The selection of short films made by local filmmakers in this year's Arizona category at The Phoenix Film Festival represented a variety of genres and styles. There were action films, comedies, a musical, and a horror/suspense film. Here are a few of our favorites and the winner of this year's local category, announced over the weekend:
1. Ball in the Family and Suicide: The Musical by Chris Nash of Storybird Films
ASU Science and Psychology major Chris Nash and his production company, Storybird Films, submitted Ball in the Family, is a 5-minute comedy about a family dinner turned awkward, and Suicide: The Musical, a comedic musical sung by three characters who want to, well, off themselves.
"I look at my story in sort of a behavioral way," Nash said during the festival. "I look at my characters and wonder if what they're doing matches up to my story and whether or not it makes sense, whether or not it is realistic."
Nash is currently raising funds to finish his next project, Daddy Warblocks, a film featuring Legos. He graduates from ASU next month.
2. Xtraction by Marco Santiago and Katrina Matusek of SunCast Entertainment
4. Face Fear by Angel Ruiz
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Sedona resident Chris Redish presented Family 2.0, a comic look at a man who decides to find out if the grass is truly greener on the other side of the fence, when he decides to upgrade families and walks in to greet his "new wife" one day.
DeNigris credited his crew, mostly former and current students at UAT, with the post-production wizardry that makes up this visually impressive, video-game like sci-fi thriller of an investigation into a failed mission to stop terrorist in a post-apocalyptic Phoenix.
For information on the rest of the films in the Arizona Shorts category at The Phoenix Film Festival, click here.