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Film Festival To Feature Local, International Movies

January 8th, 2019 SanTan Sun News
Film Festival To Feature Local, International Movies

Santan Sun News Staff

Movie buffs will be able to indulge in many films made around the world at the Chandler International Film Festival later this month.

The festival will feature screenings of more than 200 new films Jan. 17-21 at the new Flix Brewhouse, 1 W. Chandler Blvd., in downtown Chandler.

The festival will celebrate movies’ ability to bring together filmmakers and participants from around the world.

The Chandler International Film Festival has partnered with the City of Chandler to advance diversity in the community.

The film festival will feature numerous, back-to-back events where attendees can eat, drink, socialize and walk from screenings to workshops, parties, discussion panels, film expos and other gatherings in downtown Chandler.

Filmmakers will be linked to buyers in a professional film market and expo as well as in educational workshops leading film industry professionals will offer.

The work of “SanTan Sun News” publisher emeritus Laurie Fagen of Chandler will be part of the festival after the SanTan Sun News publisher emeritus took time off from writing crime fiction novels to write, direct and produce four film shorts.

Her film “Time’s Up: She Said, He Heard,” about sexual harassment, will be screened at the Chandler International Film Festival. The film was shot at QuartHaus in downtown Chandler. “Time’s Up: She Said, He Heard” received an Award of Recognition: Film Short at the Best Shorts Festival.

Another film Fagen wrote, produced and directed, called “Like Breathing,” received an Award of Recognition: Public Service Programming/PSA from the Best Shorts Festival. “Like Breathing” examines people’s need for art.

“Time’s Up: She Said, He Heard” also won a special mention in the Global Shorts international short film festival.

Fagen, who lives in Fox Crossing, worked with her son, Devon Hancock of Tempe, as well as a local crew and actors. She and Hancock also made “L.N. Pane, P.I.” a trailer for Fagen’s first crime fiction novel, “Fade Out.”

“Like Breathing” was also filmed in downtown Chandler, at Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop on South San Marcos Place with a cast of over a dozen people. “L.N. Pane, P.I.” was shot in a private home in Chandler. A fourth Fagen short film, called “Me, Too,” was filmed in a north Phoenix office.

“It was fun jumping back into the world of production in which I spent many years after my broadcast reporting days,” Fagen said. “And working with my very talented son, who shot, edited, ran audio, created original music and much more was so gratifying.”

The opening night film will be “Under the Eiffel Tower,” which stars Matt Walsh and Judith Godrèche. “Under the Eiffel Tower” is about a character named Stuart who is going through a mid-life crisis.

As he is desperate to find something more in life, he tags along on his best friend’s family vacation to Paris. Then Stuart proposes to his friend’s 24-year-old daughter, Rosalind, as they are standing under the Eiffel Tower.

The festival will kick off with a red-carpet ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Feature films, best experimental short films, best horror short films, best Arizona films and a variety of other movies will be shown over the five-day festival.