Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who takes a departure from his usual style of dark comedy, “Willow Creek” follows Jim and his girlfriend Kelly as they hunt for Bigfoot. Jim truly believes in the existence of the beast known as Sasquatch, while Kelly is much more of a skeptic. They descend into the deep woods of California, where they encounter much more than they had expected. This film looks like a spiritual, and stylistic, successor to The Blair Witch Project.
Friday, November 8, 7:15 PM
An aging Hollywood actress, facing a decline in her career in the age-obsessed film industry, agrees to have her image digitized. A virtual performer will control her, and the actress can never act again. In the virtual world, the digital avatar for the actress takes on a life all her own. The film is a mixture of live-action and psychedelic animation with an interestingly intriguing plot. Big names co-star, like Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Hamm.
Saturday, November 9, 4 PM
“Winter in the Blood”
This film is presented by Arizona State Museum as part of their Native Eyes Film Showcase, and is co-sponsored by the UA School of Theatre, Film and TV. The film follows a young Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise, who wakes up in a ditch. In his hungover-induced state he sees his long-dead father frozen at his feet. This is just the beginning of the increasingly bizarre journey to find his wife, whom he discovers has left the house, taking his rifle with her. Writer/ Director Alex Smith and lead actor Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga) will be present at screening.
Saturday, November 9, 7 PM
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” with Visual Effects Artist Pete Kozachik
No, this is not a new movie (in fact, if you can wrap your head around this, this is the 20th anniversary of the movie!), but this is a personal favorite of mine. If you haven’t witnessed the musical tale of Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws Lock, Shock, and Barrel, and the rest of the cast of Halloweentown, the fall is the best time to watch! The reason I include the film on this list is that visual effects artist Pete Kozachik, who received an Academy Award nomination for being on the film’s visual effects team, will be present.
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 PM