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Phoenix Film Festival Winners

After 7 days of intense movie-going, it feels strange to not be in a theater. The 2012 Phoenix Film Festival was a ton of fun, and I’m definitely going back next year. That much awesomeness should not be missed!

Let me recap the experience before I unleash a series of micro-reviews on each event. 28 events is a lot to critique! Friday through Sunday were marathon days, 8-15 hours each day. Monday through Thursday was less intense, but it still seemed like a job – an enjoyable one, no doubt. But alas, it’s over now and it’s back to the grind of a real job and now… the writeups. It is a bit daunting, but I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Harkins Scottsdale 101 was the location, and it was really a great venue. I ended up buying a Loyalty Shirt, entitling me to a free popcorn at each movie. Popcorn became a meal replacement every day. The flavored powders helped… The Cine Capri hosted several feature films and seeing movies on the big screen never disappoints. Lots of local sponsors gave out swag and hosted events. Chipotle represented with recycle bags made from billboards – pretty sweet. They also handed out free burrito vouchers during the screening of “Fresh”. Independent Feature Project: Phoenix (aka IFP Phoenix) hosted a bunch of educational features for kids and teens as well as wrangled some film makers & their crew into doing some seminars. The biggest impact on me was hearing everyone discuss their experiences in working with their teams. Teamwork is essential, and assembling a great crew is no easy task. However, more people are involved in indie film work, with skilled and talented folks popping up everywhere. Don’t overlook the next film geniuses!

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PFF Documentary Shorts

We kicked off our time at the Phoenix Film Festival with their Documentary Shorts presentation. It’s always a gamble with shorts, but I love seeing them. If they’re bad, they’re over quickly and if they’re good, you are getting a bunch of them! I like experiencing the work of many talented artists, but sometimes it can be a chore sifting through them for the diamond in the rough. So throughout the Festival I’ve opted to see shorts in most cases unless it conflicts with a feature I REALLY want to see – which was many, write-ups to come in the next few days as I find time between screenings.

The Documentary Shorts features four powerful narratives showcasing the lives of real people and places. The 2012 lineup includes: Kaziah the Goat Woman, Sacred Poison, Randy Parsons: American Luthier, and My Caddy Won’t Let Me, four very professionally done short documentaries.

Kaziah the Goat Woman

2008. Directed by Amy Duzinski Janes. 40 minutes.

Kaziah the Goat Woman features artist and polygamy escapee Kaziah Hancock. Born on the prairie, she owes her life to the goat that nursed her when her mother could not, and has spent her life being a caretaker and protector of these ruminants on her Utah ranch. Her heart goes out not only to the goats and chickens in her life, but also her fellow humans, especially the families of fallen soldiers. Kaziah paints the portraits, for free, of service members killed in action as a show of support to their loved ones. Her organization, Project Compassion has painted over 3,500 portraits, over 950 painted by Kaziah herself.

The documentary features interviews of Kaziah telling her story of life, love and death in Utah, and tags along in her daily life. Throughout the film, we see her paint, start to finish, a portrait of a fallen soldier based off a photograph sent by the family.

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Dinklage Update: March 2012

I know I’ve fallen down on the job of reporting the latest news involving Peter Dinklage, but I am ready to pay my penance and return as your diligent Dinklage detail discoverer.

Especially since Game of Thrones returns THIS SUNDAY NIGHT.

Back to the latest breaking Dinklage news…

A Little Bit of Heaven, a film we’ve been waiting on for forever here in the US, will finally be released in theaters on May 4th, after bouncing around Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East… everywhere but here since early 2011. Want to see it at home before then? You can buy it from iTunes on April 3rd – next week!

Not gonna lie – I’m no fan of the rom-com, and am only going to see this for A Little Bit of Dinklage.

But wait – there’s more!

Remember Penelope? And how Dinklage nailed the role of Lemon? Well, Mark Palansky is taking two from that show’s cast and making a new movie, starring Peter Dinklage and Catherine O’Hara (Penelope, SCTV) titled Rememory. Not much has been released on the sci-fi like plot, but stuff happens and there will be a thing, I’m sure. Filming for Rememory starts in May. So prepare yourselves for another neat movie from these folks.

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Phoenix Film Festival Starts… Now

Good news, People of Earth!

Lucky old me scored some passes to the Phoenix Film Festival – all thanks to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange! I won a contest they held as part of their Ticket Tuesday series of rewarding loyal fans and customers. Actually, there were pretty high odds of winning – less than 20 entries with only 10 winners so it was more than 50-50. So be sure to keep an eye on Bookmans!

What this means for you is that I will be kicking ass and taking names… make that just writing up some reviews for the films if my ferret-like memory will allow me to remember anything about whatever. I am, however, an expert note-jotter which got me through decades of schooling.

The Phoenix Film Festival is celebrating its 12th year in 2012. My math wizardry tells me this event is as old as the 21st century! So yeah, it’s something to be proud of. Showing over 150 films a year, the Phoenix Film Fest goes on for 8 days and truly requires a trooper such as I to experience every minute. This year, they have returned to Harkins Scottsdale 101 to spread the madness and hedonism…as well as art and culture for the more refined folk.

I won’t be attending tonight as I’m not a platinum or VIP member, so no opening night gala nor any Robot & Frank, which looks super awesome and I’m kinda bummed.

