The Prescott Film Festival offers an exciting week of innovative, fascinating and outrageous films.
The Festival begins with an enticing afternoon of dark wines and dark visions. PFF’s 3 p.m. wine tasting will “spill” over into the theater, where, at 4:30, we will screen an Orson Welles classic, The Lady from Shanghai. Mr. Welles daughter, Beatrice Welles, is scheduled to answer questions following the film.
Last Cab to Darwin, follows Rex, an aging loner, on an epic drive through the Australian outback, from Broken Hill to Darwin, to die on his own terms. But his journey reveals that before you can end your life, you have to live it — and to live it, you’ve got to share it. Preceded by the short film Last Days. 7 pm.
La belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) has been compared to the art from American painter Maxfield Parrish. This unique French take on the classic story offers twists, turns and fantastic CGI. An unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter of a merchant offers herself to a mysterious beast with whom her father has become indebted. Léa Seydoux’s performance stands out in this production with English subtitles. 7 pm.
A feature-length documentary that delves into the creative, humorous world of audio dubbing a Hollywood motion picture. Being George Clooney explores the personal lives of voice artists who are Clooney’s “alter egos” — as well as the process of translating an American hit into an international blockbuster. 4 pm
Emotionally raw and observant, A Light Beneath Their Feet is a coming-of-age drama balances the pull of family obligation against personal aspirations. By turns endearing, unsettling, and ultimately moving, this production is a triumph of empathetic filmmaking. Preceded by the short film Locas. 7 pm
In House of Time, Robert d’Eglantine invites five friends to his castle in the woods. There, he claims, he can take his guests back seventy years in time. What seems at first like a big joke propels our characters back to the Nazi occupation of France. French with English subtitles. Preceded by the short film, Back to the Start. 4 pm
Big Voice follows the tumultuous year-long journey of choir director Jeff Huls, as he strives to create extraordinary music in a public school setting. He acquires the most ideal combination of voices he has ever had, but discovers his 32 talented teenagers are also the most unwieldy group he has ever taught. Preceded by the short film Wright’s Law. 7 pm
Surgery Ship tells the story of a team of volunteer doctors and nurses who serve a unique vessel: crammed with medical supplies, this floating hospital sails to the poorest nations on earth. They will face the most severe medical issues — not seen in other parts of the world. But medical challenges are only part of the story. 1 pm
In Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia, you’ll follow the life and climbs of legendary alpinist Jeff Lowe, through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a terminal disease. A mind-bending adventure through time and space. 4 pm
The Man Who Knew Infinity — Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in India cannot crush. When a British mathematics professor invites him to Cambridge, Ramanujan’s theories and cultural values run headlong into the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War I. 7 pm
Lives Well Lived — What is a life “well-lived?” We asked forty people, aged 75-100, and they shared their secrets, wit and wisdom. Forty voices prove that aging is something to cherish; “retirement” doesn’t mean retiring, and growing older doesn’t mean growing silent. Preceded by the short film, In the Blink. 10 am
Short Film Program — 1 pm
Fanarchy explores the subculture of die-hard fans who risk life, limb and bankruptcy in their quest to pay homage to the films and stories they love. Preceded by the short film, The Dogist. 1 pm
Double Feature: His Name is Midnight & Cowboy Christmas — Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy with two fantastic films! His Name is Midnight is the true story of a horse — a prince of the Big Sky Country — who was lost to auction and human cruelty before being rediscovered. Cowboy Christmas shows us a year in the life of four professional rodeo cowboys, as they travel a grueling circuit, sustaining injuries and loneliness in pursuit of fame and fortune. 4 pm
Growing Up Smith (aka Good Ol’ Boy) plus the short film A King’s Betrayal. 7 pm
For a full schedule of films, and other related events, please visit the Prescott Film Festival Website at: http://www.prescottfilmfestival.com.