Jason Carney Archives


When it comes to this year’s Phoenix Film Festival, slated from March 23 to April 2, executive director Jason Carney has an opinion: “I think from top to bottom, this is the best we’ve had. It’s on the level of any film festival out there.” Then he makes a qualification. “Except for South by Southwest [in Austin]; we’re not trying to compete with that. But any regional film festival.” No argument here. The schedule for this year’s...


Slated for March but pushed back by you-know-what, the 2021 Phoenix Film Festival is now scheduled to open this coming Thursday, August 12 and run through Sunday, August 22. It’s a slightly less extravagant affair this year; fewer screenings, fewer special guests, no party tent, and all Harkins COVID protections will be observed. But the focus, we’re assured, is on quality more than quantity, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Cases in point: This...


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