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Updated November, 20, 2015

Phoenix Film Office – Closed for Thanksgiving

We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.  Like you, we will be with our families celebrating and the office will be closed on 11/26 (Thursday) and Friday (11/27). 


Updated November 9, 2015


"Don't Drone Alone" - Saturday, November 14 Workshop 

This workshop is a MUST for Producers, DPs, Camera Operators, current & future Drone Owners, Real Estate Agents and anyone who wants the inside scoop on this amazing technology!


Speakers will include: APA Member Josh Lambeth, Owner/pilot at Birds Eye Productions; Cory Burright, Drones Plus Store Manager, and Bill Mar, Organizer and Drone Race Enthusiast from the Phoenix Area Drone Users Group. Seventh in our series of Monthly Workshops, this four-hour seminar, from 1 PM to 5 PM, will include LUNCH, Lectures, Q&A and Flying Demonstrations.


Program will include:


- Outdoor Flight Demonstrations

- FAA Rules, Regulations and the Future.

- Intro. to the Hobby, Sport and Profession of Flying Drones.

- Flight Safety!! Don't be that guy!

- What you need to get started, and grow from beginner to advanced aerial cinematographer.

- Equipment available. Best choices for your skill level, flight needs, and pocket book.

- Flight Demos of the latest models from starter to pro-level.

- What's involved in getting an FAA 333 commercial exemption

- and MORE!


Our host is WESTSTAR MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT, INC. at their new 24,000 sq. ft. multimedia broadcast production and sound stage facility, which includes two Digital Audio Production Rooms, two Digital Video Production Edit Suites, Television Master Control, and a 2,500 sq. ft. HD Television sound stage capable of a 10-camera production. The studios also provide a full cyclorama green screen facility.


APA Guest Speakers include:


JOSH LAMBETH - Pilot/Owner at Birds Eye Productions (FAA approved). Josh studied Arts in Feature Films at Brooks Institute of Photography. He has won multiple awards for his work as an editor and cinematographer. Josh's enthusiasm for film, photography and flying combined with his creative energy, and passion has enabled him to bring stunningly designed aerial shots and creative ideas to each and every one of Birds Eye Productions, projects. Josh has also manipulated or invented many pieces of flight and film equipment to make his shots smoother and more dynamic and is constantly training and gathering new equipment.


CORY BURRIGHT - Local Manager at Drones Plus. The world's largest drone retailer and 1 of 3 official DJI support centers in North America. They carry a variety of consumer and professional drones, remote control hobby products, camera equipment, and specialty products. Their super friendly staff love to talk drones. Whether you're looking to start off with a $30 Proto-X, a real-estate agent looking for a $1000 out of the box solution for aerial shots of your properties, or a director looking for a $10,000 setup to film commercials and Hollywood movies, Drones Plus will guide you in the right direction.


BILL MAR - Organizer of the Phoenix Area Drone Users Group,

( The group is for amateur and professional drone users that seeks to promote the responsible use of flying robots for community service, artistic, entrepreneurial, and recreational purposes. All experience levels are welcome. We get together as a community to share tips, experiences, and of course to do some flying. We work to educate ourselves about how to build and use drones in a safe and respectful manner and to educate the public about the positive role aerial robotics can play in our society.


Everyone is Welcome! but you MUST have a ticket - including APA MEMBERS - SPACE IS LIMITED.



Drone Workshop

Saturday, November 14, 1-5 pm

Weststar Multimedia Entertainment Inc.

6135 N. 7th Street, Phoenix


$25 for Non-Members IN ADVANCE; $30 at the door; cash only (IF space is available)


If you're not already a member, you MUST purchase a ticket! If you apply for membership by November 12 and your application is approved, the cost of the workshop will be credited to your dues.




Updated October 26, 2015 

Fright Fest International Film Festival 

We are screening 20 Short Films from Arizona and around the world this Wednesday, October 28th at AMC Centerpoint 11 Theatres in downtown Tempe.  Join us as we welcome in Halloween with a scary-good-time!

Tickets are just $6 per screening or a VIP pass for $12 gives you all access. If you are a fan of horror, thrillers, suspense, ghosts, hauntings, gore, slasher, and even a musical ... then we have a SHORT FILM for YOU!

To purchase tickets or for more information on the films, click here.  



Tickets Now On Sale for "Ladies 'Film' Night Out!

We're excited to present our 2nd Annual "Ladies 'Film' Night Out," an evening of short films celebrating the work of female filmmakers in Arizona. 

