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The searing heat of the summer makes it easy to take refuge underwater in the backyard pools of the Valley. No Festival Required’s presentation of the 1968 film The Swimmer, screening on Thursday, July 10, is a cautionary tale about swimming your life away.

NFR’s ongoing mission to spotlight forgotten films meets the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition of “Bill Owens: Suburbia,” a 1972 photographic survey of life in the suburbs. The Swimmer, based upon a 1964 John Cheever short story of the same name, starts with Neddy Merrill (portrayed by Burt Lancaster) in suburban Connecticut seeking to pool hop through his neighbors’ backyards until he reaches home. As his journey goes on, it gets stranger and farther away from the cookie-cutter life Neddy presumed he was seeking.

No Festival Required presents The Swimmer at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s SMoCA Lounge, 7374 East Second Street. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the screening starts at 7:30 with $7 admission. For more info, visit

Thu., July 10, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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Jose Gonzalez