Three Calls for Phoenix Creatives: First Friday Night Live, Howling House, and FearCon

If you're an artist or filmmaker whose head happens to be filled funny situations or freaky visions there happen to be a few opportunities for you to channel your creativity and show it to the public.

For instance, the producers of comedy showcase First Friday Night Live are getting ready for their new season and are looking for some fresh blood. Same goes for the proprietors of new Tempe gallery Howling House and organizers of the annual FearCon film festival.

3. First Friday Night Live The monthly sketch comedy show, which is staged during First Fridays at Bragg's Pie Factory on Grand Avenue, is on the lookout for new cast and crew for its upcoming season, which kicks off sometime in the fall. Performance artists or anyone with quick wits or comedic talent is encouraged to apply to become a member of the cast. Other artists who would like to help work behind the scenes, including designers, technicians, costume people, and other creatives. Auditions will be held next month on July 7 and July 14. Anyone interested should e-mail sunflowerdragonslayer@gmail.com to get an audition book and questionnaire, as well as to set up an audition time.

2. Blood, Sex, and Cigarettes in Tempe The folks at soon-to-open Tempe venue Howling House, which is located near Priest and Alameda drives, are seeking work from local artists for their debut exhibition entitled "Blood Sex and Cigarettes," which will take place on August 18. All styles and mediums are welcome and organizers are looking for artist submissions that fit the theme of the show or are of a "dark, moody, surreal, weird, strange, bizarre, unusual, [and] darkly humorous" nature. The deadline is July 29. Anyone interested can call 602-376-5273 or e-mail bloodsexandcigarettesart@gmail.com.

1. FearCon Film Festival Speaking of material that's of a dark and twisted nature, auteurs and indie directors who have created scary short films or feature-length horror flicks and hope to have their work shown are encouraged to submit their stuff to the annual FearCon festival. Taking place at MadCap theatre in Tempe on October 13, the one-day scarefest will screen shorts that are 30 minutes or less in length and features of 75 minutes or more. The best flicks will be awarded trophies consisting of gold-painted bloody knives and (more importantly) distribution through Empress Road Pictures.

The deadline is August 1 and submission fees are $20 for short films, $35 for feature-length movies. Late entries will be also be accepted up until September 1, with fees increasing to $30 and $45, respectively. Call 602-399-9500, e-mail director@phxfearfilmfestival.com, or visit the FearCon website for more information.

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