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The Big Something utilizes unique AZ locations

The Big Something utilizes unique AZ locations

Travis Mills is a young, up-and-coming director and writer from Phoenix, Arizona. He’s the cofounder of both Running Wild Films and GUERRILLASTAR PRODUCTIONS, both based out of the Phoenix area, although GUERRILASTAR has roots in New York as well. I first came across the work of Mills at the 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival, which contained two projects Mills had worked on: Bloody Basin in which he was producer and script supervisor, and The Ruffians, his … Read entire article »

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AZ Underground Film Fest showcases new talent

For the past three years the Arizona Underground Film Festival has rapidly been growing both in and outside of Arizona as a top-notch underground cult film festival. The non-profit festival allows truly independent artists the chance to showcase their talents to an audience regardless of genre. Whether you’re looking to see a truth seeking documentary or an over-the-top exploitation film (AZUFF is the only fest that offers an exploitation category), AZ Underground Film Festival is sure to have something for everyone. … Read entire article »

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Amexica exposes harsh realities of human trafficking through impressive performances

Amexica, from writer/director Ron Krauss, was hands down the best short film I screened at the 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival–and in no way is this a slight to the other films there. Amexica was simply just that good. … Read entire article »

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ABC Death a shocking short

ABC Death is an animated short from director/writer Brett Walker. The film is about a man named Allen who, while taking a stroll through the city, hears someone eerily singing the ABC’s. Allen tries to figure out where the voice is coming from. His attempts fail. … Read entire article »

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Diego Ibarrola shows promise with Kink ‘N’ Kill

Kink ‘N’ Kill is a short film from director Diego Ibarrola and was written by Ibarrola along with Brendon Reed and Jason Reed. The short film is about a sick, twisted news reporter that has some extremely kinky fetishes. … Read entire article »

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Misguided Sympathies of Flowers is certainly misguided

Misguided Sympathies of Flowers is supposed to be about isolation. It’s supposed to be about how a mentally ill homeless woman deals with being alone. It’s supposed to be dramatic and disturbing. At least this is what the IMDB.com page for this short tells us director/writer Gregory Dyke was trying to get across to us. … Read entire article »

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Care a sad tale of mental illness

Care directed by Erika Gronek was the one documentary piece I screened as part of the Celluloid in the Sun Showcase at the AZ Underground Film Fest and it was an interesting doc to say the least. … Read entire article »

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Return to Mayhem more teaser than short film

One of two animation shorts I saw at the Arizona Underground Film Festival was The Villikon Chronicles: Return to Mayhem. The three minute short, written by Bryan Kinnaird and directed by Rebecca Friedman, is just a very small segment in The Villikon Chronicles series created by Kinnaird. … Read entire article »

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The Ruffians ventures into the underground

You ever wonder what’s in those huge underground tunnels you see around town? You know the ones. You can often find them under a bridge or overpass. I always thought they were bum tunnels. I was terrified to go in them. Sometimes, I’d step in and immediately retreat back on out. I never made it two steps in, so I have no proof that bums ever lived in them. Writers Travis Mills and Drew Koshar have a much different and quite frankly much more interesting theory in the short film The Ruffians, directed by Mills. … Read entire article »

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Bloody Basin a killer short

It’s bad luck to kill a coyote. It’s really bad luck to kill a coyote if you’re a college kid trespassing on sacred Native American soil with three of your college buddies. This is what writer/director Dave Surber shows us in his 15-minute short, Bloody Basin. … Read entire article »

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