Harkins Scottsdale hosts inaugural Phoenix Film Festival Summer Showcase

Phoenix Film Festival

The inaugural Phoenix Film Festival Summer Showcase will be held Aug. 10-17 at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 and feature previews of several of this fall’s most anticipated films.

This year’s lineup includes:

* “Mistress America,” 7 p.m. Aug. 10. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind and Michael Chernus.

Mistress America

In “Mistress America,” Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brookes alluringly mad schemes

* “Time Out of Mind,” 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

Oren Moverman’s drama stars Richard Gere as George, a homeless, mentally-ill man who has been unable to hold a job for years. He drifts through the city looking for food, alcohol, and shelter. He also tries to make contact with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone).

Eventually George takes advantage of some of the social services provided by the city of New York, but he lacks the proper paperwork to get the financial assistance he needs. He befriends a fellow homeless man (Ben Vereen) who claims to have been a successful jazz musician.

* “Cop Car,” 7 p.m. Aug. 12.

Kevin Bacon stars in director Jon Watts’s delightful throwback thriller. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a quick joyride. Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the county sheriff (Kevin Bacon) and leads to brutal consequences.

* “A Walk in the Woods, 7 p.m. Aug. 13.

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail 2,200 miles of Americas most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.

The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late.

The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, adventure. Now theyre about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

The Harkins Scottsdale 101 is located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. For tickets and information, visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.

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