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PRESCOTT FILM FESTIVAL: Romantic comedy is set in a Cold War-era fallout shelter

Courtesy photo<br>“Sheltered Love” screens 6:30 p.m.
Friday at the Yavapai College Per-forming Arts Center.

Courtesy photo<br>“Sheltered Love” screens 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Yavapai College Per-forming Arts Center.

Although he is much too young to have much memory of the Cold War, other than the fall of the Berlin Wall, filmmaker Alex Italics is fascinated by that era and has written, produced and directed "Sheltered Love," which will screen 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

"In blissful 1950s suburbia, can a love-struck bobbysoxer and her no-goodnik boyfriend find refuge from her overprotective and hot-headed father?" Italics asks in his news release about "Sheltered Love."

The film is the story of Rick and Judy, who are hopelessly in love, much to the chagrin of her father, Italics says. The father forbids Rick to see his daughter, but Rick sneaks Judy out of her house and finds an "unorthodox place for a secret romantic rendezvous" in her family's nuclear fallout shelter. But Judy's father finds them and "realizes he must resort to extreme measures to put an end to the relationship.

The film was Italic's undergraduate thesis film project at the University of Arizona, where he earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in May.

"Sheltered Love" is part of the Prescott Film Festival series, which named Italics Best Emerging Director.

The Prescott Film Festival plans an evening of romantic films, both dramatic and comedic, Prescott Film Festival Director Helen Stephenson said.

The other films set for screening are "Into the Silent Sea," "Crossings," "The Morning After," and "Walk the Light."

Tickets for the evening of short films are $8. They are available online at www.prescottfilmfestival.com or at the door 45 minutes before the show.