Originally Published: June 15, 2018 5:52 a.m.
For folks who love music, today’s Prescott Film Festival movie, “The Song of Sway Lake,” begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College.
The film is about a record collector who commits suicide, leaving the collection to his son who shares the notion that “preserving records preserves art and beauty so it can live on.” The son, together with a new friend from Russia, steal a rare and priceless 78 rpm vinyl record.
Director Ari Gold said at an interview at the Idyllild Film Festival after being asked why someone should see this film, “It’s got the best soundtrack since 1942.”
The accompanying short film, “And Guest,” is the second short filmmaker Maxime Brulein brings to the Prescott Film Festival. He appears after the movie to answer questions.
Later Friday at 7 p.m. “Ol’ Max Evans: The First Thousand Years” shows. This documentary is based on the book of the same name, and includes “Evans telling his stories of Hollywood, studio executives, ranching, publishing houses, brawls with Hollywood friends, such as director Sam Peckinpah, spiritual encounters with animals, and tales of the changing West,” the film’s website states.
Acclaimed actors Sam Elliott and Peter Coyote lend their voices to the film. Director Lorene Mills and Paul Barns are scheduled to attend. Max Evans wrote “The Rounders,” and the 1965 film, starring Henry Fonda, will be shown at 9 p.m., free to the public, in the college’s outdoor pavillion, located between Buildings 3 and 4. The film was shot in Yavapai County.
“The Rounders has some scenes involving women that simply ‘wouldn’t fly’ in today’s society,” said Helen Stephenson, festival founder and executive director. “But I feel it’s a look back at what the ‘norm’ was – especially in the way women were treated. With that as a starting point, it illustrates how far we have come.”
Saturday morning starts with “Stories about Amazing Humans: 4 Short Films,” at 10 a.m. The executive producer of “Bud’s Odyssey” (also Bud’s daughter), Jennifer Kingsbury, is scheduled to attend. The film is about the Epic WWII survival story of 1st Lt. Robert “Bud” Kingsbury.
“My Indiana Muse,” a story about artist Robert Townsend, whose purchase of an old carousel of family slides from eBay changes his artistic path. The artist Robert Townsend is scheduled to attend.
A South African film, “Bram Fischer: An Act of Defiance,” will show at 1 p.m. The drama/thriller “The Zim” is the short film. At 4 p.m., “Liyana,” a documentary feature made in Swaziland, shows along with the short film, “The Driver is Red,” set in 1960 Argentina.
The closing night film, “The Pretend One,” is accompanied by the short film, “Tea Time with Mr. Patterson.” In the first, the adult daughter of an Australian cotton farmer has an imaginary friend that is threatened by a real-life friend. The fight becomes real when the imaginary friend falls in love with the other man.
Director Tony Prescott will Skype in after the screening for a question-and-answer session. Included in the price of this final movie of the festival is a cabaret party catered by El Gato Azul. The party follows Prescott’s Skype appearance.
“We’re looking forward to another great weekend,” Stephenson said.