Prescott Film Festival offers filmmaking workshops and film screenings
Yavapai College’s Film and Media Arts Program presents the 9th Annual Prescott Film Festival, an eight-day tour of the science and artistry that lights up the silver screen, according to a media release from the college.
The festival opens Friday, June 8, with the Arizona premiere of “A Boy Called Sailboat,” screening at 7 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St.
The film’s director, Cameron Nugent, and the film’s star, Julian Atocani Sanchez, are expected to attend the screening, which will be followed by the screening, at the same location, of the short film “Downside Up.” A cabaret party, sponsored by El Gato Azul and offered at no charge, will follow these film screenings Friday night.
Tickets for the screenings are $13 for general admission, $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.prescottfilmfestival.com/tickets or at the box office.
Various ticket packages are available for the festival -- which continues through Saturday, June 16 -- including a $275, all-access pass, a $160 ticket for admission to all film screenings at the festival, and a $110 ticket for an opening-weekend pass.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, “Heart of Paradise” screens; at 1 p.m. Saturday, “Mary Goes Round” screens; at 4 p.m. that day “Arizona Short Films” screens, and at 7 p.m. “Meerkat Moonship” screens, all at the college’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets for each film are $13.00, but $7 for all students with ID and for Yavapai College staff with ID.
A high-school-student film competition, “Through Your Eyes,” is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The winners of that competition will receive scholarships to attend Yavapai College’s Film and Media Arts Program.
Sunday evening June 10, a wine tasting will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with film screenings -- “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene” and “Good Morning” -- at the college’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event, “Wines to Die for,” are $35.
Then, at 9 p.m., Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho” will be screened, at no charge, at the college’s outdoor amphitheater.
In addition to the opportunity the festival offers to view an eclectic assortment of films from throughout the world, the festival includes a series of workshops offered at no charge to aspiring filmmakers and providing an overview of filmmaking and a look at the people and processes behind the camera, according to the college's media release.
From 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Matthew Earl Jones, director of Arizona’s Office of Film and Digital Media, will discuss “Creating Film and Media in Arizona.” His talk examines the ways that the state facilitates access to public locations for filming and streamlines resources for movie crews.
The “Henry Lewy Documentary” -- 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 11 – examines the sound engineer and former Prescott resident who inspired the creative best from musical greats like Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Van Morrison. That film will be followed by a talkback with its creators, Evan Archerd and Bob Burton.
“You’re a Foley Artist – What’s That?” is a free workshop set for 4 p.m. Monday. Sound engineer Noah Blough takes the mystery out of adding supplemental sound and lets participants try it for themselves.
Another workshop offered at no charge to participants is titled “Documentary, How Film Can Foster Social Change,” set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Following a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Freedom Runners,” Dr. Karly Way Schauwecker, a sociology professor at Yavapai College, will discuss the dynamics of “us and them.”
“Film Critics – What the Heck Were They Thinking?” is a free workshop set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. Film critic Bill Pierce -- along with Lindsay Bane, an instructor in the college’s Film and Media Arts program -- will discuss the role of film criticism in 2018.
Micki Shelton’s play “A Few Good Lines” is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. The play celebrates the use of classic movie lines in real life.
Screenwriter and Prescott Film Festival alumnus Philip Sedgwick will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in a presentation titled “So Your Life is a Movie?”
At 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, in his presentation titled, “Weaving Webs,” Sedgwick examines the different ways films intrigue, compel and ‘hook’ their audiences.
And at a two-day “Filmmaking Boot Camp” – Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15 – award-winning filmmakers Bruce Dorn and Alan Davis, along with producer John de Dios, present “Intro to Filmmaking: From Story Boarding to Story Live-Action.” The workshop will explore the tools and techniques of filmmaking. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and enjoy this opportunity to work with seasoned professionals and the college’s top-of-the-line filmmaking equipment.
While all of the workshops are offered at no cost to participants, “Intro to Filmmaking: From Story Boarding to Story Live-Action” requires advance registration. To register and for a complete list of events at the festival, see the website www.Prescottfilmfestival.com.
Information provided by Yavapai College