Sunday, March 17

The Phoenix Film Festival April 4 - April 14, 2024



The Phoenix Film Festival alongside the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival is my favorite time of the year. I didn’t make it last year so this year is a little extra special for me. I’ve been perusing the schedule and I have to say, there’s a lot to look forward to. From biting documentaries on pressing social issues to campy schlock-fest faire and world cinema dramas and talky rom-coms sprinkled all over, I’ve got a full and ambitious schedule for those ten days.

And don’t forget to spend some time at the Party Pavilions for tons of additional activities including the Silent Auction, Kid’s Day, Industry Night and of course, Film Prom.

I’ve made a lot of great memories over the years at PFF and IHSFF. I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition. I was supposed to pick my five most anticipated films of this year, but I couldn’t quite narrow it down that far.

The festival takes place April 4th – April 14th, 2024 at the Harkins Ciné Capri.


Directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin

Screening Times: Friday, April 5th @ 9:05 AM, Tuesday, April 9th @ 12:10 PM

Youngman Kim ran a video rental store with an eclectic collection in Manhattan for many years. As the industry changed, Kim chose to give away his collection, stipulating that it remain intact and available to his existing clientele. This documentary tracks Redmon’s quest to find the collection.


Directed by Alec Bonk

Screening Times: Friday, April 5th @ 6:50 PM, Saturday, April 6th @ 9:20 PM

According to this trailer: this film is not a sequel, the main character’s name is Blind Cop and I’m not sure, but it may be subtitled in braille. Yes, sign me up for every part of this. 


Directed by Ruth Leitman

Screening Times: Saturday, April 6th @ 5:25 PM, Sunday, April 7th @ 4:00 PM

This is a documentary that follows “The Daily Show” co-creator, Lizz Winstead and her team of pro-choice activist as the travel the country calling attention to the threats to a woman’s right to choose. The official synopsis of this film uses the term, ‘call to action’. That usually gets me right in.


Directed by Bertrand Mandico

Screening Times: Tuesday, April 9th @ 9:05 PM, Thursday, April 11th @ 11:50 AM

This film’s main character is apparently played by six different actresses. Each killing her predecessor to take on her persona. Director Bertrand Mandico makes some visually stunning, albeit at times off-putting films (THE WILD BOYS & AFTER BLUE). But I’ve never seen his images projected onto the big screen. I’m looking forward to it.


Directed by Núria Clavero and Aitor Palacios

Screening Times: Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:50 PM, Friday, April 12th @ 2:30 PM

Yuri, an eight-month pregnant Honduran woman, travels with her partner Mike, desperate to reach the border in enough time to give birth in the U.S. Amid all the talk of “Bad Hombres”, I think these are some of the most important stories to tell.


Directed by Kate Cobb

Screening Times: Friday, April 12th @ 6:15 PM, Saturday, April 13th @ 3:40 PM, Sunday, April 14th @ 1:50 PM

After his father’s death, writer Louie returns home for a visit. He’s confronted by the community he left behind and their stories he’s exploited for his own fame. There’s just something about that synopsis to me that feels rich for exploration.


Directed by Max Tzannes

Screening Times: Friday, April 12th @ 11:30 AM, Saturday, April 13th @ 5:50 PM, Sunday, April 14th @ 2:20 PM

It’s a dark comedy set on a theatrical production of Julius Ceasar staring Lou Daimon Phillips and Malcolm McDowell. What’s not to like? It sounds like a lot of fun to me. 

See you there!!!

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