Join us for an evening of networking, shorts screenings and Q&A with some of the filmmakers. Appetizers provided by APA are included with your ticket, and a Cash Bar and other concession items will be available for purchase from FilmBar. Last year's inaugural event SOLD OUT, so get your tickets now! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to see what our local ladies are making and share tips and stories with Arizona's film pros.


Event Details: 

2nd Annual "Ladies 'Film' Night Out" 

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm for pre-show networking

FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix

Appetizers included with your ticket

Cash bar available

Tickets: $15 per person


*NOTE: No one under the age of 21 will be admitted for this event.*

This event is likely to sell out, so advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended 

TICKETS Online at FilmBar!


Updated October 5, 2015

"Halloween Meets Dia de Los Muertos" - A SFX Make-up Workshop  

Here's your chance to WIN that Halloween Contest and be the hit of the evening! Join the APA for our "Halloween Meets Dia de Los Muertos" SFX Make-up Workshop on Saturday, October 10 starting at 8:45 a.m. 

This workshop is a MUST for everyone who loves celebrating Halloween, Zombie Walks, Comicon, Mardi Gras and Dia de Los Muertos. Local Makeup Professionals APA Member Aeni Domme and Alli Bee from Shampoo Ink will show you how to achieve amazing professional results with effects make-up at home. Don't make costly and time consuming mistakes - learn from the PROS!  

Sixth in our series of Monthly Workshops, this will be a three-hour seminar from 9:00 am to noon, with LUNCH and a Q&A after. Lecture & Demonstrations will include: 

- Make up for Zombies 101- Taught by Alli Bee. Learn how she has developed her own style with cutting-edge techniques to make you look "Simply, Just Dead!" 

- Dia de Los Muertes Characters - Join Aeni Domme, and learn what's involved in creating the perfect make up for a Dia de Los Muertos character! 

- Pretty Kitty or Handsome Alley Cat! Faint of heart? Don't have lots off time to get made up? Need something simple for work? Or would you like to do something cheap and cheerful with the kids? Here's a quick and easy character that will get you noticed! 

RANDY MURRAY PRODUCTIONS will be hosting this event and providing lunch! Randy Murray Productions provides powerful storytelling for positive change. Award-winning, highly skilled and genuinely nice people, they create socially responsible content for screens of all types. They are fearless artists, producers, directors, writers, explorers, passionate livers of life - storytellers - who try to be good humans. They study humanity and technology, explore the beautiful, challenge the horrid, celebrate logic and employ ethics - all to be the best at what they do and tell great stories. 

Makeup Artists: 

AENI DOMME is an Award-winning Makeup and Hair artist in Phoenix, Arizona. Besides making clients look beautiful in film, television and commercials (you've seen her work for clients Dove, Cirque du Soleil, Arizona Theatre Co. and more), she creates characters through stock and custom prosthetics, making wigs, and bodypainting clients for all events and occasions. 

ALLI BEE is an independent Hair stylist and self-taught Makeup artist currently working at Shampoo Ink Salon in Phoenix. Her interest in the Industry began at a young age, where she found herself studying cult classics like "Evil Dead" and Steven King's "It", creating made-from-scratch Halloween costumes, and later working in salons. She began doing special fx makeup with students from both ASU and UAT for short films, but has gone on to do some commercials and several photo shoots. 

Who Can Attend: 

Almost Everyone is Welcome! Please NO YOUNG CHILDREN. Mature children over 12 must be accompanied by an adult, who must also purchase a ticket if they are not a member. As always, APA MEMBERS GET IN FREE!! If you're not a member yet but you apply PRIOR to the workshop, it's like getting a discount off of your membership dues! Non-members - purchase your ticket to the workshop, and we'll credit the workshop fee to your dues if your application is approved. 

EVERYONE will need a ticket in advance. You Must RSVP in advance, even if you are an APA Member, no exceptions! 

The cost for non-members to attend is $20 in advance; $30 at the door - CASH only. $10 for children 12 to 17 years old. 

Event At A Glance:

"Halloween Meets Dia de Los Muertos" SFX Make-up Workshop
Saturday, October 10
8:45 am - 12:30 pm
Randy Murray Productions
631 N. First Avenue, Suite 101, Phoenix, Arizona 85003


Non-Member Tickets:  $10 for children age 12-17; $20 for adults in advance online; $30 at the door - CASH ONLY 

Advance Tickets and MEMBER RESERVATIONS available online at: 


Scottsdale International Film Festival


Celebrating its 15th year, the Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 41 feature films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries, Nov. 5–9. 

The Festival will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with daytime screenings of 17 children’s animated and live-action short films – perfect for school groups. 

