If you didn't catch them last night, you'll have a second chance during the festival, March 31 through April 7, at the Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theater. Here are clips and photos from five of our favorites:
1. DAY LABOR
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"Day Labor" is a smart, hilarious take on day laboring and outsourcing. It won at the Seattle's True Independent Film Festival, and for good reason. This is one of the best in the bunch.
When Jason Carney, Phoenix Film Festival director introduced "Lights" at the screening, it was described as "very German." And it was; tragic, but in a refreshingly wonderful way. "Lights" is incredibly well-made, funny and fully developed. Oh, and it's in English so don't worry about subtitles.
For being a short film, this movie has character development, a story arc, and even comedic relief. (Granted, it's one of the longest short films, at 18 minutes.) It's about a post-apocalyptic-type utopia that runs into some serious opposition.
This animated short takes on aging, death and life in four brief minutes. Sad and uplifting in the same breath, it's well worth a watch.
5. JUST ABOUT FAMOUS
"Just About Famous" starts off with a bang, and it keeps getting better. The 15-minute documentary about celebrity impersonators and their annual convention will make you chuckle and help you understand this larger-than-life world.
The Phoenix Film Festival starts March 31 and runs through April 7 at the Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theater, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the event's website.