You might be looking at the long list of films screening in conjunction with the 24th annual Arizona International Film Festival and getting a little overwhelmed. You can opt for an animated adult-themed retelling of the Bible story of Noah's ark or you can try to relive the madness of your formative years. Well, never fear. Here's a quick guide to the three movies we're most looking forward to seeing this year when the AIFF takes over the Screening Room from April 9 until the 26.
The Ghost and the Boy [with a Box on his Head]
Directed by: Philip Blue
Screening: April 24 at 10 p.m.
Director Philip Blue's first full-length feature looks to be an eerie one. 18-year-old Theo seems to have found his dream girl, but it turns out that girl is actually just a figment of his imagination. Theo is sent to a mental institution and forced to come to grips with a reality he doesn't want to believe in.
Birds of Neptune
Directed by: Steven Richter
Screening: April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
"Birds of Neptune" follows two sisters forced to confront the truth behind the tragic loss of both of their parents after a mysterious bearded stranger enters their lives. Although the plot seems interesting, what really stands out about this movie is its described "dark dream-like filmmaking style" courtesy of Seattle-area director Steven Richter. Richter also boasts credits for Brazilian films as well.
East Side Sushi
Directed by: Anthony Lucero
Screening: April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Filmed in Oakland, this is the story of personal perseverance and culinary fusion in the making. Juana seeks to become a sushi chef, but is restricted by her employers due to her race and gender. However, her badass knife skills and use of Mexican flavor in her take on the traditional Japanese food makes her dishes stand out.
The filmmakers of "East Side Sushi" and "Birds of Neptune" will be in attendance for those screenings.
Passes for the entire festival are $100, including screenings, workshops and special events. You can also purchase a $25 five movie pass or individual tickets for $8 in the evening or $6 for a matinee. For a full line-up of this year's films, including descriptions, visit the festival's website.