We are getting closer to the 2021 Phoenix Film Festival! In fact, it’s this week! We thought that since we love seeing food in film, we’d make some recommendations of films and shorts that foodies would love. Not only that, but we will be doing a giveaway for a chance to see some of them! So let’s get started!
The Phoenix Film Festival was started in 2000 by 3 local filmmakers as a way to get their films some exposure in their hometown. Twenty-one years and thousands of movies later, the Phoenix Film Foundation has grown from a 3-day exhibition to an 11-day celebration of film with over 300 films, filmmaking seminars, parties, and student workshops for over 27,000 attendees all at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals and a Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there.
So without further delay, here are a selection of movies and shorts we think foodies will enjoy:
- Fruits of Labor– Ashley Solis is a high school senior who must divide her time between school and supporting her family as a second-generation Mexican American. Located in a California working-class town, the harshness of agricultural labor in the strawberry fields shares a stark contrast with the beautiful nature and relationship to her spiritual ancestral upbringing. Director Emily Cohen Ibáñez documents Ashley’s life guided by the spirit world through her hardships and joys in modern America.
- Keeping Company– A fateful chain of events begins to unravel after two brash insurance salesmen go knocking on the wrong door and find themselves trapped in a stranger’s basement.
- Crock Pot (Part of the Horror Shorts A Block)- A couple argues about a Thanksgiving visit coming up, but terror intercedes with the arrival of a malevolent intruder. (Check out the Final Girls Feast interview with director Ty Jones!)
- Cultured (Part of Horror Shorts B Block)- A man becomes consumed by his passion for sourdough bread.
- Set!– Table setting – for most of us is a chore, but for some, it’s a sport. Once a year, a group of highly competitive table-setters vie for the “Best of Show” ribbon at the Orange County Fair competition, often referred to as “The Olympics of Table Setting”.
Want to see some of the movies and/or shorts mentioned here? We are giving away a pair of Flex Passes to the 2021 Phoenix Film Festival and a pair of tickets to Opening Night over on our Facebook page! This means you and a friend can select 4 films at the festival as well as attend the opening night showing of Coda. The winners will be chosen on Wednesday, August 11. The Festival will be held from August 12th through August 22nd. Good Luck!
*The Geeks received no compensation to facilitate this write-up; opinions are wholly our own. Flex Passes provided by Allied Integrated Marketing. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.