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Building a Community: Peoria Film Festival returns after pandemic hiatus

By Connor Dziawura | September 8, 2021 Peoria Film Festival Executive Director Jason Carney sees film festivals as fostering their own little community. “There’s just that sense of comradery from film lovers,” Carney describes. “It’s not...

No More ‘Lucking Out’: Sedona film festival gets cautious with pandemic

By Connor Dziawura | June 5, 2021 Sedona International Film Festival organizers lucked out with last year’s event. Set just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic led to mass shutdowns of businesses and cancellations of events, the...

Aspiring to New ‘Heights’: Emotional, upbeat film recalls old Hollywood

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | June 5, 2021 “In the Heights” stars Olga Merediz and Jimmy Smits say their musical masterpiece is the perfect antidote to a rough 18 months. “It’s balanced with emotional and deep moments,...

‘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,...

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