Here is a short selection of what I am planning to see (subject to ticket availability):

Hollywood to Dollywood
It’s In The Blood
Monster Brawl

…and that’s just on Friday!!!

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Peter Dinklage voices Captain Gutt in Ice Age 4

Peter Dinklage to voice Captain Gutt

Somehow my little birds fell asleep on the job and neglected to inform me that Peter Dinklage is voicing the character of Captain Gutt in the animated movie, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. I had to find out in Variety like a commoner, and IMDb also beat me to it.

Captain Gutt is the simian pirate leader who does baddie things, giving Dinklage a chance to play the villain once again, as in his roles as Dr. Simon Barsinister in Underdog and on stage as Richard III. Dinklage also voices Gutt in the animated short, Scrat’s Continental Crack-up Part 2, shown in theatres as a trailer during Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked back in November, 2011. As you can see, Gutt is clearly a Gigantopithecus with bad teeth.

The full-length Ice Age movie starring Peter Dinklage as Captain Gutt will be released on July 13, 2012.

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Peter Dinklage to star in “A Case of You”

News broke yesterday that Peter Dinklage will star in a new indie film, A Case of You, alongside Justin Long (Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Mac Guy in commercials) and Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce, Thirteen). Justin Long is both writing and producing, with Kat Coiro (L!fe Happens) directing. Also in the cast is Arizona’s own Busy Philipps, reuniting with Dinklage since their planned TV show Testing Bob fell through back in 2005. Keir O’Donnell (Lost, Sons of Anarchy) will also appear.

No character assignments have been announced, but the story revolves around impressing a girl online and requires a string of lies to keep up appearances. You know, purely a fictional storyline that could only happen in a movie.

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Official: Peter Dinklage to Play Herve Villechaize

Many moons ago, my little birds told me that maybe-possibly Peter Dinklage was going to play Herve Villechaize in the upcoming biography, My Dinner with Herve. It turns out the rumor was true, and the movie should start shooting next year. Dominic Cooper co-stars as the reporter who last interviews the actor, best known as Tattoo from Fantasy Island, before he committed suicide on September 4, 1993.

The actual reporter who met with Villechaize was Sacha Gervasi, the screenwriter and director of the upcoming film. No other names have been announced, and casting is still in the works.

Quoth Peter Dinklage to TV Guide: “He was an amazing painter and did a lot of charity work with children but had tremendous heartbreak.”

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Game of Thrones gets Stiffed in the Portal Awards?

The results of the 2011 Portal Awards were announced on Thursday, with some good news and some bad news for Game of Thrones Fans.

The TV show Fringe managed to upset some of GoT’s sure-wins. Fringeophiles voted it in for Best TV Actress (Anna Torv) and Best TV Supporting Actor. Peter Dinklage should have received the Supporting Actor award, but it went to Fringe star John Noble, possibly as a direct result of him being snubbed for an Emmy nomination. Fringe also received Best Special Guest because they pulled out The Nimoy. I totally give them that. They also got Christopher Lloyd for another episode, so – props!

I really can’t believe Peter Dinklage didn’t win. :(

It wasn’t a complete sweep for Fringe, since Game of Thrones got Best Actor (Sean Bean), Best Episode (Winter is Coming) and Best Series. So in a numbers game, it comes out even.

I have a few more nits with the Porties.

Daniel Radcliffe won Best Young Actor and he’s like 30 22. I understand JJ Abrams is responsible for Fringe, but I’ve also seen Lost and Super 8. Elisabeth Sladen (Doctor Who) really should have gotten the Gene Roddenberry Award because 1) she’s been around longer and 2) she’s dead now. I also feel that Helena Bonham Carter (HP Deathly Hallows, Sweeney Todd) should have gotten an honorable mention or something.

And really, when it comes down to best website, i09 beats the pants off of GateWorld. I’m sorry, that’s just how it is.

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Peter Dinklage in My Dinner with Herve?

My little birds tell me that Peter Dinklage is starring in My Dinner with Herve, a biographical flick directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil). The movie is based on Gervasi’s interview with actor Herve Villechaize (Tattoo in TV’s Fantasy Island) days before the actor committed suicide in 1993. Gervasi wrote the screenplays for The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks, and The Big Tease and Henry’s Crime, in which he was also the executive producer.

Dinklage has been rumored to play the part for several years, but I hear tell that test shoots are currently underway with Peter Dinklage and co-star Dominic Cooper. If all goes as planned, they may film this Fall, after Game of Thrones wraps for the season.

Edit: Shortly after I posted this, The Playlist also reported the same story. It’s not officially confirmed, but close enough for all of us gossip-hungry fans, right?

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Trigun: Badlands Rumble Comes to AZ for a week

Good news, Arizona anime fans!

Trigun: Badlands Rumble, the latest of the Trigun movies, will be shown for a week in Tempe starting Friday July 8th at the Valley Art theater. The movie is “touring” the country this summer, giving fans a chance to see it on the big screen.

There are a few other AZ locations playing the film in Scottsdale and Surprise, but only for a few days. A list of other Arizona showings (and the rest of the US!) is available in the Trigun theater list at Eleven Arts.

If you don’t get a chance to see it this summer, Saboten Con will be showing Trigun: Badlands Rumble at this years convention in early October! I hope you have your tickets already! :)

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