Amy Hettinger, director and founder of the Scottsdale Film Festival, built some bigger britches for this year's local cinematic extravaganza. The festival, now in its fourth year, has previously showcased mostly foreign films. This year, several things have been added, including documentaries, a student filmmaker competition, classic films, and films of gay and lesbian interest. "We had requests to augment the program with more American independent titles," Hettinger explains. "The whole effort is to be all-inclusive and celebrate diversity. We've come up with something for everyone."
Especially for the eight finalists in the student competition. The winner gets $250, but the real prize is that a programmer from the Toronto International Film Festival will be in the audience, and will evaluate the winning film for inclusion in the 2005 Toronto festival.
Hettinger looks forward to the competition, but she's ultra-excited about a mockumentary called Sons of Provo -- made by "these really talented, funny Mormon guys" -- and the Hollywood stars who will attend the film festival. Heather Juergensen (Kissing Jessica Stein) and Greg Ellis (24) will attend the opening gala on Friday, October 29, which features the film Red Roses and Petrol. The festival concludes Tuesday, November 2, with Dear Frankie. The Scottsdale Film Festival takes place at Harkins Camelview 5 theater, 7000 East Highland. Single tickets are $10, and passes cost $35 to $175. Call 480-994-ARTS (2787). -- Niki D'Andrea
Pump It Up
Dude looks like Steven Tyler
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It's time to break out your spandex and feather your hair . . . at least for one night. Aerosmith tribute band Pump, and Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania will be rockin' the Venue of Scottsdale, 7117 East Third Avenue, on Saturday, October 30. Promoter Jason Grandon says these guys are hard-core. "They are dead serious," he says. "The tights, the hair, the scarves . . . it's the same stage show." And just so these pseudo-rock stars don't feel too silly in their gear, there's a costume contest with cash prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m., and several local bands will hit the stage before Pyromania and Pump prance out at 10:30 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available at the door. Call 480-945-5150.-- C. Murphy Hebert