10 Films We Can't Wait to See at the Phoenix Film Festival

The Phoenix Film Festival screens more than 150 feature films, documentaries, and shorts, and sadly, there's simply no way our eyeballs can be in so many places at once.

In an attempt to help you navigate and whittle down your choices from the masses, here's a list of our Top 10 most anticipated films.

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1. Underdogs

Directed by

Doug Dearth



is the story of a small-town high school football team destined to play their crosstown rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community. Stars DB Sweeney, Melora Walters, and Natalie Imbruglia are scheduled to be on hand the night of the screening.

Screening: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

2. Favor

Directed by

Paul Osborne

. A film about true friends and the things they do for each other, its world premiere is at the festival.

Screenings: 7:45 p.m. Friday/9:15 a.m. Saturday/2:00 p.m. Sunday

3. Down and Dangerous

Directed by

Zak Forsman

. This action crime thriller also is getting its world premiere at the festival.

Screenings: 7:15 p.m. Friday/11:30 a.m. Saturday/11:35 a.m. Sunday

4. The East

Directed by

Zal Batmangli

. This film is about Sarah Moss (played by

Brit Marling

), an operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. Also starring

Ellen Page


Juno, Inception


Patricia Clarkson

, and

Alexander Skarsgard


Screening: 7:20 p.m. Wednesday

5. Los Wild Ones

Los Wild Ones

, a SXSW 2013 Accepted Film documentary directed by

Elise Salomon

, made its debut at SXSW. Salomon produced the 2009 hit

Paper Heart


Screenings: 7:25 p.m. Friday/5:10 p.m. Saturday/9:35 a.m. Sunday

6. Uprising

Directed by

Fredrik Stanton



which tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

Screenings: 11:05 a.m. Friday/5:25 p.m. Saturday/1:45 p.m. Sunday

7. Unfinished Song

Directed by

Paul Andrew Williams


Unfinished Song

is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur, a curmudgeonly old soul who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife introduces him to a local seniors singing group.

Screening: 7:05 p.m. Sunday

8. Renoir

Directed by

Gilles Bourdos



is about a painter whose life is changed when a young girl enters his life, filling it with an unexpected energy.

Screening: 7:20 p.m. Monday

9. Kon-Tiki

Directed by

Joachim Rønning


Espen Sandberg

. A story about legendary explorer

Thor Heyerdal's

epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947 in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Screening: 4:35 p.m. Sunday

10. Stuck in Love

The closing film in this year's festival is directed by

Josh Boone

and is a touching comedy-drama about a successful novelist (Greg Kinnear) whose obsession with his ex-wife (

Jennifer Connelly

) has sent his perplexed family into a tailspin. Also starring

Kristen Bell


Steven King


Screening: 7:30 Thursday (closing night)

For more information on the Phoenix Film Festival, see its website.

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