Peoria Film Fest hosts cocktail party, opening night film Oct. 19

The Peoria Film Fest is hosting its opening night cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 followed by a screening of Bleecker Street’s “What They Had.”

The Taste of Peoria cocktail party will begin at the Arizona Republic Party Pavilion (just southeast of the Harkins Arrowhead Fountains theater) and will feature area restaurants, including Fleming’s, Revolu, Modern Round, Bubba’s 33 and more. Attendees can enjoy food, drinks and live music.
 
Immediately following the cocktail party, opening remarks from Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, as well as Peoria Film Fest Executive Director Jason Carney, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18. After opening remarks, attendees will be treated to the opening night screening of Bleecker Street’s “What They Had,” starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster.
 
“What They Had” tells the story of Bridget (Swank) who returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious college-age daughter after her ailing mother (Danner) wanders off during a blizzard. Forced to referee between her father’s (Forster) stubborn insistence that his wife remain at home and her equally determined brother’s (Shannon) efforts to place her in a sought-after “memory care” facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother’s decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments make an already difficult decision close to impossible.
 
The Peoria Film Fest will be held Oct. 19 to 21 at the Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, screening a mix of independent and upcoming studio releases.
 
Other films that have been announced include:
• Magnolia Pictures’ Cannes Winner for Best Actor and Oscar contender, “Dogman”
• “White Tide: The Legend of Culebra,” a cocaine treasure hunt documentary from the Tribeca Film Festival
• “Number 37,” a Hitchcock-esque thriller
• Festival premiere of “Point Defiance,” starring Derek Phillps and Josh Crotty
 
To purchase tickets to opening night and for more information, visit www.PeoriaFilmFest.com.
 
The Peoria Film Fest is a program under the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Phoenix Film Foundation, and is a sibling of the Phoenix Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Society, the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, IFP/Phoenix, the Arizona Student Film Festival and the Phoenix Critics Circle. Phoenix Film Foundation’s mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities and growth of independent film within Arizona. The foundation’s primary functions through its programs are to promote the exhibition of independent films and conduct educational programs that teach the art of filmmaking.

 

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