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Watching The Reels

Forget camping out for the midnight showing of The Hunger Games, the most crazed film aficionados are gearing up for the Phoenix Film Festival. The 12th edition of the fest begins with an opening night gala , and a screening of Robot & Frank, featuring Frank Langella as an aging loner who forms an unlikely friendship with his caretaker robot.

More than 160 films will screen during its eight-day run, and the schedule is packed with must-sees: A drag queen dreams of going to prom in A Fairy Tale, Andrew Bird: Fever Year finds the audience tagging along on the musician's tour bus, and FDR: American Badass reimagines WWI with werewolves.

In addition to taking in indie flicks, film geeks can hone their filmmaking skills with free weekend seminars with cast and crew from the festival films.

Thu., March 29, 5 p.m., 2012


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