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‘All We Have’: Independent Tucson film hits local Harkins

By Annika Tomlin | April 15, 2021 When director Edgar Ybarra shot the independent production “All We Have” in Tucson, the cast and crew didn’t expect it to make it to the big screen. But starting...

On Fire: Dobson Dorian Bustamante graduate brings ‘Raya’ to life

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | March 4, 2021 Dobson High School graduate Dorian Bustamante has a resume that speaks volumes. Joining Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2019, Bustamante is embedded in the legendary family, having worked on...

Promoting Equality: LUNAFEST helping give women filmmakers a platform

By Connor Dziawura | March 1, 2021 When LUNAFEST returns every year, it brings with it a new set of films from around the world to highlight strong women, powerful images and impactful language. Founded in...

Sharing Stories: JCFilm Studios studio set to open in Tempe

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 15, 2021 Actor Dean Cain and JCFilm Studios’ Jason Campbell are on a conference call, bouncing thoughts off each other. Cain tells jokes, while Campbell is the straight man. But there’s...

A New Beginning: Jewish film festival adapts to increasingly virtual world

By Connor Dziawura | February 8, 2021 When it came to the timing of last year’s Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival — considered the longest-running film festival in the Valley — organizers were lucky. The event,...

‘We Can Be Heroes’: Director Robert Rodriguez hopes to inspire next generation

By Connor Dziawura A hot topic in the movie industry in recent years has been the growing shift from traditional theatrical releases to at-home distribution via internet streaming services—especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Living His ‘Dream’: Mesa’s Michael Saquella diverts from his usual gangster role

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mesa multihyphenate entertainer Michael Saquella is thrilled about small things as well as easy laughs. “I’m excited that I got out of bed this morning,” Saquella says deadpan. High on his priority list, though,...

The Impossible is Possible: Glen Keane says ‘Over the Moon’ was a gift from...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Disney animation legend Glen Keane was looking for something more, even throughout his tenure with the juggernaut. He wasn’t quite sure what it was, even when he was animating characters like Ariel...

Going Virtual: Scottsdale’s annual film festival celebrating 20 years remotely

By Connor Dziawura With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, the film industry was quick to adapt. Theaters found themselves shuttered, while some renowned events canceled this year’s festivities altogether. Still, some...

‘Secret Society’: Jovial Faly Rakotohavana turns meek for new role

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Faly Rakotohavana was a child in Ahwatukee, he had a serious stutter—so much so, it nearly derailed his dream of entertaining. “I always had a lot on my mind, so much I...

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