A former board member and longtime volunteer, Jim Colletti returns to this year’s Sedona International Film Festival in an entirely new role: first-time filmmaker. Originally from New York, Colletti moved to the East Valley nearly 20 years ago – buying his first home in Chandler and opening a business in Gilbert before relocating to Mesa. He has been living in central Phoenix for about 2 years now, where he runs his graphic art/advertising agency Element Design along with his artist management/record label OEO Entertainment.
Few recent documentaries have stirred audiences quite like “How to Survive a Plague,” with its harrowing yet inspiring look into an oft-forgotten period of American history: the early years of the AIDS epidemic that rocked the nation in the 1980s and '90s. In his powerful filmmaking debut, journalist David France explores the ACT UP and TAG movements as they fought for change against an indifferent government and health care system, primarily told through activist-shot footage from those years.
When making a film about where you live, inspiration can be as close as your own backyard. That is what director Tommy Stovall found out in creating “Sedona,” which opens at theaters across Arizona this weekend.
Theater Works executive director Dan Schay and artistic director Robyn Allen are looking forward to a long working relationship with together with the company as they move toward the next level at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. “We really want to continue all of the excellent programming on the stage as well as the educational and outreach programs,” Shay said.
A trip to Hollywood in the next week may be out of the question, but a daylong jaunt to Sedona could yield just as many star sightings. Nicholas Cage, Gary Sinise, Rip Torn, Jonathan Winters, Frances Fisher and Rita Rudner are among the celebrities expected to be in the Red Rock getaway town for this week's Sedona Film Festival.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald