Peoria Film Festival—This weekend, through Sunday, October 13, marks the second annual edition of the west side fest, a presentation of Phoenix Film Festival. With the exception of a “Family Film Day” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at nearby Huntington University and an afterparty Saturday evening across the street from the multiplex, all of the Peoria festival’s events are conveniently located at one venue: Harkins Arrowhead 18.
Features this year include:
The Cat and the Moon, directed by and starring Alex Wolff, about a young man’s adventures in New York City while his mother is rehabbing.
Rwanda, a drama set during that country’s genocide, which gives us the point of view of both victim and killer.
When All That’s Left is Love, a documentary about a wife trying to care for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted husband at home.
My First and Last Film, a documentary about aging, made by debuting 60-year-old director Tracey Thomas.
Boom: A Film About the Sonics, yet another documentary, about the legendary garage band.
Dirty God, a drama from Dutch director Sacha Polak about a woman struggling with having her face scarred by acid.
The closing night selection is the Afghanistan War drama The Kill Team, starring Nat Wolff, brother of Alex, and Alexander Skarsgard, brother of Pennywise.
There are three “CineLatino” choices throughout the weekend: The Chambermaid (La Camarista), Eight Out of Ten (Ocho de Cada Diez) and Midnight Family. There are also programs of short films, and an afterparty at 9 p.m. Saturday, across the street from Harkins Arrowhead at Headquarters Grill Bar & Sushi.
A VIP pass for the Peoria Film Festival is $75; individual film tickets are $12. Go to peoriafilmfest.com for details.