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‘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...

Love Letter to Arizona: ‘Teenage Badass’ star Evan Ultra talks first feature role

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The film “Teenage Badass” has a bit of an autobiographical feel to its star, musician Evan Ultra. He met director and co-producer Grant McCord when he tried to recruit him to play drums...

‘Extremely Ambitious’: Haley Lu Richardson took a chance with her new film ‘Unpregnant’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Phoenix native Haley Lu Richardson is known for taking chances with her films. The actress starred in the coming-of-age film “The Edge of Seventeen” and quickly followed that with M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split.”...

‘Dare to Dream’: Jerry O’Connell visualized a ‘Secret’ role, and landed it

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Actor Jerry O’Connell was on a set of a TV show and frequently complaining about his life, when a coworker gave him a copy of the book “The Secret.” “I said, ‘Oh brother....

All He Could Say: Shannon Hoon film outlines his life through his eyes

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Before Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon died, he traveled with a video camera. Everywhere he went, he documented his life, almost like a video diary. Director Danny Clinch was given the tapes...

Triple Threat: Kelvin Harrison Jr. is hitting the ‘high note’ of his career

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Kelvin Harrison Jr. was growing up in New Orleans, he dreamed of starring on a Disney TV show. That way, he could blend his talents of acting and singing. “I always thought...

Movies to Go: Phoenix Film Foundation raises funds with virtual events

By Laura Latzko With the cancellation of major events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local organizations have sought to find different ways to entertain the public. After postponing its annual spring film festival, the Phoenix Film...

‘Teenage Badass’: New film tells bands to ‘get it all in writing’

By Melissa Robbins The hazy, bright chaos of Phoenix music culture has crashed its way on screen. “Teenage Badass,” originally set to premier at South by Southwest, spins a warning fable of how blindingly enticing...

‘Fantasy Island’: Blumhouse reimagines TV series for a new generation

By Annika Tomlin Any fantasy could come true. But fantasies come with a price. Blumhouse Productions’ “Fantasy Island,” based on the 1970s and ’80s ABC television series of the same name, tackles four different fantasies by...

‘Great Films with a Little Jewish Flavor:’ Annual festival is dubbed a ‘can’t-miss occasion’

By Christopher Boan The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival is a labor of love for executive directors Barry Singer and Jerry Mittelman. They work throughout the year to find the world’s best examples of Jewish film...

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