmmaker and need the above laurel for your marketing materials, simply click on the above image to see a larger version of the image. Then, right-click to save the image to your computer. If you need a .tiff or a .png, simply email me and I'll get you whatever format you need. 

PARTY ... Now a Command AND a Feature Film!

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PARTY Screens at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is just added feature film PARTY to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

PARTY, dir. J. Peter Perreault 


PARTY is mocumentary/ dramedy mixed with slapstick, music and improv. This time capsule captures the beginnings of some of today's great underground and mainstream talents.The year is 1995 and this PARTY is just getting started.


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
The historic and recently-restored Orpheum Theater is our exclusive venue. Originally constructed in 1911, the theater 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 Richarm√©-Grotto, Marketing  | valerie@flagstafffilmfestival.org

The Schedule of Films (not-yet beautiful)

Thursday, July 8, 2010 0 comments
Click the image above to see a larger version.

Amenity-Rich Hampton Inn Offers Lodging Discount!

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More comfy beds for your wee sleepy heads ...
The Hampton Inn East, Flagstaff has a great deal for people in town for the Flagstaff Film Festival.

When you call in and make reservations, just mention the Flagstaff Film Festival and they'll hook you up with room deals of $119/night (Sunday thru Thursday) and $139/night (Friday and Saturday). Reservations: 928-526-1885.

Do not forget, dearies, to mention the festival to lock-in your super-dope, super-cheap rate.

Thanks, Hampton Inn East!

Courtyard by Marriott Offers Great Deals!

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Hey Festival Enthusiasts!
The kind folks at The Courtyard by Marriott have extended a fantastic deal to you!

When you call in and make reservations, just mention the Flagstaff Film Festival and they'll hook you up with a $99 / night deal on rooms! Reservations: 928-774-5800.

Gotta call, gotta mention the fest. Gotta xoxo The Courtyard by Marriott.

Radisson Woodlands Flagstaff Announces Room Deals

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 1 comments



Our friends at the Radisson Woodlands have extended a discounted rate of $109 / night ($30 discount) per night at the Radisson Woodlands.

To reserve your room, call (928) 773-8888 and mention the Flagstaff Film Festival.

Support us by patronizing the businesses that support indie filmmaking!

Embassy Suites Flagstaff

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We're thrilled to announce that Embassy Suites Flagstaff is extending special room rates to FFF2010 attendees.

$129 / night ($50 of regular prices)

Call 928.774.4333 to make your reservations today.

Thanks, Embassy Suites, for supporting indie filmmaking!

SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA Chronicles Life of Surfers in Central America

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Documentary Feature SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA Just Added to Schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival welcomes feature documentary SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA to our roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA, dir. Stefan Hunt

In November 2000, Alan and Pamela Skuse left their home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, to volunteer at an orphanage in Tapachula for twelve months. The organisation they were assisting closed down after six months, leaving the Skuses with a life changing decision. To return to Australia, or take on the overwhelming challenge of caring for the remaining 7 children full time.

The thought of leaving the kids, who would go back to the streets, and lives of abuse, was not an option. So despite the lack of resources and support, Pam and Alan decided to take on the huge responsibility of establishing their own refuge.

'Albergue, Mision Mexico, dando Amor, Vida y Esperanza' (Refuge, Mission Mexico, giving Love, Life and Hope) was formed, with the dream of creating a family environment, rather than an institution.

The Happy Poet is more about hot dogs than poetry but more about basil than hot dogs.

Monday, July 5, 2010 0 comments
THE HAPPY POET added to schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to welcome feature film THE HAPPY POET to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The Happy Poet, dir. Paul Gordon
Bill, an out-of-work poet, puts his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting an all-organic, mostly-vegetarian food stand. New friend Donnie promotes the business and helps Bill pursue Agnes, a poetry-lover who frequents the stand. Curtis, an enigmatic life-philosopher, buoys Bill's spirits with his positive attitude and love of vegetarian food. Complications with the business jeopardize these budding friendships and threaten Bill's dreams for a hot dog-free future.

