July 14, 2018
Dr. Strangelove at Changing Hands Phoenix
Our first event was a screening of Dr. Strangelove at Changing Hands Phoenix. We wanted to bring something politically relevant to the screen, and unfortunately this classic farce about the most hubristic, incompetent and blindly patriotic members of our government bringing about the end of the world fits the bill almost too perfectly.
Featuring an introduction and Q&A by Arizona Republic film critic Barbara VanDenburgh.
August 18, 2018
Do the Right Thing at Changing Hands Phoenix
Spike Lee’s new movie “BlacKkKlansman” looked amazing even before it won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Better still, its release this August is as good an excuse as any to revisit the film that brought Spike Lee to the mainstream in 1989, “Do the Right Thing.”
Featuring an introduction and Q & A by Dr. Keon McGuire and Dr. Meskerem Glegziabher of Arizona State University.
September 22, 2018
Rushmore at Changing Hands Phoenix
Wes Anderson’s films are fantastical, intricately constructed dioramas of wit and whimsy. And the director’s 1998 sophomore effort, “Rushmore,” may very well be his best. Our September event was a fundraiser for Save Our Schools Arizona.
Featuring a presentation on the style of Wes Anderson by Chris Ayers of Chris Ayers Creative.
October 28, 2018
What We Do in the Shadows at Monarch Theatre
What if you made MTV’s “The Real World,” but with vampires? That’s the deceptively simple premise behind “What We Do in the Shadows,” a “This Is Spinal Tap”-style mockumentary for horror fiends, directed and written by New Zealand comic masterminds Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi – the former of “Flight of the Conchords,” the latter of “Thor: Ragnarok”
November 17, 2018
Mad Max: Fury Road at 180º Automotive
Celebrate the badass woman of Mad Max: Fury Road with the badass women of 180 Degrees Automotive in central Phoenix. We’ll be screening the Black & Chrome edition, in which the high-octane post-apocalyptic blockbuster is stripped down to stark monochrome, the way George Miller originally intended. You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome! Featuring a presentation on an all-female Chevy truck build by Heather Herr.
January 12, 2019
Being John Malkovich at Changing Hands Phoenix
Being John Malkovich turns 20 this year, but that’s not the only reason we want to celebrate one of our favorite turn-of-the-century films. It was the feature-film debut of two provocateurs of the bizarre: screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, and it was a marriage of indie bliss.
So happy birthday, Being John Malkovich, and thank you. For cinephiles of a certain age, you were not only a portal into a celebrated actor’s mind, but into the weird, wild world of indie filmmaking.
Featuring a presentation on the philosophy of Absurdism in Charlie Kaufman films by Chris Ayers of Chris Ayers Creative.
April 5, 2019
Let the Right One in at Changing Hands Phoenix, presented with Stray Cat Theatre
Remember that awesome teenage vampire romance all the cool girls went crazy for in the aughts? No, not Twilight, the other one. We're talking, of course, about the great 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Set against the beautifully stark backdrop of Nordic winter, the film tells the story of a lonely, bullied boy who falls in love with a dark and mysterious neighbor girl with a thirst for blood. Eli has been 12 years old for over 200 years, which does weird things to a girl. Genuinely freaky, it's also an elegant exploration of loneliness and adolescence. Featuring a Q & A with Stray Cat Theatre Artistic Director Ron May, whose theater company was staging the play adaptation.
May 18, 2019
Walk With Me at Desert Song Healing Arts Center
We held a special outdoor screening of the documentary Walk With Me in Desert Song’s beautiful courtyard.
"This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch’s composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis’ (Black Gold, LFF2006) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things – a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil."
Laure Bonville, London Film Festival
June 22, 2019
Midnight Cowboy at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness
PHX Film Collective is proud to present this special 50th Anniversary screening of Midnight Cowboy at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness / Southwest Center for HIV / AIDS. Made possible by our partners Phoenix Pride and Stacy's on Melrose. 1969 was a year of great transition in American movies. "Midnight Cowboy" endures as one of the most controversial, risky, and moving films of the late 1960s. Fifty years later, it holds up as an entertaining and mind-blowing experience.
Featuring a presentation from PHX Film Collective Tom Samp on the importance of the film and how it intersects with the Gay Pride movement and the Stonewall Rebellion.