That evening, the Festival’s opening night celebration at the Center will feature the documentary Landfill Harmonic, which tells the inspiring story of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, the world-famous youth symphony that performs with instruments made from recycled trash. After the film, the Recycled Orchestra, conducted by its founder, Favio Chavez, will perform onstage and participate in an audience Q-and-A, along with Executive Producer Alejandra Amarilla and Producer Juliana Penaranda-Loftus. 

“We’re honored to welcome the Recycled Orchestra to Scottsdale as part of our 15th anniversary celebration and new collaboration with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts,” remarked Scottsdale International Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Amy Ettinger. “The Recycled Orchestra’s incredible story, so beautifully told in the film Landfill Harmonic, is a powerful reminder of the many ways that the arts bring joy and positive change to the world. We invite everyone to join us for this extraordinary experience.” 

Following opening night, the Festival will return to its longtime home at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale for all other screenings on Nov. 6–9. Among the highlights are the Arizona premieres of The Adderall Diaries (starring James Franco and Ed Harris); The Benefactor (Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James); Carol (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara), Hitchcock/Truffaut (Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson), Krisha (Krisha Fairchild), Love the Coopers (John Goodman and Diane Keaton), Remember (Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer), Tumbledown (Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis) and Youth (Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel). 

Festival audiences will enjoy insights from moderators and select Q-and-A sessions. Among the special guests are Stephen Elliott, the author of The Adderall Diaries and founding editor of the popular online literary magazine The Rumpus; actor Jack McGee and filmmakers Nestor and Rosemary Rodriguez of the indie dramedy Silver Skies; Jessica Cox, the focus of the documentary Right Footed; and Robert Aberlin, executive producer of the documentary Paul Taylor: Creative Domain. 

The Scottsdale International Film Festival’s complete schedule as well as information about VIP passes and tickets will be available Oct. 5 at 

Tickets for the Festival’s Nov. 5 opening night celebration, film and performance are $39 and will be available Oct. 5 through or 480-499-TKTS (8587). Tickets for all Festival screenings, Nov. 6–9, are $12 and will be available at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre.

Updated September 14, 2015

Tucson Festival of Films

If you love exploring the world, come to the Tucson Festival of Films where you can experience all different corners under one roof through four different festival films.

On Opening Night, October 8 at the Temple of Music & Art, watch as a Boston-based couple decide to chase an improbable dream in Poland. In the inspiring documentary RAISE THE ROOF, architects Rick and Laura Brown bring together an international team in the Polish countryside in an attempt to re-construct the Gwoździec synagogue, a magnificent architectural marvel that had been lost to history. Director Yari Wolinsky will take part in a Q&A after the screening. This is an Arizona Premiere presented by the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.

Later that same night, move to far northern Canada to follow the journey of young MAÏNA, an Innu woman who makes a promise to her dying friend to retrieve the son who had been stolen by the Inuit. A compelling story of culture clashes, loss, love and understanding, this stunning film introduces us to two complex civilizations that founded America. Montreal-based director Michel Poulette will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Presented by Native Eyes Film Showcase.

On Saturday night at the Temple of Music & Art, experience a cool, retro portrait of Mexico City through the eyes of director Alonso Ruizpalacios, whose imaginative debut feature GÜEROS marks a bold new voice in Mexican cinema. Come and see the film about restless youth searching for purpose and identity that swept 5 awards at the 2015 Ariel Awards. Presented by Tucson Cine Mexico.

And set in the desolate mountains of the formerly war-torn Republic of Georgia, LANDMINE GOES CLICK is not for the faint-hearted. The feature charts the chilling story of an American backpacker who steps on a landmine and must remain immobilized while he and his two friends undergo nightmarish happenings. Tucson Terrorfest presents the Arizona Premiere of this late-night thriller on Saturday October 10.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit



Food Network’s All-Star Academy is Casting Season 2!

Once again, our TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS are scouring the nation in search of the best home cooks out there! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their cookbooks, and tested out their recipes at home. This is your chance to be mentored by a culinary icon! Outlast your competitors in this high stakes cooking competition and you could go home with bragging rights and $50,000!
Are you an amazing home cook? Do your friends BEG to be invited to your dinner parties? And then BEG you for all of your recipes? Do you love to talk about flavor profiles and favorite cooking utensils to anyone who will listen?
If you are a Food Network fanatic and a truly skilled home cook who prepares elevated dishes completely from scratch, this is your chance! Maybe you abandoned your dreams of culinary school to take care of your family. Maybe you have racked up a collection of state fair blue ribbons, taken home the trophy at a cooking competition, or earned local celebrity for your food. Whatever your story, we'd love to hear it!
**Amateur home cooks ONLY, please! You must have NEVER graduated from culinary school or worked extensively in a professional kitchen to be considered**