  • Screenings: SXSW in Austin, TX (North American Premiere); Rooftop Films, NYC
  • Trailer: trailer addict * vimeo
  • Links: web site
  • See in in Flagstaff: Opening Night, Monday, August 14, 2010
  • Tasty Tidbit: Director Paul Gordon via Cinematical.com: "Eventually your credit cards get maxed out, and you can't defer your student loans anymore, and you have to find some way to actually make money-unless you're independently wealthy. This is a reality that most artist-types-myself included-come to terms with at some point. It's about survival and I guess quality of life." [read the full interview]

Love Arizona State Parks? We Do Too. FFF Screens POSTCARDS FROM THE PARKS

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Doc POSTCARDS FROM THE PARKS  Added to FFF2010 Schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the documentary feature POSTCARDS FROM THE PARKS to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

POSTCARDS FROM THE PARKS, dir. Sam Jansen
Arizona is a state known for its natural beauty and wild west history, but most of it's state parks are scheduled to be closed. In POSTCARDS FROM THE PARKS four friends set out to visit every park in the state to find out what we have, why we're in danger of losing them, and what can be done to save them. They interview park employees, community leaders, volunteers and visitors, and dig into the economics and politics to find out what the real issues are.

DIVE! Into Dumpster! There's Food In There!

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Documentary Feature DIVE! Just Added to Schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the feature documentary DIVE! to our roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

DIVE! dir. Jeremy Seifert
Dive! follows Jeremy Seifert and his friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.'s supermarkets. In the process they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good food and uncover a disturbing truth about waste in America. The goal quickly becomes finding out why so much edible food is thrown away instead of being given to those who need it. The result is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism and call to action.

Everyone Loves Froggie-Buddies! AMAZONIA, dir. Sam Chen

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Animated Short AMAZONIA to Premiere at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short animation AMAZONIA to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

AMAZONIA, dir. Sam Chen
In the same vein as the 2003 SIGGRAPH Best Of Show film Eternal Gaze, "Amazonia" reunites animation filmmaker Sam Chen with composer/sound-designer Jamey Scott for a 2-person collaboration and meditation on a subject matter deeply personal to them -- how to satisfy one's hunger without getting eaten. 4 years in the making, "Amazonia" is a musical journey inspired by Disney's Fantasia, with the physical hilarity of a Looney Tunes cartoon, all set to Beethoven's Symphony No.8.

See YOGURT CUPS Because It's Not About Yogurt Too Much

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Short Drama YOGURT CUPS Scheduled to Screen at FFF2010
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short drama YOGURT CUPS to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

YOGURT CUPS dir. KAMILA TICHA (U S A, Czech Republic)
Yogurt Cups is a closely observed film about a relationship between a retired widower and his caretaker in the rural area of the Czech Republic. The old man, who lives on a farm, suffers from Parkinson's. When his spirited caretaker suggests alternative method of treatment to subside his tremors, he grumpily refuses until a chain of events makes him change his mind.

Our Twitter Site is now 85% Wordier!

Sunday, July 4, 2010 0 comments

Find Out More in Sedona Monthly

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Sedona Monthly covered our first festival in a nice article in their July/August issue.

Excerpt: Northern Arizona is the place to be in the summer,” says Meg Askey, the program coordinator and founder of the new Flagstaff Film Festival, explaining why a Tucson resident would organize a festival five hours north. read more >>

Surrealistic Remake TERRY & TITANIA Debuts at FFF2010

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Short film TERRY and TITANIA added to schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short and hilarious film, TERRY & TITANIA to the schedule of  independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

TERRY and TITANIA, dir. PATRICK MCMAHON
Terry's an office worker with a brown leather briefcase and a desperately romantic soul. Try as he might, he can't shake the feeling he was destined for something more exciting than budget reports - so when, one midsummer's day, he pulls Titania, Queen of the Fairies, he thinks his ship's come in.


His new squeeze is a force of nature - and for a while his world turns upside down, as she leads him on a voyage of intense emotional discovery and puts him in touch with his wild side. Ahead of them lies an eternity of sun-kissed clinches in woodland clearings; a modern day Eden amongst the trees...


But the course of true love never did run smooth, and man's relationship with nature is about as complicated as any relationship you'll find. Several big questions remain: Is Terry really built for life in the forest? Is Titania really who she says she is? And just who the hell is that weird bloke with the big stick who keeps shooting him dirty looks?


