Valley movie theaters are still shuttered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch some cool indie cinema screenings. Here are five virtual film screenings and events from local organizations that should help keep your celluloid dreams alive.
Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful
No Festival Required presents this documentary about famous photographer Helmut Newton, whose work exploring the female form gave him a cult star status that endures long after his death in 2004. The film includes Newton’s photographs and home movies, archival footage and interviews with a range of notable women including Grace Jones, Isabella Rossellini, Claudia Schiffer and Marianne Faithfull. Tickets cost $12 and are good for a five-day pass to watch the film online through Saturday, August 8.
CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine
CREEM Magazine rose from humble beginnings as an underground paper in 1970s Detroit to a national music publication featuring the bylines of lauded scribes like Lester Bangs. This documentary follows CREEM’s trajectory and looks at the untimely deaths of Bangs and publisher Barry Kramer. Local venue Thunderbird Lounge hosts the virtual screening, which streams from Friday, August 7 through Friday, August 21. Tickets cost $9.99 at creem.media.thunderbird.
Conquering Hollywood: A Sit Down with Producer Gary W. Goldstein
The Phoenix Screenwriters Association hosts this Q&A with film producer and author Gary W. Goldstein (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies). The two-hour Q&A will be conducted by Phoenix filmmaker and screenwriter Joe Gruberman and will include discussions of Goldstein’s career and craft. Audience members will also be able to ask questions. Everyone who attends will receive a PDF copy of Goldstein’s book, Conquering Hollywood: The Screenwriters Blueprint for Career Success. The conversation starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8, on Zoom. Tickets ($35) can be purchased here.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
This documentary explores the life and impact of late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Through more than 60 years of civil rights activism and legislative reform, Lewis helped change the American landscape. Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center hosts the screening at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 27, which will be followed by a discussion about Lewis’ life led by Rabbi Linder of Temple Solel. Tickets are free for members, $5 for non-members, and can be purchased here.
Fictionalizing Your Truth in Your Writing
Jen Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, working on programs including Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. Since 2008, she has run her own consulting business and authored three books about screenwriting. In this two-hour workshop hosted by the Phoenix Screenwriters Association on Saturday, September 26, Grisanti will discuss three different topics, lead writing assignments and participate in a post-class Q&A. Tickets cost $39 and can be purchased on the event’s Facebook page.