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Film Festival continues into the weekend

Among the films and workshops at the sixth annual Prescott Film Festival is the annual Arizona Uncorked Wine Tasting, which will be the feature event on Saturday evening, July 25. The event sold out last year and is a favorite among festival goers.

According to a release by festival Executive Director Helen Stephenson, wines featured this year will be from Michael Pierce, the Director of Enology and Yavapai College.

"Michael's first grape harvest was at Delegat's Wine Estate in Hawkes Bay New Zealand, followed by a stint at 12th and Maple in Oregon, and then Tamar Ridge Winery in Tasmania," the release said. "he is an award-winning wine maker and these are his first wines at the college, made by students under his guidance."

Immediately following the wine tasting, the film "Learning to Drive" will be screened, which stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson. The film will have a theatrical release later in August.

Other films screened on Saturday include "I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story," "Living is Easy with Eyes Closed," "Ballet Boys," "An Honest Liar" and "What we do in the Shadows." And the Arizona showcase will feature films made in the state, including "Pendulum," from Prescott filmmaker Ken Gregg, "The Lost Dutchman" and "Powers War," a documentary about an incident in Arizona's history that takes alook at one man's protest against America's entering into World War I, leading to the deadliest shootout in Arizona's history. The directors and producer of "The Lost Dutchman," Peter and Phillip Hall and Brooks Malberg will give a Q&A after the film's screening.

Continuing on Sunday, July 26, a separate release states that among the films to be screened are "Reunited" and "Through the Darkness: A Documentary on Addiction." Both documentaries, the former is produced by Guidance Aviation and tells the true story of Arizona resident, Barney Wasowicz, a World War II pilot being reunited with one of the few remaining B-26s. Wasowicz shares his journey and memories of crewmen and a German prison camp. The latter film deals with addiction, its causes, impact on families and its role in art and creativity and is the thesis of Yavapai College graduate Alison Barzely.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.prescottfilmfestival.com or at the box office from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday. In the lobby of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

Follow Reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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