Phoenix Film Festival takes place April 3-10 at Scottsdale Harkins

PHOENIX - The stage is set for a big weekend as more than one hundred  films take to the big screen for the Phoenix Film Festival.
 
The 14th Annual Festival runs through April 10th at the Harkins movie theater at Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101.
 
Over 25,000 people are expected to attend the eight-day event. 
 
The festival features films from producers and directors around the country and also features local filmmakers like Randy Murray.
 
Murray's documentary, "The Joe Show," is his movie to be featured in the festival.
 
"It is great to be able to show to your hometown," he said.
 
"The Joe Show" took eight years to film and followed Sheriff Joe Arpaio and showcases controversy surrounding him and his relationship with the media.
 
The festival comes as legislation is being considered that would help boost the film industry in the state.  A bill is being considered that would re-establish an Arizona film commission and create a film commissioner position to help attract film companies to the Valley.
 
Critics of the bill say it creates unfair tax incentives, while supporters argue those tax incentives are necessary to build jobs and income opportunities to the state.
 
The Phoenix Film Festival has been called one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine.
 
For a full schedule go to the festival's website .

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