All will be revealed, in this surreal tale of life, love, and hallucinogenic forest vegetation - with all apologies to William Shakespeare.

What's the Voyager 1 Doing These Days? DARK MATTER Investigates.

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Sciencey, Short, and Animated: DARK MATTER Fits the Bill
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short animation DARK MATTER to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

DARK MATTER, dir. Eric Lindell
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is currently near the edge of the solar system. Its sensors will see far more than mankind's ever will. Yet against the vast, dark matter filled universe, it only sees mere drops of light, until one moment when its electrical-mechanical eyes are blasted wide open.

Pirates, kiddies, and sea monsters, just A DAY AT THE PARK

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Whimsical short A DAY AT THE PARK added to schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival just added the delightful short A DAY AT THE PARK to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

A DAY AT THE PARK, dir. Spencer Stuard
Here is a place where the children play
Frolic and jump 'til the end of the day.
But Dylan, that young rascally lad.
Sees their games are boring and sad.

Trucks and tractors digging holes in the sand.
Ugh, these games are so boring and bland.
Ponies and hopscotch and tug of war
Nothing, oh nothing, could be such a bore.

For him there's nothing like the open sea.
See its there! Land Ho! And Treasure there be!
His mast is bright green, his rudder a slide.
He'll be in Tortuga with the coming tide!

With a limp and a grunt, Arg! A scurge!
Ty the Pirate, that's HIS ship I heard!
A swagger and a saber is all he need.
He'll fight 'til the end for his ship, his stead.

No battle could be more exciting!
Than a pirate and explorer fighting.
Pirates will fight dirty 'til the finish.
He'll have you overboard to sleep with the fishes!

There's nothing worse than a pirate,
Except perhaps for one thing, I'd bet.
They must cease fighting and set their sails!
Because remember dead men, tell no tales.

SOUNDS OF BEIRUT Explores Vibrant Music Scene In Beirut

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SOUNDS OF BEIRUT Documents Music Scene
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short animation SOUNDS OF BEIRUT to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

SOUNDS OF BEIRUT, dir. Seth Koury
Sounds of Beirut is a documentary that was filmed weeks after a major armed conflict that nearly cast the country back into civil war as militias battled on the streets of Beirut. The film explores how the past civil war conflicts and current tensions have influenced local artists to create music, what the music means to them, an what it means to the audience. The scene is very diverse with genres ranging from pop, hip-hop, opera, classical, traditional Arabic, acoustic, and rock. The various music genres are performed in three languages: French, Arabic and English. The documentary highlights four major themes that are present in the Beirut music scene: How the diverse culture is the gateway from the East to the West, How the music scene was born from crisis, How the people use music as a way to escape the troubles of the city, and how the troubled past and uncertain future has created a live for the day culture in the city. The musicians in the documentary also use their art to disabuse misconceptions about the country.

PURGATORY, INC., "We Don't Judge ... We Process"

Saturday, July 3, 2010 0 comments

Short film PURGATORY, INC. added to schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to add the short animation PURGATORY, INC. to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

PURGATORY, INC., dir. Boris Kievsky
Clerk is your typical office worker stuck in your typical office Hell. Well, almost. Welcome to the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc - the IRS of the afterlife. When Christopher McNamee materializes in Clerk's cosmic cubicle after dying in a freak accident, it falls to Clerk to sort out his afterlife. Christopher should be an easy candidate for Heaven, except for one slight problem: He's Catholic...and married...to a man! Suddenly Clerk is forced to reconcile the wishes of his dead client with the policy of Purgatory, Inc: 'We don't judge ... We process'. It's just another day of deciding your eternity in this slice of death office comedy.

GUL (FLOWER) to Screen at FFF2010

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Another animated short, GUL (FLOWER), added to schedule
The Flagstaff Film Festival is delighted to announce the addition of short animation GUL (FLOWER) to the roster of high-quality independent films screening this August 9-16 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

GUL, dir. Adnan Hussain
Gul, a young girl, is awakened by her mother's dying breath. She struggles to recall her past. A child's view illustrates conflicts between abuse, self determination, human rights, and the environment. Her world manifests through visual poetry. Raw, expressive, painted style computer animation is scored with masterful Sindhi Folk music from the villages of Pakistan. With all that she finds, can love create hope in the face of oppression?

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