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Local Connections at the Prescott Film Festival Featured

By Helen Stephenson May 29, 2018 206

Prescott Film Festival starts on Friday, June 8th!

There are Cabaret parties catered by El Gato Azul, a gourmet dinner, a wine tasting, three after-parties at local restaurants, a “sneak peek” of a Jessica Chastain film and….  Some local connections at this year’s 9th annual Prescott Film Festival.  

Saturday June 9th 4:00 - AZ Films:  Four short films from our home state including one about Whipstone Farms. When Whipstone suffered major hail damage, the community rallied around them, helping raise funds to keep their employees paid.  Filmmaker Sean Openshaw was inspired to create a short documentary about the experience.  Sean is scheduled to attend the screening for a Q&A following the film.

“My grandson has a film in the Prescott Film Festival!”  On Saturday June 9th at 1:00 the short film Nosebleed, which was written and directed by Nick Gapp, is an official selection for the festival.  Nick’s grandfather lives in Prescott and they have attended PFF in previous years. Nosebleed had some very tough competition to get into the fest and the programming team were pleasantly surprised to learn of the local connection. 

State-wide connection:  Saturday June 9th 3 – 4pm, Building 3 Room 119   Arizona Film Commissioner Matthew Earl Jones will talk about what AZ has to offer for independent filmmakers. The workshop, titled Creating Film and Media in Arizona will reveal Mr. Earl Jones’s plan for bringing independent film back to Arizona.  This unique plan is not about tax breaks – it’s about independent businesses deciding to support film produced in our state.  This is a free presentation.

High School and College Film Screening – Free! Sunday June 10th 1 – 2:30, Building 3 Room 119  Co-sponsored by the film fest and the Yavapai College Film and Media Arts  (FMA) Program, High School students will be competing for three scholarship prizes this year.  The prize is for classes in the FMA program, $1000, $500, $250.  These prizes come from the Yavapai College Foundation, through a generous donation.  Select college films will also screen.  This is a free presentation.
Monday June 11th, 2:00pm Free Workshop and screening: Yavapai College Building 3 Room 119, The Man Behind the Music.  Discussion with filmmaker follows the screening.  This film is about Henry Lewy, the uncle of former Prescott Library Director Tony Kaus, who lived out his final days in Prescott.  The film highlights Lewy’s career as “the unsung giant among the music producers/engineers of the rock era.  A man with an unparalleled ability to create an environment in his studio where the talent of Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Joan Baez, The Doors, The Flying Burrito Bros, Leonard Cohen and so many more—could grow and flourish.” 
Wednesday June 13th, 4:00, A Few Good Lines, an original live play local playwright Micki Shelton that uses well-known lines from classic films.  Patrick DuHaime directs the play.  Audience members will be asked to guess which films the lines come from at the interactive live performance.  Free.
Thursday and Friday, June 14th and 15th, 9am – 5pm Free workshop from local filmmaker and member of the DGA, (Director’s Guild of America) Prescottonian Bruce Dorn.  Intro to Filmmaking: From Story Boarding to Story Live Action

Professional and award-winning filmmakers Bruce Dorn, Alan Davis and producer John de Dios will present a free two-day boot camp to explore the tools and techniques of contemporary documentary and narrative filmmaking. From finding an idea to storyboarding to actually working in teams to create a scene, you are a part of a real-world filmmaking crew! Work with some of the top-of-the-line technology in the business courtesy of Yavapai College’s Film & Media Arts Department.
Bio: Bruce Dorn is known for his state-of-the-art visual effects and beautiful cinematography. He is an award-winning cinematographer and photographer who began his career as a journalistic and editorial photographer. Bruce currently is one of Canon's 'go-to' photographers for new product technology feedback and education. He has worked with, among others, Arri, Canon, NBC, Warner Brothers and many others.

Saturday June 17th at 10:00am  A Prescott College student is in the film Mr. Connolly has ALS which was made by his father.

The festival takes place on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus, with films screening in the YCPAC, workshops taking place in Building 3, Room 119, and free outdoor screenings in the “Yavapavilion” between buildings 2 and 3. Tickets are $7 for students, $13 general admission. Ticket Packages available.

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